What we're watching (all times EST): Liverpool v. Brighton at 11:300 a.m. in English FA Cup. NHL: San Jose at Detroit at 12:30 p.m. (NBC). Syracuse at Rutgers at 1:00 p.m. (ESPN), Michigan State at Purdue at 1:00 p.m. (Big Ten Network) in men's college basketball. Dallas at New York at 1:00 p.m. (ABC) and Orlando at Miami at 3:30 p.m. (ABC).
Remembering the first man to row across the Atlantic: "He crossed the Atlantic because it was there, and the Pacific because it was also there. He made both crossings in a rowboat because it, too, was there, and because the lure of sea, spray and sinew, and the history-making chance to traverse two oceans without steam or sail, proved irresistible. In 1969, after six months alone on the Atlantic battling storms, sharks and encroaching madness, John Fairfax, who died this month at 74, became the first lone oarsman in recorded history to traverse any ocean." [NY Times]
These guys were high school teammates?!: "The star of the night was a true freshman who was introduced to the fired-up crowd as 'The pride of Columbus, Ohio, Trey Burke.' Burke finished with 17 points, including a game-clinching runner with 11 seconds left that helped Michigan stop a six-game losing streak to the Buckeyes. 'I was going to call timeout, but I saw Trey had some room, and I trusted him to know what to do with a three-point lead in the final 20 seconds,' Beilein said.'He finished the game for us.' Burke's rainbow shot floated over All-America forward Jared Sullinger, hit high off the backboard and dropped through the net. Burke said he knew what kind of shot to take because he knew what to expect from Sullinger - his old high school teammate. 'Jared likes to take a lot of charges, so I knew he would be looking for that instead of trying to block my shot,' said Burke, who also had five assists. 'I just wanted to pull up short and get it over him.'" [SI]
St. John's messed up Geno's logistics: "Shenneika Smith's 3-pointer from the wing with 8 seconds left lifted St. John's to a 57-56 win over No. 2 Connecticut on Saturday night, snapping the Huskies' 99-game home court winning streak. It was the Huskies' first home loss to an unranked opponent in nearly 19 years. 'It's truly unbelievable,' Barnes Arico said. "There aren't many teams that can say they beat UConn in this place and now we're one of them.' St. John's became only the fifth team to win at Storrs since 1993, joining Tennessee, Georgia, Notre Dame and Rutgers. The Red Storm, who have won seven of their last eight games — the lone loss coming to then-No. 2 Notre Dame — haven't had much success anywhere against the Huskies. They lost the previous 27 meetings since a home victory over the Huskies in 1993." [WSJ]
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Pap's getting a fresh start: "'I think every year you start fresh and you see what guys you have in your clubhouse and you really just try to get that team camaraderie as good as you can get and get everybody kind of pulling on the same rope in the same direction,' he added. 'If we're able to do that, we can do some special things. But like I said, no one guy's going to come in here and all of a sudden make it a World Series championship team.' Papelbon replaces Ryan Madson, who converted 32 of 34 save opportunities in 2011 in his first season as Philadelphia's closer. The right-hander had 31 saves in 2011, but also was on the mound when Boston completed a monumental collapse that allowed Tampa Bay to overcome a nine-game deficit in September to earn the AL wild-card spot on the final night of last season." [ESPN]
More concussion-related suits against the NFL: "Several former New Orleans Saints players, including John Fourcade, are among the 11 ex-players named as plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in New Orleans. The lawsuit says each of them has developed mental or physical problems from concussions or concussion-like symptoms. Several similar suits blaming the NFL for concussion-related dementia and brain disease already have been consolidated in Philadelphia. More could be added. The NFL has vowed to vigorously defend itself. Football helmet manufacturer Riddell Inc. also is named as a defendant in the lawsuit filed in New Orleans. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, accuses the NFL of ignoring players' concussion risks for years 'despite overwhelming medical evidence that on-field concussions led directly to brain injuries and frequently had tragic repercussions for retired players.'" [AP]
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