THE BUZZ: Stanford takes aim, A's overseas, Tiger triumphs


THE BUZZ: Stanford takes aim, A's overseas, Tiger triumphs

1. Tiger Woods. Hes back. He won a tournament after a 923-day drought, for the first time since September of 2009 -- two months before he hit a fire hydrant and let the world know he didnt know how his phone worked. If he thinks its going to be just like it was before, maybe he should pick up a copy of the New York Post.

2. Nneka Ogwumike. Stanfords star put her team on her back on Saturday to lead the Cardinal into tonights Elite Eight game against Duke, in the Fresno Regional. Nneka scored 39 points and would likely be the player of the year, if it wasnt for that 6-foot-8 dunking machine named Brittney Griner. If Stanford survives, they get Griner next.

3. As in Japan. Is this really some sort of an honor, having a season opener at 3:10 a.m. on the morning of March 28, a week before anyone else opens the season? If you want to see Yoenis Cespedes debut set your alarm early or stay out very late, with a couple of Sapporos.

4. Barry Zito. Every spring we hear it maybe this is going to be the year that Zito makes a contribution, the weight of his contract has to be lessened, hes just a fifth starter, blah, blah, blah. On Sunday, Zito gave up nine hits and five earned runs in 2 13 innings. Even Bruce Bochy sounded discouraged, departing from his usual Hell be fine, comment to say, You dont like to see this when it gets this close to the season. Red flag city.

5. Timsanity. Not every backup quarterback gets introduced in a big news conference but Tim Tebow will be today. The Jets are warming to the idea of Tebow. And Carnegie Deli has already named a sandwich for him. Tebow spent the weekend in New York where he took in a Broadway show. What can we read into his choice of Wicked? that hes trying to adapt to his new city or that hes bracing himself for the Jets sinners? Either way, he can sing along to Popular.

Thornton leaves game vs Jets in final minute with apparent knee injury


Thornton leaves game vs Jets in final minute with apparent knee injury

The San Jose Sharks not only lost in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, but also lost their second-leading scorer to injury. 

Joe Thornton left the final minute of the game with an apparent injury to his right knee. With Jets forward Andrew Copp backchecking, Mikkel Boedker collided into Thornton's knee in front of the Sharks bench. 

Thornton took a stride on each leg as he skated gingerly to the bench, and did not return to the game. 

The 38-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee this summer. He missed the final three games of the regular season last year, but returned to play in San Jose's final four postseason games in a first round, six-game loss to the Edmonton Oilers. 

Thornton is second on the Sharks with 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists), and has scored nine points in his last seven games. He is second among forwards in average ice time, and is playing 18:20 per night in his 20th NHL season. 

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

With 2:50 left in Tuesday's game against the Knicks, Kevin Durant was ejected.

It's the fourth time this season that he's been thrown out of a game.

After the Warriors' 123-112 win, Durant didn't bite his tongue when asked about what happened between him and referee James Williams.

"In the first half, I was dribbling up the right side, I made a left to right cross. He said I carried, ah, you kinda let that go. I asked him 'Where'd you get the carry from?' He said 'You froze the defender.' I said 'That's what a crossover is for.' And that's why I do it, to freeze my defender. And he tried to make a bunch of excuses and I told him he was wrong," Durant said. "He went to halftime probably with an attitude and the second half, his whole thing was, he's trying to get me. So, look at my first tech. I got the rebound, dribbled the ball hard and he teched me up. He was searching for me, he lookin' to try to tech me up to get me back because he's still in his feelings from the first half. That's what been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that. I gotta keep my head a little bit, but I was upset."

Draymond Green attempted to hold Durant back prior to the ejection. Durant was asked about that after the game and was able to laugh about it.

"The irony," Durant said to much laughter from reporters at Oracle.

"I was not trying to hear it. He was right in doing so. I didn't want to get teched up or thrown out,  but I did want him to hear what I had to say," Durant said.

Durant can expect to hear from the league office regarding his comments.