West tops the East, CP3 is MVP, Danica wins Daytona 500 pole + Sunday Recap: Monday, February 18th, 2013

West downs East 143-138, the under is never in doubt

In a game that was pretty competitive throughout, the West led pretty much wire-to-wire in a 143-138 victory over the East in the 52nd NBA All-Star Game at Houston. Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the West and the Clipper’s Chris Paul chipped in with 20 points and 15 assists to take down the MVP honors. Carmelo Anthony led the East with 26 points and 12 boards. While there were plenty of highlight reel dunks and wide-open looks to go around, the players did play somewhat of a loose defense to prevent a mockery of the game. The last five minutes was all out with the money on the line. It was a big day for the books as the West opened at -3.5 and finally closed at -2. The total opened at 290, was bet all the way up to 297.5 and finally ended at 295. A 57 point first quarter pretty much killed any chance for the over.

Miami Florida survies scare from Clemson to go 12-0 in the ACC

The No.3 ranked Miami Hurricanes got a game winning three-pointer from Kenny Hadji with 34 seconds left to beat Clemson 45-43 and remain perfect in the ACC. It was brickfest in Clemson as the two teams combined to shoot just 35-108 from the field. With Duke losing to Maryland on Saturday, the Canes should move up yo No.2 in the country with an outside shot of leapfrogging Indiana.

Danica becomes first woman to win the pole for the Daytona 500

Derek Jeter cleared to resume all baseball activities

Position players reported to Yankee camp on Sunday and it was standing-room-only when Derek Jeter addressed the media. Jeter is ahead of schedule in the rehab of his surgically repaired left ankle and has been cleared to resume all baseball activities. he’s run on a treadmill and give the ankle a test on grass this week. A remarkable recover from a remarkable player that is now 38-years-old.

Merrick wins playoff to capture Northern Trust

John Merrick won the first tournament of his 168 start PGA career by beating Charlie Beljan in a playoff at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. Merrick made clutch shots to make par on the two extra holes. Beljan missed a five-footer for par on the second sudden death hole to give Merrick the win. defending champion Bill Haas started the day with a three-shot lead but could only manage a Sunday 73 to finish a shot back.

* A special note to all SB3 horse racing enthusiasts ….. check back tomorrow (Tuesday) as SP3 will have the tapes and analysis of both Kentucky Derby preps from this weekend, the El Camono Real that was run Saturday at Golden Gate and the Southwest Stakes that will be run at Oaklawn Park today.

Free Play

(NCAAB) Georgia State/William and Mary Under 141 (Monday, February 18, 7:00 PM EST )

Free Pick record in February: 5-12