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    by Published on 11-21-2010 01:13 PM

    Ian Poulter held off a spirited challenge from Italian youngster Matteo Manassero to win the Hong Kong Open by one stroke Sunday.

    The 17-year-old Manassero shot an 8-under 62 at the Fanling course and finished at 21-under 259, but Poulter's 67 was enough to secure his 10th win on the European Tour.

    "I felt comfortable the whole day, the way I was hitting it," Poulter said. "I was hitting it inside 12 feet at pretty much nearly every hole out there and I knew if I kept doing that I would be very tough to beat."

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/golf/news/story?id=5834649
    by Published on 11-20-2010 11:40 AM
    Categories:
    1. San Antonio Spurs

    Tim Duncan had just made two free throws when he heard the word "congratulations" from a San Antonio teammate.

    "It took me a second to catch on," Duncan admitted Friday night after the Spurs' 94-82 win over the Utah Jazz.

    After scoring point No. 20,791 to set the Spurs' career record, the star forward can be forgiven for the momentary mental lapse.

    "I'm just happy for him," Spurs coach George Popovich said of Duncan, who now has 20,797, seven more than David Robinson scored in 14 NBA seasons. "You know he is the driving force behind our championships and for him to have the record now with games played and points is appropriate."

    Duncan, who eclipsed the scoring mark with 5:28 left in the third quarter, also became the Spurs' career leader in games played with 988 -- one more than Robinson.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=301119026
    by Published on 11-20-2010 11:36 AM

    For just another game, it sure looked like a significant victory for Minnesota.

    Blake Hoffarber scored 20 points, Ralph Sampson III and Trevor Mbakwe created havoc all over the court and the Golden Gophers beat No. 8 North Carolina 72-67 on Friday night in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.

    "We had to come ready to play," Mbakwe said. "All the guys were ready, focused. We knew this was a big game for the program."

    The Gophers (4-0) mobbed each other in front of the bench and danced around in a circle to celebrate the win -- and their trip to Sunday's final against West Virginia.

    Coach Tubby Smith had called North Carolina just "another game," but it sure looked like more while Hoffarber was silencing the pro-Tar Heels crowd with 3s. When the early upset was over, it looked as if Smith might have his best team yet in four seasons in Minnesota.

    "I liked our courage, I liked our toughness," Smith said.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=303230135
    by Published on 11-20-2010 11:26 AM
    Categories:
    1. NFL
    2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Buccaneers rookie receiver Mike Williams was arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Friday morning, according to Hillsborough County Jail records.

    Williams' blood alcohol level was below the state limit of .08, but a sheriff's department spokesman said that Williams was seen speeding and weaving in traffic in a black Escalade around 2:30 a.m. ET.

    Sheriff's deputies said his eyes were glassy and he smelled of alcohol.

    Williams, 23, also submitted to a urine test, which can be requested if the officer suspects a driver is under the influence of something other than alcohol, the spokesman said.

    Toxicology results could take four to six weeks.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5824443
    by Published on 11-20-2010 11:22 AM
    Categories:
    1. NFL

    Former University of Hawaii star and Washington Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan suffered broken ribs, a broken left collarbone and head injuries in a two-car, head-on crash on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday.

    Big Island police say Brennan was a passenger in an SUV driven by girlfriend Shakti Stream. They say she crossed the centerline on Queen Kaahumanu Highway near Makalawena in North Kona and collided with a sedan driven by a Waikoloa woman.

    Police said they had not determined the cause of the accident yet.

    Brennan's agent, Ryan Tollner, issued a statement that said Brennan, 27, was transported to Honolulu for further medical treatment after being taken to Kona Community Hospital on Friday. Tollner said Brennan's condition was serious.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5827047
    by Published on 11-20-2010 11:20 AM
    Categories:
    1. NHL

    Pat Burns, the former Montreal police officer who led New Jersey to the 2003 Stanley Cup title and was the NHL's coach of the year with three teams, died Friday. He was 58.

    Burns battled cancer of the colon and the liver in 2004 and 2005 and hoped he had beaten the disease, but in January 2009 doctors found it had spread to his lungs.

    This time, he decided to forgo further treatment.

    "Just as they will remember Pat for his success as a coach, hockey fans also will remember his humor, his honesty, his humanity and his courage," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "As it mourns the loss of an outstanding contributor to the game, the National Hockey League sends heartfelt condolences to Pat's family and friends."

    Read more:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=5827137
    by Published on 11-20-2010 11:16 AM
    Categories:
    1. MLB

    A jury in Florida on Saturday acquitted former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz of DUI manslaughter in a 2007 crash that killed a mother of two.

    However, Leyritz was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail. Leyritz had faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the manslaughter charge.

    Sentencing was set for Nov. 29.

    Testimony was inconclusive on whether Leyritz ran a red light on Dec. 28, 2007, when he collided with a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch, who died.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5829184
    by Published on 11-20-2010 10:10 AM
    Categories:
    1. New Orleans Hornets
    2. Toronto Raptors

    The New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors have agreed in principle on a five-player trade that would send Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless to the Raptors for Jarrett Jack, David Andersen and Marcus Banks, a source told ESPN.com Saturday.

    The deal was close to being completed Friday night, but had been held up over the amount of cash the Hornets would send to the Raptors in the trade, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    In order for the deal to pass muster under league rules, it actually would be executed as two separate trades to get around a restriction preventing Bayless from being included in a multi-player deal prior to Dec. 23 -- two months from the date the Hornets acquired Bayless from Portland.

    A trade call likely will take place Saturday afternoon.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5828835
    by Published on 11-19-2010 03:21 PM

    Even with all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding Nancy Lieberman's groundbreaking debut as coach of the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League, Thursday night's loss was all about basketball for her.

    The Frisco-based Legends fell to the defending champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers 123-115 before a nationally televised audience. The fact that the Hall of Famer became the first female to coach an NBA-affiliated team was an afterthought.

    "It was another game," Lieberman said. "I've been through thousands of them."

    Lieberman's credentials as a women's basketball pioneer stand alone. But sticking her foot into what has been men's-only territory was unique.

    The D-League moved up the game three days in order to carry it live on television. Lieberman, who was coach of the WNBA's Detroit Shock for three seasons, wore a wireless microphone, and a cameraman followed her every move.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nba...ory?id=5823817
    by Published on 11-19-2010 03:18 PM

    Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has been suspended for the Tennessee Volunteers' first eight Southeastern Conference games as punishment from league Commissioner Mike Slive for violating NCAA rules and misleading investigators.

    "I have been a very public advocate for playing by the rules," Pearl said Friday. "When you don't play by the rules, these are the things that can happen. So while these penalties that we've self-imposed and now the commissioner's imposing are unprecedentedly strong, it sets a very high standard and a high standard that I agreed to."

    Tennessee associate head coach Tony Jones will replace Pearl during those eight games with help from assistants Jason Shay and Steve Forbes.

    Slive, who was given authority to issue suspensions during the SEC's spring meetings, sent a letter Thursday informing Pearl he cannot participate in SEC games between Jan. 8 and Feb. 5 and any related activity or practice on those game days.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5824966
    by Published on 11-19-2010 12:41 PM
    Categories:
    1. Golden State Warriors

    The Return of WE BELIEVE: Can the Warriors Make the Playoffs "This" Season?

    By Jason


    I modified the WE BELIEVE logo from the 2006 - 07 season to be a symbol of the Warriors hinting that this "is" a playoff team. The logo should be updated to reflect the 2010 - 11 season, but for now, it can serve as a place holder to get the playoff message across.

    In one of my earlier articles, I outlined the following key points that I got from the preseason.

    “First, David Lee and Andris Biedrins were playing TOGETHER. On the court at the same time.”

    So far, they have combined for 169 rebounds, 8 blocked shots and 17 steals in eight games. That averages out to 21.1 reb, 1.0 blk and 2.1 stl per game between our starting big me. If one adds Dorell Wright, at 6-9, he’s gobbled up an extra 40 reb, 8 blk and 10 stl. It means that the Warriors are sixth in the league in defense when counting rebounds, blocked shots and steals. That’s a huge improvement from years past, but the defensive work needs to continue. It can get rusty in a hurry if players do not work at it.

    “Second, Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry were starting in the backcourt. Ellis appears to still have a tendency to try and do too much by himself, but he’s gotten better and he may have a 3-pt shot.”

    One usually thinks about offense when Curry and Ellis are mentioned. The dynamic duo has combined for 347 pts, 78 ast, 15 3-ptv after eight games. On defense, they have 39 stl and 3 blk. The 39 steals with 28 from Ellis are impressive numbers.

    Next, the rebounding has improved even though the 3-pt shooting has not. The defense has improved, too, but it can be better. What was disappointing was the Warriors perimeter shooting at times. They were cold and needed a go to guy to get them going again. I’m still not sure who the go to guy will be, but he should be somewhere on the bench this year whether that will turn out to be Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, David Lee or all three. Don’t count on defense, shooting or rebounding to be there at all times, but hopefully during the season, we’ll be able to see what the identity of this team will be and who the real leader or leaders of this team will be.

    The things this year’s team has shown from past year’s teams are — better rebounding, better defense, no Cohan, Larry Riley may be a good GM, no Don Nelson and his weird rotations, pretty good offense and great team chemistry. Take a look at the facts:
    - Offense is 6th in the league at 104.6 ppg vs 102.6 ppg for the opponents
    - FG % is .461 (at about the average of .457)
    - 3-PT% is .361 (thirteeth in the league; .36 is about average)
    - APG is at 23.0 (eight in the league)
    - Rebounding is 44.6 RPG (fifth in the league)
    - 5.8 BLK is (eighth in the league)
    - 9.6 STL (third in the league)
    The big negative is the .72 FT% as the Warriors are twenty fifth. They have Mark Price, who averaged 90% at the free throw line, as coach so he needs to get cracking. The Warriors also need better shot selection and improve their potent offense. On defense, they have to improve their in the paint and perimeter defense. Andris Biedrins still has not gotten his blocks and steals back to where they were during the 2008 - 09 season when he averaged a double-double. He had 1 stl and 1.6 blk back then. When Lou Admundson and Ekpe Udoh return the Warriors should be better in the paint on defense.

    The Warriors can beat the LA Clips and Sacramento, but they will have to beat Houston, Utah, Denver, Memphis and Phoenix to be sure they're in the playoffs. Sure to make it are the LA Lakers, Dallas, Portland, Oklahoma City and maybe San Antonio. New Orleans looks excellent so far. Usually, it takes a .500 record to get in the playoffs, but in the WC, it is better to shoot for beyond that mark. Still, the West has gotten weaker and teams in the East have gotten better, so a .500 record may do it.
    by Published on 11-18-2010 02:57 PM
    Categories:
    1. Portland Trailblazers

    Unbelievable.

    “We are all wondering what is going on.”

    Impossible.

    “We’re trying to find a reason for why these things are happening.”

    Completely unfair.

    “When things go wrong, we as society want to find someone to point the finger at or blame, and
    sometimes things just happens. And these injuries, each one of them… they’ve just happened.”

    If you say so, Coach.

    Nate McMillan was struggling to explain how Greg Oden could be injured: again. The 22-year-old
    former number 1 pick, who was seen by many to be the embodiment of a new Blazers era, will undergo
    microfracture surgery on his left knee some time Friday.

    Speaking at a hastily-summoned press conference Wednesday night, everyone was searching for
    answers.

    “Things happen,” said an expressionless McMillan. “And I can tell you that this medical staff, [head
    trainer] Jay [Jensen], our doctors, they work in the best interests of our players and our organization.”

    We’re sure they do. But is anyone else getting an uneasy feeling? A certain pit deep in the collective
    Blazer stomach that screams, “enough already”?

    After Oden went down last year with a fractured left patella, we were shocked. When Joel Przybilla
    suffered a torn patella tendon, eyebrows were raised. Then Pendergraph goes down with a torn ACL,
    and Elliot Willams went out for the season with a dislocated patella.

    Then it got worse.

    News about Brandon Roy’s less-than-stellar play is first chalked up to preseason “coasting.” Then it’s
    because he’s sore. Finally, Roy himself reports that both knees are devoid of meniscus, the rubber
    pads of fibrocartilage that protects the bones of the thigh and lower leg from crunching together when
    running or walking. It’s a chronic condition, and surgery isn’t an option.

    Now this.

    “He’s been through this before,” said visibly shaken head trainer Jay Jenson, at times fighting back

    tears. “He knows what this is all about.”

    But that’s of little comfort to fans who were trying to find a bright spot in a season that looked an awful
    like the last one, full of “what-ifs” and a torrent of injuries.

    So how did it happen?

    Greg had some discomfort in his knee, but it was thought to be the lingering effects of his patella
    surgery. By Tuesday Nov. 9, his knee had “a significant effusion,” or swelling, which was drained that
    night. The next day, the swelling had subsided, and Dr. Neal ElAttrache attributed it to increased activity
    which was to be expected as Oden upped his workload. The next day, Jensen saw Oden’s knee, and the
    swelling had gone back up. Jensen told Blazers' doctor Don Roberts, and an MRI was performed that
    Saturday.

    Nobody was prepared for the results.

    “It was like we got kicked in the stomach,” Jensen said. With just Oden, Dr. Roberts, and himself in a
    room looking at the film, Greg was the only one that didn’t see what the other two men spotted right off
    the bat.

    “It felt like someone close to us had died,” said Jensen. “We didn’t know what to say. We were
    shocked.”

    So are Blazer fans.

    Having to hear that our one-time savior is out for the season yet again, just as he was so close to coming
    back, is a little much to bear. Without our best player, without our promising center, many of us are
    wondering, “why us?” And will it happen again?

    “I can tell you that we’ve done a lot of tests on Greg,” Jensen said. “We’ve done a lot of blood work
    on Greg, we’ve done bone density tests on Greg. His bone density is off the charts. His patella was rock
    solid. He’s had Vitamin D studies done, and has one of the highest values on the team. We’ve done a lot
    of tests on Greg, and they’re all negative.”

    Then why did it feel so inevitable this time? Because I’m sure a lot us felt that, as much as we wanted to
    believe that a dominant Greg Oden would be banging the block during an honest-to-God championship
    run, his health just wouldn’t hold up.

    Jensen’s metaphor for Oden’s cartilage deterioration was blunt: “For lack of a better term, it’s like taking
    a 9 iron and taking a hole out of the cartilage.”

    Yikes.

    When asked what Oden’s future was with the team, General Manager Rich Cho was vague at best, and
    evasive at worst.

    “Greg’s still part of the team. He’s going to be a restricted free agent this summer.”

    So…

    “He’ll be able to look at other teams. His right knee came out strong. If you ask Greg, his knee is stronger
    than before he had micro fracture.”

    Not exactly a vote of confidence. What else could you expect, though: the Blazers failed to offer an
    extension this year, which, as terrible as it is to say, may have been a blessing in disguise. Imagine if
    the Blazers had put near-max money on the table, only to have to wait yet another year before their
    investment hit the court.

    Now the Blazers will have to decide whether to extend Greg the $8 million-plus it would take to have
    the privilege of matching another team’s offer next year, or risk letting him sign somewhere else.

    It’s just one more unknown in a bucket full of others the Blazers will have to deal with. From the players
    to their contracts, nothing is certain: not even the procedures and diagnoses meant to heal them.

    “Medicine is not an exact science,” said Jensen. “There are a lot of things in medicine that are not black
    and white, that are grey areas.”

    And with this latest news, the Blazers’ biggest grey area just got a little darker.

    Brandon Goldner

    Sources:
    1. http://hoopshype.com/salaries/portland.htm - Greg’s qualifying offer
    2. http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/in...en_out_of.html
    - Pendergraph injury
    3. http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/401640...s-player_news/ - Roy’s knees
    4. http://www.orthop.washington.edu/uw/...0313/Articles/
    Default.aspx - Meniscus definition
    5. http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/in...ve_to_wai.html
    Rich cho flies to LA
    by Published on 11-18-2010 11:59 AM
    Categories:
    1. NBA
    2. LA Lakers
    3. NFL

    Staff report

    Former Bulls loose cannon Ron Artest tells cbssports.com that when he retires from basketball he wants to try out for an NFL team.

    Given Artest's physical play and size (6-7, 260) perhaps the Lakers' forward is on to something and could make the transition into a Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates type tight end. But at 31 and with a contract that runs through the 2014 season, it appears to be, as Artest puts it, a fantasy.

    "God willing, after my NBA career, God willing I'm still athletic enough - which I'm trying to take care of my body as best as possible and be prepared for this day, for this tryout of an NFL team," Artest said. "... It's a fantasy of mine. It's an opportunity because I'm athletic. So if that fantasy can be fulfilled, and if it's something that can really be reached as far as a goal, I'm going for it."

    Photo: Ron Artest wrestles for the ball with the Kings' DeMarcus Cousins. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


    Get the full story: cbssports.com


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    by Published on 11-18-2010 11:43 AM
    Categories:
    1. Tampa Bay Lightning

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mattias Ritola has been suspended two games without pay for hitting Matt Moulson of the New ...
    by Published on 11-18-2010 11:41 AM

    Former Indiana basketball player A.J. Moye has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke following a head-on collision with a teammate in practice.

    Moye's team, Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt, said Thursday the 28-year-old forward had been taken to a hospital for "intensive examinations."

    Moye played at Indiana from 2001 to 2004, and averaged 5.9 points a game the year the Hoosiers advanced to the 2002 NCAA championship.

    The Skyliners said both players were able to continue practicing after Monday's collision, but that Moye had trouble finding words during a phone conversation that evening with his stepfather.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/...ory?id=5821161
    by Published on 11-18-2010 11:38 AM

    Bill Bell, a Mississippi State booster and former player at the school, told the NCAA he received a text message from a man claiming to represent Cam Newton's father that outlined a payment plan designed to bring the quarterback to the Bulldogs.

    Bell said former teammate Kenny Rogers told him Cecil Newton wanted money for his son to play at Mississippi State.

    Bell told ESPN.com he also shared a series of voice mail messages from Rogers with the NCAA last week. Bell said Cecil Newton never specifically asked him for money, but that Newton was present during three-way calls in which Rogers discussed a pay-for-play scheme.

    Bell said he told the NCAA that Rogers sent him a text message outlining a payment schedule. Bell said the text included a request for $80,000 the day after Cam Newton signed with Mississippi State, $50,000 30 days after that and another $50,000 30 days later.

    "When he asked for it, it was like 'Bam!'" Bell said. "He told me this kid's dad is going to want money and the next day he sent me a text message. He didn't say anything other than 'This is what I want and I want it in three installments.'"

    read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5818428
    by Published on 11-18-2010 11:35 AM
    Categories:
    1. MLB

    Felix Hernandez has been chosen the AL Cy Young Award winner.

    The Seattle Mariners ace won by an easy margin ...
    by Published on 11-17-2010 12:25 PM
    Categories:
    1. New York Islanders

    The odds were against Scott Gordon all along.

    Once the New York Islanders dropped 10 games in a row in the final year of his contract, it was hardly a surprise that he was fired Monday in his third year as coach.

    A three-game sweep on a California trip left the team on an 0-9-1 skid, sealing his fate. Gordon was replaced by Jack Capuano, the coach of the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Capuano will make his NHL coaching debut Wednesday at home against Tampa Bay.

    "It's not the ideal situation," Capuano said after running practice Monday. "I have great respect for Scott. We've been friends for a long time and I've learned a great deal for him. But there was a change, and I'll make the best of my opportunity."

    The Islanders were already operating with a roster that lacked superior talent and depth when key forward Kyle Okposo and top defenseman Mark Streit were injured during the preseason and lost for months.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/n...ory?id=5808569
    by Published on 11-17-2010 12:22 PM
    Categories:
    1. MLB

    Baseball management is more likely to consider expanded playoffs for 2012 than for next year.

    After discussing ...
    by Published on 11-17-2010 12:20 PM
    Categories:
    1. Houston Texans

    Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has been hospitalized with a bursa sac injury in one of his knees and missed Wednesday's practice.

    Coach Gary Kubiak would not specify which knee Schaub hurt, but said the injury will not require surgery. Kubiak expects Schaub to return to practice on Thursday and be ready when the Texans (4-5) play at the New York Jets (7-2) on Sunday.

    Schaub's agent, Joby Branion, would not comment on Schaub's status.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5817598

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