The Sixers kicked off 2013 in Los Angeles as they squared off with the Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. The Sixers got off to a fast start as they opened up a double digit lead in the first quarter before allowing the Lakers to get back into the game before the quarter closed out. The Sixers fell behind in the second before taking a 52-50 lead as the half came to a close before Evan Turner stripped Kobe Bryant which led to another Sixers bucket to give the Sixers a 54-50 lead at halftime. The 76ers would keep it up in the second half and would go on to win 103-99. Jrue Holiday had 26 points and 10 assists for the 76ers while Kobe Bryant had 36 points and no assists. More here.
Former Eagles coach Andy Reid, who was let go by the team on Monday, is already a hot commodity. According to league and team sources, Reid is the leading candidate to become the Arizona Cardinals head coach. One league source claimed that it is 95% that Reid coaches the Cardinals next season. Many believe a deal could be reached by the end of the week. More here.
“The Granddaddy of ‘Em All” kicked off the New Year in grand fashion in the Rose Bowl. The Stanford Cardinal and Wisconsin Badgers squared off in Southern California but it took a little while for the Badgers to get into the game. The Cardinal jumped out to a 14-0 lead when the Badgers decided to go for it on 4th and goal from the 1-yard line. Wisconsin was stuffed but stormed back. It was 17-14 Stanford for much of the second half when the Cardinal tacked on another field goal after just missing out on a touchdown that would’ve put them up 10. It wouldn’t matter as a Cardinal interception as Wisconsin crossed midfield would end the game and give David Shaw his first BCS victory. More here.