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Feb. 20, 2012
Feb. 20, 2012

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Feb. 20, 2012

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
PHIL VS. TIGER
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
COUNTDOWN TO MADNESS
PRO BASKETBALL
PRO HOCKEY
WES LEONARD
  • You may have heard about the Michigan high schooler who made a game-winning basket and then died. Here's the rest of the story: a violent car crash, a bone-shaking tackle, a near-perfect season, a reluctant substitute and a search for the will to carry on

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HOT: WILY COYOTES

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Phoenix has won five straight to reach eighth in the West and will have G Mike Smith to thank if it stays this side of the playoff bubble. He saved 38 shots to blank Chicago, and his 1.19 February GAA is tops for anyone with at least four starts.

NOT: CREIGHTON OVER A BARREL

February began with Doug McDermott's Bluejays ranked No. 13 and NCAA darlings. But they've laid three straight eggs, including an 89--68 defeathering by Wichita State, which now sits atop the Missouri Valley Conference.

HOT: HARD-HEARTED HANNAH

Ice runs through the veins of Hannah Kearney, who on Sunday at Beida Lake in China won her 15th straight moguls event—a World Cup record across all disciplines. Said Kearney of the streak, which began in January 2011, "It's insane."

NOT: WHAT ABOUT BOBCATS?

Charlotte had a franchise-record 14 straight losses through Sunday and hadn't broken 100 points in almost a month. Amazingly, people still come to watch Paul Silas's train wreck: His team somehow ranks 14th in the league in attendance.

HOT: OKEYDOKEY IN OKC

That Kevin Durant--Russell Westbrook dustup in December? We hardly remember it. Through Sunday they were February's top two scorers (193 and 192 points) and had the Thunder, 7--3 over its last 10 games, first in the NBA standings.

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