HOT: DANDY YANKS
This is an article from the Feb. 13, 2012 issue
On a two-month loan to Everton, Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has five assists through eight games in England; meanwhile, in Fulham, Texas native Clint Dempsey (below) has seven goals in his last six games (16 overall).
NOT: ALOHA ALSO MEANS GOODBYE
NFL players' obvious lack of effort in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 29 drew boos from the crowd and contributed to low TV ratings. The spectacle led commissioner Roger Goodell to raise the possibility of dropping the game altogether.
HOT: HURRICANE FORCE
Miami (14--7) shocked No. 7 Duke 78--74 in OT on Sunday behind junior center Reggie Johnson's 27 points, the Canes' fourth straight victory. But will they dance in March? A win at 15th-ranked FSU this Saturday would help.
NOT: MAVERICKS MELTDOWN
Dallas has lost three straight, and coach Rick Carlisle (below) was fined $35,000 for kicking a ball into the stands that struck a young boy in the head. Owner Mark Cuban was fined $75,000 for blasting refs after a loss to the Thunder.
HOT: STICKY-FINGERED SIXERS
Unheralded Philly is 17--7 and leads the league in point differential (+10.3). Credit coach Doug Collins and supersub Lou Williams (15.1 ppg), sure, but it's the NBA-low 11 turnovers per game that makes this the best Sixers team in a decade.