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This Week in Sports :: January 28-31, 2008

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Plaxico Burress makes a bold Super Bowl prediction and Jason Kidd wants out of Jersey. See what else happened this week!

Super Bowl Talk Heating Up

The Super Bowl is just two days away and the anticipation is building. New York Giants star receiver, Plaxico Burress, has already made a bold prediction by stating that the Giants will win 23-17 in Sunday's big game. Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady playfully shot back, "We're only going to score 17? Is Plax playing defense?" Even though the prediction did not offend the Patriots, it has certainly added some fuel to the fire coming into the game. Tom Brady is nursing a foot injury, so that might make it easier for Burress to come through on his big words.

Kidd Wants Out

After months of speculation, New Jersey Nets star Jason Kidd has finally revealed that he wants to be traded. Despite enjoying one of his best seasons statistically, the Nets are struggling with a 19-26 record as of Friday. Kidd apparently wants to be traded to a contender like the Dallas Mavericks or the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets have publicly stated that they will do their best to accommodate Kidd's trade request. The trade deadline is February 21.

Hornets Rolling

As of Friday, the New Orleans Hornets have the second best record in the Western Conference. They hold a 32-12 record and have won nine of their last 10 games. Led by superstar in the making, Chris Paul, the Hornets are one of the biggest surprises of the NBA season so far. Paul is averaging 20.8 points and 10.7 assists per game - which is second best in the league. Chris Paul is an All Star and there are also talks of him being an MVP candidate. Forwards David West and Tyson Chandler are also having spectacular seasons and coach Byron Scott is a candidate for Coach of the Year.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • The Kansas Jayhawks, who were undefeated and ranked second in college basketball, were upset by in-state rival, Kansas State 84-75 on Wednesday night. The Wildcats were led by freshman sensation Michael Beasley who scored 25 points.
  • On Thursday night, hockey wonder Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals tied a career high of four goals and five points. His fourth and final goal was an overtime goal that won the game for the Capitals 5-4 over the Montreal Canadiens.
  • The All Star reserves were named on Thursday night including three, first-time All Stars: Chris Paul and David West of the New Orleans Hornets and Brandon Roy of the Portland Trailblazers.
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