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Weekend Review and Updates March 8, 2010

Posted by Casey in Multi-Sport Preview/Review.
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The big news of the NBA weekend has to be the broken hand of San Antonio point guard Tony Parker.  Parker is expected to be out 6 weeks, which would mean he’d miss the rest of the Spurs regular season games.  San Antonio is currently 5 games behind Dallas in the Southwest Division and looking the other way, has a 6 ½ game cushion on Memphis for the final playoff spot and currently sits in the 7 seed.  The Cleveland Cavaliers spotted the Detroit Pistons a 20-point lead through 16 minutes but rallied behind Lebron James’ 40 points to win 99-92.  This game was given a reality check in the 3rd Quarter when Rodney Stuckey collapsed on the Pistons bench.  Stuckey has been reported to be suffering no continued affects and may play as early as Wednesday.  The Cavs decided to rest Lebron (injury concerns?) Saturday night and slipped at Milwaukee 92-85.  The Los Angeles Lakers have now lost 4 consecutive road games, after getting swept aside in Charlotte Friday night (98-83), then losing 96-94 in Orlando.  Look for the Spurs first game without Parker, at Cleveland Monday night (7:00 ET NBA TV).

Across the pond an intriguing weekend saw Real Madrid go top on goal difference after their last-gasp winner from Rafael van der Vaart.  Portsmouth, Aston Villa, and Chelsea all won FA Cup Quarterfinals, while Tottenham and Fulham could only manage a 0-0 draw and will replay at Spurs’ White Hart Lane March 24th.  Aston Villa will play Chelsea and the winner of the replay will take on Portsmouth the weekend of April 10-11th.  Manchester United and Arsenal both won in Chelsea’s absence, and there are now 3 teams within a point at the top of the English Premier League.  Arsenal however may be without talisman Cesc Fabregas who limped out after scoring the opening goal of the Gunners 3-1 victory over Burnley.  Early news suggests Cesc’s injury is not long-term but he is a doubt for Tuesday’s crunch Champion’s League decider with FC Porto.  Catenaccio reigns in Serie A as 2nd place Milan draw at 3rd place Roma 0-0, but neither lose ground on table-toppers Inter who also drew 0-0 with Genoa.  Landon Donovan returns to the US on the heels of scoring in Everton’s 5-1 victory over Hull City.  There’s a four Champion’s League second legs midweek, see below for coverage of all the games.

NBA (all NBA TV)

Monday:  7:00 ET – San Antonio @ Cleveland

Tuesday:  10:30 ET – Toronto @ Los Angeles Lakers

Wednesday:  7:30 ET – Utah @ Detroit

Champion’s League (all 2:30 ET)

Tuesday: FC Porto (2) @ Arsenal 1) – FSN HD

Bayern Munich (2) @ Fiorentina (1) – FSC

Wednesday:  AC Milan (2) @ Manchester United (3) – FSC

Olympique Lyon (1) @ Real Madrid (0) – FSC + (Re-airs on FSC at 5:00 ET)

NHL (sorry Center Ice trial is over)

Monday: 7:00 ET Dallas @ Washington – VERSUS

Tuesday: 7:00 ET New York Islanders @ Philadelphia – VERSUS

Wednesday: 7:00 ET Carolina @ Washington – NHL Network


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