Big night for James.....Duke to face Carolina.Big deal for Hernandez
MIAMI (AP) — It's not often that a player scores 32 points in a game and isn't the lead of the story. That's what happened last night as Chris Bosh of the Heat hit the nets for 32 points but was second banana once again to LeBron James. For the sixth straight game James scored at least 30 points. He had 30, and shot at least 60 percent in Miami's 117-104 win over Portland. James passes Adrian Dantley and Moses Malone as the only players to have scored at least 30 points on at least 60 percent shooting in five straight outings.
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — There is still no timetable for the return of Bulls guard Derrick Rose. The former league MVP tells USA Today that he's "far away" from returning from surgery on the knee he injured in last season's playoffs. Rose has been practicing with the team but says he's not coming back until he's "110 percent."
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — One of the great rivalries in college basketball resumes this evening as second-ranked Duke plays host to North Carolina. The game may not have some of the polish that past encounters have had as the Tar Heels are unranked in the AP poll. Nonetheless it is still an ACC game with the 21-2 Blue Devils playing host to the 16-7 Heels.
CHICAGO (AP) — The top two clubs in the NHL's Western Conference squared off last night in Chicago and Anaheim left with a 3-2 shootout win. The Blackhawks have played more than a fourth of their season and have yet to suffer a regulation loss. Chicago leads Anaheim by four points in the West in the lockout-shortened season.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernadez and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract. In his eight seasons with the M's, Hernandez is 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA.