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Clippers win 17th straight End Perfect December Clippers win 17th straight End Perfect December

January 2, 2013 - The NBA Los Angeles Clippers won their 17th consecutive game on Sunday against the Utah Jazz to end the month of December undefeated. Caron Butler said after the Clippers defeated Utah 107-96 that he and his teammates had something very magical taking place. Los Angeles becomes only the third team in the history of the NBA to record a month that was perfect.

The Clippers ended December 16-0 to join just the San Antonio Spurs of 1996-1996 and the Los Angeles Lakers of 1971-1972 as the only clubs to play an entire month without losing. The 17 game winning streak is the league’s longest since 2008 when the Boston Celtics won 19 straight. The win improved the Clippers record to 25-6, which is the best in the NBA.

The Clippers were led in the game by Butler’s 29 points even though he did not play the entire fourth quarter. He was 6 for 6 from three-point range including 5 of 5 in the first quarter. Blake Griffin the Clippers’ rebound machine was double teamed the entire game and held to only seven points while committing five fouls.

Clippers players and coaches have not talked about the streak, but players from other clubs and the press are making it a popular topic. Griffin said that this season’s team is the best he has ever played on and is having the most fun he has had since he started playing basketball. He said the team does not feel much pressure since they know that the season is 82 games and they will have their share of losses as the season goes forward.

The loss by Utah was the third time during the streak that Los Angeles has defeated the Jazz. All of the three games have been close as Utah lost last Friday 116-114 after leading by 19 points and they lost 105-104 on December 3.

Cowboys and Redskins meet with Playoff Berth at Stake Cowboys and Redskins meet with Playoff Berth at Stake

The Washington Redskins will play the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday evening with the NFC East division title and a playoff berth on the line. At this time, the Redskins are in first place by one game over Dallas with just Sunday’s game left on the regular season schedule.

Washington has won six consecutive games to raise their record to 9-6 after starting out a lackluster 3-6. A win and the Redskins not only win the division title but also make the playoffs for just the first time in 6 seasons. If they lose, their chances are slim they will make the postseason.

With rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III leading the offense for Washington, he will have the chance to pen his first chapter of his legacy this weekend. Griffin suffered a sprained knee back on December 9, against the Baltimore Ravens but that will not limit his playing ability this weekend as it did last weekend in his first game back from the knee sprain. The versatile quarterback has rushed for 752 yards this season and has six touchdowns on the ground.

Griffin and his fellow teammates on offense will be facing a tough Dallas Cowboys secondary. Dallas’ linebackers must also make sure to contain Griffin III and make sure he stays between the tackles not allowing him to scramble outside and then head down field.

Dallas must win Sunday to win the NFC East title and qualify for the playoffs. A loss by Dallas and they are out of the post season. Dallas will be led by talented quarterback Tony Romo and his arsenal of receivers. Dez Bryant had a career day last weekend at wide receiver and will be tough for the Redskins’ secondary to cover.

With the return of DeMarco Murray the Cowboys now can rely more on the rush and not be such a one dimensional team passing the ball far more than rushing.

Suzy Favor Hamilton Admits to Being  An Escort Suzy Favor Hamilton Admits to Being An Escort

Suzy Favor Hamilton, a U.S. Olympic team member for three Olympics and a mother admitted on Thursday to working for an escort service where she charged $600 an hour. The admission by Hamilton set of a flood of controversy and questions for the ex-Olympian.

Hamilton, prior to Friday, represented Disney but the entertainment giant said it no longer would maintain ties with Hamilton. That word was received just two days after runDisney, a subsidiary of the parent corp., said that Hamilton would be speaking in August of next year at events during the Half Marathon held at Disneyland.

The former star of the Big Ten conference, who has a conference award named after her for the Athlete of the Year, did not make any comment on Friday. The University of Wisconsin, where Favor attended and won 23 conference titles and 9 NCAA titles, also would not comment.

The 44-year old mother said in the first report released that her work had been exciting and that she had used a number of aliases but told several of her clients who she really was. She said that Mark Hamilton, her husband had known of her work but was against it.

When the story started to spread Favor Hamilton sent out a Twitter saying she took complete responsibility for her actions and had made irrational decisions. She said in her tweet that she was not the victim, as she knew exactly what she was getting into. She said the work helped her cope during a challenging period of her marriage. She said that she did the work at the time because of depression and at the time, it seemed the right thing to do.

Favor Hamilton is one of the NCAA’s most decorated runners for middle distances and participated in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics for the United States.

Mourinho Says Real Cannot Defend La Liga Title Mourinho Says Real Cannot Defend La Liga Title

December 18, 2012 - On Sunday, following his club’s 2-2 draw against lowly Espanyol, Jose Mourinho said Real Madrid is unlikely to defend their title in La Liga. Espanyol, in 19th place in the league, scored a late goal to tie the match and cancel out brilliant strikes by Fabio Coentrao and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The draw was worth just a single point, while first place Barcelona earned 3 points after they defeated Athletico Madrid 4-1 in convincing fashion. Barcelona’s lead is now 13 points over third place Real.

Real has dropped 15 points thus far in the season, which is already more points lost than were lost in the entire season last year when they won the league title. Mourinho conceded that it was next to impossible to catch the Catalan Club.

Mourinho said it was imperative his team improve since he has never been in a situation where one of his teams has lost so many points and that one of his teams is so far from reaching its objective. It said the situation was new for him being down by 13 points in just December. He said last year at this time Real was up by 8 points and even though they had two draws towards season’s end, they still maintained that 8-point advantage.

The Portuguese coach said it was near impossible to win the league, but his team needed to keep moving forward. He said Real Madrid demands the maximum in dignity. He said throughout his coaching career he has always or nearly always achieved his goals and that this situation was completely new for him as a coach.

The draw against Espanyol left Mourinho bemused by the poor performance of Real. He will now turn his attention to getting Spanish and European Cup glory.

Mourinho said the club would try to finish as well as they can and improving in the league would help their efforts in both the Champions League and Copa del Rey, where they have played very well.

 

Zack Greinke Signs with Dodgers for $147 Million Zack Greinke Signs with Dodgers for $147 Million

December 12, 2012 - The Los Angeles Dodgers have not waited long to start signing players as they used some of their pile of cash to sign Zack Greinke on Tuesday after signing South Korea’s Ryu Hyun-jin on Monday. Hyun-jin is the first player to ever move from the league in Korea directly to the big leagues.

Greinke’s $147 million deal is for six years and Dodger’s management hopes the proven winner will continue his winning ways at Chavez Ravine. The two new deals for Ryu and Greinke give Los Angeles eight legitimate starting pitchers signed for the upcoming season.

Ryu and Greinke now join a staff of Clayton Kershaw, the Cy Young winner in the National League in 2011, Ted Lilly, Aaron Harang, Josh Beckett ,Chris Capuano and Chad Billingsley. Just two years previously, the Dodgers only had four starters in the offseason of 2010.

Greinke spent his season between two teams last season. He started the season with the Milwaukee Brewers and was dealt before the trade deadline to the Los Angeles Angels. His combined record between the two clubs was 15-5 with an ERA of 3.48. He ended the regular season for the Angels 5-0 with an ERA of 2.04 over his final eight starts of the season.

In 2011, he spent his first and only complete season playing in the National League and tied his career high for wins with 16. Greinke was a Kansas City Royal between 2004 and 2010, with his best season in 2009 when he was 16-8 and had an ERA of 2.16 that led the major leagues and the year he won a Cy Young and played on the All Star team.

The Dodgers had to pay over $25 million to negotiate with Ryu and then signed the set up man for $36 million. If they had not reached an agreement by this Sunday Ryu would have returned for another season in the Korea League.

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