Lakers collapse in the fourth as Heat win 107-97
Lebron James scored 30 points for the fifth straight game to set a Miami franchise record and lead the Heat to a ten-point win over the Lakers. James struck for 32 points on 12 of 18 shootingh in also becoming just the third player in NBA history to score 30+ points on 60+% shooting (Adrian Dantley, Moses Malone) in five straight games. The Lakers played tough for a half but collapsed in the final 12 minutes committing eight turnovers in the final stanza. Kobe Bryant had 32-6-9 in a losing effort.
Boston snaps Nugget win streak in 3 OTs
When the Nuggets visited the Celtics on Sunday, two streaks were on the line. Denver had won nine straight, Boston had won six straight, so something had to give. It took three overtimes but in the end, it was Boston that kept its streak alive. Paul Pierce had a 27-14-14 triple double to lead Beantown including several clutch threes. “The Truth” also played 54 of 63 minutes in the thriller.
Indiana rebounds with win over Ohio State
Indiana was the latest No.1 to get knocked off the perch this week when the Hoosiers were beaten by a buzzer-beating back door layup at Illonois earlier this week. Sunday, Indiana bounced back big with 81-68 win at No.10 Ohio State. The Hoosiers were all business in taking a 41-33 lead at the half and were never threatened the rest of the way. Victor Oladipo with 26 points and eight boards. Deshaun Thomas had 26 points in a losing cause for the Buckeyes.
Elbow concerns hold up King Felix mega-deal
Concerns over Felix Henandez’s pitching elbow has delayed the signing of the Mariner’s franchise player to a 7-year $175 million dollar mega-extension. Hernandez has only been on the DL with an arm problem and that was in 2007 with a strained forearm. King Felix has been a workhorse in recent years and since 1969, only Bert Blyleven, Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden have thrown more innings before their 27th birthdays.
Nadal loses singles and doubles finals in Chile
After sitting out more than seven months with a torn patella tendon in his left knee, Rafael Nadal thought he’d return to action with a soft touch clay court tournament in Chile. It didn’t work out that was as “Rafa” was beaten in the singles and doubles finals at the VTR Open. Nadal was beaten by Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos in three sets in the singles final 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-4. It was the Argentine’s first ever title on any surface and he joins Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as the only three players to have beaten Nadal in a clay court final. Nadal was upbeat after the match and still has three months to prepare to defend his French Open title for an unprecedented eighth straight time.
Paterno family counters with their own analysis of the Freeh report
A report commissioned by the Paterno family to analyze the findings of the generally accepted Freeh report call it a “profound failure” and a ‘rush to justice”. You can find and download the Freeh report here and the Paterno report here and make your own conclusions.
The NFL Competition Committe reportedly looked at a wider field
Reports have surfaced that as recently as a year ago, the the NFL Competition Committee had looked into widening the field as a possible safety measure. By widening the field another 35 feet (NFL fields are currently 160 feet wide) like the current Canadian Football League dimensions, it is felt that there are less head to head collisions. Former CFL quarterback and HOFer Warren Moon and former CFL executive and current ESPN analyst Bill Poulian both feel that from their experience in the CFL that a wider field would mean a safer game. You can read this article in it’s entirety here.
(NCAAB) Delaware -7 over Old Dominion (Monday, February 11, 7:00 PM EST)
Free Pick record in February: 3-7