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- WESTBROOK GETS BRAGGING RIGHTS OVER KD
IN the latest chapter of the Westbrook vs. Durant sweepstakes a handful of atomic, textbook dunks featured amongst the reigning MVP’s 34/10/9 dominant stat line. With the duo butting heads (literally) throughout the entire contest, Durant tried his hardest with 21 points for the visitors but to little avail. An OKC whitewash took over with the Thunder taking a 23 point advantage into the final quarter as Westbrook led the charge in their first win over the Warriors since KD’s departure.
- THE GOLDEN CHAIN CHAPTER 2
IT’S well documented that Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib don’t like each other very much. In last years regular season finale, the two squared off with Talib ripping a gold chain off from around Crabtree’s neck. On Sunday the two met again with the same events playing out leading to Crabtree and Talib getting tangled up in an ugly brawl before both of them were thrown out of the game. Initially, they were both suspended for two games, but the league has since reduced their ban to one match.
- A NEW CROP OF AFL STARS
LAST week the AFL fraternity welcomed another batch of future superstars into the family with the annual draft followed by the rookie/preseason draft. 78 players were snapped up on Friday with another 37 given a lifeline on Monday to pursue their footballing dreams. Cameron Rayner took out the No. 1 honours going to Brisbane and Fremantle surprised many by selecting Andrew Brayshaw with the following pick.
- ARIZONA’S FREE FALL
PRESEASON polls had the Arizona Wildcats ranked as the third best college basketball team in the country and early on they looked the goods. Then last week came. A three-game losing streak in the Bahamas over the past seven days saw them dramatically fall out of the top 25 altogether. Expect Sean Miler’s boys to find their mojo and turn out fine in the long run, but right now it looks like a long climb back up the standings.
- THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF COMMITTEE HAS A TOUGH TIME AHEAD
I would hate to have to decide the fate of the college football playoff right now. After a Week 13 slate filled with carnage, the CFB Playoff field seems more jumbled than ever. Earlier today the committee opted to place Clemson (1st), Auburn (2nd), Oklahoma (3rd) and Wisconsin (4th) inside the top four with Alabama (5th) and Georgia (6th) next in line. This weekend’s schedule of conference championship games will be make or break for a bunch of competitors as we face a real possibility of Alabama missing the Playoff for the first time ever.
- MBAH MOUTE’S RECORD NIGHT
IN Houston’s 125-95 rout of Denver last week it might not come as a surprise to learn that a Rockets player had a plus/minus of 57, the highest in over two decades. It may shock you to find out it wasn’t James Harden, Chris Paul or even Eric Gordon. Rather reserve wing Luc Mbah a Moute’s +57 was the highest +/- since Joe Smith’s +52 for Minnesota in Nov, 2001.
- LEBRON GETS TOSSED
1081 games into his career LeBron James had never been ejected from an NBA game. That changed against the Heat. James abused referee Kane Fitzgerald after he thought he was fouled on a drive to the bucket resulting in the King getting a quick technical. After James continued to berate the official, Fitzgerald dealt LeBron his second T meaning he was ejected from the game. He finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as the Cavs held on without him to win their 9th straight game.
- THE END OF ELI?
WE all knew it was coming, but it still kind of sucks. The New York Giants have made a change at quarterback due to their woeful 2-9 season at the expense of one of the past generations greatest. After starting 210 consecutive games for the Giants (2nd most in NFL history), Eli Manning will be forced to watch the first snap against the Raiders from the sidelines. Instead, Geno Smith will get his first start as a Giant as New York tries to establish their quarterback of the future.