COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell is ready for a week like few others in his college career. He knows if the 24th-ranked Gamecocks can make it through No. 19 Florida at home on Wednesday night and at No. 5 Kentucky on Saturday, it should go a long way in determining if they can challenge for the top of the Southeastern Conference and gain their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2004. "There's a lot of motivation right now," Thornwell said. "We understand it's a big week and we've got a big opportunity ahead of us. We'll be more focused and more prepared than ever." Especially with the chance to take early control of the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks (14-3,
In his last words, in his last fancy White House ceremony, in his last week as the commander-in-chief, President Obama chose to spend three minutes articulating why sports matter. Behind him stood the Cubs, from his adopted home town of Chicago, continuing to celebrate their first championship in 108 years. After his eight years of running the country while peeking at athletic highlights, after he honored champion on top of champion and befriended superstar on top of superstar, after he played more golf while in office than any president since Dwight Eisenhower and altered the White House tennis court to include basketball, Obama’s stately relationship with these games had to conclude with a most unlikely visitor: the team that broke the longest, cruelest sports curse. “They said this day would never come,” Obama said Monday to begin his remarks.
Maurice Watson Jr. was as valuable to Creighton as almost any other player is to his team in the country. Creighton’s worst fears were realized Tuesday when senior point guard Maurice Watson received the results of an MRI that confirmed he had torn the ACL in his left knee Monday against Xavier. Watson is out for the season.