The snow delay in Arizona is no longer the biggest story of the W.G.C.-Accenture Match Play Championship. On Thursday, the first round saw two of the game's top players fall. Karen Crouse at The New York Times rounds up the aftermath of Woods' and McIlroy's eliminations.
Since last year, there's been talk of a Cleveland homecoming for the current Miami Heat star. And when James joined the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving on the East All-Star team, LBJ had this to say: "It was awesome to play with Kyrie. ... He's going to be unbelievable." Greg Cote of the Miami Herald says the LeBron-to-Cleveland rumors "have a familiar feel."
The NBA trade deadline passed with a whimper on Thursday. The biggest name involved? J.J. Redick, in a six-player deal. Jeff Caplan at Hang Time Blog recaps the deals that did go down, and how the new CBA kept draft picks locked up tight.
In other news...
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a mess, and it looks a little like the 2012 New York Jets. Probably not a comparison any team would welcome.
Mike Decourcy at Sporting News says that overlooked Gonzaga deserves a number-one seed.
LeBron James tallied his 11th consecutive game with over-50-percent shooting, and the Miami Heat won their ninth straight:
Also... in the Pac-12, California upset no. 23 Oregon on a last-second winner.
Iman Shumpert backheel kicked an assist to Steve Novak.
And Luis Suarez drilled a brilliant curving free kick for Liverpool.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. Owen Gibson at The Guardian found that Pistorius isn't quite the good guy he seemed to be (2-5)
2. John Feinstein at the Washington Post writes that realignment will soon turn the "Catholic Seven" into a dozen. (3-4)
3. Wright Thompson profiles NBA legend Michael Jordan at age 50 for ESPN the Magazine. (NA-1)