The floor never likes losing to NBA players, and it proved that once more when Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love took a nasty spill during the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's contest against the Los Angeles Lakers.
While driving the lane, Love collided with Robert Sacre and couldn't stop his limbs from flailing in every direction possible. With his leg kicking up in the air, the power forward went down hard until his lower regions made hard contact with the hard(er)wood.
Fortunately, it appears as though the Minnesota superstar avoided any serious injury that could have occurred from whiplash or the back of his head hitting the floor. He actually came back into the game for his free-throw attempts and remained to help the 'Wolves hold off the Lakers.
Amazingly, he actually managed to play some solid defense.
Even more amazing, that's something he normally doesn't do.
That said, Love was noticeably hurt before limping to the bench and letting Luc Richard Mbah a Moute close out the game for Minnesota.
If you're watching that Kevin Love fall, make sure you have the mute button ON.— Leigh Ellis (@LeighEllis) February 5, 2014
Assuming there are no lasting repercussions—and there could be from a fall that hard—you have to be impressed with Love's intensity and ability to shove aside the pain. Actually, you can be impressed regardless of his long-term health, though we should all be hoping for the best.
Here's hoping that pun was intentional.
The power forward may not have been on the court to finish the 10-point victory, but he did post yet another monster double-double. It was his league-leading 41st, as he finished with 31 points, 17 rebounds and three assists. And that wasn't the only piece of history he made during the successful outing.
The double-double won't be remembered, though.
It's the fall that will be the lasting memory from this game. And even more so, the fact that Love got up.
WWE News: Roman Reigns needed stitches following Raw match
WWE wrestler Roman Reigns needed six stitches to close a cut on his right eyelid following Monday's Raw. He suffered the injury during The Shield vs. Rey Mysterio, Big E Langston, and Kofi Kingston match. WWE has released photos of Reigns getting stitches at WWE.com.
Powell's POV: Reigns was back in the ring at the Smackdown taping on Tuesday, so it appears it was just a simple cut. It was a tough week for eye injuries in WWE with Reigns, Naomi, and John Cena all suffering eye related injuries. Obviously, it appears the Reigns injury was the least severe of the three.
WWE News: Naomi Injury Update
WWE Diva Naomi suffered an eye injury during a match against Aksana on Monday's Raw. "She appears to have a bruised orbital bone or a bruised eye socket, as well as a scratch on her cornea," WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann told WWE.com.
Powell's POV: The real question is how is Aksana's knee after she rammed it into the eye of Naomi. Okay, maybe not. It was an ugly move and Naomi deserves credit for getting through the post match smiles and arm raise despite being in obvious pain.
Emma and Summer Rae Continue Feud on Twitter, Emma Dances in the Ring For Her Debut (Video)
Emma's Debut at WWE Raw
If you would like to call it her official WWE "in-ring" debut, it would be valid. Emma danced against Summer Rae last night. Below is her dance that was on WWE Raw, the dance that she would win from a crowd vote.
Summer Rae and Emma Continue Feud
Summer Rae and Emma continued their feuds on Twitter last night. It looks like these two Divas will still be working together in NXT and on the main roster. Here is what they had to say:
J.R. Celski gives US best hope for short track speedskating medal
Apolo Anton Ohno took his soul patch, bandanas and eight Olympic medals into retirement, leaving a gaping hole in short track speedskating.
J.R. Celski is poised to step into the void as America's best hope for a medal in the wild and wooly sport known as roller derby on ice.
The 23-year-old from Federal Way, Wash., will compete at his second Olympics looking to add to the pair of bronze medals he won at the 2010 Vancouver Games, when Ohno was ending his career as America's most decorated Winter Olympian.
Celski qualified in all three distances for Sochi, in addition to the 5,000-meter relay. He's ranked among the world's top 10 in the 1,000 and 1,500, and just outside the top 10 in the 500.
This time, Celski is healthy heading to the Olympics. At the U.S. trials four years ago, his right skate sliced his left leg in a crash, spewing blood on the ice. He bruised his femoral artery and came within inches of severing it, which could have been fatal.
The accident required six hours of daily physical therapy, which robbed him of practice time. But he bounced back five months later to make the podium in Vancouver.
"My goal was just to get to Vancouver. I did that and the medals were just a bonus," he said. "This time, I'm going to Sochi healthy and I'm looking forward to doing some damage."
Celski took a year off after Vancouver to re-establish his goals and mindset. Once he returned and started winning races, he rekindled the love he had for the sport. He welcomes assuming leadership of the U.S. men's team from Ohno, who mentored Celski and remains one of his biggest supporters.
"I am very happy to be in the position I am now. I looked up to that guy for a long time," said Celski, who like Ohno is from the Seattle area. "This time is completely different for me mentally, physically, I'm healthy. I'm going to ride that momentum."
In Vancouver, a team led by Ohno and now-retired Katherine Reutter earned a total of six medals — two silvers and four bronzes — to trail only powerhouse South Korea in the standings.
The Americans will be hard-pressed to equal that showing in Russia, but the men have the stronger team.
Unlike the U.S. women, who didn't qualify a relay team for Sochi, the U.S. men will be a gold-medal favorite in the 5,000 relay. Celski will be joined by Eddy Alvarez, Kyle Carr, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone in making up the team. The Americans were top-ranked during the World Cup season.
"We all practice together every day and that's going to make a huge difference," Celski said.
Their togetherness is in stark contrast to the turmoil that roiled the U.S. short track program beginning in 2012.
Coach Jae Su Chun was accused by a dozen national team members of physical, emotional and verbal abuse. He also was alleged to have ordered speedskater Simon Cho to sabotage the skates of a Canadian rival.
Chun denied all allegations, and other members of the team came to his defense. He's serving a two-year suspension through October, and Jessica Smith is the only skater he coaches to have made the Olympic team. He plans to be in the stands in Sochi, although he won't be allowed inside the racing area.
Celski was among Chun's accusers.
"Everybody had their choice," Celski said.
Canadian Stephen Gough was brought in to oversee the fractured national program, and tread lightly in trying to bring cohesion in the months leading up to Sochi.
"He made sure that the right people were in place," Celski said of Gough's staffing choices. "They're a lot of the reason why we are the team we are today. Everybody is meshing really well together. That's what the biggest change has been in the past 1 1/2 years is really figuring out who are the key people that are going to raise this team's spirits."
Like Ohno, who had varied interests off the ice, Celski is into music and filmmaking. Last year, he produced "The Other Side," a documentary featuring Grammy-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and other hip hop acts in the Pacific Northwest.
Having endured the turmoil to make a second Olympics, Celski is now optimistic enough to consider the future.
"I love to speed skate," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised if I convince myself to keep going."
Estimated 700K celebrate in Seattle
SEATTLE -- Hundreds of thousands of notoriously loud Seahawks fans cranked up the volume Wednesday, cheering, chanting and going berserk during a parade and ceremony to celebrate the first Super Bowl victory in the history of the franchise.
The mood in Seattle was electrified as the parade featuring the NFL champions began near the Space Needle and made its way to CenturyLink Field, the home of the team.
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AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenPolice estimate about 700,000 people -- more than the population of Seattle -- attended the Seahawks' Super Bowl parade on Wednesday.
At a ceremony inside the stadium, the team thanked its loyal followers -- the 12th Man -- capping a day of boisterous celebration that drew an estimated 700,000 revelers to Seattle.
Players were introduced by the order of their jersey numbers and ended with No. 3, quarterback Russell Wilson, who walked onto the field pumping the Lombardi Trophy in the air to thunderous applause. "Our plan is to win another one for you next year," Wilson said later.
Coach Pete Carroll led the crowd in a "Seahawks, Seahawks" chant and said the team will be back. "We're just getting warmed up, if you know what I'm talking about," he said.
"I've waited my entire life for this," said Nick Sutton, who watched from Westlake Center and considered it a highlight when he threw a football to one of the players along the parade route who threw it back to him. "It's surreal. It's hard to believe. Seeing this now, it's finally sinking in."
Hundreds of thousands of fan lined the streets of downtown Seattle early in the day and cheered as the players rolled by.
Thousands of students apparently skipped school to attend. Seattle Public Schools said more than 25 percent of the district's 51,000 students were absent in the morning. By comparison, about 5 percent were absent the day before. The school district also said 565 teachers were absent, far more than usual.
"This is a historical event, once in a lifetime. To not show up would be blasphemy," said Jesse Lake, 36, a carpenter from Port Orchard, who stood in the packed parking lot outside CenturyLink Field to greet the team as they arrived.
Shawn Cooper and Marlana Studebaker of Covington staked out a spot hours before the parade started and displayed supersized photo cutouts of Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman, prompting many fans to stop and take photos.
"This was a long-awaited win. It's well worth the wait," Cooper said. "They're years ahead of their time, which makes me believe there's another one coming."
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Dakota Heaphy, 20, and friend Ellie Hergert, 20, drove all night from Cheyenne, Wyo. -- more than 1,400 miles away.
"My boss is a Broncos fan and said we kicked their butts and deserved to go," Hergert said.
Revelers packed the 2-mile route, wearing blue and green wigs, waving flags, scarves and signs, and breaking out into song and dance.
The Washington National Guard chauffeured many of the players in Humvees and other military vehicles under blue, sunny skies in cold temperatures. Elected officials rode along in amphibious vehicles used to take tourists around the city.
Players enjoyed the celebration as much as the fans.
Running back Marshawn Lynch sat on the hood of a vehicle carrying the Sea Gals cheerleaders. He tossed Skittles -- his favorite treat -- into the crowd.
Other Seahawks players threw jerseys and T-shirts to fans while waving blue "12" flags as a sign of gratitude.
Boisterous fans observed a "moment of loudness" at 12:12 p.m. Crowds also gathered in Spokane, Olympia and elsewhere in the state to celebrate the first championship in the 38-year history of the franchise.
Many fans had camped out overnight to reserve front-row seats along the route, braving freezing temperatures. Others perched on window sills and balconies, climbed trees and pillars, or sat on sturdier shoulders to get a better view.
At Westlake Center, smartphones and cameras were thrust into the air whenever players rolled by.
Seattle city officials asked the public to keep cellphone use to a minimum to keep lines free for emergency use. There were some reported difficulties with 911 calls getting through, said Jeff Reading, a spokesman for the mayor.
Chris Hoops, a sales worker from Everett, and his school-aged daughters left home at 7 a.m. to get a good spot.
The girls, 11-year-old Emily and 8-year-old Bella, were bundled in sleeping bags at his feet. They warmed up when they were asked whether they were sorry about missing school. They shouted "no" in unison.
"I like the Seahawks," Emily said. "They were really good this season."
Cristiano Ronaldo Banned 3 La Liga Matches Following Red Card Assessment
Cristiano Ronaldo will serve a three-game ban following his red card during Real Madrid's recent 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao, according to AS:
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The Spanish football association provided their verdict after an incident that could severely impact Los Blancos' chances of capturing this season's La Liga title.
Ronaldo, who appeared to slap Bilbao's Ander Iturraspe during the hard-fought affair on Feb. 2, may have been further punished for his offensive gesture after the card was shown, per Goal.com.
Atletico Madrid fans shouldn't celebrate too readily. Ronaldo is free to play in both legs of the upcoming Copa del Rey semifinal between the two sides, as noted by ESPN:
Instead of missing vital cup matches, Real will have to make do without their superstar for La Liga games against Villarreal (H),
Carlo Ancelotti's men have barely set the world on fire in recent weeks from an attacking sense—scoring five goals in four games, compared to five in one before that, per WhoScored.com. However, they will be confident of overcoming their imminent schedule without Ronaldo in the team.
The 2013 Ballon d'Or winner certainly didn't receive any favours from the Spanish board, who revealed Ronaldo's suspension on his birthday.
Ronaldo has scored 22 goals and provided six assists in 21 La Liga appearances this campaign, according to WhoScored. His most recent sending-off was the eighth of his career, ending Real's 10-match winning streak in the process.
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Marca has confirmed the club will appeal Ronaldo's ban, a decision amplified by Ancelotti's reaction to his player's dismissal:
Real Madrid's appeal will be based on three arguments. Firstly, the club believes the ball was still in play at the moment when Ayza Gamez pulled out the red card.
In addition, 'Los Blancos' deem that the contact made between Ronaldo and Iturraspe cannot be considered as a "knock", as it was described in the referee's match report.
Real also believes that there is no way of proving that the gestures made by Ronaldo touching his cheek were directed at the fourth official, which was also noted down by match official from Valencia.
Real need their match-winners at this stage of the season and will be anxious to overturn such a hefty punishment.
The club currently linger three points behind Atletico at the top of La Liga and remain locked with Barcelona on 54 points. There is little room for things to go wrong, suggesting Ronaldo's presence is of key importance if they are to gain the Spanish crown.
U.S. men's hockey Sochi Winter Olympics schedule
Members of the 2013 USA hockey men's national team, from left, Trevor Lewis of the Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets, wear the newly unveiled team jersey during an event at the Kettler Captials Iceplex. (Aug. 27, 2013) (Credit: AP)
Round robin pool play
Date Time (ET) Opponent Broadcast Re-Broadcast
Thursday, Feb. 13 7:30 a.m. Slovakia NBCSN Live 5 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, Feb. 15 7:30 a.m. Russia NBCSN Live 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sunday, Feb. 16 7:30 a.m. Slovenia NBCSN Live 5 p.m. NBCSN
Tuesday, Feb. 18, TBD, NBCSN Live
Wednesday, Feb. 19, TBD, NBCSN Live
Friday, Feb. 21, TBD, NBCSN Live
Bronze medal game
Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m., NBCSN Live (Re-broadcast: 6 p.m. NBCSN)
Gold medal game
Sunday, Feb. 23, 7 a.m., NBC Live (Re-broadcast: 5 p.m. NBCSN)
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