Azarenka crushes Sharapova in the Aussie Final
Belarus Victoria Azarenka won the the first major of in her 25th try blasting Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 in the Australian Open final. Azarenka was down 2-0 in the first set before winning 12 of the next 13 games. Azarenka also jumped to #1 in the world rankings with the win. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal meet in the men’s final on Sunday.
In Friday’s NBA action, Dwayne Wade returned to the Heat scoring 28 points in a 99-89 win over the Knicks. The Orlando Magic scoring woes continued in a 93-67 loss at New Orleans. The Hornets snapped a 9-game losing streak with the win. Kevin Love led the T-Wolves over the Spurs with 18 points and 16 rebounds in his first home game since signing a four-year extention. Philly, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Portland, and OKC were all blow out double-digit winners.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be on 60 Minutes Sunday discussing how the recession has helped grow the league. In hiring news, Jack Del Rio will reunite with John Fox as the DC of the Denver Broncos. Ex-Packer/A&M HC Mike Sherman takes over as OC of the Dolphins while Brad Childress takes over as OC of the Cleveland Browns. Rob Gronkowski and Hakeem Nicks both missed Friday practice in Super Bowl news.
MMA returns to prime time TV tonight with three big bouts on Fox. Rashad “Suga” Evans meets Phil “Mr Wonderful” Davis in the feature light-heavyweight eliminator, the winner to meet Jon Jones in the spring for the title. Michael “The Count” Bisping and Chael Sonnen meet in a battle of trash talking middlewights with the winner to face Anderson Silva for the middleweight title tentatively scheduled for June. Chris Weidman and Demian Maia round out the TV card in another battle of middleweights.
(CBB) Northeastern -4.5 over Hofstra
Neither of these two has done bettors any favors combining for a 12-22 ATS mark but a solid case can be made for the home team in this case. Since upsetting Iona on Dec 29th, Hofstra has gone 1-7 including a 64-62 home loss to these same Huskies. Northeastern was on a 4-0 SU and ATS run before running into Colonial Conference heavies Drexel and Old Dominion on the road. Northeastern rebounded with a nice home win over a pretty good Delaware squad in their latest. The Pride won their last two visits here but are way down from frecent editions and don’t figure to three-peat here. Good spot of the homies to get conference monkey off their back and at a very reasonable number. Take Northeastern.
(CBB) Georgetown +1 over Pittsburg
The Hoyas have very quietly gone 16-3 and could make some noise when the dancing starts in March. That said, Georgetown is just 1-6 ATS in their L7. The Hoyas haven’t covered the big numbers they’ve been saddled with through most of the Big East Conference schedule, they just win. That’s all we need here. The Panthers snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating Providence in their last. It was their first win since December 20th. It’s been a strange year in college hoops and it’s almost inconceivable that Pitt and Villanova will be be playing in the NIT or worse but that’s what is going to happen. Georgetown 68-60.
(CBB) Temple -6.5 over St Joes
This is a classic Big Five matchup out of the A-14. Temple has won the last four meetings in this Battle of Philly winning 72-54 and 66-52 is the Owl sweep last year. St Joes is much improved for Martinelli and have had their moments, wins over the likes of Georgia Tech, Creighton, Drexel, and Villanova. The Red Hawks are just 1-3 SU and ATS in their last four. The Owls seem to play up to the competition owning wins over Wichita State, Nova, and Duke. Temple is 8-2 their L10 and has covered five of their L7. This inter-city rivalry is much more than a conference game for both. Temple leaves with bragging rights tonight.
(CBB) San Francisco -10 over San Diego
San Francisco is having a nice year at 14-9 and covering five of their last six. The Dons are 4-0 SU and ATS the L4 in the series with wins of 16-2-10-14 over the Torreros. San Diego beat Pepperdine on Thursday but are just 7-18 vs the points in these quick turnaround games. San Francisco has a pretty potent offense and has the firepower to outscore San Diego. The Dons are just 4-8 as a favorite but most telling is their 15-8 ATS run against sub .500 records. A couple of more points than we’d like but USF rates a solid nod on the late show.