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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Miami's Big Three Heat up


NBA: The Indiana Pacers were scorched by the Heat's Big Three on Tuesday night. The trifecta combined for a whopping 90 points to give Miami the 110-103 victory over the Pacers. Dwayne Wade led the group with 41 points, tying the franchise record. This was the second-highest combined point total for Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Wade. They scored 96 against the Trail Blazers on Jan. 9.

Men's college basketball: After leading by only one at the half, it appeared as if No. 3 Ohio State might suffer it's second consecutive loss. However, in the Buckeyes first appearance since letting their perfect season slip away on Saturday, OSU came back to defeat Michigan State 71-61. With Kansas losing to Kansas State on Monday, this win gives the Buckeyes a chance to climb back into the driver's seat and take over that No. 1 spot.

NHL: It was a shootout between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference Tuesday night. And it took a shootout in overtime to decide the outcome. The Lightning were going for a season sweep of the Flyers but lost in overtime 4-3. At the end of regulation the game was tied at 3, but in a shootout the Flyers prevailed 2-1. The Lightning will earn seven of eight possible points against the Flyers this season, giving the Flyers 79 points and the lead in the Eastern Conference, while the Lightning will remain in second place with 74 points.

MLB: On the day Cardinal great Stan Musial received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, things were slightly less peaceful at St. Louis' spring training camp. The deadline still stands at noon Eastern on Wednesday for Albert Pujols to reach an agreement with the Cardinals.

Hickory
Hickory, a 5-year-old Scottish deerhound, poses for pictures with her handler, Angela Lloyd, and judge Paolo Dondina after winning best in show.

NFL: On Tuesday, the Indianapolis Colts slapped the franchise tag on its star quarterback, Peyton Manning. Manning will receive about $23 million with the designation and join Michael Vick as the only other player so far this year to receive the "exclusive" designation. There are two types of franchise tags, "exclusive" and "non-exclusive." Under the "exclusive" franchise tag, the player must be offered a one-year contract for the average salary of the top five players at that position, or 120 percent of the player's salary from the previous year -- whichever number is higher. "Exclusive" franchise players are also prohibited from negotiating with other teams. Of course, all of this is contingent on there actually being a next season.

135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: A 5-year-old Scottish Deerhound named Hickory, whose formal name is Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, unleashed her talents Tuesday night to win the title of best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. Hickory, whose hobbies include chasing deer and rabbits, pulled the upset at Madison Square Garden to be named America's top dog. Her victory was unprecedented, as she became the first kind of her breed to win the title.