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The Milwaukee Bucks are in the midst of one of the best regular seasons in NBA history.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 30 points and 13.5 rebounds per game, "ridiculous numbers that shouldn't be humanly possible in just 30.9 minutes per game," writes NYT's Marc Stein.
The Bucks' rotation is two-deep at every position and just got even deeper with the addition of veteran Marvin Williams, who was signed yesterday after agreeing to a buyout with the Hornets.
And yet ... despite chasing history, the Bucks have received relatively little national attention thanks in large part to being the fourth-smallest market in the NBA, ahead of only OKC, New Orleans and Memphis.
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The coronavirus outbreak has halted work and travel in China, and the ripple effects are now impacting the NHL.
The state of play: New Hampshire-based Bauer and Montreal-based CCM supply roughly 75% of NHL players with sticks, which are highly customizable and made in small batches in China. With the country at a standstill, the NHL has been unable to get fresh stock.
What they're saying: "I've been looking for some [new sticks], and I think they're kinda slowed up a bit," Bruins forward Charlie Coyle told the Boston Globe. "So I am trying to make do ... trying not to break too many right now."
The coronavirus has now killed at least 909 people worldwide — more than the SARS virus death toll in 2003.
By the numbers: All but two deaths from 2019-nCoV occurred in mainland China, the epicenter of the virus, where more than 40,000 people have been infected. There are 361 cases in 27 other countries and territories.
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Tre Jones (28-5-6) made the play of the year and led Duke to an improbable 98-96 OT win over North Carolina, becoming the first player with 28 points, five rebounds and five assists in the Duke-UNC rivalry since Michael Jordan in 1983.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — For the first time since his firing in September 2000, Bob Knight returned to Indiana University's Assembly Hall, and the crowd went wild — chanting his name and roaring with approval.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and pro golfer Kevin Streelman shot 33-under par to win the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, beating Hall of Fame QB Steve Young and Phil Mickelson by five strokes. This is Fitzgerald's second win in three years.
MILAN, Italy — Inter Milan scored four unanswered second-half goals to stun rival AC Milan, 4-2, and move into first place in Serie A, just ahead of Juventus (based in Turin) and Lazio (based in Rome).
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The latest developments in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal prove that the front office, not the coaches, laid the groundwork for the cheating scheme, and that manager A.J. Hinch knew exactly what was going on.
👀 Coming tomorrow ... A detailed look at the inner-workings of the Astros' front office.
During Sunday's XFL action, former NFL head coach Jerry Glanville, now serving as the Tampa Bay Vipers' defensive coordinator, was shown wearing two headsets at once.
📺 Ratings ... Saturday's debut game between the Defenders and Dragons drew 3.3 million viewers on ABC. By comparison, the AAF drew 2.9 million for its first game last year.
18 years ago today, Kobe Bryant returned to his hometown of Philadelphia and put on a show at the 2002 All-Star Game, winning MVP and becoming the first player to score 30+ points since Michael Jordan in 1993.
What they're saying: The Ringer's Brian Phillips on Kobe's unique style of play, which will live on in highlight reels forever:
"[Kobe] was a beautiful player but not a pretty one. Steph Curry, at his best, is a pretty player; he's putting on a show for you, recruiting you into a little conspiracy of happiness. ... But Kobe is something else. He's not playing for you at all."
"His game was spectacularly inefficient by today's standards, and he notoriously loathed the statistical revolution that transformed basketball in the mid-2010s, but he still conveys the sense that he's solving the game, playing against a mathematical ideal."
"It's abstract, fiercely unsentimental. He dribbles into a crowd of defenders, and the court separates into planes and angles. He pulls up for a shot and the arc of gravity reveals itself."
The latest: A memorial service for Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna will be held at Staples Center on Feb. 24.
Armand "Mando" Duplantis, a 20-year-old Louisiana native who will represent his mother's home country of Sweden in Tokyo, set a new indoor pole vault world record on Saturday with a jump of 6.17 meters (20 feet, 2.75 inches).
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Princeton beat Cornell to win the Ivy League wrestling title this weekend, ending Cornell's 17-year reign as conference champion — the longest streak of any sport in Ivy League history.
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Director Carol Dysinger (left) and producer Elena Andreicheva. Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images
"Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (If You're a Girl)," which tells the story of young Afghan girls in the war-torn city of Kabul, won Best Documentary (Short Subject) at last night's Academy Awards.
Why it matters: This continues a remarkable run for sports-centric documentaries at the Oscars, with "O.J. Made in America" winning Best Documentary in 2016, "Icarus" winning in 2017 and "Free Solo" winning last year.
Go deeper: Complete list of Oscar winners
Kendall "Could watch this all day" Baker
Trivia answer: Brown Bears, Columbia Lions, Cornell Big Red, Dartmouth Big Green, Harvard Crimson, Penn Quakers, Princeton Tigers, Yale Bulldogs