RCS Morning News: Nerlens Noel's injury, LeBron's historic streak, and the Olympics ditches wrestling
Nerlens Noel, the freshman star for Kentucky basketball and projected 2013 NBA Draft first pick, went down with a potentially severe knee injury. Pat Forde at Yahoo! Sports writes the ways the knee injury puts both Noel's and the Wildcats' futures in jeopardy.
LeBron James continued his ridiculously hot-shooting streak, setting an NBA record by being the first player to ever score 30 or more points on 60 percent or higher shooting. Surprisingly, James's 11-of-15 shooting wasn't even the best performance of the night by a Heat player. Chris Bosh netted 32 points on 13-of-16 shooting, and added 11 rebounds. Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel has the recap of King James's historic night.
Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee dropped wrestling beginning with the 2020 Olympics. One of the sports that survived was the modern pentathlon. Why? David Steele blames modern nepotism. Jason Gay at the Wall Street Journal has a different theory. He blames golf, which returns to the Olympics in 2016. Even though it doesn't need the platform, he says, golf cost wrestling its Olympic niche.
In other news... Alabama responded weakly by merely suspending arrested Crimson Tide football players... For some reason Michael Vick thinks he can run for 1,000 yards... and if creating an NFL team from scratch, start with Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt.
LeBron James made NBA history with a sixth-consecutive 30+ point, 60% shooting game:
Also... the video of Nerlens Noel's knee injury.
A college alley-oop broke the rim.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. At the end of another NFL season, Chris Burke at Audibles ranks NFL announcers. (1-2
2. Phil Sheridan at the Philadelphia Inquirer says the Vick re-signing erodes Chip Kelly's credibility. (NA-1)
3. FOX Sports' Jason Whitlock sees parity in college basketball as a sign of decline. (NA-1)