The Week in Sports
LeBron James’s 61 point game is the lead to this week’s sports news
Photographer’s Keith Allison
– LeBron James scores 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Miami Heat, with the help of James, won 124-107. This is both a career high for total points scored in a game for James, as well as a franchise record for the Heat. Lebron’s 61 points eclipses former Heat record holder Glen Rice’s 56 points.
-The Philadelphia 76ers are on a 15 game losing streak and have a record of 15 wins and 46 loses as of March 6th this season. They also have the worst scoring margin in the league with -11.2. Some outlets argue that the 76ers are intentionally “tanking” in order to have priority over future draft picks.
-The Wichita State Shockers go undefeated for 31 games in their NCAA regular season. With the NCAA Tournament right around the corner, the Shockers have to prove that they can be successful in a stage other than their native conference. The tournament’s brackets will be announced on March 16th and opening round games are scheduled for the 18th.
-Right ahead of the NHL trade deadline at 3pm March 5th, the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers swapped captains in a headline making move. Tampa Bay will be exchanging 38 year-old Martin St. Louis for the Rangers Ryan Callahan, as well as two draft picks that include a second-round choice this year and a first-round selection in 2015.
-There is possible speculation about the future of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. A tweet posted on March 5th by Viking’s running back Adrian Peterson insists that “@MikeVick would intently make the vikings a playoff team!”. While this may be pure conjecture made by the 2012 MVP, the Vikings do only have one quarterback on contract, Christian Ponder.
-The much hyped Masahiro Tanaka made his premiere as a New York Yankee on March 1st. The starting pitcher allowed two hits and struck out three, over two scoreless innings in his first spring training game. The Japanese player signed a $155 million contract with the Yankees in January.
-The USA lost 2-0 to Ukraine in an international friendly on March 5th. Due to the political turmoil currently facing Ukraine, the game was instead held in Cyprus. As a World Cup contender, the USA is facing stiff competition this summer in Brazil. Their group consists of European giants Germany and Portugal as well as rising star Ghana, who ended America’s hopes for a Cup in the Round of 16 in both 2006 and 2010.
-FC Barcelona captain, Carles Puyol will be saying goodbye to the Catalonian club after the 2013-1014 La Liga season. The 35 year-old defender has been associated with Barça since 1995, when he began his education at La Masia, the club’s prestigious soccer academy. A persistent knee injury is the reason for his early retirement. Despite this injury, Puyol is still devoted to Barça because in his words: “There are three months of the season left and those who know me, know I will continue to fight to improve [my fitness] and help the team achieve their objectives”. Barcelona is currently second in La Liga standings, right behind Castilian rivals Real Madrid.
-The German club Bayern München are undefeated this season in the Bundesliga. They have 21 wins this season as well as two draws. Leading with 65 points, the Bavarians dwarf second place Dortmund who are sitting on 45 points.
-Chelsea’s André Schürrle scored his first hat trick in the Premier League since joining the club in 2013. The 24 year old winger scored all three goals in a matter of 16 minutes and cemented a Chelsea win over Fulham, 3-1.
-Despite back pain that caused Tiger Woods to withdraw from the Honda Classic on March 3rd, golf’s number one will be returning on the 6th for the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He will have to uphold his ranking against number 2 and reigning Masters champion, Adam Scott.