Coming off their big win over the Lakers to start the New Year, the Sixers got out to a sluggish tonight which has become the staple in their second game of back-to-backs. They trailed by seven after the first quarter but Doug Collins squad buckled down in the second as they upped their defense and held the Suns to just 17 points in the quarter to take a 49-48 lead into the locker room. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, the Suns took note of the 76ers second quarter and returned the favor by holding the Sixers to 17 points in the third and outscoring them by 10. Despite an effort to claw their way back to 87-83 after a Jrue Holiday 3-pointer, the Sixers could not overcome the Suns ball movement. The Suns were led by Goran Dragic who played a team high 41 minutes while scoring 20 points and dishing out six assists. After swapping buckets down the stretch, the Suns would go on to win 95-89. More here.
One of the most feared defensive players in all of football announced yesterday that he would be retiring at the end of the playoffs. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who has been sidelined with a triceps injury, announced yesterday via the Ravens twitter account then a subsequent press conference that he will be hanging up his cleats after 17 seasons with the franchise. Lewis was the Super Bowl MVP during the Ravens only Super Bowl championship in January 2001. The Ravens host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday which many believe will be the last game Lewis plays in Baltimore. More here.
The Big East is falling apart in most sports and has been a poor football conference over the past few seasons. No. 21 Louisville was the Big East’s representative in the Sugar Bowl as they took on No. 3 Florida, who entered the game having played the toughest schedule statistically. Many predicted a blow out but not how it went down. On the first play from scrimmage, Louisville returned a Jeff Driskel interception to the house for a touchdown. The Gators would trail by as much as 24-3 before scoring right before halftime. They started the half by attempting an onside kick that they did not recover and had 30 yards worth of personal foul penalties to set the Cardinals up with great field position. They would take a 30-10 lead which they would push to 33-10. They would go on to win 33-23 and shock the nation. More here.