Friday, February 19, 2010

PICTURES OF THE DAY

NOT HAPPY. Tiger Woods mom Kultida Woods (center) along with Kathy Battaglia, left, and Amy Reynolds, look on as Tiger makes a statement from the Sunset Room on the second floor of the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour on February 19, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Woods publicly admitted to cheating on his wife Elin Nordegren but maintained that the issues remain "a matter between a husband and a wife."

(Photos by AP Photos and Lori Moffett-Pool/Getty Images)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

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ACC HUMP NIGHT HOOPS

NO. 6 DUKE 81, MIAMI 74 – Kyle Singler scored 22 points to lead a slow starting Duke to an eventual win over Miami on Wednesday night.

The Blue Devils dug a 12-point halftime hole, then used smothering defense to rally and beat the Miami Hurricanes 81-74.

Jon Scheyer missed his first nine shots and Nolan Smith missed his first six for the Blue Devils, who shot 31 percent in the opening half to fall behind 37-25. But 22 turnovers doomed the Hurricanes, who attempted only 45 shots to 60 for the Blue Devils.

Better shooting helped, too. Scheyer, Smith and Kyle Singler combined for 49 points in the second half after totaling nine in the first half. Despite starting poorly, Smith finished with 21 points, and Scheyer scored 15 while shooting 3 for 15. Singler scored 22, had 11 rebounds and played all 40 minutes.

Dwayne Collins had 21 points and nine rebounds for Miami, and Durand Scott scored 19 points.

To read more from Associated Press, click here.

FLORIDA STATE 69, VIRGINIA 50 – New Hotness down. That JPJA magic is having trouble getting completely up to speed as cold shooting plagued the Cavs for most of Wednesday night’s loss to the Seminoles.

Chris Singleton scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Luke Louks had 11 points and Xavier Gibson added 10 for the Seminoles (19-7, 7-5 ACC), who held Virginia to its second-lowest scoring output of the season.

Solomon Alabi, who came in averaging 12.5 points per game, scored eight points for Florida State. The Seminoles' leading scorer this season left the game at the 18:46 mark with an arm injury, but returned to score six first-half points. The Seminoles shot 50 percent from the floor compared to Virginia (14-10, 5-6), which shot 38 percent.

Florida State led by nine points at halftime, but went on an 11-2 run to start the second half.

To read more in the Tallahassee Democrat, click here.

MARYLAND 67, N.C. STATE 58 – Greivis Vasquez scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half to help Maryland rally from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat North Carolina State on Wednesday night.

Freshman Jordan Williams matched his season-high of 19 points to go with 11 rebounds for the Terps (18-7, 8-3 ACC), who pushed ahead for good midway through the second half for their seventh straight win in the series. Maryland shot 56 percent after halftime to move into a second-place tie with Virginia Tech in the ACC standings, just behind league-leading Duke.

Dennis Horner had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Wolfpack (14-13, 2-10), who have lost five straight games to fall into the ACC basement. N.C. State led 37-27 at halftime, but went nearly 9 minutes without a field goal after the break as Maryland made its push to the lead.

To read more in the Baltimore Sun, click here.

TUESDAY NIGHT HOOP

VIRGINIA TECH 87, NO. 23 WAKE FOREST 83 – The Hokies notched their 21st win and Malcolm Delaney took another step closer to Player of the Year as the Hokies upset No. 23 Wake Forest Tuesday night at Cassell Coliseum.

The win enabled the Hokies to move to 21-4 overall on the season, 8-3 in the ACC, and Tech moved to a perfect 14-0 at home this season. In addition, the Hokies won their fifth straight ACC game – the first time they’ve won five straight conference games since the school joined the league.

Tech trailed Wake Forest 61-50 after two free throws by Wake’s Al-Farouq Aminu with 12:31 remaining in the game. But the Hokies embarked on a 20-8 run and took a 70-69 lead on a Malcolm Delaney 3-pointer with 6:44 left.

Wake Forest (18-6, 8-4) managed to recapture the lead a little more than two minutes later when L.D. Williams scored on a dunk with 4:13 to go, but the Hokies drove it in from there on 51.6 percent second half shooting. e.

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GEORGIA TECH 68, NORTH CAROLINA 51 – The Tar Heels can play worse than they did in the first half in Atlanta, but it would be hard to imagine. In the fist half, North Carolina shot 22.6 percent from the field, 14 percent (1-7) from behind the arc, 50 percent (6-12) from the free throw line and committed 15 turnovers.

Game over.

Freshman Derrick Favors shook off a scoring slump with 13 points as Georgia Tech moved to 18-1 and 6-6 in the ACC. It was the Tar Heels' lowest scoring game in the Roy Williams era.

North Carolina's previous scoring low in Williams' seven seasons as coach came in a 64-54 loss to Duke on Feb. 10. The Tar Heels also set Williams-era lows for points in a half after trailing 41-21 at halftime.

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FSU’S PONDER, NCSU’S WILSON LEAD ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

The ACC's statistical leaders in total offense and touchdown responsibility and 10 players who earned first-team, second-team or honorable mention All-Conference honors this past season secured spots on the 42-member 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Football Team, announced Wednesday.

To be eligible for consideration, a player must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. All 12 ACC schools were represented by at least one selection on the team.

Leading the team were Florida State junior quarterback Christian Ponder (Coffeyville, Tex.), Pa.), who led the ACC in total offense, averaging 321.8 yards per game, and NC State quarterback Russell Wilson (Richmond, Va.), who led the conference in touchdown passes (31) and touchdown responsibility (35). Wilson's TD pass total tied for the fourth-best effort in conference history, while his 35 TDR were the ACC's third-best single-season total. Ponder, who received his bachelor's degree after his redshirt-sophomore season, is currently completing the requirements for his MBA degree.

To see the entire All-Academic team, click here.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

GOLDEN TOMATO. USA's gold medalist Shaun White celebrates after the men's Snowboard Halfpipe final run 2 on February 17, 2010 at Cypress Mountain, north of Vancouver during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. American Scot Lago won the Bronze.

(Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

SHIN SPEED. Lindsey Vonn of the United States celebrates with her gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Ladies Downhill on day 6 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Whistler Medals Plaza on February 17, 2010 in Whistler, Canada.

(Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

REPEAT. Shani Davis of the US speeds to victory in the men's 1,000m speed skating event at the 2010 Winter Olympics at the Olympic Oval in Richmond, outside Vancouver, on February 17, 2010. Davis won with a time of 1min 08.94sec. He won the same event in Torino in 2006. American Chad Hedrick won the Bronze.

(Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

SAAAAVVVVVVEEEEE!!!! Tomas Vokoun of Czech Republic makes a save against Slovakia during the ice hockey men's preliminary game on day 6 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 17, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

MONDAY NIGHT ACC HOOPS

MARYLAND 85, VIRGINIA 66 – The Terps were smarting from a waxing down in Durham over the weekend and looking to regain their winning stride and the Cavs, alone and exposed away from the trusty confines of JPJA, were just the meal ticket. Greivis Vasquez scored 25 of his 30 points in the first half, and Maryland beat Virginia handily Monday night for its sixth straight home victory.

Vasquez went 10 for 13 from the floor and made all four free throws to put the Terrapins up 52-34 at halftime. The senior guard finished 12 for 19, and the 30 points matched his season high.

Maryland (17-7, 7-3 ACC) shot an astounding 70 percent (21 for 30) from the floor in the pivotal first half.

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WHERE WE STAND


ACC BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Duke’s Jon Scheyer has been named ACC Player of the Week while Florida State’s Michael Snaer has earned ACC Rookie of the Week recognition.

In earning the Player of the Week Award for the third time this season and for the fourth time in his career, Scheyer led the Blue Devils to a pair of ACC wins over North Carolina and Maryland this past week. The Northbrook, Ill., senior recorded his ACC-leading 12th and 13th 20-point games of the year, averaging 23.0 points per game and shooting 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from 3-point range for the week.

Scheyer recorded a game-high 24 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and two steals in Wednesday’s 64-54 win at North Carolina. He capped off the week with a 22-point effort in Saturday’s 77-56 win over Maryland, going 6-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

Snaer scored in double figures twice in two games averaging 14.0 points, 2.5 rebounds as the Seminoles split two ACC games.

In Sunday’s 62-47 win over Boston College, the Moreno, Calif., freshman had two assists and tied his career-high with 18 points. In a 77-67 loss at Clemson last Wednesday, Snaer had 10 points and four rebounds. On the year, Snaer is third among ACC freshmen in scoring, averaging an even 9.0 points per game.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

REPEAT. Seth Wescott of the US reacts at the end of his run in winning the Men's Snowboard SBX final at Cypress Mountain during the Vancouver Winter Olympics, north of Vancouver on February 15, 2010.

The 33-year-old Maine bar-owner also won the gold in 2006.

Check out the uniform - yes, those are blue jeans.

(Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)



PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

RELIEF. USA's Bode Miller is seen in the finish area during the Men's Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Downhill event at Whistler Creek side Alpine skiing venue on February 15, 2010. Miller, who generated some controversy with his lackadaisical approach and failed to medal in Turin in 2006, gained redemption with a well-earned bronze medal.

(Photo by Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)

Monday, February 15, 2010

NEW TIGER WOODS GOLF VIDEO GAME

Haven’t heard much from Tiger lately, but here’s a computer game that’s worth a few giggles and some wasted time.

The crack IT team at T.A.H. Worldwide Media tested the game and shot a tidy little 31 on the front nine. Only one mistress made it to the TV truck for the designated triple bogey!

To play, click here.

SUNDAY NIGHT HOOPS

FLORIDA STATE 62, BOSTON COLLEGE 47 – Michael Snaer (pictured) tied a career-high 18 points and Florida State defeated Boston College easily on Sunday night.

The Seminoles (18-7, 6-5 ACC) trailed 36-35 after Joe Trapani’s 3-pointer put Boston College ahead with 18:02 to go, but pulled away on a 13-2 run. Snaer’s jumper capped the run to give Florida State a 48-38 lead with 13:01 remaining.

The Seminoles led by as many as 19, forced 20 turnovers and held the Eagles to 33.3 percent (17 of 51) from the floor.

Florida State led 10-5, but made just two of its next 10 from 3-point range. The Eagles, however, were 4 of 9 from behind the arc, including two by Trapani.

Chris Singleton scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Florida State. Snaer’s first 18-point game came against Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 22.

Trapani led Boston College (12-13, 3-8) with 17 points and Rakim Sanders added 12.

To read more from the Tallahassee Democrat, click here.

(Photo by Mike Ewen/Tallahassee Democrat)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

LUNKER. Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

(Photos by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR and Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

COACH 1,000. Duke’s win over Maryland on Saturday came in Coach Mike Krzydghbnvs9ski’s 1,000th game at Duke. It was also Krzyfhvgx4ski’s 63rd birthday.

(Photo by Chuck Liddy, Raleigh News & Observer)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

DROUGHT OVER. The Canadians had twiced hosted the Winter Olympics and promptly failed to win a gold medal on their home turf. That issue got resolved yesterday when Alexandre Bilodeau won the gold for the Men’s Freestyle Skiing Men’s Moguls competition.

Here, Dale Begg-Smith of Australia celebrates (?) winning silver, Bilodeau of Canada gold and Bryon Wilson of United States bronze during the flower ceremony at Cypress Freestyle Skiing Stadium on February 14, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

GOOOOAAAAAL! Linda Valimaki of Finland celebrates a goal scored by her team against Irina Gashennikova #20 of Russia during their women's ice hockey preliminary game at UBC Thunderbird Arena on February 14, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

SATURDAY ACC HOOPS

CLEMSON 74, MAIMI 66 – Trevor Booker scored 18 points and Clemson won back-to-back games for the first time in almost a month with a victory over Miami on Saturday.

Booker's inside play and Clemson's outside shooting touch were too much for the Hurricanes (17-8, 3-8). Andre Young had four of the Tigers' nine 3-pointers.

Malcolm Grant had 13 points to lead Miami, which has lost seven of its last nine games. Freshman Durand Scott added 10 points to post his ninth double-digit scoring effort of the season for the Hurricanes.

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NO. 8 DUKE 77, MARYLAND 56 – Mike Krzyzewski's 1,000th game at Duke ended like so many others before it: overwhelmingly in his team's favor. With results like this, it's no surprise that he doesn't plan on slowing down.

Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer scored 22 points and No. 8 Duke marked Coach K's milestone with a 77-56 rout of Maryland on Saturday in a matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference's top two teams.

Brian Zoubek had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the ACC-leading Blue Devils (21-4, 9-2), who dominated from start to finish and at both ends of the court, shooting 41.5 percent and holding
Maryland 25 points below its season average.

Greivis Vasquez scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Cliff Tucker added 12 to lead the Terrapins (16-7, 6-3), whose late run couldn't make up for going 7 early minutes between baskets. They were 2 of 13 from 3-point range.

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NORTH CAROLINA 74, N.C. STATE 61 – Larry Drew II had 15 points and North Carolina snapped its four-game losing streak by beating North Carolina State on Saturday.

Deon Thompson added 12 points for the Tar Heels (14-11, 3-7 ACC), who gained some measure of relief with their first victory since beating the Wolfpack nearly three weeks ago. It was also their first home win since beating Virginia Tech more than a month ago.

Tracy Smith scored 20 points to lead the Wolfpack and Javi Gonzalez added 13, but they got little help. Senior Dennis Horner, the team's second-leading scorer at 12 points per game, finished with two points and one rebound in 24 minutes.

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VIRGINIA TECH 61, VIRGINIA 55 – Jeff Allen dominated the final four minutes of the game and the Hokies drilled seven of their eight free-throw attempts in the final 45 seconds to outlast in-state rival Virginia 61-55 Saturday night at Cassell Coliseum.

Allen, who was ejected from the game at UVa a couple of weeks ago after a flagrant foul, only played two minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls, but came in the second half to score all 13 of his points, including eight in the final four minutes.

With Tech trailing 51-48, Allen turned the momentum of the game when he drove right at UVa’s Mike Scott, made the basket and got foul, nailing the free throw for a three-point play that tied the score with 1:51 remaining in the game. On UVa’s next possession, Calvin Baker missed a jumper with 1:36 remaining and Tech’s Terrell Bell garnered the rebound.

Dorenzo Hudson led the Hokies with 15 points, hitting 6-of-13 from the floor. Malcolm Delaney added 13 points, and despite hitting just 4-for-16 (1-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc), he did grab eight rebounds and dish out four assists.

Virginia got a monster game from Scott, who scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Scott made 8-for-16 from the floor. Landesberg finished with 17 points.

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WAKE FOREST 75, NO. 20 GEORGIA TECH 64 – Ishmael Smith scored 10 second-half points, including the 1,000th point of his Deacon career, and Wake Forest earned a hard-fought 75-64 win over No. 20-ranked Georgia Tech in a pivotal ACC matchup at the Joel Coliseum.

The game was a hard-fought affair that featured eight ties and eight lead changes. Trailing 62-60 with 8:52 remaining in the contest, the Demon Deacons came to life to end the game on a 15-2 run to secure the victory.
In addition to his 1,000th career point, Smith dished out eight assists and had six rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. Smith, who has 567 career assists, joins Skip Brown (1974-77) as the only two Deacons to record 1,000 points and 500 assists.

Al-Farouq Aminu had another phenomenal game, scoring 19 points to go with 10 rebounds and a season-high four steals for his 15th double-double of the season. He also grabbed his 500th career rebound in the first half, making him the 35th member of Wake Forest's 500 rebound club. Wake Forest also got a strong performance from its bench, as reserves Ari Stewart and Tony Woods scored 10 points apiece.

Gani Lawal led Georgia Tech with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Maurice Miller, Brian Oliver and Glen Rice Jr. all scored in double figures for the Jackets.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY

BLACKOUT. Hokie Nation conducted a blackout Saturday and it led to victory over arch-rival Virginia.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

WOULD BE SENIORS. Ty Lawson, second from left, and Wayne Ellington pose with their jerseys and UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp, left, coach Roy Williams and athletic director Dick Baddour. The two were honored Saturday during the Tar Heels game with N.C. State. Had they stayed in school, both Lawson and Ellington would be seniors.

(Photo by Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

MOGUL GOLD. Hannah Kearney of United States competes in the women's freestyle skiing aerials qualification. She won the U.S.A.'s first gold medal.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

MOST DECORATED. American skater Apollo Ohno grabbed a silver medal in the 1,500 meter short track race after two South Koreans in front of him spun each other out in the final turn.

Here, Ohno and fellow American J.R. Celski celebrate. Ohnon is now tied with Bonnie Blair as the most decorated American Winter Olympian.

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