Tip-Off for 1/31/13 (featuring Charlie Wilson): Grizzlies trade star swingman Rudy Gay to Raptors in a cap-saving effort

Posted in Blogroll on January 31st, 2013 by Ronald Glover

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Rudy Gay gives the Raptors an All-Star talent not seen since the days of Vince Carter.

Memphis Grizzlies have traded sixth-year small forward Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors in a three-team deal which included the Detroit Pistons. The Grizzlies are fourth in the Western Conference, but a move like this could prove disastrous for a team looking to clear salary cap space.

The details of the trade are as follows: Memphis gets Tayshaun Prince (Det.), Ed Davis (Tor.) and Austin Daye (Det). Detroit receives Toronto point guard Jose Calderon and the Raptors acquire Memphis forward Rudy Gay and center Hamed Hadaddi.

 

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Tip-Off for 1/30/13 (featuring Jay-Z & Kanye West): Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge silences Mavericks at the buzzer

Posted in Blogroll on January 30th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

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LaMarcus Aldridge hit the game-tying and game-winning shots against the Mavericks.

LaMarcus Aldridge hit his first three-pointer of the season late in regulation against the Dallas Mavericks. A short time later the newly named All-Star drained a jumper at the horn to give the Portland Trailblazers a 106-104 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

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Tip-Off for 1/29/13 (featuring David Ruffin): Golden State Warriors pound Toronto Raptors 114-102 as Andrew Bogut returns

Posted in Blogroll on January 29th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

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Steph Curry scored 17 points before leaving with an ankle injury.

 

The surprising Golden State Warriors received a nice boost to their lineup when center Andrew Bogut saw action for the first time this season in the Warriors 114-102 win over the Toronto Raptors. With All-Star forward David Lee and All-Star snub Steph Curry, the Warriors are second in the Pacific Division. The addition of Bogut gives the Warriors an opportunity to close in on the Clippers 5-game lead.

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Adrian Peterson, ACL injuries and the burden to show and prove

Posted in Blogroll on January 28th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(Boston Globe)

The loss of floor general Rajon Rondo will loom large for the Boston Celtics.

Adrian Peterson’s miraculous recovery from a torn ACL has set a new precedent in modern medicine and in the world of sports. Naturally, each injury and its severity varies per person. Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is the latest star to fall victim to the three most feared letters in sports.

Peterson’s recovery and performance after the surgery has given athletes hope of a return to form. In the same sense, the burden to hasten a comeback becomes greater than the recovery process.

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Tip-Off for 1/28/13 (featuring The Ohio Players): Paul Pierce posts a triple-double in double overtime thriller over the Heat 100-98

Posted in Blogroll on January 28th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

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Paul Pierce was The Truth, playing 49 of 58 minutes in a drama-filled Celtics win.

The Boston Celtics allowed a four-point lead slip away with less than a minute remaining. In the second overtime, Paul Pierce hit the game-winning basket with 30 seconds remaining to give the C’s a 100-98 victory and snap a six-game losing streak.

The news wasn’t all good for the Celtics. The team learned All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo will be lost for the season with a torn ACL.

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Tip-Off for 1/25/13 (featuring WAR): Knicks hang on to defeat Celtics; Suns scorch Clippers

Posted in Blogroll on January 25th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

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Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks broke a six-year slide in Beantown.

The New York Knicks and Boston Celtics have been playing iffy ball as of late. Carmelo Anthony shook off a rough first half to finish strong in the Knicks 89-86 victory. The Celtics have now lost five straight. The Knicks ended a six-year losing streak in Boston — which spanned 11 games.

The Phoenix Suns took advantage of the Clippers — who were without Chris Paul once again. The Suns got their biggest home win of the season, defeating the Clippers 93-88.

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God, Ray Lewis and the darkness amid the light

Posted in Blogroll on January 24th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(Baltimore Sun)

As Ray Lewis channels his inner light, there are those who want to remind him of darker days.

Ray Lewis’ final game as a member of the Baltimore Ravens will play out on the turf of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Super Bowl XLVII. During the Baltimore Ravens phenomenal run through the playoffs, Lewis has placed his faith in God at the focal point of the Ravens three victories — anchored by his 44 tackles.

Most of the attention Super Bowl week will surround the meeting of the Harbaugh brothers John and Jim. Ray Lewis will be the most sought after player. He’ll answer dozens of questions about his 17-years in the NFL, his family, his children and the night that changed him forever.

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Khalif Wyatt’s sharp shooting pushes Temple Owls past Penn Quakers 76-69

Posted in Blogroll on January 24th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

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Khalif Wyatt’s big second half was just what Temple needed.

Temple’s Khalif Wyatt shook off a frustrating first half to finish with 26 points in the Owls 76-69 victory over the cross-town rival Penn Quakers in a Big 5 contest.

The Quakers led by as many as nine points with ten minutes to go in the second half, but were unable to stop the hot shooting of Wyatt.

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Tip-Off for 1/24/13 (featuring Ne-Yo): LeBron James and Dwyane Wade catch fire in Heat win over Raptors

Posted in Blogroll on January 24th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(USA Today)

Miami’s Dynamic Duo were no mere mortals against the Raptors, combining for 66 points.

LeBron James posted his 34th career triple-double and his second of the season. Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen were effective in supporting roles as the Miami Heat were able to outlast the Toronto Raptors 123-116 in overtime.

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Tip-Off for 1/23/13 (featuring Hall & Oates): Kyrie Irving goes off on Celtics; Thunder pound Clippers 109-97

Posted in Blogroll on January 23rd, 2013 by Ronald Glover

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The Masked Avenger: Kyrie Irving is worthy of All-Star consideration.

Kyrie Irving’s 40-point explosion against the slumping Boston Celtics may have sealed his first All-Star appearance. Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers dropped the Celtics to their fourth consecutive defeat 95-90.

The Oklahoma City Thunder used a big third quarter to cruise to a 109-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Tip-Off for 1/22/13 (featuring Rafael Saddiq): Joe Johnson’s hot hand guides Brooklyn Nets to victory over NY Knicks 88-85

Posted in Blogroll on January 22nd, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(Newsday)

Joe Johnson’s shooting has been missed in Atlanta and longed for in Brooklyn.

Joe Johnson and Deron Williams gave the type of performance Nets fans have anticipated since their arrival in Brooklyn. Johnson scored 25 points and Williams handed out 11 dimes in the Nets 88-85 win over the Knicks. The Nets win draws the cross-borough rivalry even at two games each.

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Tip-Off for 1/21/13 (featuring President Barack Obama): Down and out in LA

Posted in Blogroll on January 21st, 2013 by Ronald Glover

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Dwight Howard’s first half ejection has been a microcosm of his first season in LA.

The Los Angeles Lakers have officially hit rock bottom after the loss to the Toronto Raptors 108-103. The Lakers shot 43 percent from the field and only grabbed 37 rebounds, thanks in part to center Dwight Howard being ejected in the first half.

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Road Warriors: 49ers and Ravens to meet in Super Bowl XLVII

Posted in Blogroll on January 21st, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(Washington Post)

Frank Gore’s two touchdowns are a big reason the 49ers are headed to the Super Bowl.

One road win stood between the San Francisco 49ers, the Baltimore Ravens and a trip to the Super Bowl. The Niners rallied from 17 points down to blow past the host Atlanta Falcons 28-24. The Niners effort this week was more grit and less flash against a Falcons team who opened the game on a roll.

The Ravens heard all the retirement party reservations made for linebacker Ray Lewis. The party instead will be moved to New Orleans. The Ravens trailed 13-7 at the half, only to pitch a second half shutout against the New England Patriots on their way to a 28-13 victory.

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Baseball mourns immortals Earl Weaver and Stan Musial

Posted in Blogroll on January 20th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(CBS Sports)

Whether in or out of uniform, Stan was the Man in St. Louis. 

Baseball wept yesterday with the passing of two of its greatest personalities. The fiery Earl Weaver who led the Orioles to four American League pennants and a World Series Championship in 1970, passed on Friday at age 82. As nightfall approached on Saturday, we received news of the passing of St.Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial who was 92.

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Ron Glover’s Championship Sunday Picks: Colin Kaepernick and the 49’ers are on the brink of glory. Can Joe Flacco remain unflappable?

Posted in Blogroll on January 19th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

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Can Ray Lewis take one, maybe two more heart-stopping moments.

The San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons shared some memorable games as members of the NFC West. Sunday, they meet again for the first time in the NFC Championship. The 49ers are headed to their 14th NFC Championship game, the Falcons are playing in their third.

The Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots will meet in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship. Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed a potentially game-tying 32-yard field goal. Instead, the Patriots went on to Super Bowl XLVI. The Ravens defeated the Patriots 31-30 in Week 3 on last second field goal by Justin Tucker as time expired.

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