1.26.15: 1K

We hope you had the chance to enjoy Sunday’s Duke/St. John’s game, because we sure did! Congratulations to Coach (1)K for his 1,000th win last night — we three Dukies were rooting for you all the way, and we’re so proud to be Blue Devils. In light of this legendary accomplishment, check out this cool collection of the top 10 most dramatic Coach K wins!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

3 cheers for 49 years, the Super Bowl is almost here! Next Sunday the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Arizona in Super Bowl XLIX. What’s a bit unusual about this game so far? Well, normally the pregame talk is about the game…but in this case it’s been about Deflategate (otherwise known as that time someone on the Patriots deflated 11 out of the 12 game balls used when they played the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship game). The whole thing is a little bit sketchy, and there have been denials across the board. Stay tuned to see how the NFL, the media and both teams react in the week before the game.

In other news, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will face a 1 year ban after failing another drug test over the weekend, according to sources. Yikes.

Oh yeah, and the Pro Bowl was this past weekend and New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham (once upon a time a Miami college basketball player) dunked in celebratory fashion after scoring a touchdown.

College Basketball

We said it before, and we’ll say it again: Congrats to Coach K on his 1,000th victory! How did it happen? Well, #5 Duke beat St. John’s in a nail biter of a game that included many lead changes and finished with a big dose of Duke momentum down the stretch at MSG. The young Duke squad looked tough in the comeback win — some might say they went 0 t0 1,000 real quick. So, what does this mean? Coach K is now the first Division 1 men’s basketball coach to win 1,000 games in his career as the head coach at Duke and previously at Army. Best Coach Ever.

In other college hoops news,#2 UVA remains undefeated after surviving a close game over in-state rival Virginia Tech. Next up for UVA is a big home game against Duke next Saturday.

This upcoming week is a fun one for conference play. Look out for:

  • #5 Duke at #8 Notre Dame – Wednesday
  • #1 Kentucky at Missouri – Thursday
  • #5 Duke at #2 UVA – Saturday
  • #15 UNC at #10 Louisville – Saturday

NBA

Hey now, you’re an All-Star. Congrats to this year’s NBA All Star starters:

West:

  • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (Earned the most votes)
  • Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers (Out with a shoulder injury)
  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
  • Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

East:

  • John Wall, Washington Wizards
  • Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavs
  • Carmelo Anthony, NY Knicks
  • Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls

And you know who else should be an All-Star? The Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson. In case you missed it, let’s just say Klay went cray and scored an NBA record 37 points in 1 quarter. That’s 12 minutes. It was amazing — watch it here.

Y’all, the Atlanta Hawks are really good. Over the weekend, they won their 16th straight win against the Minnesota Timberwolves to improve their record to 37-8. These Hawks are fly.

Ain’t no party like a Cleveland Cavs party. Okay, maybe there is no party yet, but the Cavs do seem to have some things figured out as they won their 6th straight over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon. LeBron James was in NBA 2K mode and notched 34 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal in the victory.

Things certainly were heating up down in Miami today for Hassan Whiteside. The Miami Heat player scored a unique triple double with 12 blocks, 14 points and 13 rebounds in their win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

Sad news for the Detroit Pistons’ Brandon Jennings who suffered an ruptured Achilles tendon on Saturday night. He will be out for the remainder of the season.

Other

Rest in Peace to baseball legend Ernie Banks, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 83. Banks was a Chicago Cubs star and two time National League MVP who meant a lot to the game. We would like to extend our condolences to the Banks family.

In the highest scoring NHL All-Star Game of all time, Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12.  The NHL named Ryan Johansen of the Nashville Blue Jackets the MVP of the game.

Oh, and keep your eye on the Australian Open which continues this week!

JUST FOR FUN

Look at this photograph…
The best memories captured by Sports Illustrated staff photographers – which moments do you remember?

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

What’s in a number?
The franchise value of NBA teams has increased 72% this year
When Steve Ballmer bought the LA Clippers for $2 billion, he drove the valuation of many other teams up past $1 billion

The limit doesn’t exist
Mike Conley isn’t underrated – he’s coming up
“As he goes, so go the Memphis Grizzlies”

Breaking down stereotypes
George Washington University’s Yuta Watanabe
He’s got the speed, the jump shot, and the smarts — he’s an inspiration to all basketball fans, but especially to those who can relate to his Japanese heritage

Rest in Peace
Chicago Cubs’ “Mr. Cub” (Ernie Banks) passed away this Friday
Fans took to Twitter and other social media sites in order to express their appreciation of Ernie Banks’ legacy, and grieve as a community

You do you
Lessons learned at the NHL All-Star Weekend
The guys opened up once they were off the ice, and we loved getting to know them better!

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