Known to be one of the more illustrious football schools in the country, the Miami Hurricanes have never been a real force in college basketball. After a mediocre first season under new head coach Jim Larranaga, the team is off to their best start in school history and undefeated in ACC Conference play. The Hurricanes currently sit eighth in the AP Top 25, and with a win this weekend over North Carolina, coupled with losses to three of the top five teams in the AP poll, could move into the top five for the first time ever with a win.
Since rejoining Division One in 1985, the Canes basketball program has only made the NCAA Tournament five times. Of their five trips to the big dance, the Canes have made it past the first weekend of the tournament once, a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2000. The school has one regular season conference title over the same time period. A title with which they share with Syracuse from the 1999-2000 season.
In his first start of the 2013 PGA Tour season, Tiger Woods looked like his dominant self with a four shot win in the Farmers Insurance Open. Woods finished 14 under par after a final round 72. The win is Woods’ eighth at Torrey Pines, the most of any course in his career and a PGA Tour record.
The Monday finish was the Tour’s second finish not on a Sunday this year already. The season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions was delayed three days due to wind and rain. Saturday’s third round was delayed until Sunday due to fog covering the course.
After missing the cut in his first event of the new year in Abu Dhabi, Woods returned to the states with a bang. After opening with a first round 68, Tiger fired in a seven under par 65 on day two on the easier North Course.
After the third round postponement due to fog, Woods came back on Sunday to shoot a three under 69. With a four shot lead going into the final round, it seemed as though Woods would be hard to catch.
With the NBA trade deadline just over a month away, teams will be evaluating where they stand, seeing what players they have are worth and ways to better their team for the future. The general goal will be the same for everyone, getting better. Some teams will be looking to add pieces to make a run this season, while others will look for pieces to build toward the future.
Having said that, here are five teams in contention for a potential playoff spot that could be looking to bolster their roster for the stretch run.
- Portland Trail Blazers 20-20 9th in the Western Conference 1/2 game out
This upstart Blazers team has been one of the biggest surprises in the league this season. After having two lottery picks last year, their own and the Brooklyn Nets, the Blazers were looking like a team in rebuilding mode. After drafting point guard Damian Lillard and center Meyers Leonard, the team matched a contract offer by the Timberwolves for forward Nicolas Batum and re-signed big man JJ Hickson.
With much of the golf worlds eyes on the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods’ first event of the season, the Humana Challenge took a back seat for the weekend. While Woods and McIlroy both missed the cut, Woods due to a two stroke penalty for a drop he should not have had and McIlroy for poor play, Jamie Donaldson took down the win in Abu Dhabi after Justin Rose’ birdie putt lipped out on the 72nd hole. A putt that would’ve forced a playoff.
The PGA tour took to three courses - PGA West (Palmer Course), La Quinta and PGA West (Nicklaus Course), for the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California. Not to be outdone by the European tour event, the PGA Tour guys gave the fans a show on Sunday, worth every penny.
Carrying a five stroke lead into the final round, Scott Stallings seemed like a lock to win the tournament. Stallings carded a final round 70, including two costly bogeys on 16 and 18, the bogey on 18 coming after Stallings tugged a six iron into the water from the middle of the fairway. With Stallings late struggles, three men - Brian Gay, Charles Howell III and David Lingmerth, found themselves with a chance to win.
“I don’t really know what just happened,” Henley said. “This is the most nervous I’ve ever been and that’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m kind of speechless right now.” That about wraps it up for 23 year old Russell Henley, who had a magical weekend in the PGA Tours first full field event of the season, the Sony Open at Waialae Golf Course in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Making his first start as an official member of the PGA Tour, Henley took the course and field by storm over the weekend. After opening with his first of three seven under 63’s, Henley found himself one shot behind fellow tour rookie Scott Langley, who shot a lights out 62 on the opening day. Setting out to prove his opening round 63 wasn’t a fluke, Henley poured in birdie after birdie on Friday, shooting his second consecutive 63. Henley carried a two stroke lead over Langley, who shot 66 on Friday, into the weekend.