Hawaii Bowl ratings down
The overnight rating for this year's Hawaii Bowl between Boise State and East Carolina was 1.15, down a little more than 50 percent from last year's game between Hawaii and Arizona State.
By comparison, ESPN considers the 2.47 rating for this year's Motor City Bowl to be good.
Entering yesterday's bowl games, the top-rated ESPN postseason football game was the Holiday Bowl matchup between Texas and Arizona State that had a 4.24 rating.
Next year's Hawaii Bowl will have a Pac-10 opponent, which should attract a larger national audience. East Carolina beat Boise, 41-38.
Punahou, Iolani face test Friday
The schools meet a lot in many sports, and there's usually a lot on the line.
That's no different on Friday when No. 1 Punahou and No. 2 Iolani go at it in boys basketball at the Raiders' gym.
The Buffanblu beat the Raiders last month at the James Alegre Invitational at Radford High, and have since held on to the No. 1 ranking in the Star-Bulletin Top 10.
The winner will have the inside track for the ILH title and the league's automatic state tournament berth.
Ching left off national team roster
CHICAGO » Houston forward Brian Ching, a Kamehameha graduate who strained a calf in Major League Soccer's Western Conference final, was omitted from the U.S. national soccer team's roster along with Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein, who also is injured.
Landon Donovan heads 26 players picked yesterday for a U.S. national team training camp ahead of a Jan. 19 exhibition game against Sweden at Carson, Calif.
Silverswords too much for Eagles
Chaminade beat Asbury College 87-65 in its last men's basketball game before conference play.
With the win, Chaminade improved to 5-4, and the loss moved Asbury to 9-6.
The Silverswords dominated the Eagles form start to finish and led 53-32 at the end of the first half before extending their lead to 27 within the first 4 minutes of the second half.
Chaminade also outrebounded Asbury 37-26.
Stewart Kussler led the Silverswords with 18 points on 9-for-9 shooting from the field.
Michael Spann had 11 points for the Eagles.
HPU women's tennis roster grows
Hawaii Pacific added Ralista Pirdopska to its 2008 women's tennis roster.
Pirdopska will be a true freshman at HPU. She is a graduate of Stoychev School in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she is ranked in the top 10 of female tennis players.