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Hoops New and Notes, the Daytona 500, “Miracle” Jersey, UFC 157 + Saturday Recap: Sunday, February 24, 2013

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Tony Stewart wins Nationwide, final wreck lap injures fans

Tony Stewart won the Nationwide Nascar race on Saturday that featured a wild wreck on the final lap that saw cars fly into the protective fencing and still injuring about 28 spectators. At least 14 fans were transported to local area hospitals and 14 were treated on site.

The Great American Race, the Daytona 500, goes today

Danica Patrick will have the pole in today’s Super Bowl of Nascar, the Daytona 500. Jeff Gordon will start on the outside of the first row with kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch completing to first two rows. Here are the current odds of the contenders below 25-1 at Bovada as of 8:00 AM EST Sunday morning.

Tony Stewart #14 17/2
Kevin Harvick #29 9/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 10/1
Jeff Gordon #24 10/1
Kyle Busch #18 21/2
Matt Kenseth #20 11/1
Jimmie Johnson #48 14/1
Brad Keselowski #2 15/1
Kasey Kahne #5 15/1
Denny Hamlin #11 16/1
Greg Biffle #16 16/1
Danica Patrick #10 18/1
Clint Bowyer #15 20/1
Carl Edwards #99 22/1

Georgetown spanks Syracuse

In the final regular season Big East meeting in this storied rivalry, Georgetown went up to Syracuse and dominated the Orangemen 57-46 at the Carrier Dome in front of 35,000+. Otto Porter went off for 33 points to lead the Hoyas and the 6’8″ forward also may have put himself in the mix for player of the year consideration. Georgetown has now won nine straight. James Southerland led Syracuse off the the bench with 13 points.

Heat win 10th straight on Lebron triple-double

TheMiami Heat roared to their 10th straight win Saturday night with a 114-90 beatdown of the 76ers in Philadelphia. Dwayne Wade led all scorers with 33 points while Lebron James recorded the 35th triple-double (16-11-10) of is career. It was also the Heat’s 12th straight regular season win over the Sixers who were led by Jrue Holiday’s 21-6-6.

Poulter, Mahan, Kuchar and Day are Match Play Final Four

The World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship final four is set for Sunday when Ian Poulter takes on Hunter Mahan and Jason Day meets Matt Kuchar. The two winners will meet in the championship and play for the $1.5 million dollar first prize.

Rousey defends UFC women’s title

MMA history was made Saturday night in Anaheim with the first women’s fight in UFC history. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey defended her 135 title with a late first round submission of Liz Carmouche via what else ??? ….. an armbar. Rousey has won all seven of her MMA matches with that pateneted move, all seven have come in the first round. Rousey didn’t just walk right through Carmouche as expected. The ex-marine managed to get Rousey’s back and sink in a standing rear-naked choke that almost produced the upset. Rousey barely escaped and then went to work. SB3 will have a recap with full results, highlights, the post-fight presser and the bonuses on the Monday report.

Eruzione’s “Miracle on Ice” jersey sells for $657,250

Friday marked the 33rd anniversary of the Lake Placid ‘Miracle on Ice” where a bunch of US college kids went out and took down the heavily favored Russians 4-3 in the Olympic semi-finals before going on to win gold. Saturday ….. Mike Eruzione, the US captain and the man that scored the winning goal against the Soviets, sold his ‘Miracle” memorabilia. His jersey brought $657,250, well below the $1 million dollar estimate but the stick with which he scored the winning goal brought $262,000 ….. well above the $100,000 estimate. Hopefully this priceless stuff will find its way to a good home where all sports fans can enjoy it.

A flashback to that great moment in US Sports history

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