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Feb. 18, 2013
Feb. 18, 2013

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Feb. 18, 2013

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
INSIDE: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
MICHAEL JORDAN AT 50
2014 WINTER OLYMPICS
Departments

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HOT: MIAMI NICE

This is an article from the Feb. 18, 2013 issue

With their 26-point throttling of UNC, Shane Larkin and the Hurricanes became the first team since 1981, other than the Tar Heels or Duke, to start ACC play 10--0. Even better, the win earned a school-record No. 3 ranking—and a standing O from LeBron and D-Wade at courtside.

NOT: ARMS REDUCTIONS

Francisco Liriano's humerus-cracking fall turned a two-year $12.75 million Pirates deal into an incentive-filled one-year pact with $1 million guaranteed. And for Felix Hernandez (above): His $175 million Seattle extension is at risk after a physical showed elbow damage.

HOT: BUFFALO WINGER

Through three weeks Sabres forward Thomas Vanek is the NHL points leader with 23, four more than anyone else. Will Vanek, who's never finished higher than 15th, hold on for the Art Ross Trophy? "There's no way I can keep this pace up," he told the AP. "And I'm fine with that."

NOT: WAYWARD SONS

After ripping off 18 wins in a row, the Jayhawks have dropped three straight. Ugliest was the 62--55 loss at league newbie TCU (1--9 in the Big 12), which inspired Bill Self to label his squad "the worst team Kansas has ever put on the floor since Dr. [James] Naismith was there."

HOT: ROND-WHO?

Remember when the C's were supposedly torn asunder along with Rajon Rondo's ACL? With Paul Pierce (above) averaging 18.9 points, 10.1 boards and 7.3 assists, Boston has won an NBA-best seven straight. Plus, Rondo's tear is only partial, making a training camp return realistic.

PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (PIERCE)PHOTODENNY MEDLEY/USA TODAY SPORTS (SELF)PHOTOERIC CANHA/CAL SPORT MEDIA (VANEK)PHOTOSTEVEN BISIG/US PRESSWIRE (HERNANDEZ)PHOTOEVAN PIKE/CAL SPORT MEDIA (LARKIN)