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Thursday, 7-Apr-2011 01:06 Email | Share | | Bookmark
5 Reasons the New York Knicks Want To Play the Miami Heat in NBA


The New York Knicks currently sit seventh in the Eastern Conference, just a game-and-a-half behind the sixth-place Philadelphia 76ers heading into the City of Brotherly Love for a game tonight.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are tied for second in the conference with five games remaining, both teams sitting three games behind the East-leading Chicago Bulls.

The Knicks should hope the seeding works out for them to match up with the Heat in the first round. The Knicks have yet to beat the Celtics this season (0-3) with one game left to play at TD Garden, while they split the season series with Miami, 2-2.

But regular-season results aren't the only reason the Knicks should want to play the Heat.


Monday, 28-Mar-2011 08:43 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Will Dayne Crist or Tommy Rees Win the Starting QB Job?


With spring football practices in full swing in South Bend, one large question still looms: Who will be the starting quarterback for the Irish in the Fall?

As it stands now, it is a four-man race, but Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees seem to be the front-runners.

Many of the Irish faithful believe that Crist will get the nod.

Crist holds the age and experience advantages over Rees. However, with two major knee injuries in the past two seasons, Crist's durability is questioned by many. Aside from those injuries, he definitely has the most pure talent of any of the quarterbacks in question.

The biggest issue many fans see with Crist is his accuracy. There were many easy throws last season that Crist plain missed. If he wants to win the starting job, he must improve the accuracy of this throws.

Despite not having the age or experience of Dayne Crist, Tommy Rees has proven that he is a flat-out winner.

As a freshman last season, Rees guided the Irish to four straight wins to end the season. Rees' first three starts—all wins—came in the following venues: Notre Dame Stadium, Yankee Stadium, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Not too shabby for a freshman starting quarterback at Notre Dame.

However, his lack of mobility is a large weakness in his candidacy to win the starting job. His excellent composure under pressure last season is something that can't be ignored, though.

The real question to ask is: Which quarterback is better suited to handle the demands and pressures of head coach Brian Kelly's high-octane spread attack?

The answer to that question at this point in time is Dayne Crist. His experience and talent will give him a slight edge over Tommy Rees to be Notre Dame's starting quarterback against South Florida on September 3.


Monday, 28-Mar-2011 06:25 Email | Share | | Bookmark
NHL - Bruins beat Flyers to grab play-off spot


Brad Marchand scored Boston's second power-play goal, gathering a rebound in front of the Flyers goal and sliding the puck past a sprawled Brian Boucher with three minutes 43 seconds remaining to secure victory.
"I thought the puck was moving well on our power play and we weren't finishing and we need to be a little bit better around the net with those rebounds," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
"That's exactly what happened tonight. We pounced on those loose pucks and finished it."
Kris Versteeg opened the scoring for Philadelphia in the first period, steering a slap-pass from Mike Richards past Bruins goalkeeper Tim Thomas.
Nathan Horton responded for Boston in the second period, slapping in a rebound just four seconds into a Bruins powerplay.
Horton's goal energized the Bruins and Flyers goalie Brian Boucher made several key saves in the second period to keep the score tied, while Thomas was equally good in the third.
"The first period, we felt pretty good. We had some passion and some energy," said Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros.
"After that, it just disappeared for some reason. They did everything better than us."
Boston (42-23-10) holds a 14-point advantage over ninth-placed Carolina in the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining in the regular season.
The Bruins lead the Northeast division with 94 points and trail the conference-leading Flyers by six.


Thursday, 24-Mar-2011 07:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
NBA Insider: Ailing Daniels set for surgery; Redd ready to retur


Marquis Daniels never reported to the Sacramento Kings after being traded from the Boston Celtics last month. The Kings waived the physical for the 6-6 swingman, who had not played since injuring his neck and back during a game Feb. 6.
Daniels, who had signed a veteran's minimum, one-year contract over the summer with Boston, is set for surgery Wednesday in hopes of salvaging his career.
"I was born with my spine (narrow). I've been having trouble all my life," Daniels said. "I kept playing on it."
Daniels was trying to make a move to the basket when his head slammed against the chest and shoulder of Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas. Daniels similarly hurt himself during the Eastern Conference semifinals last season vs. the Magic.
"If I get hit again like that, I might be permanently paralyzed. It's not even necessarily a pain," Daniels said.
Recovery from surgery should take three to four months.
No stopping Kings
Sacramento Mayor and former NBA guard Kevin Johnson signaled he had all but given up on keeping the Kings from moving after the season. Johnson wrote on his website that relocation to Anaheim, Calif., "feels like a slow death" and these "will likely be the Kings' final weeks in Sacramento after 26 years."
The NBA granted the Kings an extension until April 18 to file a request to move for next season and didn't comment further.
MAYOR JOHNSON: Kings are in 'final weeks' in Sacramento
Three's the charm:
From the Los Angeles Lakers' triple-overtime 139-137 home win Tuesday vs. the Phoenix Suns:
•The 276 points were the most in a game this season.
•Los Angeles led by 21 points in the third quarter.
•Lakers forward Lamar Odom (season-high 29 points, 16 rebounds) and Suns forward Channing Frye (career-high 32 points, 14 rebounds) played 55 and 56 minutes, respectively, as starters. Phoenix center Marcin Gortat (24 points, 16 rebounds) played 53 minutes as a reserve.
•Only Suns forward Grant Hill fouled out, in the third OT.
•Suns guard Steve Nash had a season-high 20 assists. Backcourt mate Vince Carter took a season-high 13 three-pointers and made two.
GAME STORY: Lakers outlast Suns in 3 OTs
Injury front
Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd is planning to play Saturday vs. the Chicago Bulls after missing the last 14 months following knee surgery for torn ligaments. The Bucks, fighting for a playoff berth, got back forward Drew Gooden (left foot plantar fasciitis) Wednesday. …Utah Jazz guard Devin Harris (strained right hamstring) missed Wednesday's game vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. …Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (left groin) will miss a two-game road trip.
Quotable:
"The media seems to have made their decision, and they're the ones who vote, so I think it's over."— Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, saying the MVP will be Bulls guard Derrick Rose, not Orlando center Dwight Howard


Monday, 21-Mar-2011 08:28 Email | Share | | Bookmark
UND headed to Green Bay to play RPI


For the first time in three years, UND won’t be headed to the East Coast for the NCAA regionals.

The top-ranked Sioux will play RPI in the first round in Green Bay, Wis., at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Denver and Western Michigan also are in the Midwest Regional. The games will be on ESPN3 and UND is working on an arrangement to get it syndicated in North Dakota.

RPI is led by Hobey Baker Award finalist Chase Polacek of Edina, Minn., Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Allan York in goal and Moorhead native and Nashville Predators draft pick Jeff Foss back on the blue line.

The Engineers, coached by former Denver assistant Seth Appert, went 20-12-5.

The Sioux, who were featured on ESPN2’s selection show, enter the tournament with a 30-8-3 record. UND won the MacNaughton Cup as the regular-season champion of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the Broadmoor Trophy as the playoff champion in the league.

ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose said on ESPN’s SportsCenter that he believes UND is the team to beat.

“I love North Dakota,” Melrose said. “Their defense is like an NHL defense. They are 6-3, 6-4. . . they all move very well. They’ve got (Matt) Frattin, who I believe is the best player in college hockey. The pros are just waiting for him. You’ve got (Chay) Genoway and (Danny) Kristo. . . they are keep, fast and I like their goaltending. I like North Dakota. I like the talent level and how good of skaters they are.”

The Sioux also were pictured in Ralph Engelstad Arena watching the selection show and host John Buccigross interviewed UND’s Hobey Baker Award finalist, Matt Frattin.

Melrose called Frattin, “the best player in college hockey,” and said he should win the Hobey.

“Frattin is a great example of North Dakota,” Melrose said. “That team is going to make a lot of guys NHL players. It’s tough to re-tool every year, but North Dakota does that. Frattin is an unbelievable player and a real pro prospect.”

Defending national champion Boston College will be playing in the St. Louis regional. The Eagles will take on Colorado College in the first round. Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha play in the other game in that regional.

No. 1 overall seed Yale will be at home in the Bridgeport, Ct., regional. Yale takes on Grand Forks native Jacques Lamoureux and Air Force in the first round. Union and Minnesota-Duluth are the other teams in that regional.

Annual power Miami is the No. 1 seed in the Manchester, N.H., regional and will take on host New Hampshire in the first round. Merrimack will play Notre Dame in the other game in Manchester.

The Frozen Four will be held in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center on April 7-9.


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