Following the horrible crash on Saturday, the Daytona 500 went ahead as planned. Despite holding the pole position, Danica Patrick finished eighth. For the winner, Jimmie Johnson, it was a statement, writes Lee Spencer at FOX Sports. But, says Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, NASCAR needed a big moment, and that would have been a win by Patrick.
Kobe Bryant guaranteed that the Los Angeles Lakers would make the playoffs despite currently standing below .500. It's not impossible, but it would take some work. Ben Leibowitz at Bleacher Report has five hurdles the Lakers have to jump to get there.
In the first all-American championship match since Tiger Woods faced off with Stewart Cink in 2008, Matt Kuchar took down defending champ Hunter Mahan at the Accenture Championship.
In other news...
With Josh Hamilton gone, Mark Whicker at the OC Register says the Rangers need to cut their losses.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem made a statement responding to a suggested ban on anchored putters, overshadowing the Accenture Championship's final day.
David Steele at Sporting News says the ACC-Catholic Seven Challenge is a must-have for NCAA basketball.
The Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant had 19 points and 16 rebounds against Chicago:
The 18th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes beat no. 4 Michigan State.
Anaheim beat Colorado on an overtime goal from Corey Perry.
And Detroit scored six unanswered goals against Vancouver to win 8-3.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. Gregg Doyel at CBS Sports says shame on Tebow for backing intolerance. (NA-1)
2. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports writes that even though Matt Barkley's at the Combine, he's done. (NA-1)
3. Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star says Oscar Pistorius could become South Africa's O.J. (NA-1)