NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Kentucky took a bold step toward winning its first national basketball championship since 1998 by defeating bitter intrastate rival Louisville 69-61 in the semi-finals of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at the Superdome.
The Wildcats (37-2) will play the winner of Saturday’s second game, Kansas against Ohio State, for the collegiate title on Monday night.
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Louisville can go a long way to elevating its status in the basketball-crazed Bluegrass State if it can defeat rival Kentucky in the opening game of the Final Four on Saturday at the Superdome.
Top seeded Kentucky is more talented than its intrastate rival and sports a richer tradition, but has a young team with three freshman and two sophomores in the starting line-up.
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – They used to be friends but now Kentucky coach John Calipari and his Louisville counterpart Rick Pitino are just chilly acquaintances.
Calipari and Pitino each insist they want to win Saturday’s NCAA Tournament semi-final as a means to reach the championship game but clearly it is more than that.
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – One of college basketball’s most passionate rivalries enters the stratosphere Saturday when top-seeded Kentucky hosts Louisville in the semi-finals of the NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky (36-2) is the most talented squad in the 68-team tournament but Louisville (30-9) has won eight straight and when intensity runs this deep, anything can happen.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Danica Patrick is convinced that if “the stars are aligned” she can win the Daytona 500 in her first attempt on Sunday.
The 5-foot-2, 105-pound Patrick said she was emboldened by last year’s victory by 20-year-old Trevor Bayne, a rookie who took the checkered flag in just his second Sprint Cup start.
WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Danica Patrick is
convinced that if “the stars are aligned” she can win the
Daytona 500 in her first attempt on Sunday.
The 5-foot-2, 105-pound Patrick said she was emboldened by
last year’s victory by 20-year-old Trevor Bayne, a rookie who
took the checkered flag in just his second Sprint Cup start.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – George Hamilton moves from story to story, one more outrageous than the next.
There is no theme to tie them together but he’s having such a good time telling them, you just let him roll on.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The San Jose Sharks padded their slim lead in the Pacific Division by defeating the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Monday behind two goals each from Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau and some outstanding goaltending from Thomas Greiss.
Greiss, starting in place of regular goaltender Antti Niemi, frustrated the Capitals by blocking 39 shots, many of them from point-blank range.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jeremy Lin’s sudden rise from obscure reserve to the toast of Broadway could not have come at a better time for the New York Knicks.
Lin scored 23 points and had a career-high 10 assists to lead the Knicks to a 107-93 rout of the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, the club’s third straight victory since the former Harvard point guard entered the rotation.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The Baltimore Ravens know full well the challenge that lies ahead when they hit the road for next week’s game against the top-seeded New England Patriots with a berth in the Super Bowl on the line.
The three-time Super Bowl champion Patriots, who cruised through the 2011 National Football League (NFL) regular season with a 13-3 record, advanced to the January 22 AFC Championship with a crushing win over Denver in the divisional playoffs.