Saturday, January 12, 2013

Breaking News: Lance Armstong To Admit Cheating

Stop the presses!

News flash: Lance Armstrong Guilty of Doping!


Everybody knew that?


Oh well...

Lance “Cheat To Win” Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career, which included something like 118 overall wins in the Course des Tricheurs pre-nut cancer and another 75 post-nut cancer, during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday.

The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong's home in Austin, Texas.

OWN? Really? We aren’t disrepecting Oprah ‘cause Oprah’s Oprah, but...Oprah? The OWN network?  Do we even have that at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters???

ESPN and 60 Minutes must have been all booked up...

(Voice off camera: Peyton Manning you just won the Super Bowl, what are you gonna do next? Manning: I’m going on Oprah!!!!)

Citing an anonymous source, USA Today reported that the disgraced cyclist plans to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs but likely will not get into details of the allegations outlined in a 2012 report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport.

His representatives declined comment late Friday, but Armstrong sent a text to The Associated Press early Saturday morning saying: "I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I'll answer the questions directly, honestly, candidly. That's all I can say."

The New York Times first reported last week that Armstrong was considering making a confession.
Armstrong, 41, who vehemently denied doping for years, has not spoken publicly about the USADA report that cast him as the leader of a sophisticated and brazen doping program on his U.S. Postal Service teams that included use of steroids, blood boosters and illegal blood transfusions.

Winfrey's network announced Tuesday that Armstrong agreed to a "no holds barred" interview with her.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Aston Martin

(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Europe)

An Aston Martin (motor car) is displayed outside the company headquarters and production plant on January 10, 2013 in Gaydon, England. The iconic British brand is celebrating its 100th anniversary. 

Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford created Bamford & Martin on January 15 1913, which later became Aston Martin in honour of Bamford's wins at the Aston Clinton Hillclimb in Buckinghamshire.

All that’s great, but it's 007’s main ride, and that’s what counts.

Thursday Night ACC Basketball Scoreboard

DURAND SCOTT CELEBRATES (Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)

MIAMI 68, NORTH CAROLINA 59 - The Tar Heels will likely win a conference game at some point, but probably not any time soon.  Ol’ Roys latest group of talented youngsters have been slow to embrace the system and have problems both offensively and defensively as a result.

Marcus Paige isn’t Kendall Marshall because nobody is.  James Michael McAdoo isn’t nearly as good when the court isn’t opened up and the opposing team’s defense focused on four NBA first round draft choices.  

Defensively, UNC often lacks focus and sorely misses an inside shot blocker and on offensive they suffer huge scoring droughts like the one last night that lasted seven crucial minutes of the second half. .

That said, Kenny Kadji scored 18 points and Miami pulled away to beat North Carolina on Thursday night.   Julian Gamble had 14 points and Durand Scott and Shane Larkin each had 11 for the Hurricanes (11-3, 2-0 ACC).

The Hurricanes led for most of the second half, shot 47 percent on 25-of-53 shooting while holding the Tar Heels to one field goal during the aforementioned seven-minute span late in the game.

Miami won its third straight, claimed its first 2-0 start to ACC play since joining the conference in 2003-04 and beat North Carolina for just the third time and first since 2006.

McAdoo finished with 14 points and Reggie Bullock had 11 for North Carolina (10-5, 0-2), which lost its first two league games for the first time since 2008-09.

Plumlee, Curry On Wooden Award Finalist List

PLUMLEE (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Standouts from Duke, Kansas and Missouri headlined the group of finalists for the Wooden Award given annually to the country's most outstanding player.

The committee that selects the award trimmed its list to 25 names, released Thursday.

The Blue Devils, Jayhawks and Tigers each had two players survive the cut, making them the only schools with multiple players still remaining.

Headlining the group is Duke forward Mason Plumlee, who averages 17.7 points and 11.4 rebounds for the top-ranked and undefeated Blue Devils. Duke guard Seth Curry also is on the list.

Clemson Receiver Headed to NFL

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins announced Thursday he is skipping his senior season opting into the NFL draft. 

The news comes the day after quarterback Tajh Boyd said he would return. 

“It is tough to leave because this is my home, this is the place I wanted to play since I came out of the womb,” Hopkins said in a statement. “But, I feel it is best for me and my family to take my talents to the NFL at this time. 

Hopkins broke Clemson single-season record for receiving yards in 2012, finishing with 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. He broke Sammy Watkins' record of 1,219 receiving yards, set last year. 

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper rates Hopkins the No. 3 junior receiver in the nation. 

In all, Hopkins established Clemson career records for touchdown receptions (27), 100-yard receiving games (12), and total reception yards (3020). He is second in total receptions with 206 for his 39 career games. He also caught at least one pass in each of his last 36 games to tie Jerry Butler’s record (1975-78).

Quote Of The Day

(Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)

“This a smart aleck response but it’s not intended it to be that way. If I knew what it was, I would have already changed it.” 

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams when asked how his Tar Heels could lose consecutive games in nearly identical ways.  

ACC Football Links

BUBBA (Shawn Rocco/Raleigh News & Observer)

By Andrea Adelson |

Why is Tajh Boyd returning for his senior season? Travis Sawchik of The Post and Courier explains

Now all eyes turn to teammate DeAndre Hopkins. Is it a slam dunk that Hopkins is gone? We await a decision.

Florida State commit Austin Golson will take an official visit to Alabama.

Ted Roof has moved around. A lot.

Former Maryland offensive lineman Nick Brigham has transferred to Georgia Tech.

Meet Maryland quarterback commit Shane Cockerille.

North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham discusses a strategic plan to align academics and athletics.

Logan Thomas' decision looms for Virginia Tech.

Pictures Of The Day

Jorge Aguilar of team KTM competes in stage 6 from Arica to Calama during the 2013 Dakar Rally on January 10, 2013 in Arica, Chile. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images South America)
StefaMikael Despontin of team Defi Suisse Dakar competes in stage 6 from Arica to Calama during the 2013 Dakar Rally on January 10, 2013 in Arica, Chile. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images South America)
You can find plenty of Tar Heel fans grousing about the “let ‘em play” approach seemingly utilized in last night’s game against Miami.  Here two Hurricanes cleanly block (without any body contact) P.J. Hairston’s shot in the second half. There were quite a few of these "blocks" during the game. (Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)
It’s been this kind of year for’s basketball in your eye. James Michael McAdoo finishing a dunk. (Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)
Herschelle Gibbs of Perth bats during the Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Perth Scorchers at Adelaide Oval on January 10, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Morne de Klerk/Getty Images AsiaPac)
 Fans hold up promotional cutouts of the the face of Chris Paul (Wake Forest) of the Los Angeles Clippers before the game with the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 99-93. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America)
Serena Williams (L) and her sister Venus Williams play table tennis at a "Welcome to Melbourne" event hosted by the Olsen Hotel on January 10, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Former Tar Heel Vince Carter sends a message to the boys back in Chapel Hill during the Mavs v. Clippers game.  (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wednesday Night ACC Basketball Scoreboard

WOOD (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
 #20 N.C. STATE 83, GEORGIA TECH 70 - For the second game in a row, N.C. State came through in the clutch, surging past Georgia Tech in the final eight minutes of what had been a close game for a victory Wednesday at PNC Arena.

Junior Lorenzo Brown led the Wolfpack with 21 points, as well as 10 assists, his fourth double-digit assist total of the season.

Senior Scott Wood had his second consecutive late-game performance, hitting four 3-pointers and four of five free throws for his 20 points. Wood now has 20 3-pointers in the Pack's last six games.
Georgia Tech's Daniel Miller had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

It was the ninth consecutive victory for the Wolfpack (13-2 overall, 2-0 ACC) and the 10th straight home win.

(Gene Sweeney, Jr./Baltimore Sun)
FLORIDA STATE 65, MARYLAND 62 - Okaro White scored 15 consecutive points for Florida State to fuel a second-half comeback that lifted the Seminoles past Maryland Wednesday night, ending the Terps' 13-game winning streak.

Florida State (10-5, 2-0 ACC) rallied from a 12-point deficit to defeat the cold-shooting Terrapins, who went 10 for 32 from the floor in the second half.

White finished with a career-high-tying 20 points, Michael Snaer scored 15 and Ian Miller added 12 for the Seminoles, who had lost eight in a row at Maryland since 2001.

Alex Len had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Nick Faust scored 14 for Maryland (13-2, 1-1). The Terrapins were seeking to match the school-record winning streak of 14 games, set in 1931-32.

(Brian Westerholt/Sports On Film/
WAKE FOREST 55, VIRGINIA 52 - C.J. Harris and Travis McKie scored in double figures as Wake Forest held off a late Virginia run to post a win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday at Joel Coliseum.
The Demon Deacons (8-6, 1-1 ACC) led by as many 14 points in the second half but had to hold off a late Cavalier charge to earn their first conference victory of the season. The Deacons were held without a field goal over the final 10:22 of the game but went 9-for-11 from the free throw line during that stretch.

Harris led Wake Forest with 16 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 mark from the free throw line, with six of the free throws coming in the final 1:19. McKie added 14 points and three assists along with two blocks and went a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. 

Freshman Mike Tobey scored 14 points to lead Virginia. Joe Harris added 13 points.


(AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Daniel Lin)
BOSTON COLLEGE 86, VIRGINIA TECH 75 - Sophomore Ryan Anderson led three Boston College scorers in double figures with 26 points as the Eagles defeated Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum, Wednesday night.

Anderson went 11-for-17 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds. Freshman Olivier Hanlan was all over the court. He had 17 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists. Sophomore Lonnie Jackson had a season-high 22 points - 19 in the second half - to go along with seven rebounds. He was 5-for-8 from beyond the arc and 7-for-12 from the foul line. Freshman Joe Rahon had nine points and six assists.

The Boston College defense forced 17 turnovers while the offense gave it away just five times. The Eagles had a 29-0 advantage in points off turnovers. BC dished out a total of 17 assists (tied season high) and its five turnovers were a season low.

Erick Green led the Hokies (9-6, 0-2 ACC) with 24 points and nine assists. Jarell Eddie had 21 points and six rebounds.

Duke’s Kelly Injured, Return Unknown

(Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
According to ESPN: Duke senior forward Ryan Kelly will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a right foot injury during the top-ranked Blue Devils' 68-40 victory against Clemson on Tuesday night.

There is no timetable for his return.

Kelly had 12 points in the first half against Clemson but sat out the second. Krzyzewski said Kelly hurt the same foot he tweaked during the holidays and sprained last March, an injury that kept him out of both the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

Kelly is averaging 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for the season. He had scored in double figures in 13 of Duke's 15 games.

Kelly ranks third all time in career winning percentage (105-13, .890) for the Blue Devils.

Boyd To Return To Clemson

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Clemson fans are funny -- while they seem to expect a National Championship every year they also harbor very realistic expectations of an eventual meltdown  losing to a team with far-inferior talent.

Or, in recent years, “live by the big play, die by the big play.”

That said, the 2013 season may well be different as a key component of Clemson’s explosive offense remains in place as junior quarter back Tajh Boyd has announced he will remain in school foregoing the NFL for now.

"As explosive as we've been, there's more to attain. There's more out there for us," said the reigning ACC Player Of The Year.

Boyd has led the Tigers to a 21-6 record the past two seasons. He broke his own school records this past season with 3,896 passing yards and 36 touchdowns. He was also second on the team in rushing with 514 yards and led Clemson with 10 touchdowns on the ground.

Clemson defeated LSU 25-24 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve to finish at 11-2, its best mark since the program's 12-0, national championship season in 1981.

While Boyd holds 39 Clemson records, he acknowledges that their is room to improve saying he needs to improve his footwork and decision-making to make himself into a first-round NFL player. He believes that one more year at Clemson is the best way to make that happen.

Pictures Of The Day

Steve Nash suddenly realizes he has been traded to a Lakers’ team that sucks during their game last night against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 8, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America)
Dustin Brown of Germany in action during his match against Hiroki Moriya of Japan during Australian Open qualifying at Melbourne Park on January 9, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Rodney Purvis #0 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack returns a mop to the sidelines after cleaning up a wet spot on the floor against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during play at PNC Arena on January 9, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. North Carolina State won 83-70. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
 Marcus Georges-Hunt #3 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets attempts a free throw against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during play at PNC Arena on January 9, 2013 in Raleigh. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tuesday Night ACC Basketball Scoreboard

COOK CELEBRATES (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

#1 DUKE 68, CLEMSON 40 - Quinn Cook scored a career-high 27 points and No. 1 Duke held Clemson to its lowest-scoring half in 12 years in a 68-40 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night.
Ryan Kelly added 12 points in the first half but sat out the second with what team officials said was a right leg injury.

The Blue Devils (15-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 48 percent, built a 42-31 rebounding advantage and pulled away down the stretch to improve to 58-4 at home against the Tigers.

Devin Booker had 12 points and 15 rebounds for Clemson (8-6, 0-2), which had season lows for points and shooting percentage (28 percent) and shot 12 percent in its brutal first half.

RG3 To Have Reconstructive Knee Surgery On ACL, LCL, Life As We Know It Over In All Likelihood

(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Well...that was fun, but unless RG3 really is a super freak a-la -Adrian Peterson, Coach Mike Shenanigan-han’s decision to play the twice-knee injured and ineffective rookie QB in the second half of Sunday’s playoff loss to the Seahawks on the worst field since the trenches of Dunkirk leading to the potential Rookie of the Year’s third and most serious knee injury, life as we Redskins fan have come to enjoy the last few months looks to be headed straight back into the Dan Snyder-era dumpster.

Reports say Griffin will undergo total reconstructive surgery of his right knee early Wednesday morning to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, but he is expected to be ready for the opener of the 2013 NFL regular season, according to team sources familiar with the determination made by orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews.

(Other reports we have just seen say Griffin will have surgery to repair his LCL and to determine the damage to his ACL.)

The torn ACL was diagnosed late Tuesday as a complete tear of the patella graft that was used to repair Griffin's torn ACL suffered at Baylor in 2009. A team source said Andrews likely will use a patella graft from Griffin's left knee to repair the most recent tear.

Griffin's recovery is projected at six to eight months, barring any setbacks, sources said. The rehabilitation plan will focus primarily on strengthening Griffin's quadriceps to help protect and help stabilize the knee, according to sources. The reconstruction of the LCL is considered a complication, but sources said Andrews informed the Redskins it should rehab well during the same six-to-eight month time frame as the ACL injury.

Other experts on knee surgeries of this type note an 8 to 12 month recovery is more likely and, quite frankly, many of these knees “are never the same.”

More later when we revive “Dear Mr. Snyder.”

Look! Nick Saban Is Actually Smiling After Winning BCS Championship

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Various reports claim that Alabama head coach Nick Saban actually enjoyed his teams second straight BCS Championship for a grand total of four seconds before beginning preparations to defend the title and hold back the ever-welling Tide (pun intended) of unrealistic expectations that make up the core of Bama Nation. 

Here, Alabama athletic director, Mal Moore, poses with Saban during the Discover BCS National Championship Press Conference at the Harbor Beach Marriott on January 8, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Then seconds (and we do mean SECONDS) later, the smile is gone, and he’s back in Saban mode.
(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Rumor: Duke Requires All Photographers To Take This Picture

(Grant Halverson - who is welcome to come back/Getty Images)

Sources close to T.A.H. (geographically) swear up and down on the cherished 18k gold Rameses necklace that he/she wears 24-7, that Duke head coach Mike Krzcygvd3ki has ordered the Blue Devils’ athletic department to only issue press credentials to photographers who agree to take this photo that we have all seen ONE MILLION times. 

This latest version is from last night and shows the Crazies heckling Clemson's K.J. McDaniels. 

Failure to do so will lead to a lifetime ban from C.I.S. (Cameron Indoor Stadium).  

According to that same source, the word “cis” means “old, poorly-lit, smelly, cramped space” in several ancient languages.

*Items in italics may not be true. 

Pictures Of The Day

Hey, franchise player John Wall (L), you aren’t “injured” you’re just “hurt” so get out there and PLAY.  Here, Wall of the Washington Wizards smiles during a timeout in the second half of Wizards 101-99 win over Oklahoma City on   on January 7, 2013 in Washington, DC.  (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France poses with the squad of 380 Australian Open 2013 ballkids at the National Tennis Centre ahead of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 8, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. The squad includes 20 ballkids from Korea, 6 from China and 23 from interstate. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Regis Delahaye and co-pilot Alexandre Winocq of team Buggy MD Rallye thrash through the sand during day two of the 2013 Dakar Rally. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
K.J. McDaniels #32 of the Clemson Tigers drives between Quinn Cook #2 and Ryan Kelly #34 of the Duke Blue Devils during play at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 8, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the USA poses with fans during the launch of her Nike Training Club app workout on January 8, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Quinn Cook #2 of the Duke Blue Devils battles for a rebound against Devin Booker #31 of the Clemson Tigers. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

No You Are Not: Just Another Reason For A 16 Team Football Playoff

WELL...NO. (Kevin C. Cox)

Oddly, the NCAA conducts a 16 team football playoff - just not in D1.

Last night’s rout showed yet again why the BCS doesn’t work and why there should be a more-than-four team playoff.

Let us preface this by saying we understand very well that those entrenched in the status quo are loath to abandon the money, power and prestige that comes with said status quo, but last night’s rout of a game should have made so much clear to so many.

In this day and age, that ain’t easy.

Points to ponder:
  1. Because of the diversity of schedules and the strength of the SEC, the current system of voting polls and BCS is horribly flawed.  We know that, but Notre Dame, as undefeated as they might have been, had no business in the same stadium with the Crimson Tide.  They barely beat Pitt who got walloped by Ole Miss (3-5 SEC) which should have been a tip off.
  2. Four weeks is too long between games (unless you are Nick Saban) and the perfect amount of time for a 16 team playoff.  Let the higher seeded teams host the first round and let the existing bowls bid on three second round games (geographically) and then let the BCS bowls rotate the other quarter final, the semis and the championship game.  The rest of the bowls which seem to be anxious to preserve Arkansas State vs. Kent State carry on as is.
  3. At the end of this season, having a four team playoff is exposed by the final poll. Week 15 the top four teams were Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida, Oregon.  This morning the top four teams are Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Notre Dame.  Both Florida, and to an extent Notre Dame, looked not to belong in such an elite group and it should have been sorted out in a playoff that could have revealed Florida and ND’s weakness prior to an auto-berth semi-final of a four team playoff.
LESS OF THIS? (Kevin C. Cox)
Based on the Week 15 AP poll, here’s your first round of 16 team playoff.

December 15:
16 Nebraska (10-3) @ 1 Notre Dame (12-0)
15 Northern Illinois @ 2 Alabama (12-1)
14 CLEMSON (10-2) @ 3 Florida (11-1)
13 Oregon State (9-3) @ 4 Oregon (11-1)
12 FLORIDA STATE (11-2) @ 5 Kansas State (11-1)
11 Oklahoma (10-2) @ 6 Stanford (11-2)
10 South Carolina (10-2) @ 7 Georgia (11-2)
9 Texas A&M (10-2) @ 8 LSU (10-2)

Conference represented: SEC 6, ACC 2, PAC 12 2, BIG 10 2, BIG 12 2, IND 1, MAC 1.

If all the highest seeds won, Round 2 would look like this: 

8 LSU @ 1 Notre Dame 
7 Georgia @ 2 Alabama 
6 Stanford @ 3 Florida  
5 Kansas State @ 4 Oregon   

MORE OF THIS? (Michael Chang/Getty Images)
Not a bad line up, save for the first round Oregon/Oregon State and South Carolina/Georgia rematches.  However, round two gives you a Georgia/Alabama rematch of a game the Tide won by just four points three weeks earlier.  All that SEC vs SEC isn’t optimal, but it’s the luck of the draw.

An option is to have an NCAA committee which could artfully seed the teams to minimize the schedule repetition or to create marquis match-ups...not that they would do that...wink, wink. See “NCAA basketball.”

For the round of 16, play two games Thursday night, two games Friday night and four on Saturday. The games involving the top four seeds play Thursday and Friday so the winners earn the extra days off.

Play the next round on Friday and Saturday and the semi-final and Championship Game anytime you damn well please.

The rest of the bowl games will or won’t find their way...

See, it’s that easy.

Pictures Of The Day

 A member of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a newpaper front page with a headline reading "Bama Again!" after they defeated the Notre Dame in the Discover BCS National Championship. It was Alabama's third championship in four years and the seventh straight for the SEC. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)
AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the Coach's Trophy after defeating the Notre Dame. McCarron is the first QB to win back-to-back championships.  (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)
The mascot and cheerleaders of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a score of 42-14 to win the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)
Word out of the capitol of the free world is that RG3 may have sustained additional tears to two knee ligaments on Sunday.  The Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Rookie of the Year candidate is in Florida getting another MRI done by renown ortho Dr. James Andrews, who did or didn’t examine Griffin and did or didn’t advise head coach Mike Shanahan on Sunday (or any other previous Sunday, depending on who you ask). We will save any scathing criticism of Shenanigan-han for not removing the obviously injured Griffin, who clearly was having trouble running and throwing, immediately when it became clear he couldn’t run or throw effectively.  RG3 not being able to run or throw effectively makes him awfully similar to RG1.  Enough said.  Game over. Go home. (Win McNamee/Getty Images North America)
In a completely unrelated sports mini-miracle, the Washington Wizards upset the Oklahoma Thunder last night when Bradley Beal made a jumper with 0.3 seconds left Monday night. (

Monday, January 7, 2013

Players Of The Week

KELLY (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Duke senior Ryan Kelly has been named the ACC Player of the Week and Boston College’s Joe Rahon has been selected the conference’s Rookie of the Week following their performances this past week.

Kelly averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from 3-point range as top-ranked Duke posted wins over Davidson and Wake Forest. The Raleigh, N.C., native scored 18 points and added seven rebounds in a 67-50 win over Davidson in Charlotte on Wednesday.

In Saturday’s 80-62 win against the Demon Deacons, Kelly knocked down a career-best five 3-point field goals and was 6-of-9 from the field in a 22-point effort. He also had four rebounds, one assist and one block in just 18 minutes of play.

Rahon averaged 21.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two games last week. The San Diego, Calif., freshman opened the week with a 24-point, five-assist performance in a 79-58 win over Dartmouth Monday. He was 7-for-8 from the floor, including 6-for-6 from beyond the arc as the Eagles ran their winning streak to five in a row with the victory.

In Saturday’s 78-73 loss to 23rd-ranked NC State, Rahon had 18 points, four rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes of play. Rahon currently ranks second among freshman and seventh overall in the ACC in assists per game (4.1).


(Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)

VIRGINIA 61, NORTH CAROLINA 52 - Joe Harris scored 19 points and sparked a 15-2 second-half run and Virginia rallied to beat North Carolina in the ACC opener for both schools on Sunday night.

Harris' 3-pointer sparked the game-changing burst for Virginia (11-3, 1-0), which had just gone behind 34-26 after North Carolina opened the half on a 9-2 run.

Reggie Bullock scored 22 points for the Tar Heels (10-4, 0-1), who lost for the first time in five visits to John Paul Jones Arena.

Bullock's final basket came with 3:11 to play, pulling the Tar Heels within 51-50, but Harris scored on a short bank, Paul Jesperson made a driving layup and Virginia hit 6 of 8 free throws before P.J. Hairston scored again for North Carolina, making a free throw with 20 seconds left.

James Michael McAdoo (43) battles for an offensive rebound with Virginia's Darion Atkins (32)

Pictures Of The Day

Bummer. The Redskins looked unstoppable until RG3 reinjured his knee...(Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins receives attention after he was injured on a bad snap in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
RG3  greets fans as he leaves the field after their 24 to 14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
RG3 is injured as he fumbles a bad snap in the fourth quarter. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
Robert Griffin III  embraces Russell Wilson (N.C. State & Wisconsin) of the Seattle Seahawks after the Seahawks defeated the Redskins 24 to 14 during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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