Cats in trouble after another road loss, Tiger in the lead, NBA New and Notes + Thursday Recap: Friday, March 8, 2013

Kentucky in trouble after third straight double-digit road loss

After a 72-62 loss at Georgia on Thursday, it’s looking more and more like the Kentucky Wildcats will not be defending their National Championship when the Big Dance begins on March 19th. KU has not won a road game since losing big man Nerls Noel and will likely need to beat Florida and win a couple of games in the SEC tournament just get an invite.

Virginia and UMass also suffered crippling losses on Thursday and No.18 Oregon became the latest victim of an unranked team. Virginia dropped a 53-51 decision to Florida State as the Sems Michael Snaer knocked down his fourth game winning shot of the season with four seconds left. UMass was pounded 73-62 at home by a fired up Butler team. The Ducks were down 16-6 of the git go before finally getting blown out 76-53 at Colorado. The Buffalos may have punched their own ticket with this dominating win.

Durant’s 35 leads OKC to one-point win over the Knicks

Kevin Durant’s 35 points led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 95-4 win over the Knicks who played without Carmelo Anthony for the second straight game. J.R. Smith had a season high 36 points for new York in a losing effort.

Tiger shares first round lead at WGC-Cadillac Championship

Tiger Wood’s posted a six-under 66 Thursday to grab a five-way share of the lead at Doral in Miami. Freddie Jacobson, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, and Bubba Watson also shot 66. Hunter Mahan and Phil Mickelson lead a group of four players a shot back. Rory McIlroy continued to struglle shooting a one-over 73 and is tied for 50th.

Players give OK for NHL realignment

The NHLPA have agreed to a proposed NHL realignment on the condition that it is re-evaluated after two years. Under the new structure that would start next year, the league would operate split conferences with 16 teams in the East and 14 teams in the West. Winnipeg would move to the West with Detroit and Chicago moving to the East. This would cut travel for all but the two Florida teams and open the door for expansion if the league so desires.

Denny Hamlin is hot and will appeal 25K fine

Denny Hamlin is mad as hell and not going to pay the $25,000 dollar fine levied against him this week for making “disparaging” remarks about the new Gen-6 car. Hamlin says that he was not dogging the car but simply stating his opinion. He feels strongly enough about the incident that he will go through the appeals process and ultimately risk suspension if losses and still does not pay. Until then it will be business as usual in Las Vegas. After watching this clip and hearing Nascar’s side of the story you can’t help but root for Hamlin.

Hartline and the Dolphins agree to new five-year deal

The Miami Dolphins and wide receiver Brian Hartline have agreed to a new five -year $30.775 million dollar deal that includes $12.5 million in guaranteed money. This past season, Hartline became the favorite target of Dolphin rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill and posted career highs in catches with 74 and in yards with 1,083. For his career, Hartline has 183 receptions, 2,753 yards and six touchdown catches in 60 career games. Hartline would have become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday.

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