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THAT'S A WRAP: The silver medal the U.S. hockey team earned on Sunday was USA's 37th total medal of the Vancouver Games. That's not only the most of any country in Vancouver, it's the most by any country in any single Winter Olympics. It's the second time the U.S. has finished atop the medal table in the winter games and first since 1932 in Lake Placid. Canada finished third in the overall medal count, but took home 14 golds, most of any country and the most gold medals by a country at a single Winter Olympics in Olympic history. So to you Canada, we say congratulations.

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After the jump, he's the biggest star in Canada right now; we take you inside Sid-the-kid's game-winning gold-medal goal, No Kobe - No problem for the Lakers, the race for home court advantage in the NBA playoffs, who will be the new number one team in the ESPN/USA Today poll, Joe Lunardi reveals his four number one seeds and apparently no one can anyone stop Jimmie Johnson.




Gold Medal Game: Canada 3, United States 2 (OT)

SID THE KIDS DOES IT AGAIN: In a dramatic Men’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal game, Sidney Crosby scores at 7:40 of OT to give Canada a 3-2 win over the United States. It was the third game this Olympics to end in OT and the 5th in the history of the Olympics (only one in a Gold Medal game).Looking at Sid the Kid's resume: He will not turn 23 until August but already his hockey resume is nearly unparalleled. He scored an overtime goal to win a gold medal for Canada which comes less than a year after he led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup. He's also won a Hart Trophy and a gold medal at the World Juniors.

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MAPLE GOLDEN: It's only fitting that Canada, where the team's win vs the U.S. in the 2002 Gold Medal game was the most-watched program in Canadian history, is once again the most-decorated nation in Olympic ice hockey. The gold medal won in Vancouver is the 8th by the Canadian men, tied with the Soviet Union for the most by one country in the Olympics.



Lakers 95, Nuggets 89

PASSING THE LOVE AROUND: In the Association, Kobe shot a woeful 3 for 17 from the field against the Nuggets and the 17.6 percent shooting percentage was his 2nd-lowest percentage this season. But being the superstar he is, Kobe helped the Lakers win with a season-high 12 assists.

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OUR BENCH IS BETTER THAN YOUR BENCH: In a game where Kobe didn't bring his 'A' Game, Lamar Odom and the Lakers bench provided the extra push they needed to win. Odom pitched in 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Laker bench outscored the Nuggets bench 35-15. Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 21 points for his 6th straight 20-point game. Nuggets fall to 2-1 vs the Lakers this season with one matchup remaining (April 8 in Denver). Nuggets shot 26.3% FG in the 4th quarter.



THE RACE FOR HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: With the win, the Lakers pull within a game of the idle Cavs for the best record in the NBA and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. L.A. finished a game back of Cleveland in the best-record chase last season but enjoyed home-court advantage in the Finals after the Cavs were bounced in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Magic.

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WHO WANTS TO BE NUMBER ONE: In college hoops, it's the first time since last February that the top-3 teams in the land have all lost the same week. Kansas, Kentucky and Purdue entered the week with a combined record of 75-5. 4th-ranked Syracuse will likely be the new number one when the poll is released later this afternoon. The Orange has been ranked atop the Coaches' Poll just once - after winning the 2003 national title.

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BRACKETOLOGY NUMBER ONE SEEDS: ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi says that Purdue's loss combined with Duke's win drops the Boilermakers out of a number 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and gives the Blue Devils their 11th number 1 seed, the second most in tourney history. So, who will be he teams to beat in the four regions: Kansas, Kentucky and Syracuse are the other number ones.



NSCS at Las Vegas

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Jimmie Johnson wins for the 49th time in his NSCS career and for a series-record 15th time on the 1.5-mile tracks that make up the bulk of the schedule. For the second time in his Sprint Cup career, Jimmie Johnson has won two of the first three races of the season. The first time was back in 2006, when Johnson won at Daytona and Las Vegas en route to the first of four straight Sprint Cup titles. Johnson has led 119 laps in his two wins, or 94 more than in his two early wins four years ago. It's his 4th career win at Las Vegas, all coming in the last 6 seasons.

Drivers to Win 2 of First 3 Cup Series Races, Since 2000 - Points Finish

2010 Jimmie Johnson - ?
2009 Matt Kenseth - 14th
2008 Carl Edwards - 2nd
2006 Jimmie Johnson - 1st
2004 Matt Kenseth - 8th

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