Nearly eight months after Kobe Bryant limped off the Lakers’ home court with a torn Achilles tendon and a career in doubt, he struggled to keep his composure when he finally stepped back onto the same hardwood.
SEE IT: Boyfriend proposes to cheerleader during NBA game
A Chicago Bulls cheerleader received the surprise of her life when her boyfriend proposed to her in the middle of a dance routine last week against the Miami Heat.
Kobe happy to make comeback, even in Lakers loss (Yahoo Sports)
After nearly eight months of recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, Kobe Bryant is back on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds in his season debut, but Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points for the trade-depleted Toronto Raptors in a 106-94 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night. Coming back from what could be a career altering injury, the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history returned in time for Los Angeles’ 20th game of the new season, only to struggle with his shot, his timing and his new teammates. I couldn’t wait to start watching the film and criticizing every little thing.
Howard gets 20-20 on birthday, helps Rockets down Magic
Dwight Howard celebrated his 28th birthday in a big way, getting 20 points and 21 rebounds Sunday night to lead the Houston Rockets over the Orlando Magic 98-88.
WATCH: Terrence Ross drains high-arching halfcourt buzzer-beater
Talk about a prayer from the heavens. Terrence Ross see the clock winding down and figures.. heck, I’ll just chuck it up and see what happens.
Kendall Wright: Recapping Wright’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Wright managed just two catches for 17 yards Sunday at Denver. He drew just three targets.Wright appeared on the team’s injury report prior to the contest, being listed as probable due to an injured ankle. It didn’t appear to be the cause of his struggles Sunday, and Wright figures to be back as his usual PPR self in Week 15 against Arizona.
Demaryius Thomas: Recapping Thomas’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Thomas had seven catches for 88 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Titans. He was targeted 10 times and scored for the second time in three games.One of the most consistent receivers in the league, the beat marches on for Thomas. For a seventh straight game, he had either a touchdown or 100 yards receiving.
Updates on Derrick Randall’s Lawsuit Against Rutgers for Mike Rice Scandal
Former Rutgers basketball player Derrick Randall has filed a federal lawsuit against the university, ex-head coach Mike Rice, president Robert Barchi and four other high-ranking Rutgers employees for abuse he suffered during Rice’s tenure.
Courthouse News Services broke the story of Randall’s filing, which alleges the school knew of Rice’s abusive behavior and should be held culpable for his actions. Former assistant coach James Martelli, former athletics director Tim Pernetti, Rutgers CFO Janine Purcaro and Chairman of the Board Mark Hershhorn are also named defendants in the suit.
Rice was fired this past April after ESPN’s Outside the Lines uncovered a video that showed the Rutgers basketball coach physically and mentally abusing his players, which included throwing basketballs at them and hurling offensive epithets.
Rob Bironas: Recapping Bironas’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Bironas did not attempt a field goal for the second straight week Sunday at Denver. He made four extra points.Bironas was rolling before this two game blip, having posted 29 points in that stretch. Things don’t get easier for the Titans offense in Week 15 against Arizona, but you have to think Bironas will at least try a three-pointer.
Justin Hunter: Recapping Hunter’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Hunter caught four passes for a career-high 114 yards and a touchdown Sunday at Denver. He was targeted a team-high eight times.Hunter now has two 100-plus yard outings in his last three outings. His other contest showed the rookie’s inconsistency, as he caught just one pass for nine yards.
Shonn Greene: Recapping Greene’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Greene ran nine times for 46 yards and two touchdowns Sunday at Denver. His second score came on a season-long 28 yard scamper.Greene is beginning to play his way into a timeshare. He saw most of the Titans goal-line work, and played on some series exclusively.
Chris Johnson: Recapping Johnson’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Johnson ran 12 times for 46 yards and a touchdown Sunday at Denver. He added two catches and nine yards.It’s Johnson’s eight total touchdown this season, but he watched Shonn Greene see nine carries in a near split of touches. Greene now has 19 carries in the last two weeks, making Johnson a risky play moving forward.
Delanie Walker: Recapping Walker’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Walker was inactive for Sunday’s game at Denver. He sustained a concussion in Week 13, and was not given clearance to play.Recently signed Visanthe Shiancoe saw most of the tight end work against the Broncos. Walker figures to do some work in practice in advance of Week 15′s contest against Arizona.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: Recapping Fitzpatrick’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Fitzpatrick completed 13-of-24 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown Sunday at Denver. He scrambled once for four yards, was sacked twice and intercepted once.That’s probably not the line many owners had hoped for when guessing Fitzpatrick’s arm would be needed to keep the Titans in the contest. The frigid temperatures certainly didn’t help, but Fitzpatrick is at best a back end QB2 weekly.
Didier Drogba Risks Fine over Nelson Mandela Tribute, Says He’d Do It Again
Didier Drogba used Friday’s Galatasaray match to pay his own tribute to Nelson Mandela, but his T-shirt gesture is under investigation by the Turkish Football Federation.
Drogba, 35, lifted his Galatasaray shirt to reveal a “Thank You Madiba” message, while his teammate, former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue, also made a similar tribute.
For the two African players, it was a natural way to pay their respects to one of recent history’s most influential and unifying figures—however, it has landed them in trouble in Turkey.
As Turkish news source Hurriyet Daily News explains, the next step is for the pair to explain themselves before a committee:
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) justified the decision by arguing that the players wore the t-shirts in the match against Elazığspor without receiving permission beforehand.
Florida State Is Far More SEC Caliber Than Auburn Is
TALLAHASSEE, FL- In the coming weeks, Florida State against Auburn will most likely be pitted as a matchup between the ACC and SEC instead of a simple matchup between two teams. Some will use the SEC argument to make a point that Auburn, in fact, should be favored, due to the pedigree of the conference.
“They’ve won seven straight!” they’ll say. “The SEC plays in the best conference in the country and plays the best defense!”
Good points, possibly, if the team that plays the most like an SEC team wasn’t going up against the SEC team.
Kobe Bryant Gives Self ‘F’ Grade in Return
Kobe Bryant isn’t happy with Kobe Bryant.
Vino played his first game since rupturing his Achilles on April 12 of this year, a return that was foiled by a Rudy Gay-less Toronto Raptors and subpar performance from Kobe himself.
When asked to grade his effectiveness against Toronto, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar gave himself an “F,” according to ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin. Self-deprecating evaluations didn’t end there, either.
Don’t Read Much into Tiger Woods’ Loss at Northwestern Mutual World Challenge
Members of the golf media are already citing statistics that Tiger Woods once again failed to break 70 on the weekend and let another win slip away. Although he turned in a ten-under 62 in the second round on Friday, he posted scores of 72-70 on the weekend and lost to Zach Johnson in a playoff.
Friday’s 62, in cold and breezy conditions at Sherwood Country Club, featured a bogey-free pair of five-under 31s. The next best rounds of the day were two 67s posted by Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell.
Adam Vinatieri: Recapping Vinatieri’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Vinatieri managed just four points Sunday at Cincinnati. He missed a 44-yard field goal and connected on four extra points.Vinatieri’s roller coaster season continues, as he had 16 points last week, but just three the week before. He’s up to 105 points on the year however, and is 26-of-30 on field goals.
UFC on Fox 9: McDonald Expects to Beat Faber ‘Everywhere,’ Even His Hometown
Michael McDonald might drive himself to UFC on Fox 9.
From his home in Oakdale, Calif., it’ll take about 90 minutes—a straight shot north on I-5 to Sacramento, where on Saturday night McDonald will fight Urijah Faber in a bantamweight bout steeped in title implications.
It’ll be a luxury to have access to his own vehicle, he admits, especially after the UFC shipped him off to Atlanta (2,400 miles), London (3,900 miles) and then Boston (3,080 miles) for his last three fights.