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Daily Jolt: Howard plays All-Star fool

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Monday, February 18

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Howard plays the All-Star fool

Listed at 6-feet and 175 pounds, Chris Paul stood above the rest Sunday, while a hulking center came up short. Of course, there's Dwight Howard, lofting 3-pointers with his torn labrum and then making one in the game before putting finger guns in his imaginary holster, Russell Westbrook-style. [Gregg Popovich] pulled Howard immediately after that, and Howard never came back into the game -- not that he was ever really in it in the first place. Not that he has been all season. As we look ahead to the next 50 years, with players so young they can't even see [Michael Jordan's] shadow, we can't have it all. Some guys in this game get it -- Chris Paul gets it -- and there are more than enough of them to mute the foolishness of those who don't. (CBS Sports)Comment

No chance Ellsbury sticks with Red Sox

Is it a safe bet? Jacoby Ellsbury is the greatest flight risk in the history of baseball. There is no way he will be playing for the Red Sox next spring. I'd bet my hair on it. I tell him so in the clubhouse at JetBlue Park. "Everybody knows you are gone," I say. "If you're still here next year, I'll shave my head." "Go for it," says Ellsbury. No problem. My hair is safe. Like everybody else around here, I know there is no chance Ellsbury will be with the Red Sox next year. Nothing wrong with that. It's just a fact. Ellsbury is polite, but he's weary of the contract question. It must be weird to go into a season when you know ... and your teammates know ... and all of the fans know that you are gone at the end of the year. (The Boston Globe)Comment

Bubble bursting for Kentucky?

A month away from Selection Sunday, college basketball has more questions than answers. But the biggest question could be whether last season's champs, Kentucky, will even get invited to the Big Dance. The 'Cats were unceremoniously pushed off the bubble after 6-11 freshman center Nerlens Noel -- projected as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft -- was lost for the season after tearing his left ACL on Tuesday. ... Noel was one of four blue-chip recruits to grace a starting lineup that has five new faces. He is a fabulous talent and was emerging as the catalyst on this team. So before you do what you always do and automatically move Kentucky into the Sweet 16, make sure they are actually in the bracket. (New York Daily News)Comment

Must-See Photo

Blake Griffin dunks for two of his 19 points in the West's 143-138 win in the NBA All-Star Game in Houston. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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