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Monday, January 30, 2012

The Carolina Panthers have a new look - OSU Whips Michigan - Sidney Crosby test results could come today

Sidney Crosby test results could come today
All I can say on this is.............. Wow! WTF!!!!!!

With the revelation over the weekend that Sidney Crosby may have an injured neck as well as a second concussion that’s keeping him out of action, something Penguins doctors say he’s healed from, all eyes are focused on what his MRI and CAT scan results will show.
Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tells us this morning that Crosby’s
test results may become known as soon as today.
Results of his recent MRI and CAT scans are being examined by independent specialists. A team official said there was no word of those results, which could be released as soon as today.
The focus on Crosby’s health and the apparently missed diagnosis of what amounts to a broken neck has everyone scratching their heads.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Dejan Kovacevic speaks out wondering just how with all the medical resources the Penguins have they could’ve missed a broken neck, especially since Crosby complained of neck soreness last January when he was first rocked by David Steckel‘s hit during the Winter Classic.
The Crosby Watch rages on in an entirely new direction, one that will have the Penguins’ staff concerned about how they’ve handled the NHL’s best player.

OSU Whips Michigan
Call him a Lenzelle-of-all-trades.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 17 points and had a career-high 12 rebounds as No. 4 Ohio State flexed its muscles inside to beat No. 20 Michigan 64-49 on Sunday, keeping the Buckeyes in a first-place tie in the Big Ten.
"Quite honestly, with this team we sort of need a jack-of-all-trades," Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. "There's so many times where a team is going to choose to guard us a certain way or scheme a certain defense. He is really understanding his role. The energy-type plays that he made today was definitely something that gave us a spurt and a boost of energy."
On a day when Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger was limited by foul trouble and his teammates didn't hit a whole lot of shots, Smith's hard work on the boards and on defense meant the world to the Buckeyes (19-3, 7-2).
How good was Smith? His eight offensive rebounds were just two less than all the Wolverines (16-6, 6-3). They resulted in 13 points and five free throws - enough to tilt the game in the favor of the two-time defending Big Ten champions.
"That's big-game `L' for you," Sullinger said of Smith's huge games against Indiana (28 points) and now Michigan. "When Lenzelle's rebounding the ball and he's in tune with the defense, he's pretty darned good."
Sullinger had 13 points and William Buford and Deshaun Thomas both had 12 for Ohio State, which ran its winning streak over its archrival to six straight.
By the end of the game, a capacity crowd of 18,809 was singing, "We Don't Give A Damn For the Whole State of Michigan."
Wolverines coach John Beilein, whose team hosts the Buckeyes on Feb. 18, said his team will relish the rematch.
"It goes both ways, but we'll be looking forward to that," he said. "We circle every game on the calendar."
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 15 points for the Wolverines. Trey Burke, the conference's top freshman point guard, returned to his hometown to play for the first time against Sullinger, his former high school teammate, and finished with 13 points.
"Trey's a great player," said Ohio State counterpart Aaron Craft, who had seven points, four assists and three steals. "He's one of those guys you want to have on your team. You know he's going to be in attack mode all the whole game. It was definitely a great team effort on him."
Leading by three points at halftime, the Buckeyes pulled away with a 14-2 run midway through the second half. Bookended by 3-pointers by Burke, most of the points came as a result of backdoor cuts or drives. It didn't include a 3.
Buford, who was quiet throughout the first half, got it started with a driving layup. Later in the spurt he stepped in front of Burke's crosscourt pass and streaked the length of the court for a dunk that got a rise out of the crowd.
Smith scored twice in the run - a layup on an assist from Buford and a short baseline jumper.
Down 48-35, the Wolverines drew as close as 50-43 on an inside basket by Jordan Morgan. Morgan then stole the ball from Sullinger and grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed 3 by Douglass. But as Morgan was bracing to go up for the follow, Craft darted in and stole the ball.
Craft fed Thomas for a basket at the other end and the lead never fell below eight
points again.
"I was really impressed with Ohio today," said Beilein, using a name frequently used by Michigan football coach Brady Hoke that grates Ohio State fans. "Their defense was really suffocating at times."
The Wolverines fell to 1-5 on opponents' home courts while the Buckeyes stretched their homecourt winning streak to 38, the second-longest in the program's 100 years.
Sullinger was asked if he were excited that the Buckeyes had solidified their place in the Big Ten standings.
"Game on Saturday against Wisconsin," he said firmly. "That's the biggest focus right now."

The Carolina Panthers have a new look.

For the first time since joining the NFL in 1995, the Panthers have changed their logo. According to a press release Sunday night, the logo has been designed to provide a "more aggressive, contemporary look to the logo while making it more three-dimensional for ever-increasing digital use."
The Panthers will transition to the refined logo throughout 2012.
The primary tweaks made by the creative department of the NFL are primarily in the eye and mouth, where the features -- particularly the muscular brow and fangs -- are more pronounced, giving the panther a more menacing look. The new logo has a darker shade of blue over the black logo, compared to the former logo, which had teal on top of black.
"We have one of the finest and most recognizable logos in the NFL and wanted to make it as modern as possible without losing the dramatic essence of the mark," team president Danny Morrison said.
The team also will change the primary logotype.

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