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Lavender named Big Ten Player of the Week

Janet Lavender (file)

courtesy of Ohio State

Center Jantel Lavender of Ohio State has been selected Big Ten Player of the Week. The 6’4 junior collects her fourth honor this season after leading the Buckeyes to a 78-47 win over Northwestern in the regular season finale. The Cleveland, Ohio native scored 26 points on 70.6 percent shooting. while pulling down 12 rebounds. That performance marked Lavender’s 55th career double-double, making her the active leader in the Big Ten. The weekly honor is Lavender’s 13 th overall, which ranks third all-time in conference history.

Evan Turner selected as Player of the Week for seventh time

Ohio State's Evan Turner (SI)

courtesy of Ohio State

6’7  junior forward Evan Turner of Ohio State and 6’8 senior forward Raymar Morgan of Michigan State, share this week’s Big Ten men’s basketball Player of the Week.

Turner collects his second weekly honor in as many weeks after leading the Buckeyes to a pair of key wins in Big Ten action while averaging 21.5 points, 9 boards and 7 assists last week. At Penn State, the Chicago native score 25 points and a perfect 9-of-9 mark from the foul line. He also added seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Against arch-rival Michigan on Saturday, he posted his 13th double-double of the season with 11 rebounds and 18 points, a career-high four blocked shots and seven assists. By logging 79 minutes of playing time last week, Turner now has played more than 3,000 minutes as a Buckeye.

Michigan State’s Raymar Morgan, posted 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Spartans over #3 Purdue in a crucial road game on Sunday. The Canton, Ohio native played 32 minutes pulled five offensive rebounds, six defensive rebounds in helping Michigan State overpower Purdue on the boards, 46-20. The win allowed the Spartans to pull even with Purdue in the Big Ten standings as each team sits a half game behind Ohio State.

Canada gets revenge, beats United States in OT to earn gold

compiled from staff and wire reports

Canada now has another national hero to go along with Wayne Gretzky.

Canada is the Olympic champion in men’s hockey and the 2010 Winter Games will go down as a success for those north of the border.

Canada survived one of the greatest games in Olympic history to beat the Americans 3-2 in overtime.

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and hockey heir to Canada’s Great One, Wayne Gretzky, won the game when he whipped a shot past U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller 7:40 into overtime. The U.S. had tied the game at 2-2 with 24.4 seconds left in regulation.

By beating  the United States in the gold-medal hockey match, Canada joined the Soviet Union/Unified Team as the most successful teams in Olympic hockey history:

Olympic Hockey Gold Medals:

Canada                                         8

Soviet Union/Unified team 8

United States                             2

Sweden                                         2

U.S. Goalie Ryan Miller after giving up game-winner (AP)

Michigan State wins at Purdue; Buckeyes lead Big Ten

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Purdue Boilermakers were sitting in the Big Ten Conference drivers seat after wins over Ohio State and Minnesota. But halfway through the Minnesota game, they lose Robbie Hummel to a season ending torn ACL in his right knee. the junior forward is done for the rest of the season.

In Sunday’s key loss to Michigan State at Mackey Arena, it was obvious that Purdue missed its number 2 scorer and rebounder. Third-ranked Purdue produced its lowest point total of the season in losing 53-44 to the hungrier #14 Michigan State Spartans.

The loss snapped the Boilermakers’ 10-game winning streak, and came while their two other stars, E’Twaum Moore and JaJuan Johnson shot a combined 7 for 27 from the field.

The Big Ten race now looks this way:

Ohio State 13-4

Purdue       12-4

Michigan State 12-4

Wisconsin  11-5.

Canton, Ohio native Raymar Morgan scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds  to help the Spartans overcome some shoddy ball handling which produced 22 turnovers.

The Boilermakers led at halftime, 28-26, despite shooting 32 percent.

Michigan State held Purdue to one basket during a 16-6 run that gave the Spartans a 42-34 lead with 11 minutes to go in the 2nd half. Purdue did get it to 50-44 but couldn’t get any closer.

Raymar Morgan (MSU)

Jimmie Johnson wins Shelby American at Las Vegas

Everybody on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit says that Jimmie Johnson is lucky. Sure he was lucky to win at Fontana, Calif., the week before. But at the Las Vegas Speedway on Sunday, luck had nothing to do with his victory.

The only luck is that Johnson has the best crew chief in the sport today, Chad Knaus.

Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon had the best car. Johnson had the best man in the pits, Chad Knaus.

Gordon and his number 24 Chevy had the field at his feet and should’ve won the race. He looked like the Jeff Gordon of old, say a decade ago, lapping cars and led all but 48 of the 267 laps, the most laps ever led in the event.

But on the key spit stop, the Spring Cup defending champion made the right call. Jeff Gordon and his 24 crew didn’t.

Gordon came into the pits first, and Johnson was second. Steve Latarte, Gordon’s crew chief, elected to take only the right-side tires. Knaus decided for four tires.

Gordon restarted second with 34 laps to go. Clint Bowyer was first because he didn’t pit. Johnson restarted fourth. It took a few laps, but Jimmie Johnson with the newer tires enabled him to pass Gordon down low with 17 laps to go. The number 48 car went to the front, and the race was over. Gordon finished third, being passed for second by Kevin Harvick, the points leader after three races.

Jeff Gordon said he talked to Steve Latarte afterwards. “He was pretty upset,” Gordon said. “But I felt like two tires was the right call, too.”

The NASCAR season moves into week 4 next weekend as the Kobalt Tools 500 will be at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., a 1 p.m. start and 2009 winner Kurt Busch defending his title.

Jimmie Johnson wins again (AP)

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