Archive for the ‘Basketball’ Category

1/8- Take a Peek

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All times in EST:

4:00am: ATP/WTA Brisbane Men’s Quarterfinals (1) Andy Roddick v. Richard Gasquet

8:00am: ATP Doha Semifinals (1) Roger Federer v. (3) Nikolay Davydenko

(following Federer match is (2) Rafael Nadal v. Viktor Troicki)

7:00pm: NCAAB (24) Butler (1st Horizon) @ Wright State (T3 Horizon)

8:00pm: NBA Boston Celtics (1st in Atlantic) @ Atlanta Hawks (2nd in Southeast)

10:00pm: NBA Dallas Mavericks (1st in Southwest) @ San Antonio Spurs (2nd in Southwest)

10:00pm: NBA Los Angeles Lakers (1st in Pacific) @ Portland Trail Blazers (2nd in Northwest)

10:30pm: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers (1st in Central) @ Denver Nuggets (1st in Northwest)


Gilbert Arenas Indefinitely Suspended from NBA

As a result of his reported altercation with teammate Javaris Crittenton that involved firearms, Washington Wizards’ star Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely from the NBA without pay. NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement:

“The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us. I initially thought it prudent to refrain from taking immediate action because of the pendency of a criminal investigation involving the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department, and the consideration of this matter by a grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia. For the same reason, I directed the Wizards to refrain from taking any action. Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities, some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident.

“Although it is clear that the actions of Mr. Arenas will ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse, his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game. Accordingly, I am suspending Mr. Arenas indefinitely, without pay, effective immediately pending the completion of the investigation by the NBA.”

–NBA Commissioner David Stern

Arenas, who told ESPN that he has since called Stern to apologize for his actions, responded by saying the following:

“I feel very badly that my actions have caused the NBA to suspend me, but I understand why the league took this action. I put the NBA in a negative light and let down my teammates and our fans. I am very sorry for doing that.

“While I never intended any harm or disrespect to the NBA or anyone else, my gun possession at the Verizon Center and my attempts at humor showed terrible judgment. I take full responsibility for my conduct.

“Earlier today, I called Commissioner Stern to apologize, and I hope we will be able to talk soon. I look forward to the day I can return to basketball. In the meantime, I will focus on dealing responsibly with this serious situation and I will continue to cooperate fully with the investigations by law enforcement and NBA authorities.”

1/6-Take A Peek

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All times in EST:

4:30am: ATP/WTA Brisbane (WC) Justine Henin v. (Q) Sesil Karatantcheva

(following Henin match is (4) Tomas Berdych v. Marcos Baghdatis)

7:00am: ATP Chennai Marcel Granollers v. (2) Marin Cilic

(following Cilic match is (WC) Somdev Dewarman v. (4) Janko Tipsarevic)

7:30am: ATP Doha (Q) Steve Darcis v. (WC) Younes El Aynaoui

(following Darcis match is (1) Roger Federer v. Evgeny Korolev and (2) Rafael Nadal v. Potito Starace)

6:30pm: NCAA Basketball (20) Wisconsin @ (11) Michigan St.

7:00pm: GMAC Bowl Central Michigan Chippewas v. Troy Trojans

7:30pm: ATP/WTA Brisbane (3) Ana Ivanovic v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

(following Ivanovic match is Wayne Odesnik v. (2) Radek Stepanek)

8:00pm: NHL Calgary Flames @ Minnesota Wild

8:00pm: NCAA Basketball (1) Kansas v. Cornell

9:00pm: NBA Houston Rockets @ Phoenix Suns

College of Charleston Upsets UNC in OT

As the students rushed the floor, UNC head coach Roy Williams was left scratching his head. The ninth-ranked Tar Heels did not play up to their standards when they blew an 11-point lead and they faltered again in OT. As a result, they lost to the College of Charleston 82-79.

The last eight points in regulation were all scored by Charleston’s Andrew Goudelock, including a three-pointer that tied the game with 2 seconds left in the period. When asked about Charleston’s surge at the end of regulation, the Cougars’ head coach Bobby Cremins told ESPN “Going on a 12-1 run with 4 minutes to go against North Carolina, usually that’s lights out. So I’ve got to watch the tape tonight to figure out what happened.”

UNC has been plagued by injury problems, but that didn’t make the loss any easier to handle. “It doesn’t feel good for us right now. It’s a tough, tough night,” said Williams. “But we’ve got to bounce back and be smarter and more effective.”

The Tar Heels better rebound quickly, as they next open their ACC play against Virginia Tech.

1/5-Take A Peek

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All times in EST:

4:00am: ATP/WTA Brisbane (WC) Justine Henin v. (Q) Sesil Karatantcheva

(following Henin match is Andy Roddick & James Blake v. (4) Marcelo Melo & Bruno Soares)

6:30am: ATP Chennai (1) Robin Soderling v. Robby Ginepri

7:30am: ATP Doha (Q) Ryler DeHeart v. (WC) Younes El Aynaouri

(following DeHeart match, (2) Rafael Nadal v. Simone Bolelli, (1) Roger Federer v. Christophe Rochus, and Rafael Nadal & Marc Lopez v. (3) Mariusz Fyrstenberg & Marcin Matkowski)

7:00pm: NHL Montreal Canadiens @ Washington Capitals

7:30pm: NHL Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators

8:00pm: FedEx Orange Bowl Iowa v. Georgia Tech

8:00pm: NHL Calgary Flames @ Nashville Predators

10:30pm: NBA Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Lakers

1/4- Take A Peek

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The NFL regular season may be over, but bowl games resume on Monday and there is plenty of tennis for us to enjoy, as well.

All times in EST:

4:00am: ATP/WTA Brisbane John Millman vs. Radek Stepanek

(following the Stepanek match is Andy Roddick vs. Peter Luczak)

6:30am: ATP Chennai Igor Kunitsyn vs. Marin Cilic

(following the Cilic match is Carlos Moya vs. Janko Tipsarevic)

7:00pm: NHL Boston Bruins @ New York Rangers

7:00pm: NCAAB North Carolina @ Charleston

7:30pm: NBA Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat

8:00pm: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Boise St vs. TCU

10:30pm: NHL Los Angeles Kings @ San Jose Sharks

USC’s Self-Imposed Sanctions After Mayo Scandal

After an internal investigation found that NCAA rules were violated while O.J. Mayo played for USC, the university has enacted a variety of self-imposed sanctions that include forfeiting all of their wins from the 2007-2008 season and a reduction in one scholarship for both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Furthermore, USC will not play in any postseason games this year, including the Pac-10 Conference Championship.

The investigation was regarding Mayo’s involvement with Rodney Guillory, who became a USC booster as a result of his involvement in the recruitment of Mayo. Guillory was also accused of giving Mayo improper gifts, such as money and a television.

The sanctions only affect the USC men’s basketball team.