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NBA All-Star Game's biggest snub
NBA All-Star Game's biggest snub

Credit Stephen Curry for taking the high road Thursday, tweeting congratulations to a teammate headed where he won't be. Most folks will tell you Curry is the main reason the Warriors have gone from spending nearly a decade in the dumps to a real threat in the Western Conference. Yet it was forward David Lee, not Curry, who snapped Golden State's 16-year drought Thursday, becoming the team's first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997. Now, nothing against Lee, who's been a major factor for the Warriors this season as well. He certainly deserved a spot. ... Others, however, were less thrilled with Lee being the only Warrior who was voted in as a reserve by the West coaches. Credit Stephen Curry for taking the high road Thursday, tweeting congratulations to a teammate headed where he won't be. Most folks will tell you Curry is the main reason the Warriors have gone from spending nearly a decade in the dumps to a real threat in the Western Conference. Yet it was forward David Lee, not Curry, who snapped Golden State's 16-year drought Thursday, becoming the team's first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997. Now, nothing against Lee, who's been a major factor for the Warriors this season as well. He certainly deserved a spot. ... Others, however, were less thrilled with Lee being the only Warrior who was voted in as a reserve by the West coaches. (FOX Sports)

Pavano ruptured spleen ... shoveling

Carl Pavano's return to a major league lineup will likely have to wait. Pavano, 37, recently suffered a ruptured spleen that will sideline him for 6 to 8 weeks, according to major-league sources. The injury occurred when slipped and fell while shoveling snow on his driveway in Vermont, one source said. Pavano's agent, Dave Pepe, declined comment. The Colorado Rockies and New York Mets were among the teams that had shown interest in Pavano, sources said. Pavano did not pitch after June 1 last season due to a sore right shoulder that was caused by a bone bruise on his humerus, according to reports. He enjoyed a resurgence in the two seasons prior to that, winning 26 games and averaging 222 innings for the Twins. (FOX Sports) Comment

Ohio State out to pillage OU's harvest

This offseason, Oregon has more fierce opponents than usual. [Urban Meyer] and his Buckeyes staff, descended upon UO's recruiting harvest, salivating like Pavlov's dog. Dontre Wilson, a 5-foot-10, 174-pound running back from Texas, committed to Oregon last spring. He now plans to visit Columbus this weekend. Meanwhile, Ohio State celebrated [Chip Kelly's] NFL announcement by rushing Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman to San Diego to visit four-star wide receiver Darren Carrington Jr., another UO recruit. Also in San Diego, Ohio State offered two more critical Oregon commitments, twin basketball/football stars Tyree and Tyrell Robinson, scholarships after the Eagles-Kelly business went public. (The Oregonian) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

A beaten Roger Federer leaves the court after losing an epic Australian Open semifinal to Andy Murray. (Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

SI.com's Peter King looks at a few storylines going into Super Bowl XLVII including the Ravens' and Niners' offensive changes and Baltimore players who might retire after this season.

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SI Vault: More Phil Simms
  • 1924 -- First Winter Olympic games open in Chamonix, France
  • 1945 -- New York Yankees sold Larry MacPhail, Dan Topping and Del Webb for $2.8 million.
  • 1987 -- New york Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI. Phil Simms is MVP.
  • 1988 -- Maple Leafs' winless skid hits franchise record 15 games.
  • 1998 -- David Beckham and Spice Girl Victoria "Posh" Adams engaged
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