QB Colin Kaepernick's 192 passing yards and TD helped Nevada to its best D-IA finish ever (13--1), with a 20--13 win over Boston College in Sunday's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. The senior concluded his career as the first NCAA player to top 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in three straight seasons.
Dwight Howard (right), with 21.2 ppg, leads an Orlando squad that has won nine in a row, topped by a 117--107 comeback win over Dallas last Saturday. Since a Dec. 18 trade for ex-Wizard Gilbert Arenas, the Magic (25--12, second in the Southeast) has lost only twice.
PACK'S FRESH FACE
Sixth-round pick James Starks's 123 rushing yards in Green Bay's 21--16 win over Philly on Sunday was the first time a rookie from the fifth round or later had topped the century mark in the playoffs since 1988. The Niagara Falls native previously had just 101 yards on 29 carries.
Revived Knick Raymond Felton had his first career triple double last Friday; Derrick Rose slayed the Celts with 15 of 19 FTs on Saturday; and on Sunday 36-year-old Steve Nash (right) got his fifth 20-15 (points-assists) of the season, three more than all other NBAers combined.