2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 17, 2003
Davis adds insult to antics in rare victory
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CLEVELAND (AP) - Ricky Davis wanted to
give himself a triple-double by shooting at the
wrong basket, leaving Jerry Sloan fuming.
Davis had 28 points, a career-high 12 assists
and missed his first career triple-double by one
rebound as the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a
seven-game losing streak with a 122-95 victory
over the Utah Jazz yesterday.
After Utah's Scott Padgett scored with six sec-
onds left, Davis took an inbounds pass and was
ready to attempt a shot at the wrong basket to get
his 10th rebound. DeShawn Stevenson wrapped
his arms around Davis before the attempt and
was whistled for a foul. Davis made two free
throws to complete the scoring.
"He was trying to embarrass us, and that's not
how the game should be played," Sloan said.
"This is not schoolyard basketball," the Utah
coach said. "Let him try to get it when the game
means something. I was proud of DeShawn and I
would have knocked him down harder. They can
put me in jail for saying that, but that's the way
Davis said his teammates yelled out that he
needed one more rebound.
"They should be mad," Davis said. "Any team
that gets beat that bad shouldn't be happy. But I
wouldn't do it again. I just wouldn't. I'd probably
me mad, too, losing by 20."
"I have nothing against Ricky," Stevenson said.
"But for someone to go out there and do that is
not right. I'm not going to let that happen."
Jumaine Jones scored 23 points and Milt Pala-
cio added a career-high 20 for the Cavaliers, who
won for the second time in 15 games.
The Cavs, who have a league-worst record of
12-53, need four wins in their final 17 games to
avoid tying the franchise's worst mark of 15-67,
set in their inaugural season of 1970-71 and
matched in 1981-82.
Mark Jackson of the Jazz overtook Magic
Johnson for second place on the NBA's career
assists list. Jackson set up a 22-foot baseline
jumper by Calbert Cheaney with 8:35 remaining
for his 10,142nd assist and fifth of the game.
"It would have been much nicer in a blowout
win," Jackson said. "It's special to me, obviously.
It is truly an honor."
Jackson received a standing ovation when he
was replaced 11 seconds later by all-time leader
John Stockton, who finished with nine assists
and raised his career total to 15,671.
"I want to thank the Cleveland fans," Jackson
said. "It is something I won't forget. They
showed class and I'm fortunate to have done it
Tony Massenburg starting in place of Greg
Ostertag, who was sidelined with a concussion,
scored a season-high 20 points, including 14 in
the first half. Matt Harpring added 20 points.
Cleveland improved to 4-19 under interim
coach Keith Smart, who replaced the fired John
Lucas on Jan. 20 - two days after the Cavaliers
lost in Utah 95-78.
"That was pretty close to a perfect game,"
Smart said. "I have a lot of respect for coach
Sloan and tried to mimic my system after his."
Jones shot 4-for-5 from 3-point range and
scored 14 points in the second quarter to help
Cleveland to a 57-46 lead at the break.
"I shot 0-for-8 in my last game and I wasn't
about to do that again," Jones said. "My team-
mates got me the ball in good spots."
DeSagana Diop blocked consecutive shots that
led to a dunk by Davis, sparking a 19-5 run as
the Cavaliers rallied from a 27-20 deficit
Diop had four blocks and seven rebounds in 10
minutes in the first half.
Who: Nate Brannen
Hometown: cambridge, Ontario
Sport: Men's track and field
Why: Brannen won the NCAA 800-meter indoor championship on Saturday
with a Michigan record time of 1:47.79. The finish was Michigan's first
national championship in an 800-meter race in almost 60 years and
Michigan's first track and field national title overall since 1998.
Thursday, March 20
W Swim/Diving at NCAA Championships, 11a.m.
Wrestling at NCAA Championships
M Track/Field at Florida State Relays
W Track/Field at Florida State Relays
Friday, March 21
Softball vs. IUPU-Fort Wayne, 11 a.m.
Baseball at Butler, 3 p.m.
Ice Hockey vs. Semifinals
Saturday, March 22
W Rowing vs. Notre Dame (Belleville) TBA
W Tennis vs. Marquette, 11 a.m.
Baseball vs. Western Michigan, 11:30 a.m.
Softball vs. Butler, 1:00 p.m.
W Gymnastics at Michigan State and Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Ice Hockey vs. Championship Game
Sunday, March 23
Softball vs. Gardner-Webb, 9 a.m.
Softball vs. Loyola (IllI.), 11 a.m.
Baseball vs. Central Michigan, 11 a.m.
M Tennis vs. Penn State, 12 p.m.
W Golf at Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational (Austin, Texas)
Leonard shoots 67 to'
take Honda Classic
Who let the dogs out?
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.
(AP) - Justin Leonard spent several
days begging for tickets to the Honda
Classic, trying to satisfy in-laws living
near The Country Club at Mirasol.
He got dozens of family members on
the course for the tournament, taught
them some golf lingo off it, and then
gave them a pretty good lesson in the
final round yesterday.
He showed them how to chip it
close, how to get up-and-down from
hazards, and maybe most importantly,
how to win.
Now he's afraid they might want a
Leonard shot a 5-under 67 in the final
round, broke the tournament record with
a 24-under 264 and beat Davis Love III
and Chad Campbell by one stroke for
his eighth career tour victory.
"There were some new people intro-
duced to the PGA Tour this week, and I
was responsible for a few of them," he
said. "The only problem is that I set the
bar pretty high. Now they are going to
expect me to come down here and win
every year. I'll have to try to soften their
Leonard and his wife, Amanda, were
married in February 2002, and with her
family being from nearby Juno, the
Honda Classic was their first chance to
see him play in person. It was definitely
a learning experience.
"I owe this tournament a whole box
of envelopes for all-the tickets we sent
to will call,"he said.
Leonard, paired in the final round
with his close friend Love for the first
time since the 1997 PGA Champi-
onship at Winged Foot, rallied from two
strokes down over the final 13 holes to
"He did what he had to do," Love
said. "He only hit a few bad shots and
made some great up-and-downs, so I
feel like he won it. I knew what I had to
do. I had to shoot 6 or 7 under to win,
and Ijust didn't do it."
Love, who won the 1997 battle, start-
ed the day 20 under and increased his
lead with birdies at Nos. 1 and 3.
Leonard also birdied the par-4 first, but
was two strokes back heading to the
Love made his first of two bogeys on
the day at No. 6, and Leonard rolled in a
15-footer for birdie to even the score.
But Love did little the rest of the way.
He finished 3-under in the final round,
but was 1-over on the back nine.
"I never really could get enough
momentum going because I didn't
make a whole lot of putts," said Love,
third on the tour's all-time leading
money list. "I'm just disappointed. I
didn't play well on the back nine. I don't
want to analyze it that much."
After his birdie on No. 6, Leonard
also birdied three of the next five holes.
He hit an 8-iron to 4 feet on No. 8 for
birdie, chipped to 1 foot on No. 9 for
birdie and hit a wedge to 2 feet from the
rough on No. 11.
He called his chip on the par-5 ninth
his biggest shot of the round because
Love hit his second shot to within 2 feet
for eagle. If Leonard didn't birdie, he
would have been two strokes down
again with nine holes to play.
Leonard pulled even with a birdie on
the par-4 No. 11, stayed there with a
nice up-and-down from a green-side
bunker on the par-3 14th, then took the
outright lead with a close chip on the
par-5 15th. He moved to 25 under with
the 3-foot birdie putt, then basically
closed out Love with another up-and-
down on the par-3 16th.
At No. 16, Leonard's 7-iron shot
landed short and right of the green in
the rough. Love then knocked an 8-iron
shot into the green-side bunker.
Leonard's ball had what he guessed
was sand under it and pine needles
behind it, so he played a blast shot that
landed about 8 feet from the pin.
Love ended up 12 feet away, but he
missed the downhill putt when it lipped
out. Leonard made his to move two
strokes up with two holes to play.
The lead allowed Leonard to play
conservatively to win. Love, the only
player in the field among the top 10 in
the world, used a driver for the first time
on the par-5 No. 17 and hit through the
fairway and into a waste area.
ESPN may air
NCAA Tourney if
U.S. goes to war
NEW YORK (AP) - CBS has had
discussions with ESPN about switch-
ing the NCAA men's basketball tour-
nament to the cable network if the
United States goes to war with Iraq.
"We're discussing it," ESPN
spokesman Josh Krulewitz said
Thursday. "We are definitely talking
about it. The sole reason for us to get
involved is to serve the fans in a very
CBS is planning to dedicate itself
entirely to news coveraget during the
beginning of a war, prompting the
contingency plans for the NCAA
If CBS is unable to reach a deal
with ESPN, it could also shift the
games to another of the networks
owned by CBS' parent company, Via-
com. Other Viacom networks include
MTV, UPN, BET, TNN, VHI, CMT,
Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and
But shifting the games to ESPN or
ESPN2 would be easier on fans, who
are used to watching college basket-
ball on those networks.
ESPN hasn't had rights to the
NCAA tournament since 1990. If the
games are shown on ESPN, they
would still be produced and
announced by CBS employees.
ESPN already holds the rights to
the NCAA women's basketball tour-
nament and would have to juggle its
schedule to fit in the men's games.
With four games being played at'a
time in the first round, ESPN is bet-
ter suited to regionalize games to
local markets than the Viacom net-
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DeeDee Jonrowe, of Willow, Alaska, hugs her lead dogs after she crossed the
finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska on Friday.
Nash lights up Kings
with 1 in overtime
SACRAMENTO (AP) - After
each of the Dallas Mavericks' seven
losses to Sacramento over the past
10 months, Steve Nash insisted his
team was good enough to beat the
Kings in a big game.
Nash probably didn't imagine the
heroics he would have to perform
just to prove it.
The All-Star point guard hit a
game-tying 3-pointer with 2.5 sec-
onds left in regulation, then scored
12 points in overtime as Dallas
defeated Sacramento 129-123 yes-
terday - avoiding a season sweep
of up to
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Nash finished with 27 points and
10 assists as the Mavericks got their
league-high 50th victory of the sea-
son. But it was Nash's tying shot -
set up by- Michael Finley's heady
offensive rebound - that-gave the
Mavericks a momentum and confi-
Despite the Mavericks' run to the
top of the league standings, they had
lost seven of their previous eight
games against Sacramento: a 4-1
series defeat in last spring's confer-
ence semifinals, and three straight
losses this season.
"I felt we deserved it," Nash said.
"I thought we played well enough
and hard enough. I've been saying
we're good enough to beat these
guys for a year now. We deserved a
break at the end of the game. We
got one by getting an offensive
rebound and getting a second
chance at the 3."
Dirk Nowitzki had 34 points and
18 rebounds, and Finley scored 21
points as the Mavericks displayed
all of the poise and execution many
doubted they could produce against
the veteran Kings. It was a com-
pelling game, but it still was only
one game - as players and coaches
on both sides were quick to point
"I don't feel like we have a mon-
key off our back against Sacramen-
to," Dallas coach Don Nelson said.
"The Kings have still outplayed us
this year. Because we won an over-
time game - it doesn't mean that
much to me."
The Mavericks were ahead all
afternoonuuntil midway through the
fourth quarter, when Sacramento
scored 12 straight points and
brought the Arco Arena crowd to a
Mike Bibby's jumper with 14 sec-
onds left in regulation gave a three-
point lead to the Kings. But after
Nash missed his first 3-point
attempt, Finley got the rebound and
found Nash in the corner for the
game-tying 3-pointer - a shot that
showed Dallas had the toughness to
survive in the NBA's loudest arena.
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Tampa Bay 33
Detroit 42 18
St. Louis 37 19
Nashville 27 28
Chicago 26 30
Columbus 25 36
Sacramento 46 21
Portland 42 24
LA Lakers 37 28
Phoenix 34 31
Golden State 32 34
Seattle 30 35
LA Clippers 21 45
Philadelphia 92, NEW JERSEY 87
CLEVELAND 122, Utah 95
MINNESOTA 111, Portland 95
Dallas 129, SACARMENTO 123 (OT)
MEMPHIS 124, Atlanta 92
NEw YORK 120, Milwaukee 111
SAN ANTONIO 108, Chicago 97
HOUSToN 85, Phoenix 75
Seattle 92, DENVER 84
LA CLIPPERS 111, Toronto 110
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Florida 4, PITTSBURGH 2
Colorado 1, WASHINGTON 2
DETROIT 6, Ottawa 2
Calgary 2,ANAHEIM 2 (OT)
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NY islanders at NY RANGERS
Minnesota at TAMPA BAY
Columbus at ATLANTA
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