NBA trade deadline quiet, St Louis at Butler, Tiger and Rory out in Match Play + Thursday Recap: Friday, February 22, 2013

Miami Bombs Bull, Spurs spank Clippers

Thursday’s TNT double-header featured statement wins by both the Heat and the Spurs. Miami got 26-12-7 from Lebron James and held Chicago to just 32 second-half points in their win. The Heat are running a season high nine straight wins. The Spurs raced out to an early double-digit lead and never looked back in their 116-90 road win at the Staple Center. Tony Parker had 31 points for the winners who shot 58% from the field. The Clippers saw their four-game winning streak end.

No major deals at trade deadline, JJ Reddick to the Bucks

The NBA trade deadline came and went and nobody was able to pull the trigger on a mega-deal and no real stars were moved. The highly anticipated deal involving Hawks big man Josh Smith never came to fruition and he’ll likely walk at the end of the year, The Orlando Magic sent sniper JJ Reddick to the Milwaukee Bucks for a six-pack, a blanket, and a 50% off coupon for Kentucky Fried Chicken.

St Louis vs Butler rematch tonight

As we head into bracket-buster weekend, Friday night college hoops is highlighted by the rematch between A-16 heavyweights St Louis and Butler. The Billikens smoked the Bulldogs 75-58 back on January 31st creating 23 turnovers and shooting 58% from inside the arc. St Louis has won eight in a row, Butler has won 17 of 19 so something has to give. Butler opened as a one-point favorite and has been bet up to 2 1/2. The total has not moved from 126.
Tiger and Rory are both first round losers in Match Play

Tiger Woods was razor sharp shooting a bogey-free round. Rory McIlroy stunk up the joing like he has for almost all of 2013. Both players, the top-two ranked players in the world, were both eliminated in the first found of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Both players lost to good friends. Tiger lost 2 & 1 to Charles Howell III who he faced many times as an amateur and McIlroy lost to countryman Shane Shane Lowry. The other two group top-seed, Luke Donald and Louis Oosthuizen both advanced.

Harvick and Busch win duels, Daytona 500 field set

Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch each won 150-mile Budweiser duel qualifying races on Thursday and will start in the second row of Sunday’s “Great American Race”. Danica Patrick has the pole and Jeff Gordon will start outside her in the Daytona 500, the race generally considered the Super Bowl of Nascar. Current odds to win the Daytona 500 ….. Harvick is generally considered the favorite but it’s wide open.

Kevin Harvick +900
Tony Stewart +1000
Kyle Busch +1000
Matt Kenseth +1000
Kasey Kahne +1200
Dale Earnhardt Jr +1200
Brad Keselowski +1200
Jimmie Johnson +1200
Jeff Gordon +1200
Denny Hamlin +1500
Clint Bowyer +1800
Greg Biffle +1800
Carl Edwards +2000
Jeff Burton +2500
Jamie McMurray +2500
Martin Truex Jr +2500
Ryan Newman +3000
Paul Menard +3000
Kurt Busch +3000
Joey Logano +3000
Mark Martin +3000
Danica Patrick +3000
Marcos Ambrose +4000
Austin Dillon +4000
Ricky Stenhouse +5000
Juan Montoya +5000
Trevor Bayne +7500
Aric Almirola +7500
Bobby Labonte +10000
David Gilliland +20000
Dave Blaney +20000
Casey Mears +20000
Travis Kvapil +20000

Field (Any Other Driver) +2500

Sabres lose first game post-Ruff

Yesterday, SB3 reported that the Buffalo Sabres had fired their long time head coach Lindy Ruff. In their first game without the man that had led them the last 16+ years, the Buffalo Sabres fell at Toronto 3-1. James van Riemsdy scored twice and Ben Scivens stopped 31 sots as the Leafs spoiled the debut of interim HC Roy Rolston. Teams generally respond positively to a change in coaches but apparentl=ly not the Sabre who fell to 4-11-1 in their L16 games.

The NFL is looking at an offseason overhaul

In an effort to make the NFL more relevant during its down time, the NFL is looking to move the combine back to early March, the start of free agency back to early April and the draft back to early May. This would effectively create one big event per month and would also create new revenue streams for the league. Under the same proposal, all teams would open training camp on the same day as an official launch point to each new NFL season. The deal must be approved by the NFL’s Player Association before it is put into effect.

Free Play

(NCAAB) Harvard -7 over Brown (Friday, February 22, 7:00 PM EST )

Free Pick record in February: 7-14