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It looked like a playoff game, felt like a playoff game and 48 minutes were not enough for the Warriors and Mavericks on Tuesday night.
Stephen Curry's deep two-point bucket with .01 left in overtime gave the Warriors a 122-120 victory over the Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The Warriors (46-28) put virtually three games between themselves and Dallas (44-31) and pretty much assured themselves a spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
They did with starting power forward David Lee sitting on the bench in street clothes and starting center Andrew Bogut back hom in San Francisco.
Curry finished with 23 points and 10 assists, bracing a Warriors attack that saw five players finish in double figures.
Klay Thompson led the way with a team-high 27. Jermaine O'Neal finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. And then there was Andre Iguodala's line: 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Jordan Crawford came off the bench to deliver 19 points in 16 minutes.
STANDOUT PERFORMER This was another virtuoso performance by Curry, who was efficient and explosive and punctuated another huge Warriors win.
-- Monte Poole, CSN Bay Area
They’ve only one a single playoff series and lost almost 60 percent of their games over the past 19 seasons, but make no mistake about it: Vince Carter and the Toronto Raptors have had a heavy influence on the current college basketball landscape.
Dan Wetzel from Yahoo Sports joins SportsDash to explain this somewhat unconventional notion, saying that many players on top teams that are still alive in the tournament hail from the Greater Toronto Area and were impacted at one point or another by NBA games played north of the border.
Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins, Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim and Naz Long are just a few of the players influenced by the high-flying Raptors that helped create a tidal wave of talent that is overwhelming the NCAA tournament.
Just as Eagles general manager Howie Roseman boarded a flight Wednesday from the owners meetings back to team headquarters in Philadelphia, head coach Chip Kelly ventured off toward a different gate, headed for yet another college campus.
Kelly is logging major frequent-flier miles this month. He’s routinely spotted at college pro days, where prospects hope to improve their draft stock by performing drills in shorts and shirts at their own school before an army of NFL scouts and personnel figures.
Actually, in the case of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, it’s shorts, shirts and, strangely, a helmet and pads. Kelly observed this first-hand Thursday in College Station, Texas, as the former Heisman winner and his top target, wide receiver Mike Evans, worked out before a slew of NFL personnel.
You don’t see many NFL head coaches traveling the countryside to evaluate college kids unless they’re picking very early in the first round of the draft. Even then, most head coaches only attend the pro days of prospects expected to go in the top 10.
Those are just the campuses where he’s been spotted publicly.
-- Geoff Mosher, CSN Philadelphia
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady witnessed the nine-alarm fire in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood that claimed the lives of Two Boston firefighters — 43-year-old Lt. Edward J. Walsh, Jr. and 33-year-old Michael R. Kennedy.
He joined WEEI 93.7 FM to express his condolences for the loss of life and extend his gratitude for the true heroes that keep the public safe.
“We as athletes think that we’re heroes, but when you witness firsthand what I saw yesterday, you realize who the real heroes are in this world,” Brady said. “They are the people that work hard to protect our lives and protect our safety and our freedoms in America. So I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Jeremy Maclin seemed resigned to seeing DeSean Jackson, his long-time colleague in the Eagles’ wide receiver room, being traded this offseason.
“Whatever happens in the organization happens in the organization,” Maclin said. “This was a similar situation when the Eagles decided to part ways with T.O. That's just how the game goes sometimes. So I guess we'll see.” All signs point to the Eagles' trading Jackson this offseason, even though he’s coming off his third Pro Bowl season and the best year of his career, with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
Maclin, who missed last year with a knee injury, recently signed a one-year contract to return to the Eagles before hitting the open market. Jackson has 6,117 receiving yards in six seasons with the Eagles; Maclin has 3,453 yards in four seasons. They rank third and 12th in franchise history in receiving yards among wideouts.
Head coach Chip Kelly was intentionally vague when asked about Jackson at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando on Wednesday, and Maclin took a similar tone on Tuesday.
“I want to win games, and obviously DeSean's a very talented player,” Maclin said. “So, I think, I want to win games.
This one needs context. Earlier this season, when Al Harrington still was out from surgery to his right knee, the 16-year veteran observed that the Wizards' greatest weakness was between the ears. Marcin Gortat headed down a similar path after Wednesday's loss, the sixth in nine games, to the Phoenix Suns, praising them for everything that the Wizards appear not to be at the moment.
"These guys are hungry. They bring it every night. They compete every night. They know what they're playing for," said Gortat, who was traded from Phoenix before the season began. "They have the character, a lot of will to win the game and they together. They have fun. They're running the system the right way."
The Wizards (36-35) trailed by as many as 25 points in the third quarter. They cut it to four by the fourth but the hole was too big. They fell 99-93. With 11 games left, they're only 1.5 games from dropping behind the Charlotte Bobcats and into the No. 7 spot in the playoff race.
"Embarrassing," said Gortat, who clearly was choosing his words carefully. "Nobody expected we're going to play like that. We just didn't perform."
The Red Sox will be heading to Washington D.C. to meet President Obama as part of their 2013 World Series tour and to celebrate, they've acquired some very unusual -- yet patriotic -- blazers.
Known for his big beard and wacky personality, Johnny Gomes played an integral part of Boston’s championship run and has now gifted all his teammates an outstanding American flag blazer to remember their trip to the White House.
And don’t think Gomes forgot about President Obama, reserving a very special flag-themed jacket for the commander in chief himself.
Weighing in at 230 lbs., taking a shot from Alexander Ovechkin is not something that is easy to get up from. Capitals teammate Jack Hillen learned that the hard way.
As Ovechkin was circling back in the neutral zone, the super-star right winger collided with Hillen who was able to brace himself at the last second but the defensemen clearly received the brunt of the ferocious hit. Hillen lay still on the ice for a few moments until he was helped to the locker room, while Ovechkin only had the wind knocked out of him.
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In hopes of making replay reviews more efficient, the NFL has passed a new rule that will allow officials to communicate with the league office during replay reviews. More specifically, referees will be in direct contact with the command center in New York and able to speak with head of officiating Dean Blandino, who will help in reviewing the play in question.
Mike Florio explains that he expected this rule change all along to help expedite the replay process, though it doesn’t guarantee all calls will consistently be made correct, but it is a step toward making replay reviews more accurate.
The Eagles are considering signing Jets castoff Mark Sanchez to back up starting quarterback Nick Foles, but a high-ranking league source denied an ESPN report that a deal has been finalized.
The source said the Eagles are still in the process of gathering information on Sanchez’s shoulder, which he injured during an August preseason game against the Giants and required surgery.
The source said if all the medical reports come in positive, the Eagles will likely try to sign Sanchez.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweeted that the Jets formally released Sanchez with a failed physical but added that the injury would not prevent him from joining the Eagles.
NFL Network reported that the Giants and Rams are among other teams interested in acquiring the 27-year-old Sanchez.
The Jets cut ties with Sanchez after signing former Eagle Michael Vick to compete with Geno Smith.
Sanchez missed the entire 2013 season after suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery.
From 2009 through 2012, Sanchez started 62 of a possible 64 games, going 33-29, completing 55 percent of his passes and throwing 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions.
-- Reuben Frank, CSN Philadelphia