Thursday's A.M. Hot Clicks: Hannah Ferguson; Duke knocks off Carolina
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It was hard at first to tell who was more stunned by Duke's 74-73 win at No. 5 North Carolina Wednesday night—the Blue Devils themselves or the suddenly blank-faced Tar Heel fans. Down by eight points late and playing without standout guard Matt Jones, who twisted an ankle early, Duke somehow hung in against North Carolina to simply steal one at Chapel Hill. The game called into question the last-minute strategy of coach Roy Williams, who got ripped on Twitter for passing up the chance to call a timeout before his team's fateful last shot. Check out the reactions from that upset and from Texas Tech's over No. 3 Oklahoma in the above gallery of the Night in Sports (click here for full-size version.)
The NBA returns from its All-Star break today with three games on the schedule, but the biggest moment of the day is the 3 p.m. ET trading deadline. Four-time league scoring champion Kevin Durant was in a joking mood on the eve of the deadline, saying the Oklahoma Thunder were looking to move him. Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings reportedly are interested in Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard entered the day as one of the biggest names in trade speculation. Follow the trade rumors here and take SI.com's insanely difficult NBA trade trivia quiz if you consider yourself a big NBA fan.
Spring Training Begins
With pitchers and catchers reporting today, here's our ranking of all 30 MLB teams, our final Winter report card grades for the National League and American League, and a refresher on the 10 best new hats you'll see this preseason.
Lovely Lady of the Day
Today's lovely lady is Hannah Ferguson, who, in case you missed it, had a slight tumble from a horse during this year's swimsuit shoot. Fortunately, both she and the horse were in the water at the time, making it eminently less dangerous but no less embarrassing. (Click here for Hannah's full-sized LLOD gallery.)
Swimsuit Launch Week Chronicles
Where's Andy this week? Well, there was the SI Swimsuit Fan Festival on South Beach on Wednesday, then a barbeque at the luxurious hotel, followed by a Wiz Khalifa concert and, well, you get the idea. Here's his latest diary entry.
Things Will Never Be the Same
Jay Williams Slightly Perturbed
Jared Allen Announces His Retirement
Scot Pollard's Survivor Debut
Words of Encouragement
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Odds & Ends
Gilbert Arenas wants to sign a 10-day contract with the Lakers so that he doesn't have to buy a ticket to Kobe's last game ... A look at the reign of Roger Goodell as he nears a full decade as NFL commissioner ... Becca Pizzi is the first U.S. woman, and only the second woman ever, to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days ... Spurs rookie Boban Marjanovic lands a gig pitching new cars ... New Jersey hasn't given up on the idea of legalized sports betting ... Your NFL Off-season Primer ... Ten things to watch for in Sunday's Daytona 500, with the starting order being finalized with Thursday night's 150-mile Can-Am Duels.
Stick to Soccer, Robin
The former Arsenal and Manchester United striker uploaded this video to YouTube, showing him singing R. Kelly’s “When a Woman’s Fed Up.”
The Return to L.A.
Lost in the shadow of the Golden State Warriors' brilliance is that the San Antonio Spurs are on pace for the third-best record in NBA history. That won't mean much if the season ends anywhere near as crushingly for San Antonio as last season's playoff exit against the Clippers, whom the Spurs visit tonight. Coach 'em up, Pop. Coach 'em up.
A Gift From the UK
A little Ellie Goulding to get you closer to the weekend.
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