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Quickies: SEC Championship 2.0 Edition

The SEC is well-represented in tonight’s National Championship and more in today’s quickies.

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Good morning, Kentucky may have finished the football season 7-6 but at least there’s the fact that regardless of who wins tonight, UK will once again be playing in the conference of National Champions.

The Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide are set to square off at 8 p.m. ET tonight for the National Championship after Georgia defeated the Oklahoma Sooners and Alabama got revenge on the reigning champion Clemson Tigers.

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Calipari dealing with 'toughness issue' - Cats' Pause
John Calipari says after teams watch Kentucky's game tape, they smell blood in the water.

Calipari says Knox needs to toughen up to snap out of slump - Cats' Pause
Following Kentucky's 76-65 loss at Tennessee, John Calipari says Kevin Knox needs to toughen up to snap out of his recent slump.

Kentucky Falls to Georgia | University of Kentucky | Official Athletic Site
The women's basketball team has now lost eight straight games.

One Thing this Kentucky Team is missing | Kentucky Sports Radio
When looking at this team, there are a lot of holes. Calipari has been very open about the lack of toughness being a big worry for the team moving forward. But that's not all they're missing.

The State of Kentucky College Basketball | Kentucky Sports Radio
Even after a rough day for the two well-known programs in the state (Kentucky and Louisville), both look destined for another NCAA berth. Other Kentucky basketball teams are making some noise as well.

Sources: Wizards All-Star John Wall agrees to 5-year endorsement deal with Adidas - Yahoo Sports
Wizards guard John Wall is a four-time All-Star. Washington Wizards All-Star guard John Wall has agreed to a five-year endorsement contract with Adidas, sources told Yahoo Sports. Wall has returned to Adidas after testing shoe free agency over the past couple of years.

Zion Williamson’s decision is a game changer for program | Kentucky Sports Radio
Last week, five-star sensation Zion Williamson announced he would be making a decision on January 20, setting the basketball recruiting world on fire.

Overachieving Ohio State stuns No. 1 Michigan State 80-64 - USA Today
Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 32 points as Ohio State stunned No. 1 Michigan State 80-64 on Sunday

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard has partial tear in left shoulder - The Washington Post
The Spurs' star forward had missed the first 27 games of the season with an injured quadriceps, but the team hopes to get him back much more quickly than that this time.

Johnny Manziel receives contract offer from CFL team - NY Daily News
Don’t call it a comeback. He’s been here for years.

NFL wild-card playoffs: Saints oust Panthers; Tyrod Taylor knocked out as Bills lose - The Washington Post
The NFL's divisional round is set with Falcons-Eagles, Titans-Patriots, Jaguars-Steelers and Saints-Vikings slated for next weekend.

NFL looking into Panthers' handling of Cam's protocol -
The Carolina Panthers' handling of Cam Newton's fourth-quarter injury has drawn the attention of the league. The NFL says it is in contact with the Panthers' medical staff.

LaVar Ball on Luke Walton: “Nobody wants to play for him.” – ProBasketballTalk
LaVar Ball isn't bigger than the Los Angeles Lakers, but he doesn't seem to know it.

Titans' Mike Mularkey: Having to listen to reports about job security 'ridiculous' - ABC News
Mularkey was not happy about the fact that he had to win a playoff game in order to escape questions about his job security.