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19
Dec
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Lakers, Three In a Row: Critics Not Sold

 

The seemingly premature dismissal of Mike Brown has not put an end to the new unrecognizable 2012 basketball Lakers.

Streaks are a part of basketball, and the Lakers just won three games in a row but still has not quieted the skeptics. 

Tuesday night’s win against the Charlotte Bobcats was an expected win for the Lakers, but didn’t come easily.  The Lakers were down by 18 points in the second half and put on a pretty impressive 32-8 run to overcome the deficit and walk with the win.

Defense seems to be the western buzzword for the moment.  The Lakers are giving up more +101 points per game against teams with not so great offensive talents. 

"The last three games our energy has been there," said Kobe Bryant, who led all scorers with 30 points. "We got six stops [at the start of the fourth quarter] and we got the [deficit] down by a big margin. We finally got our act together and started playing some defense."

Tue
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Rockets Have The Knickerbockers Number

 

His old fans booed him. His old friend clobbered him.

Otherwise, it was Linsanity all over again at Madison Square Garden.

Jeremy Lin had 22 points and eight assists in his return to New York, leading the Houston Rockets to a 109-96 victory Monday night that ended the Knicks' 10-game home winning streak to open the season.

Cheered then jeered, and later floored by Tyson Chandler's flagrant foul, Lin added another masterpiece to the ones he put together last season during the height of his memorable run. No longer the fan favorite he was when wearing the home uniform, Lin got a mixed reception when he left the game with 2:25 remaining and the Rockets leading by 16.

"It was a lot of fun playing out there and I think our team, we took a step in the right direction," Lin said. "And for me, it was great to be back and it was a lot of fun to play on that court again."

Mon
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Texans Battle For A Win Over The Colts

 

The Houston Texans now own the AFC South, and they have a message for the rest of the NFL:

Last week's debacle against New England was not the real Texans.

The real Texans, they claim, clinched the division for the second straight year with a 29-17 victory over Indianapolis.

"A lot of people were wondering how we were going to respond," Andre Johnson said. "I think a lot of people doubted us after what happened last week. We (felt) like we had to show people what we were really about."

They believe they did so against the Colts, a team that dominated the division for years before Houston's recent rise.

But Sunday's celebrations were more subdued than last year's. This time the Texans expected to win the division, and have much bigger goals ahead.

"It's awesome," J.J. Watt said. "But there's a lot more fun ahead, so I hope everybody is not celebrating too early."

Sun
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Gasol Returning to The Lakers Lineup

 

It’s easy to say that the Lakers should be winning more basketball games than they have been, simply because of the presence of Kobe Bryant andDwight Howard on the floor together in the same lineup.

Fri
14
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Turkish Airlines Featuring Sports Greats

Both spent their teenage years in foreign lands. Both superstar athletes have rivals who compel them to reach higher heights. Both hate to lose at, well, anything. This was evident when Bryant and Messi engaged in a game of “can you top this?” The contest didn’t take place on a field or court, but in the first-class cabin of an airplane — Turkish Airlines to be exact. The two appeared in a recent ad, in which they vie for the adulation of a young sports fan. The kid walks into the cabin and gasps after seeing Messi. He hands the soccer star a pen (for an autograph), but Bryant refused to be out-gunned for the kid’s attention and admiration. A battle of wills ensues, as each legend tries to one-up the other using ball tricks, card tricks and making balloon animals. In the end there could only be one winner, but we won’t tell you who it is. Watch Messi and Bryant duke it out in the video below

Wed
12
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Where is Tracy McGrady?

Have you ever wondered what happens to top shelf NBA players when they disappear from the league? Well we found one, former Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady. The above video features McGrady elbowing a Beijing player in the chest after a taunt.

Tue
11
Dec
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Patriots Blowout! Will Texans Stay Focused?

 

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Look out. That familiar sight is the New England Patriots romping through December, looking like a Super Bowl team.

The Patriots rolled over Houston 42-14 on Monday night, stamping themselves once again as the team to fear in the AFC -- and making the Texans look like pretenders.

More Texans-Patriots Coverage

The Patriots are the new Super Bowl favorites in this topsy-turvy season. No one can match their QB play and coach, James Walker writes. Blog

Tom Brady for MVP? It's hard to argue with that thought after he carved up the team with the AFC's best record Monday night, Mike Reiss writes. Column

Vince Wilfork said Houston was "the best team in football," before he and his defense dominated the Texans, Jackie MacMullan writes. Column

This clunker hardly undoes a great season that has three games remaining. But it tells us three things about Houston's future, Paul Kuharsky writes. Blog

Mon
10
Dec
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Lionel Messi: The Football Machine

 

If Lionel Messi had been born three hours from Barcelona, rather than from Buenos Aires, there would be little doubt today about his place in soccer history.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scored twice on Sunday to break Gerd Müller’s record for goals in a year.

Spain, the country where he makes his living, has won three important international titles in the past four years. Messi, Barcelona’s youth-size action hero, has been unquestionably the world’s top player over that period.

The rub is that Messi is not Spanish.

Nationality can make a résumé: dozens of active Spanish players — not to mention a few Italians, Brazilians and even the odd Frenchman — can claim the title of world champion. Messi has lined up alongside a host of them at Barcelona. But whenever he has pulled on the blue and white stripes of his native Argentina, Messi has been left pressing his nose against the trophy case glass.

Sun
09
Dec
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Manny Pacquiao Goes Down Hard In the Sixth Round

The 39-year-old from Mexico lands a jarring right hand as the former welterweight champion from the Philippines is moving forward just before the bell. LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao was seeking to definitively affirm Saturday night the judging that gave him two decisions and a draw in his three tight fights against rival Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Sat
08
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MMA: Women Experiment

Looks like this is really, finally happening. By this, I mean women in the UFC. And by women, I mostly mean Ronda Rousey, at least for now.


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