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Page 2B — THURSDAY, January 31, 2013

NATIONAL BASKETBALL COLLEGE BASKETBALL FROM READERS SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE ASSOCIATION STANDINGS — MEN EASTERN CONFERENCE

New York Brooklyn Boston Philadelphia Toronto Miami Atlanta Orlando Washington Charlotte Chicago Indiana Milwaukee Detroit Cleveland

Atlantic Division W L 28 15 27 19 22 23 19 26 16 30 Southeast Division W L 29 13 26 19 14 31 11 33 11 34 Central Division W L 28 17 27 19 24 20 17 29 13 33

Pct .651 .587 .489 .422 .348

GB — 2½ 7 10 13½

Pct .690 .578 .311 .250 .244

GB — 4½ 16½ 19 19½

Pct .622 .587 .545 .370 .283

GB — 1½ 3½ 11½ 15½

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L 37 11 29 15 25 23 19 26 15 31 Northwest Division W L Oklahoma City 34 11 Denver 29 18 Utah 25 21 Portland 23 22 Minnesota 17 25 Pacific Division W L L.A. Clippers 34 13 Golden State 28 17 L.A. Lakers 20 25 Sacramento 17 30 Phoenix 15 30 San Antonio Memphis Houston Dallas New Orleans

Pct .771 .659 .521 .422 .326

GB — 6 12 16½ 21

Pct .756 .617 .543 .511 .405

GB — 6 9½ 11 15½

Pct .723 .622 .444 .362 .333

GB — 5 13 17 18

Wednesday’s results Philadelphia 92, Washington 84 Indiana 98, Detroit 79 Boston 99, Sacramento 81 New York 113, Orlando 97 Atlanta 93, Toronto 92 L.A. Clippers 96, Minnesota 90 Chicago 104, Milwaukee 88 Miami 105, Brooklyn 85 San Antonio 102, Charlotte 78 Denver 118, Houston 110 Utah 104, New Orleans 99 L.A. Lakers at Phoenix (n) Today’s games Memphis at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Dallas at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS MIAMI HEAT — Signed F/C Chris Andersen to a second 10-day contract and F Jarvis Varnado for the remainder of the season.

TODAY IN NBA HISTORY 1991 — Michael Adams of the Denver Nuggets scores a career-high 45 points, hands out 12 assists and grabs 11 rebounds in a 123-119 win over New Jersey. The 5-foot-11 guard becomes the shortest player in the NBA to get a triple-double. 2006 — Kobe Bryant scores 40 points in Los Angeles’ 130-97 win over New York. The NBA’s leading scorer averages 43.4 points in 13 games in January, joining Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to average 40 or more points in a month more than once. Bryant also averaged 40.6 points in February 2003.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE EASTERN CONFERENCE

Boston Ottawa Montreal Toronto Buffalo Tampa Bay Winnipeg Carolina Washington Florida

Pts 8 7 6 6 4

GF 12 22 16 16 14

GA 9 19 17 18 20

Pts 11 11 8 6 5

GF 19 24 18 18 16

GA 12 13 15 20 19

Pts 10 7 4 3 2

GF 29 18 14 13 10

GA 15 18 18 22 24

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Chicago 7 6 0 1 St. Louis 6 5 1 0 Detroit 6 3 2 1 Columbus 7 2 4 1 Nashville 6 1 2 3 Northwest Division GP W L OT Minnesota 7 4 2 1 Edmonton 5 3 2 0 Vancouver 6 2 2 2 Colorado 5 2 3 0 Calgary 4 1 2 1 Pacific Division GP W L OT San Jose 6 6 0 0 Anaheim 5 3 1 1 Dallas 7 2 4 1 Los Angeles 5 2 2 1 Phoenix 6 2 4 0

All Games W L Pct. 17 2 .895 17 3 .850 14 6 .700 12 7 .632 15 5 .750 12 7 .632 13 7 .650 11 8 .579 9 11 .450 11 7 .611 12 8 .600 8 11 .421 8 12 .400 7 12 .368

Wednesday’s results LSU 73, Missouri 70 Georgia 57, Auburn 49 Florida 75, South Carolina 36 Texas A&M 55, Mississippi St. 49, OT Today’s game Arkansas at Alabama, 8 p.m.

LSU 73, MISSOURI 70 MISSOURI (15-5, 4-3) Player FG 3-pt FT Reb PF TP Bowers 4-9 0-1 2-2 6 2 10 Oriakhi 0-2 0-0 1-2 3 4 1 Pressey 9-21 1-9 6-6 4 2 25 Webster-Chan 1-4 1-2 0-0 3 1 3 Brown 5-13 4-10 5-8 7 4 19 Criswell 2-6 0-0 1-2 9 3 5 Ross 2-6 1-3 2-2 5 2 7 Jankovic 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Rosburg 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 TEAM 1 Totals 23-61 7-25 17-22 39 19 70

A TO B 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

S 0 1 4 1 1 0 1 0 0

M 32 16 39 23 39 22 19 1 9

7 8 2 8 200

LSU (11-7, 2-5) Player FG 3-pt FT Reb PF TP A TO B O’Bryant 4-9 0-0 6-11 11 3 14 3 3 1 Del Piero 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 0 0 0 Carmouche 3-5 1-2 0-0 0 2 7 1 1 0 Hickey 9-17 1-7 1-2 2 3 20 4 3 0 Stringer 4-6 4-5 6-6 5 3 18 2 2 0 Coleman 4-4 0-0 1-4 4 2 9 0 2 0 Hammink 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 Morgan 1-3 0-2 3-3 2 3 5 0 1 0 TEAM 2 Totals 25-45 6-17 17-28 26 18 73 1012 1

S 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 1

M 38 4 23 38 39 37 6 15

7 200

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS — WOMEN

NBA CALENDAR

Atlantic Division GP W L OT 5 3 0 2 6 3 2 1 6 3 3 0 6 3 3 0 7 2 5 0 Northeast Division GP W L OT 6 5 0 1 7 5 1 1 6 4 2 0 6 3 3 0 6 2 3 1 Southeast Division GP W L OT 6 5 1 0 6 3 2 1 5 2 3 0 6 1 4 1 6 1 5 0

Conference W L Pct. 7 0 1.000 6 1 .857 5 2 .714 4 2 .667 4 3 .571 3 3 .500 3 4 .429 3 4 .429 3 4 .429 2 5 .286 2 5 .286 2 5 .286 2 5 .286 2 5 .286

SCORE AT HALF: LSU 39, Missouri 26 OFFICIALS: Joe Lindsay, Pat Adams, Lee Cassell TECHNICALS: None. ATTENDANCE: 8,804

Feb. 15-17 — NBA All-Star weekend (Houston). Feb. 21 — Trade deadline. April 20 — Playoffs begin. June 6 — NBA Finals begin (possible swithc to June 4). June 20 — Last possible date for NBA Finals (possible switch to June 18). June 27 — NBA draft.

New Jersey N.Y. Islanders N.Y. Rangers Pittsburgh Philadelphia

Florida Mississippi Kentucky Alabama Missouri Arkansas Texas A&M Tennessee Georgia LSU South Carolina Vanderbilt Auburn Mississippi St.

Pts 13 10 7 5 5

GF 24 24 15 13 10

GA 16 13 17 22 18

Pts 9 6 6 4 3

GF 19 15 16 10 11

GA 19 14 19 13 15

Pts 12 7 5 5 4

GF 26 17 13 11 21

GA 10 17 18 14 20

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Wednesday’s results Ottawa 5, Montreal 1 Minnesota 3, Chicago 2, SO Edmonton at Phoenix (n) Today’s games St. Louis at Columbus, 6 p.m. Buffalo at Boston, 6 p.m. Washington at Toronto, 6 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m. Winnipeg at Florida, 6:30 p.m. Colorado at Calgary, 8 p.m. Nashville at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. Edmonton at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS NHL — Suspended N.Y. Islanders F Colin McDonald two games for boarding Pittsburgh D Ben Lovejoy during Tuesday’s game. CAROLINA HURRICANES — Assigned D Joe Sova from Charlotte (AHL) to Reading (ECHL). COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Recalled F Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and D Tim Erixon from Springfield (AHL). Placed LW Matt Calvert on injured reserve. DALLAS STARS — Recalled D Jamie Oleksiak and F Antoine Roussel from Texas (AHL). Assigned RW Reilly Smith to Texas. DETROIT RED WINGS — Reassigned RW Trevor Parkes and G Jordan Pearce from Grand Rapids (AHL) to Toledo (ECHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Waived RW Cam Janssen. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS — Assigned D Jake Gardner to Toronto (AHL).

TODAY IN NHL HISTORY 1920 — Joe Malone of the Quebec Bulldogs scores an NHL record seven goals in a 10-6 victory over the Toronto St. Patricks. 2006 — Carolina ties an NHL record for wins in a month, going 13-1 in January after an 8-2 win over Montreal.

Tennessee Kentucky Texas A&M South Carolina Georgia Vanderbilt LSU Arkansas Auburn Florida Alabama Missouri Mississippi St. Mississippi

Conference W L Pct. 7 0 1.000 7 1 .875 6 1 .857 6 2 .750 5 2 .714 4 3 .571 3 4 .429 2 5 .286 2 5 .286 2 5 .286 2 5 .286 2 5 .286 1 6 .143 1 5 .143

All Games W L Pct. 16 4 .800 19 2 .905 16 5 .762 18 3 .857 17 3 .850 14 6 .700 12 8 .600 14 6 .700 13 7 .650 13 8 .619 12 8 .600 13 8 .619 9 11 .450 8 12 .400

Wednesday’s results No games scheduled Today’s games LSU at Auburn, 6 p.m. Alabama at Georgia, 6 p.m. Mississippi St. at Tennessee, 6 p.m. Florida at Missouri, 7 p.m. Arkansas at Mississippi, 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, 7 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NFL CALENDAR Feb. 3 — Super Bowl, Superdome, New Orleans March 9-11 — Clubs may enter negotiations with certified agents of players who will be unrestricted free agents at end of league year. March 12 — Before 3 p.m. CDT, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts; clubs must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation; clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit; all 2012 player contracts expire. All clubs must be under the salary cap. The 2013 league year, free agency and trading period begins at 3 p.m. CDT. March 17-20 — Annual league meeting, Phoenix April 25-27 — NFL draft, New York May 20-22 — NFL spring league Meeting, Boston Sept. 5, 8-9 — 2013 NFL season begins.

TRANSACTIONS DALLAS COWBOYS — Named Rich Bisaccia special teams coordinator. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Signed WR Jeremy Kelley to a reserve/future contract.

TODAY IN NFL HISTORY 1988 — The Washington Redskins score 35 points in the second quarter to overcome a 10-0 deficit and beat the Denver Broncos 42-10 in the Super Bowl. MVP Doug Williams passes for four touchdowns and a record 340 yards. Timmy Smith rushes for a record 204 yards. 1993 — The Dallas Cowboys win the Super Bowl, beating Buffalo 52-17 and giving the Bills their third straight loss in the title game, a league record. 1999 — John Elway gets his second straight Super Bowl ring, weaving his magic for the final time during the Denver Broncos’ 34-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons. 2009 — Bruce Smith and Rod Woodson are elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Senior nominee Bob Hayes and Randall McDaniel, Derrick Thomas and Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson are also elected. 2010 — The Pro Bowl, a warmup to the Super Bowl in Miami, became a series of wind sprints as the AFC beat the NFC 41-34. Houston’s Matt Schaub passes for 189 yards and two AFC scores, and is chosen the most valuable player.

SPORTS ON THE AIR TODAY NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

7 p.m., TNT — Memphis at Oklahoma City 9:30 p.m., TNT — Dallas at Golden State

COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL

6 p.m., ESPN — Illinois at Michigan State 6 p.m., ESPN2 — UConn at Providence 6 p.m., NBCSN — Drexel at George Mason 8 p.m., ESPN — Arizona at Washington 8 p.m., ESPN2 — Arkansas at Alabama 10 p.m., ESPN2 — Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount

GOLF

3 p.m., TGC — PGA Tour, Phoenix Open, first round, at Scottsdale, Ariz. 3:30 a.m., TGC — European PGA Tour, Dubai Desert Classic, second round, at Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Brother writes of Norris Stevenson’s time as Missouri’s first black football player Gerald Stevenson Missourian reader

Gerald Stevenson is a younger brother of the late Norris Ronald Stevenson, the first African American to receive a football scholarship from MU, in January 1957. Norris died on March 3, 2012, and his brother’s reflections are excerpted on our website. He writes: “In January 1957, Norris became a legitimate pioneer and trailblazer in his acceptance of an MU football scholarship. He helped rescue MU from its segregated football past; and that includes all of the glory and certain humiliations that come with such a tardy, yet appreciated racial inclusion. However, in one of his characteristic understate-

ments he shrugged, “It was a sign of the times.” Norris’ pioneering and trailblazing business at MU was often quite tricky and hardly predictable. How would MU football make his inclusion work in these racially unchartered waters? One simple answer: Forget skin color! Go win some football games! Unfortunately, since racist attitudes often flirt with insanity, the road to racial common sense became more like executing a high wire circus act.”

More online For more, including an account of Coach Dan Devine’s interactions with Norris and pressure from boosters, go to bit.ly/munorris.

Photo courtesy of UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI ARCHIVES

Former Missouri football player Norris Stevenson died March 3, 2012. Stevenson, pictured here on Oct. 15, 2011, during MU's 100th Homecoming, is a member of the Missouri Athletics Hall of Fame. He graduated in 1961.

Florida beats South Carolina by 39 By MARK LONG

The Associated Press GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario scored 15 points apiece and No. 4 Florida dominated another Southeastern Conference opponent, drubbing South Carolina 75-36 Wednesday night. The Gators, who won their ninth game in a row, led 33-10 at halftime and made their first five shots after the break. They opened a 31-point lead that seemingly couldn’t

get any more lopsided. Then it did. Florida (17-2, 7-0 SEC) pulled ahead 55-15 on Scottie Wilbekin’s floater in the lane with 12:32 remaining, sending the happy home crowd to the exits even earlier than usual this season. The Gamecocks (12-8, 2-5), meanwhile, seemed dazed on the floor and the bench. The Gators have enjoyed seven blowouts in as many conference games. They won the first six by an average of

26.5 points. This one made those seem like nail-biters. Florida overwhelmed South Carolina from the opening tip, doing just about everything right. It had to ease coach Billy Donovan’s mind some. After all, the Gators came into the game with their highest ranking since the 2006-07 season, and Donovan expressed concern earlier in this week when he talked about his players needing to “drive our car with two hands on

the wheel inside the lane and looking at what’s in front.” The Gators had no issues staying focused. In fact, they probably could have been stopped for speeding. Florida led 11-2 in the first 6 minutes of the game, pulled ahead 21-4 at the halfway point of the first half and probably could have named their score after that. The Gamecocks had three baskets, two assists and 11 turnovers at the break.

FROM THE SPORTS FRONT

Missouri still winless on road in SEC TIGERS from page 1B Missouri missed their chance to tie when Pressey missed a pull up 3-pointer. “That’s the problem there, late game,” Haith said. “We took some really bad shots, quick threes. We needed to

continue driving the ball, and we needed the right guys taking threes.” Haith called his team’s lategame shot selection “horrific.” Coleman gave Missouri one last chance to score when he missed another two foul shots, but Ross could not get

a shot off at the buzzer from the halfcourt line. The loss left Missouri winless on the road in Southeastern Conference play in three tries and dropped it to 15-5 overall and 4-3 in the conference. The team returns to Mizzou Arena, where it is

12-0 this season, for a Saturday afternoon game against Auburn. The victory was the first for LSU (11-7, 2-5 SEC) against a ranked conference opponent since it beat eventual national champion Florida 66-56 six seasons ago.

Priede can impersonate anyone on the team PRIEDE from page 1B “One day, a friend asked, ‘Oh, are you funny now?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I guess I am,” Priede said. “So she said, ‘Well then, I guess you understand English.’” Priede says her family does not share her sense of humor. “They don’t understand my jokes,” Priede says, her voice trailing off. “A lot of times,

they don’t understand me.” But her teammates appreciate her charm, and Doty says they often gather around Priede as she imitates their individual mannerisms. “She can impersonate anyone on the team,” Doty says. “She just picks up on things you don’t even realize. Like, she makes fun of the way I walk. So she’ll

always do my walk when she walks by.” The camera’s red light begins blinking, and Priede’s face appears on the viewfinder. Her eyes are grave, her voice is hushed and her personality fades behind a somber veneer. “I like to bring joy to people. I like to make them smile and laugh,” Priede says. “That just makes me happy

— to brighten people’s day.” As Doty speaks into the recorders pointed at her face, Priede peeks her head from beyond the lens. “Hey Doty, give me a shoutout,” she calls out in jest. A smile stretches across Doty’s face, and she shakes her head. “When she’s happy and making jokes,” Doty says, “it’s a good day.”

Lewis accused of using performance enhancers LEWIS from page 1B surrounding the deaths have never been fully explained, especially by Lewis. Instead of invoking the devil, Lewis went the other way. “Nobody here is really qualified to ask those questions,” he said. “I just truly feel that this is God’s time, and whatever his time is, let it be his will. Don’t try to please everybody with your words, try to make everybody’s story sound right.” What? Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and got probation, along with a $250,000 fine from the NFL for violating its conduct policy. The murders remain unsolved after the case against his codefendants fell apart. He’s been nothing but a model citizen since and as the years go by and memories fade he’s become in inspirational figure to those who enjoy his proselytizing and

his play on the football field. His teammates respect him as their leader, and his coach seems to regard him as larger than life. “We have already used him as our team chaplain, so Ray could double up anytime he wants,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He can coach. He can do whatever he wants. I think Ray’s got big plans. Ray’s that kind of guy and when he’s done playing he’s always a guy trying to affect people and change the way that people think and make an impact on the world.” He’s certainly making an impact on this Super Bowl, though his last ride has turned out to be bumpier than he might have imagined. Lewis surely understood the murders would be mentioned, but after years of deflecting questions about his connection to them, he was probably also sure it would be no more than a minor annoyance.

It’s not so easy with deerantler spray and pills. Sports Illustrated said Lewis hoped to repair a torn right triceps by seeking help from an Alabama company that says its products contain a banned substance connected to human growth hormone. Lewis denied taking anything illegal, but danced around any connection to the company that also sold its product to golfer Vijay Singh and others. “To entertain foolishness like that from cowards who come from the outside and try to destroy what we’ve built, like I just said, it’s sad to even entertain it on this type of stage, because this type of stage is what dreams are made of,” Lewis said. “This is what kids dream their whole lives, to be up here on these days, stepping in the NFL and saying that I am on the biggest stage ever.” If it all sounds a bit wacky, it’s because it is. What, after

all, could be goofier than deerantler spray and magic chips except maybe the men who believe in them. But after the Lance Armstrong confession it’s hard to believe anything athletes say anymore, or that the NFL is somehow free of PEDs simply because there hasn’t been a big scandal in recent years. We don’t know what anyone takes, how many tests they’ve passed or failed, or what they do behind closed doors to build the kind of muscles you need to play in the NFL. Life as a football player will end for Lewis on Sunday in the Super Bowl, and if he has mixed emotions about it, so must we. It’s hard to root against one of the greatest linebackers ever, a man who has played with the intensity of 10 men for 17 years now, and a man who is a towering figure in the locker room, After today, it’s even harder to root for him.

Trailblazers ready for next tournament TOLTON from page 1B tournament opener. “They (Linn) run things through their two bigs,” Clark said. “We need to guard and make them take tough shots.” Tolton is also looking for redemption after dropping its tournament opener Tues-

day night in a 76-55 loss to Fatima, the tournament’s top seed, despite an impressive opening half. “That’s the best team I’ve seen all year,” Clark said. “They had a kid (Patrick Schnieders, 38 points) who went off in the first quarter. We went with them blowfor-blow for quite a bit of

the game and just ran out of gas.” Despite the setback, the Trailblazers aren’t ready to quit on the tournament, their final one before district play. Clark said if his team can execute its game plan and have its guards continue to contribute, it has a chance to continue play-

ing in the tournament after Thursday. “Our guard play has been key,” Clark said. “(Sophomore guard) Brennan Church didn’t have as many points as he’d been having, but he created a lot. (Sophomore guard) Wes Waterman has been playing with a lot of confidence lately, too.”


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