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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Checking in on the State of the Sports Union

President Obama pronounced the state of the union "strong" in Tuesday night's State of the Union Address. Let's check in on the strong and not so strong of the sports world based on last night's action outside the U.S. Capitol.

Men's college basketball: The once-strong No. 10 Syracuse Orange have weakened, getting crushed by Seton Hall -- at home -- 90-68, the team's third straight loss after starting 18-0. ... The Ohio State University remains strong, as the No. 1 and undefeated Buckeyes easily beat No. 12 Purdue, 87-64. ... Despite only 14 points from Kemba Walker, No. 5 UConn beat Marquette in Milwaukee, 76-68. ... No. 6 Kansas rebounded after its first loss with an 82-78 win at Colorado. ... No. 23 Florida held off Georgia, 104-91 in double OT. ... Off the court, Michigan State looks weaker than ever as Tom Izzo announced that junior guard Korie Lucious had been dismissed from the team for the remainder of the season.

Women's college basketball: In an upset, No. 18 Georgetown asserted its strength, beating No. 8 West Virginia, 65-60, for the Hoyas' second win over a Top 10 opponent this season.

NBA: The state of the Lakers is strong. LA crushed Utah 120-91, the Lakers 17th straight home win over the Jazz. ... Dallas remains strong, scoring a season-high 112 points in a 112-105 win over Blake Griffin and the Clippers. ... After an 18th straight loss (112-95 to Boston), the state of the Cavaliers, however, remains extremely weak -- they lost their 18th straight game.

Australian Open quarterfinals: Apparently the strength of Rafael Nadal's left hamstring was less than we'd all thought. Nadal, who had been suffering from a virus and sore knees, was beaten in straight sets in his quarterfinal against David Ferrer, ending his quest for four straight major wins. Instead, Ferrer heads to the semis to face (5) Andy Murray, who defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov in four sets. ... On the women's side, (2) Vera Zvonareva and (3) Kim Clijsters were strong, each winning in straight sets to reach the semifinals for a rematch of the 2010 U.S. Open Final.