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This Week in Sports :: March 25-29, 2008

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Stephen Curry of Davidson is looking unstoppable in the NCAA Tournament and Shaquille O'Neal disses his former team. See what else happened!

Curry Leading Davidson

The closest thing the NBA has to a one-man team, Davidson's Stephen Curry, is almost single handedly killing opposing teams in the NCAA Tournament so far. The baby-faced Curry scored 40 points in the opening round defeat against Gonzaga, then went off for 30 points on Sunday against Georgetown. The 6'2" sophomore sensation averaged 25 points per game this season and displays a sweet shooting stroke reminiscent of his father Dell, who spent 16 years in the NBA. Davidson will play Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 on Friday.

Shaq Disses Heat

Shaquille O'Neal took a couple of shots at his former team last week in an interview with the Boston Globe. Shaq, who was traded earlier this year from the Miami Heat to the Phoenix Suns, did not hold back his criticism. He blamed Heat coach Pat Riley of not owning up to the team's losses and using Shaq as a scapegoat. He complained that he was not surrounded by adequate talent - he called out role players Chris Quinn and Ricky Davis. Shaq also went as far as to criticize the Heat's medical staff. Shaq is known for burning bridges and leaving teams on bad terms.

NCAA Update

So far, there has been a lot of action going on this week in the NCAA Tournament as four Elite Eight Teams were determined on Thursday. UCLA punched their ticket to the Elite Eight by fighting off a feisty Western Kentucky by defeating them 88-78. It took overtime and a big three point shot to get Xavier past West Virginia. North Carolina cruised past Washington State with a 68-47 win and Louisville's defense helped them defeat Tennessee 79-60.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • Australian swimmer Eamon Sullivan set the men's 50 meter freestyle record with a time of 21.41 seconds on Thursday at the Australian Olympic trials. The 22-year old sliced the previous record held by Alain Bernard of France by .09 seconds.
  • Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins returned to action on Thursday after missing seven straight games due to an ankle injury. In total he has missed 28 of the past 31 games.
  • After suffering a season ending knee injury, Chris Webber of the Golden State Warriors decided to retire. In his 15-year career, the former All Star played for the Warriors, Wizards, Kings and Pistons.



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