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Jefferson leads Bobcats to 108-96 win over Pistons PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 07:51
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Al Jefferson beat up the Detroit Pistons in a key game in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Pistons are hardly the first team he has punished.
Jefferson scored more than 30 points for the sixth time in nine games and led the Charlotte Bobcats to a 108-96 victory over Detroit on Tuesday night.
He added 12 rebounds and seven assists, and sent Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe to the Pistons bench with foul trouble.
“He’s a bad matchup for the entire league right now,” interim Pistons coach John Loyer said. “We knew exactly what we was going to do — they ran the same plays they always run — but there’s not much you can do to stop him.”
Jefferson had 24 points and 14 rebounds on Dec. 20 when the Bobcats rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat Detroit 116-106.
“These games are what it is all about, especially with the Pistons chasing us,” Jefferson said. “If you had told us before the season that we would be in this position, we would have been very satisfied. There are 28 games left, and we’re in the hunt.”
No. 22 Ohio State shuts down Illinois, 48-39 PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID MERCER Associated Press   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:48
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Ohio State trailed by three at halftime, and coach Thad Matta told the Buckeyes he thought they would find a way to win.
Turns out, he was right.
Aaron Craft scored 14 points and No. 22 Ohio State held Illinois to 28.3 percent shooting on the way to a scrappy 48-39 win on Saturday night.
Craft picked up two early fouls and spent two long stretches on the bench. But he was still the Buckeyes’ best option on a tough offensive night for each team.
“It was rough — I’m sitting on the bench. It’s tough when you don’t have a say,” Craft said. “My teammates did a great job, controlling the perimeter. Guys just did a great job executing, finding ways to keep it close and that’s what we needed.”
LaQuinton Ross added nine points for Ohio State (20-6, 7-6 Big Ten), which trailed 23-20 at halftime. The Buckeyes made 38 percent of their shots.
Matta remained confident despite the slow start, delivering a positive message at the break.
“We’re down three,” Matta said he told his players. “Trust me, something’s gonna fall for us.”
And it did.
Thick fog causes delays at Sochi Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Written by MATTIAS KAREN, AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 17 February 2014 07:41

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Thick fog lingered over the mountains at the Sochi Olympics on Monday, forcing the postponement of a biathlon race and snowboard event until Tuesday.

The fog rolled in over the mountains in Krasnaya Polyana on Sunday night and showed no sign of dissipating by Monday afternoon. That prompted organizers to call off the men's biathlon mass-start race and men's snowboardcross almost simultaneously.

The biathlon race, which had already been pushed back from Sunday evening, will now be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., organizers said. A decision on the women's mass-start race still scheduled for its original 7 p.m. start was set to be made later Monday.

"Well, I am going to sleep again," double Olympic champion Martin Fourcade tweeted in French after the race was postponed. "We'll see each other tomorrow!"

Michigan still in first despite loss to Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:47
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan slipped a bit in the Big Ten title race — but only momentarily.
The 15th-ranked Wolverines were smothered in the first half of Sunday’s 75-62 loss to 21st-ranked Wisconsin, but Michigan got a reprieve later in the day when Michigan State lost at home to Nebraska. The Wolverines and Spartans remain tied for first in the conference.
Michigan now has a week off before hosting Michigan State next Sunday.
“My old saying: We learn a lot more in defeat than we do in victory,” Wolverines coach John Beilein said. “We’ll learn a lot from this game.”
Michigan (18-7, 10-3 Big Ten) cut an 18-point deficit to three in the second half, but Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky personally went on a 7-2 run after that. The Badgers (21-5, 8-5) committed only two turnovers en route to their fourth straight win.
Kaminsky finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Caris LeVert scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half for Michigan.
Sam Dekker had 15 points for Wisconsin.
Augusta ice storm puts an end to Eisenhower Tree PDF Print E-mail
Written by DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer   
Monday, 17 February 2014 07:20

The Eisenhower Tree, so much a part of Augusta National that not even a sitting U.S. president could have it taken down, was removed from the 17th hole this weekend because of damage from an ice storm, the club said Sunday.

"The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult news to accept," club chairman Billy Payne said. "We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible."

With the Masters only two months away, Payne said there was no other significant damage to the course.

The loblolly pine, which sat about 210 yards off the left of the 17th fairway, was among the most famous trees in golf. Players either had to hit over the 65-foot tree to keep the ball in the fairway, or try to shape the ball from right-to-left to avoid it.

And it infuriated one of the club members after whom the tree eventually was named — former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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