HOT: NADAL FOR IT ALL
This is an article from the Feb. 25, 2013 issue
While Rafael Nadal made news off court last week ("The ATP worries too little about the players," he said), the 26-year-old Spaniard won his second Brazil Open, beating David Nalbandian of Argentina in two sets, his first title after sitting out seven months with a knee injury.
NOT: SKIDS IN THE HALL
Seton Hall had lost 11 of 12 at week's end and was just 2--11 in Big East play, the Pirates' poorest conference mark in 29 years. Making matters worse? Starting forward Brandon Mobley (9.0 ppg, 5.5 boards) injured his shoulder in a 76--65 loss to Syracuse and is out for the year.
HOT: FEELING HOT, HOT, HOT
The Heat (36--14) ripped off seven wins before the All-Star break, including a 110--100 road defeat of the Thunder, to take a four-game lead in the East. LeBron James (above), who scored 30 or more in each victory, was joined in Houston by Miami mates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
NOT: PAIN IN THE ARSE
Arsene Wenger's squad, Arsenal, was booted from the F.A. Cup by a lower-league team for the first time since the manager took over in 1996, losing 1--0 to Blackburn. Said Wenger of the boos that followed, "What do you expect, people to applaud when you lose at home like that?"
HOT: QUACK ATTACK
Even though Anaheim ranked 27th in penalty killing through Sunday (72.7%), the Ducks had won eight of their last nine, thanks in large part to the league's fourth-best scoring rate (3.3 goals per game) and to Viktor Fasth's 1.78 goals-against average and 8--0 record.