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  • Jan
    9

    The New York Knicks played better in Dallas but continued their losing ways with the 99-94 loss at the hands of the Mavericks. Once again, Chris Duhon led the Knicks in scoring with 24 points. Never a good sign, although he did add 7 assists. Wilson Chandler chipped in 20 points in a rare start, while David Lee put in another solid effort – 13 points and 15 rebounds in 37 minutes. Al Harrington scored 14 points off the bench, while Tim Thomas chipped in 10 points in a reserve role. The Mavericks put in a balanced offensive attack – with 6 players in double-digit scoring – led by Josh Howard with 19. Dirk Nowitzki was kept in check for most of the night – 3 of 13 shotting for only 10 points. Brandon Bass had the best night for the Mavericks in a reserve role – 12 points and 11 rebounds in only 27 minutes.

    The Knicks are now 13-21 – 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. The Mavericks are now 22-13 and are playing well after a slow start. They are currently the 5th seed in the Western Conference but are within 2 games of the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Hornets for the race in the Southwest Division.

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  • Jan
    9

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    The Florida Gators covered the 7-point spread with the 24-14 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in the BCS National Championship Game in Miami on Thursday night. In a game expected to be a shootout between 2 electrifying offenses, including the Sooners best college offense of all-time, defenses ruled the day early in the game. The 2 teams traded touchdowns in the 2nd quarter, leaving critics and fans mystified at the 7-7 halftime score. After Florida scored the only points of the 3rd quarter on a Percy Harvin 2-yard rushing touchdown, things got interesting in the 4th quarter. Oklahoma tied the game at 14 on a Sam Bradford 11-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Gresham – the 2nd time the two connected for a score in the game. But that would be the last time that Oklahoma would reach paydirt. Florida Quarterback Tim Tebow – AKA Superman – took over from there. Tebow led Florida on 2 scoring drives which iced the game and gave Urban Meyer and the Gators their 2nd national championship in 3 years. Jonathan Phillips kicked a 28-yard field goal to give the Gators a 17-14 lead, and Tebow connected with David Nelson on his “patented jump pass” to ice the game with a 4-yard touchdown pass with less than 4 minutes left in the game. The rest was history.

    For 2 teams that were so dominant during the regular season, the game was more sloppy than expected. Tebow and Bradford each threw 2 interceptions. Bradford’s 1st half interception was extremely costly as it came right on the Gators goal line – the 2nd time that the Gators had thwarted a Sooners red zone possession (the Gators had earlier stopped the Sooners on downs in a goal line stand). Maybe Oklahoma never really recovered from those early setbacks as the offense seemed out-of-synch all night long. Bradford did complete 26 of 41 passes for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he never seemed to have a good handle on what he wanted to do against the fast and aggressive Gators defense. Similarly, Tebow only completed 18 passes with 2 interceptions, but he did throw for 231 yards, pass for 2 touchdowns and chip in 109 yards on the ground with a lot of gritty gutsy runs. The injured Percy Harvin may have been the unsung hero of the game. It was unclear if, or how much, Harvin would be able to play for Florida after he missed the SEC Championship Game against Alabama with a severe ankle injury. Harvin managed to participate in 49 plays, accumulating 14 touches throughout the night. Harvin rushed 9 times for 122 yards and one score, and also caught 5 passes for 49 yards. Harvin is such an explosive player, just having him in the game forces the opposition to committ defenders to him just in case he touches th ball. Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer said that Harvin was only at 80% and that the staff monitored Harvin’s status throughout the contest. It looks like they did a spectacular job gauging his ability to manage the pain.

    I was a little disappointed by the contest – I thought I would see more consistent offensive attacks and cleaner play. But at least this game wasn’t a blowout and kept me interested through most all of the 60 minutes. Kudos to the Gators and to you Sooners fans – hang in there – 3 BCS National Championship losses in 6 years isn’t fun, but at least you made it that far and had a chance to bring home the trophy.

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  • Jan
    9

    Not sure about this. Just found it very odd story.

    Yahoo:

    The Portland Trail Blazers sent an email to rival team executives late Thursday threatening possible litigation to any franchise that signs free-agent forward Darius Miles for the “purpose of adversely impacting the Portland Trail Blazers’ salary cap and tax positions.”

    The email cites Wednesday’s Yahoo! Sports report that if Miles plays in two more games this season, the remaining $18 million on his contract goes back on the Blazers’ payroll.

    “The Portland Trail Blazers are aware that certain teams may be contemplating signing Darius Miles to a contract for the purpose of adversely impacting the Portland Trail Blazers Salary Cap and tax positions,” Blazers president Larry Miller wrote in the email to representatives of every NBA team. “Such conduct by a team would violate its fiduciary duty as an NBA joint venturer. In addition, persons or entities involved in such conduct may be individually liable to the Portland Trail Blazers for tortuously interfering with the Portland Trail Blazers contract rights and perspective economic opportunities.

    “Please be aware that if a team engages in such conduct, the Portland Trail Blazers will take all necessary steps to safeguard its rights, including, without limitation, litigation.”

    Teams had been under the impression the collective bargaining agreement demanded that Miles play 10 regular-season or postseason games for the $18 million – which is split evenly between this and next season – to return to the Blazers’ payroll. But the league office confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that the six preseason games that Miles played for the Boston Celtics counts toward the 10. Before the Memphis Grizzlies waived him on Tuesday night to avoid guaranteeing his contract for the rest of the season, Miles played two regular-season games that pushed him to eight total.

    The NBA notified teams on Friday morning that Miles has cleared waivers and is officially a free agent.

    “They’re daring someone to sign him now,” said one Western Conference GM who had seen the email from the Blazers.

    Any team in the NBA can sign Miles to a 10-day contract, play him twice and punch out one of the summer’s top free-agent destinations. The Blazers are a prime destination for free agents, and the cap space also made them a fierce competitor for sign-and-trade deals. If Miles returns to the salary cap, he also will push Portland into the luxury tax. That means every team under the tax would benefit with about $250,000 of revenue sharing from Portland.

    “The point that everybody is missing is that this isn’t about Portland’s salary cap. It’s about whether this guy [Miles] is healthy enough to play or not,” said an Eastern Conference executive. “He obviously is healthy enough to play. It doesn’t matter how good he plays. He can still play, and they said he couldn’t.

    “Portland received benefits when [Miles’] injury was ruled career-ending. If he can play, they don’t deserve to have those benefits.”

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