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Nova stops Georgetown, NBA News and Notes, another Yankee injury + Wednesday Recap: Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Georgetown and Miami lose as more ranked teams fall

Ranked teams continue to fall like flies. On Tuesday it was No.2 Indiana getting beat at home on senior night by Ohio State. Last night, Georgetown saw it’s 11-game winning streak snapped with a 67-57 loss at Villanova and No.6 Miami saw a possible top-seed go bye bye with a 71-69 buzzer beater home loss to Georgia Tech. The night’s big winner was Villanova which became the first team in NCAA history to record three home wins vs opponents ranked in the top five. For the Hurricanes, it was their third loss to a team outside the RPI top 100. In this crazy year of upsets Georgetown and Miami became the 20th and 21st top-ten ranked victims of teams ranked outside the AP Top 25.

This tip-in at the buzzer sinks Miami Florida

NBA News and Notes

Lebron James drive to the hoop with 3.2 second left on the clock sent the Miami Heat to their franchise record 15th straight win. a 97-96 knuckle biter over Orlando. The Magic came from 16 down in the third to make things close.

The Lakers came from 25 down to beat the New Orleans Hornets 108-102 and get back to the .500 mark. The Lakers won the fourth quarter 33-9 to pick up the win and were led by 42 from Kobe Bryant.

In a night full of comebacks, the Spurs came from 14 down to pound the Bulls 101-83 to go 2-0 without Tony Parker. San Antonio tariled 46-32 with four minutes left in the half before outscoring Chicago 79-37 the rest of the way for the win. Tim Duncan had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.

Mark Teixeira out 8-10 weeks as Bronx Bomber injuries mount

The biggest story to this point in spring training is the spate of injuries that has hit the New York Yankees. The latest casualty was first-baseman Mark Teixeira who will miss 8-10 weeks with what is being called a strained wrist. Teixeira injured the wrist hitting balls off a tee and the injury is said to be similar to the same one suffered by Blue Jays power hitter Jose Bautista last year. The Bombers are already without Alex Rodriguez who will be out until at least the All-Star break after hip surgery and Curtis Granderson who broke his forearm getting hit by a pitch in his first at bat of spring training. Granderson is expected to be out until at least late May. With Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera also returning after season-ending surgeries from last year, the Yankees will have to use small ball and pitching to avoid a slow start that will bury them early in the ultra-competitive AL East.

Blackhawks now 21-0-3 after beating Avs 3-2

The amazing run of the Chicago Blackhawks continued on Wednesday with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Chicago trailed 2-1 enetering the third period but got the equalizer on a short-handed goal by Jonathon Toews two minutes in and the winner from Daniel Carcillo with 50 seconds to play. It was the Blackhawks franchise record 11th consecutive win and at 21-0-3, Chicago has completed half the lockout shortened season without a loss in regulation.

NFL News and Notes

The San Diego Chargers have released two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes. The 36-year-old has no intentions of retiring and hopes to play a 16th season with another team.

The San Francisco 49ers have cut six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers. The 38-year-old Akers struggled badly in 2013 after leading the league in points in 2010 and 2011.

A fix for college football junkies

There are just 177 days until the start of college football and ESPN has announced the starting times for the televised games on opening weekend. Here you go.

Thursday, Aug. 29

6 p.m. — North Carolina at South Carolina (ESPN)

9:15 p.m. — Ole Miss at Vanderbilt (ESPN)

Saturday, Aug. 31

5:30 p.m — Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic (Atlanta): Virginia Tech vs. Alabama (ESPN)

8 p.m. — Georgia at Clemson (ABC)

9 p.m. — Cowboys Classic (Arlington, Texas): TCU vs. LSU (ESPN)

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