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February 04, 2008

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Since coming back from a knee injury, guard Tracy McGrady had helped Houston go 4--1 through Sunday. ("I think we've found ourselves," he said.) And his campaign to aid Darfur—he visited the war-ravaged region last summer and spoke to students in Florida last month—has been inspiring.

Marc Savard
Home again and diggity dog! In Atlanta, the ex-Thrasher and current Bruins center won the All-Star Game for the host Eastern Conference with a last-minute goal. Suddenly the spurned fans ( Savard bolted for a $20 million deal two summers ago) were not booing but cheering. "It was great," said Savard.

The Husky women are cruising at No. 1—they've won 32 straight regular-season games, folks—and here come the boys. Wins over Marquette and Cincinnati (they rallied from a 12-point hole) were nice; then they upset the streaking Hoosiers in Indiana, even without two suspended guards. That r�sum�'s looking tournament-worthy, no?

Coach Byron Scott led the Hornets to the top of the NBA's Western Conference (how do you like him now, Nets fans?). And golfer Adam Scott (right) finished a career-best 20-under to win in Doha, pocket $417,000 and jump to No. 4 in the world rankings.


Since Andrew Bynum injured his knee, forcing Kwame Brown to play more, the Lakers had gone 2--4 through Sunday. The center had heard hearty boos at home, had yet to top 10 points in a game and on Sunday committed a foul that coach Phil Jackson cited as the key to a loss to Cleveland.

Denis Savard
Forget that the Blackhawks coach's All-Star defenseman, Duncan Keith, came up on the short end in Atlanta, Savard may be losing his charges. After a solid start, lackluster Chicago had dropped 10 of 14, putting Savard on a rant. He wants his players to "commit to the Indian." And fast: They're on a seven-game road trip.

The Wolverines don't do rivalries well, at least not lately. Their pucksters, then No. 1, lost to Michigan State 1--0 last Friday and barely salvaged a 2--2 tie in Saturday's rematch. "Bad weekend for us," Michigan captain Kevin Porter told The Flint Journal. The blue-and-maize hoopsters understand. Sunday's final: Michigan State 77, Michigan 62.

They were expected to be bad, but this? After 14 straight losses, Seattle was 0 for 2008 and sinking into Timberwolves territory. So, experts, what's worse, losing a tight one, or a rout? At home or away? Said rookie Kevin Durant, "All the losses are tough."