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After a 4 year run, International Bowl closes up shop

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

The International Bowl (creative commons/wfe photo)

The International Bowl is folding after failing to renew its contract with the Big East Conference. Bowl president Don Loding says that the bowl could be brought back in the near future.

The only bowl game played outside the United States, matched a Big East school against a Mid-American Conference opponent for the past four years. The Big East now has an agreement to send a team to the new Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

The Big East Conference won all four games over the Mid-American Conference teams. South Florida’s 27-3 win over Northern Illinois on January 2 drew the bowl’s lowest attendance 22,000-plus fans at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. In 2009, Connecticut beat Buffalo in front of 40,184 fans.

Tennessee beats Ohio State, 76-73 to advance to the Elite Eight

compiled by the megasportsnews.com staff

Back on January 1 of this year, not much was expected of the Tennessee basketball program for the rest of the season. Their leading scorer Tyler Smith was dismissed from the team. Then to make matters worse, Brian Williams, Cameron Tatum and Melvin Goins were suspended after a gun and marijuana wer found during a traffic stop.

Then a few days later, they upset number 1 Kansas and Tennessee turns their season around and are one win from the Final Four.

Brian Williams scored the go-ahead basket on a tip-in with 32 seconds left, and J.P. Prince was relentless on Evan Turner, blocking a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer Friday night to lead the Volunteers over Ohio State 76-73 in St. Louis. The win propels Tennessee into the Elite Eight for the first time ever.

Evan Turner scored 31 points (osu)

#2 seeded Ohio State had won four of its five meetings against the Volunteers, but last night was a lost opportunity. With Kansas, Georgetown and Maryland all eliminated, the Buckeyes had a chance to advance further.

Wayne Chism finished with 22 points, 18 in the second half with 11 rebounds to fuel the Volunteers to the win.

Evan Turner, singlehandedly carried the Buckeyes with 21 of his 31 points being scored in the second half.  William Buford was the only other Ohio State player in double figures with 15 points. Jon Diebler struggled going 1 for 7 from 3-point land.

As usual, Evan Turner was asked if he was coming back for his senior year to play with Jared Sullinger and the other top-notch recruits. “I can’t give you a percentage right now, I really don’t want to go out like this,” he said.

Every Buckeye fan would hate to see Evan Turner leave for the NBA  because if he comes back to play with the new recruits, Ohio State could end up being better than this year’s 29-8 team.  Next year coach Matta should be able to play more than 2 substitutes a game off the bench. Lack of quality substitutions hurt Ohio State against Tennessee.

Manu Ginobili scores 38 as San Antonio stops Cavaliers win streak

compiled from staff and wire reports

The San Antonio Spurs are not having the kind of season that they’re accustomed to, 53 or more wins. At least that has been the case since they drafted Tim Duncan back in 1977.  This season, the Spurs are (43-28) with 11 games left and 53 wins will only be possible if they go 10-1. That’ll be hard to accomplish with point guard Tony Parker out with an injury. Currently, San Antonio is seventh in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of Portland.

Since Tony Parker went out of the lineup with an injury, the Spurs are 7-4 and leading the way has been Manu Ginobili who is averaging 23.8 points per game.

Friday night against the NBA’s best team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ginobili scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, as the Spurs won 102-97, ending the Cavs latest win streak of eight games. The Cavs win streak actually started earlier this month with a win over the Spurs in Cleveland.

It was Ginobili’s third 30-point game since he was forced into the starting lineup when Tony Parker broke his hand on March 6.

Manu Ginobili San Antonio (SA)

LeBron James scored 27 points for Cleveland, but he and his Cavalier teammates watched their second-longest winning streak go by the wayside with six scoreless possessions down the stretch.

The Cavaliers had another negative from the game as center Anderson Varejao left the game in the first half with a sore hamstring and did not return.

Massillon Jackson is Too Tall for Gahanna

Gahanna Lincoln’s boys basketball team had no answer for Massillon Jackson’s big men, and fell to the Polar Bears 62-50 in the State Tournament Division I semi-final.  The Lions of Gahanna Lincoln were 26-0 entering the game–one of only two undefeated teams still remaining, with Division II Port Clinton being the other.

Jackson’s Josh Egner and Mark Henniger–6’6″ and 6’7″, respectively–combined for 34 points and 20 rebounds against a Lions starting five that ranged from 5’10″ to 6’4″.  Egner made his presence known in the first quarter, blocking three shots, then became a dunking machine in the third quarter, scoring 11 of his 23 points.

Jackson led 18-9 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lions’ defense forced seven turnovers in the second quarter and trailed only 26-24 at halftime — thanks to 10 second-quarter points by the other “Jackson” in this game, the Lions’ Anthony Jackson.  The Polar Bears had only one field goal in the second quarter, but exploded for five baskets in the first four minutes of the third quarter behind Egner.   They led by as many as 14 midway through the fourth quarter, and cruised to Saturday’s championship match-up with Cincinnati Moeller.

Actually, “cruised” isn’t a fair description, as the Lions forced 23 Polar Bears turnovers in the game.  Anthony Jackson kept the game from being a rout by hitting on five of eight three-pointers, and matched Egner’s 23 points.

The Polar Bears shot 67% from the floor in the second half, and 58% for the game.  The Lions connected on only 32% of their shots, with several rattling out.

Michael Shull added 14 points, and Brad DuPont added 12, along with seven assists, for the winners, who finished with a 37-26 advantage on the boards.

IZOD INDYCAR Series: Race 2, Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

This Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC-TV, its the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It’s an 1.8-mile street course which has been a part of  IndyCar since April 3, 2005.

Danica Patrick IndyCar (creative commons/wfe photo)

The winner at St. Petersburg has gone on to win the championship once in the five years of the event, Dan Wheldon in 2005.

In 14 seasons, only four drivers have won the second race of the year and gone on to win the championship. They are: Buddy Lazier (2000, Phoenix); Sam Hornish, Jr. (2001, Homestead-Miami); Tony Kanaan (2004, Phoenix); and Dario Franchitti (2009, Long Beach).

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