[OK- sorry about the lengthy delays in the sports updates. I've been gone for over a week, and when I did come back I was under the weather for a few more days. Plus, I was so pleased with the outcome of the 2010 Winter Classic that I felt it deserved its own separate post. But- NANESB!]
Bobby Bowden's coaching career finished on a pretty dad-gum good note Friday as the Florida State Seminoles beat the West Virginia Mountaineers 33-21 in the Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, FL. Bowden finished with a career 389-129-4 record and his 33rd consecutive season at Tallahassee with a winning record (7-6). Even the Mountaineers fans, recalling his 1970-1975 coaching stint at Morgantown, tacked a 'We [heart] U Bobby!' banner to the wall. Jimbo Fisher is set to take over as head coach at Florida State starting next season.
(John Woike/Hartford Courant)
The UConn Huskies capped off a turbulent season Saturday with a dominating 20-7 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Papajohns Bowl in Birmingham, AL. Andre Dixon rushed for 126 yards and was named Bowl MVP. Teammates brought out jersey #6- that of slain cornerback Jasper Howard- during the postgame awards. The Huskies are now 3-1 in bowl games since graduating from Division 1AA (the Atlantic 10/Colonial Athletic Association to be specific).
Other Bowl Finals:
12/30 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl- Boise, ID: Bowling Green 42- Idaho 43
12/30 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl- San Diego, CA: Arizona 0- Nebraska 33
12/31 Bell Armed Forces Bowl- Ft Worth, TX: Houston 20- Air Force 47
12/31 Sun Bowl- El Paso, TX: Oklahoma 31- Stanford 27
12/31 Texas Bowl- Houston, TX: Navy 35- Missouri 13
12/31 Insight Bowl- Tempe, AZ: Minnesota 13- Iowa State 14
12/31 Chick-Fil-A Bowl- Atlanta, GA: Virgina Tech 37- Tennessee 14
1/1 Outback Bowl- Tampa, FL: Northwestern 35- Auburn 38 [OT]
1/1 Capital One Bowl- Orlando, FL: Penn State 19- Louisiana State 17
1/1 Rose Bowl- Pasadena, CA: Ohio State 26- Oregon 17
1/1 Sugar Bowl- New Orleans, LA: Florida 51- Cincinnati 24
1/2 International Bowl- Toronto, ON: South Florida 27- Northern Illinois 3
1/2 Cotton Bowl- Arlington, TX: Oklahoma State 7- Mississippi 21
1/2 Auto Zone Liberty Bowl- Memphis, TN: Arkansas 20- East Carolina 17 [OT]
1/2 Alamo Bowl- San Antonio, TX: Texas Tech 41- Michigan State 31
NHL News- The Boston Bruins have agreed to a one year deal with free agent winger Miroslav Satan. The sinisterly-named Slovak (pronounced SHUH-tan) was seen on the ice with his new team at their practice facility in Wilmington, MA on Saturday. Satan had previously played with the Sabres, Islanders and Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The contract is for 1 year and $700,000.
NBA News- The New York Post is reporting that Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton pulled guns on each other in a locker-room dispute over an unpaid gambling debt. The Wizards announced last week that Arenas admitted to bringing weapons to the team's facility and that they were turned over to team security. The team and NBA security say they're investigating the matter further. Washington DC has the strictest gun-control laws in the nation that make hardly any provisions for the carry and transport of firearms.
The Celtics returned from their forgettable west coast road trip and snapped their three-game losing streak Saturday night with a home win over the Toronto Raptors- despite having three of their starters sit out the game with injuries. Paul Pierce missed his fifth straight game following a series of relatively minor surgical procedures to clear up an infection in his right knee. Kevin Garnett was out for the second game night in a row due to a sore right knee and Rajon Rondo sat out Saturday's game with a sore right hamstring. Ray Allen had 23 points and Rasheed Wallace had 16 in the 103-96 Boston win.