Friday, December 20
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A locker room has all manner of unwritten rules and imaginary lines, and sometimes those lines are crossed. Following the Thunder's 107-95 win over the Bulls on Thursday, during interviews in the OKC locker room, Bulls center Joakim Noah was paying a visit to former teammate Thabo Sefolosha. And Thunder center Kendrick Perkins took exception. Sitting at his locker, Perkins loudly said, "We just let anyone in here now?" Noah, who was near the entrance of the locker room, shook his head and just said, "C'mon." Perkins, to no one in particular: "I'm just asking though." Noah again: "C'mon man." Perkins: "They just let anybody in the locker room?" Noah: "You want me to wait outside?" Perkins: "Just saying." Noah: "You want me to wait outside, I'll wait outside." Perkins: "Get your [behind] up out of here." And Noah then turned and left. (CBS Sports)Comment
The Irish have lost senior defensive tackle prospect Matt Elam, though it wasn't for lack of trying. The 6-foot-5, 370-pound recruit announced Thursday on Twitter that Alabama and Kentucky were his final two choices. In a follow-up with the South Bend Tribune, Elam confirmed he had dropped Notre Dame from the running. "I love ND and the staff but I just couldn't drag them along," Elam said in a text. ... Elam alluded to pressure from Notre Dame to commit earlier than his scheduled decision date of Jan. 4 at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. "They need to know if I'm going there or not, so I told them I'm fine with them moving on and giving it to another player," Elam said in a text. The Irish sent 270 letters of recruiting mail to Elam in November to represent his hometown area code in Elizabethtown, Ky. (South Bend Tribune)Comment
A little bit of air came out of the Lakers on Thursday, when it was announced Kobe Bryant is expected to miss six weeks. The injury news for the Lakers didn't get any better regarding Steve Nash. The team also announced Thursday that the veteran point guard -- limited to just six games this season -- will miss an additional four weeks because of nerve root irritation. Nash was re-evaluated during the team's just-completed road trip. ... Nash, meanwhile, hasn't played since Nov. 10. He said Thursday that he felt "pretty close to 100 percent" after practicing for three days earlier this month but that feeling dissipated quickly. The 39-year-old veteran said the goal now is to "take a step back, take a longer sample and try to prove to myself that my back can sustain the game of basketball." (ESPN Los Angeles)Comment
Indonesia's Saiful Rijal, right, returns a shot to Myanmar's Aung Pyan Tun in their final match of the men's sepak takraw (think volleyball for your feet) team doubles at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (Vincent Thian/AP)
On SI's Pro Football Now Emmitt Smith delves into the state of the Dallas Cowboys and dishes on Dez Bryant and Adrian Peterson.
Game To Watch
Canucks at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. ET, TSN and NHL Network
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This Day in Sports
- 1946 -- Sugar Ray Robinson won the welterweight championship at Madison Square Garden, defeating Tommy Bell.
- 1966 -- The NBA awards Seattle an expansion franchise for the 1967-68 season.
- 1985 -- Howard Cosell retired from sports television after 20 years with ABC.
- 1994 -- Tennis star Ivan Lendl retired after a 17-year career.
- 2008 -- The Dallas Cowboys played their last game at Texas Stadium, losing to the Baltimore Ravens, 33-24.