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This Week in Sports :: February 18-22, 2008

Feb 20, 2008

There has been a lot of action in the NBA as Shaq makes his Suns debut and Dwight Howard becomes Superman! See what else happened this week!!

Shaq Makes Debut

On Wednesday night, Shaquille O'Neal made his much anticipated Phoenix Suns' debut. The 15-year All Star center, was traded last week from the Miami Heat to the Suns in the biggest blockbuster deal of the year. To make the anticipation even higher, Shaq faced his former team the Los Angeles Lakers - which has his personal rival, Kobe Bryant. Although Shaq had a solid debut with 15 points and nine rebounds, Kobe shined even brighter with a superb 41-point performance, as he led the Lakers to a 130-124 victory.

Dwight is Superman

During the dunk contest during NBA All Star Weekend, Dwight Howard put on a memorable show. He dazzled the New Orleans crowd with four poster-worthy jams! His most popular dunk was his second dunk, where Dwight put on a superman cape and tank-top and caught an alley-oop pass from teammate Jameer Nelson. From there, the flying Howard threw the ball through the hoop. The crowd went wild and helped Howard get the nickname "Superman" as he went on to win the dunk contest. Dwight also helped the Eastern Conference beat the Western Conference 134-128 on Sunday's All Star Game.

Miami Upsets Duke

For the first time in 45 years, the University of Miami basketball team defeated Duke 96-95 in a thriller on Wednesday night. The last time the Duke Blue Devils lost to the Miami Hurricanes was December 1962, and the Blue Devils have won the 10 meetings since. Last week, Duke was the second best team in the nation, but have dropped two games this week alone. Miami had control for most of the second half, and fought off a strong Duke rally at the end. The upset certainly help the unranked Hurricanes, who are now 18-7 and are fighting to get a bid into the NCAA tournament in March.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • After a week of stalling, the Jason Kidd to the Dallas Mavericks deal was finally complete on Wednesday. Instead of trading Jerry Stackhouse and Devean George, the Mavs used retired player Keith Van Horn instead to complete the deal.
  • On Tuesday, the Baltimore Ravens offered linebacker Terrell Suggs a one-year, $8 million deal.
  • The Sacramento Kings traded star point guard Mike Bibby on Saturday to the Atlanta Hawks for Sheldon Williams and Tyronne Lue.
  • Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne was told by team doctors to sit out the rest of this NHL season due to lingering symptoms of the three [KWLINK 10616]concussions[KWLINK] he suffered this year.
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