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For his part, Steve Nash said Los Angeles was "lazy" and "cutting corners" in Toronto. The Lakers couldn't escape from the problems that have plagued them all season. It also appeared they didn't bring much energy along with their luggage over here, either. The Lakers' 108-103 loss Sunday to the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre featured far too many snapshots of another effort gone astray. "We have too many issues," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. The Raptors stormed out to an 11-2 run. ... Does [Kobe Bryant] believe the Lakers' front office needs to make a move? "No," he said. "Listen, if this is what we're rolling with, I can't make excuses. I have to go out there and do my job." (Los Angeles Daily News) Comment
After completing their comeback, the 49ers were left with a little more than eight minutes separating them from the Super Bowl. [The] 49ers finally got the go-ahead touchdown, with [Michael Crabtree's] eight-yard reception setting up a first-and-goal from the 9, and Gore taking a read-option handoff and sprinting untouched to the end zone with 8:23 remaining. [Matt Ryan] took over at his own 20 and drove the Falcons into the red zone, where the game would essentially be decided. On second-and-9 from the San Francisco 15, he threw a five-yard pass to running back Jason Snelling while absorbing a hard hit from linebacker Ahmad Brooks, resulting in a trip to the turf that would separate his left (non-throwing shoulder). (Yahoo! Sports) Comment
In terms of trades, Boston has seemed more comfortable lately subtracting rather than adding. This offseason, the Red Sox have acquired most of their new players via free agency: Shane Victorino, David Ross, Jonny Gomes, Koji Uehara, Stephen Drew, Ryan Dempster, and (when it finally gets done) Mike Napoli. They have been unwilling to deal some of their better prospects, but have done a good job dealing redundant players like DeJesus, Sands, and Stolmy Pimentel. It's no secret that the Sox have walked away from deals because they thought the price tag was too high. But you wonder whether they're getting gun-shy about big deals because of their recent track record. (The Boston Globe) Comment
Ray Lewis celebrates after the Ravens earn their first trip to the Super Bowl in 12 years. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook blocks a half-court heave by Nuggets mascot Rocky during the Thunder-Nuggets game Sunday.