March 15, 2003 |
Two weeks ago, Ohio State was barely above .500, and the NCAA tournament was far from the Buckeyes' minds. Now they're on a roll, two victories from an improbable spot in the field. Led by a gritty defense and Sean Connolly's strong shooting, Ohio State stunned No. 18 Wisconsin, 58-50, Friday in the Big Ten tournament at Chicago. The eighth-seeded Buckeyes (16-13), winners of three of their last four games, face fifth-seeded Michigan State today in a semifinal.
March 19, 2001 |
Top-seeded Illinois put the freeze on freshman phenom Rodney White of Charlotte and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1989 with a 79-61 Midwest Regional victory Sunday at Dayton Arena. The top-seeded Illini (26-7) closed out a weekend of mostly lopsided and predictable outcomes in the Midwest. Illinois will play fourth-seeded Kansas on Friday at San Antonio.
March 20, 2007 |
Kobe Bryant was atop another list of jersey sales, only this one didn't originate in the U.S. Try Beijing. Bryant has the top-selling jersey in China so far this season, significantly better than Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, according to sales figures to be released today by the NBA. Bryant also had the top-selling jersey in the U.S. based on data released by the league two months ago. He had the fourth-most-popular jersey last season in China.
April 8, 2004 |
Horace Grant was unable to endure his scheduled rehabilitation program Wednesday morning, a setback for the Laker forward who hopes to participate in the playoffs despite an injured hip. Told nearly three weeks ago that the torn labrum required surgery, Grant hoped to recover enough by mid-April to play short spans in the playoffs. He planned to undergo surgery when the season was over. But the pain has returned.
November 23, 2004 |
The Lakers continue to move along at a velocity that's slightly better than win-lose-win-lose, a pace that could be improved if they were able to hold onto large leads. They have failed to hold double-digit advantages in five of their last seven games, losing twice and hanging on to win the other three. A 33-point lead against New Orleans was trimmed to seven. An 18-point advantage against Orlando became a nine-point loss. A 22-point lead against Houston turned into a brief deficit.
February 3, 2003 |
The Michigan State Spartans sent a reminder to anyone who might have forgotten about them. Paul Davis scored a career-high 15 points and Alan Anderson also had 15 as the Spartans rallied from a big first-half deficit to defeat No. 13 Illinois, 68-65, Sunday. Michigan State (12-8 overall, 4-4 in the Big Ten) has won two straight -- both against ranked teams -- after losing six of eight in its worst slump since 1996-97, Tom Izzo's second season as coach.
February 26, 2003 |
Matt Bonner scored 18 points and No. 4 Florida shot 78% in the second half Tuesday night at Gainesville, Fla., in a 96-63 victory over South Carolina that extended the Gators' home winning streak to a school-record 19 games. Florida, 23-4 overall and 11-2 in the Southeastern Conference, pulled away in the closing minutes of the opening half, then broke it open by making 21 of 27 shots the rest of the way. The Gators scored 61 points in the second half.
March 22, 1997 |
You can call goalie Guy Hebert the Ducks' iron man, but a precious metal would be more appropriate. Hebert--who has started 39 of the Ducks' last 40 games--is on the verge of maximizing the bonuses on his unorthodox contract to earn $1.3 million this season, triggering a renegotiation of the incentive-laden deal he signed in 1995.
December 2, 2004 |
Laker forward Brian Cook was a popular guy Wednesday night, and it had little to do with a career-best effort the night before in Milwaukee. Cook was back in his home state, more than a year and a half removed from his final game at the University of Illinois, which still carried enough cachet to keep him surrounded by local reporters an hour before the Lakers played the Chicago Bulls. Cook, the Big Ten Conference player of the year in 2003, was asked whether he still followed Illini basketball.
June 29, 2006 |
First-round draft picks for the Lakers (since 1980) and Clippers (since 1987): LAKERS * 2006: Jordan Farmar, UCLA * 2005: Andrew Bynum (no college) * 2004: Sasha Vujacic, Italy * 2003: Brian Cook, Illinois * 2002: Chris Jefferies, Fresno State * 2001: None * 2000: Mark Madsen, Stanford * 1999: Devean George, Augsburg, Minn.