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Dwight Howard once again is defensive player of the year

compiled from staff and wire reports

Dwight Howard (nba)

Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, is already the youngest player ever with two NBA defensive player of the year awards. Members of the media wonder how many can he win before his career is done?

The Magic’s All-Star center won the award for the second straight year after becoming the only player to lead the league in blocks and rebounds in the same season, twice-let alone two years in a row.

The 24-year-old says he would like to improve his offensive game enough to be considered a viable MVP every year along with the defensive award.

Howard received 576 total points, including 110 first-place votes from a panel of  122 writers and broadcasters. Atlanta’s Josh Smith was second with 136 points and Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace finished third with 113 points.

Howard averaged 13.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game this season, leading the 59-23 Magic to the NBA’s second-best record behind Cleveland. Only Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ben Wallace each led the NBA in those categories once in the same season.

Dwight is the seventh player to win the award in back-to-back seasons, joining Ben Wallace, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Dennis Rodman and Sidney Moncrief. Ben Wallace and Dikembe Mutombo each won the award a league-leading record four times.

Struggling LPGA Tour loses it’s top golfer and ambassador to retirement

compiled from staff and wire reports

In a surprising move, Lorena Ochoa is retiring , in a surprise move like Annika Sorenstam did in 2008, leaving the struggling LPGA Tour without its number 1 player once again.

Lorena Ochoa LPGA (u of arizona photo)

Ochoa, the best-known athlete from Mexico that is not a football or baseball player, announced her surprise decision on Tuesday but won’t discuss her plans until Friday.

The 28-year-old got married in December 2009 to Andres Conesa, the chief executive of Aeromexico airline. She has been number 1 in the world the last three years and won 27 times over the last six.

The LPGA said on Tuesday that Ochoa had not withdrawn from next week’s Tres Marias event in Morelia, west of Mexico City, and indicated she was expected to play. She finished fourth earlier this month in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California, the first major of the year.

Annika Sorenstam was 37 when she retired in May 2008, saying that she wanted to pursue other interests and start a family. She now has a daughter.

Over the past 3 years, Ochoa has talked openly about wanting children of her own. In 2009, she began traveling more, playing less and taking on more obligations, which include her charity foundation.

Her retirement is another in a series of recent blows to the LPGA Tour which has been hurt by the rough economy. The tour only has 25 tournaments, down from over 35 a few years ago, 14  of them in the United States.

Tiger Woods will compete in the Players Championship

compiled from staff, wire and PGA News

Tiger Woods (Mike McClung photo)

Tiger Woods has entered The Players Championship as he continues to fill out a schedule that hasn’t changed very much from previous years.

The only changes are that Woods is giving tournaments a chance to promote his appearance as before, he wouldn’t make up his mind until the last day to commit to a tournament.

He is scheduled to play next week at Quail Hollow Championship, followed by The Players Championship.

Busch wins 5th in a row at Texas Motor Speedway

compiled from staff and wire reports

Kyle Busch won his fifth consecutive Nationwide Tour race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, joining two-time series champion Jack Ingram and Dale Earnhardt, Sr., as the only drivers to win five consecutive races in NASCAR’s second-tier series at the same track.

Kyle Busch (nascar)

It was Busch’s second consecutive Nationwide victory, third this season and 33rd of his career. Only Mark Martin (48) and Kevin Harvick (36) have more career victories.

Busch beat teammate Joey Logano, the polesitter, by 0.688 seconds.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Eastern Conference (Tuesday results)

compiled by the staff


Joe Johnson (nba)

Joe Johnson took control in the fourth quarter to finish off a 27-point effort, Josh Smith finished one assist shy of a triple-double as Atlanta held off pesky Milwaukee. 96-86 in Atlanta.

The Hawks are up 2-0 and now head to Milwaukee.

Smith garnered 21 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. Center Al Horford scored 20 points, with 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

John Salmons scored 21 points for the Bucks.


Glen Davis (nhl)

The Boston Celtics didn’t seem to miss Kevin Garnett. With Glen Davis picking up the slack, they beat Miami 106-77 in Boston.

With Garnett serving a on-game suspension for elbowing Quentin Richardson in Game 1, Davis got the starting nod  and produced 23 points and 8 rebounds.

With Miami up 29-25, the Celtics went on a 44-8 run over the next 16 1/2 minutes to bust ahead 69-37 and that was the game.

Dwayne Wade scored 29 points for the Heat.

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