FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban says he and his team ``honor the opportunity'' to play for a national title.
Speaking on Sunday morning, a day before the second-ranked Crimson Tide faces No. 1 Notre Dame, Saban said that means getting players to stay focused on the moment and what they can control. Saban says ``great preparation gives you the confidence to do that.''
`Bama will be seeking its second straight BCS title and third in four years. Saban says despite that success he's most proud that his team didn't get carried away by a sense of entitlement.
Saban says he's still deciding what movie to show his team Sunday night. Last year the flick was George Lucas's ``Red Tails.''
The Tide did watch a video of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera talking about focus.
Sixteen years ago Michael Jordan delivered one of the most memorable performances of his two-year stint with the Washington Wizards.
On February 21, 2003, Jordan dropped 43 points four days after his 40th birthday. The mark made the Jordan the first player older than 40 to record 40 points or more in a contest.
It was also the fifth-most points he ever scored in a Wizards uniform.
The record was made against the then-New Jersey Nets. Throughout the entire game the two teams went back-and-forth with 13 ties and 17 lead changes. That was until the Hall of Famer put the game away for Washington with the final go-ahead basket with 34 seconds to go.
The Wizards won 89-86.
"We hadn't really been playing well and coach has been really disappointed in the way we play and I had to take the leadership. I had to do everything I had to do to get this team to understand what winning is all about," Jordan said.
The 43 points was scored on 18-for-30 shooting, all within the 3pt arc. In the third quarter alone he scored 14 of the team's 25 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double in the contest with four steals, three assists and a block.
All 13 seasons of Jordan's career he had incredible feats. The season prior he recorded his final 50-point game at 38 years of age, which is also the oldest anyone's ever been to reach 50 points. And that came two months after he returned from retirement.
The 2002-03 season was his last and this display was an attempt for Jordan to return to the postseason one final time. He had not been there since he was with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.
"I've only got 28 games left in my career. I do whatever I've got to do to get into the playoffs."
Ultimately the Wizards did not make it to the playoffs with Jordan, but he sure left his mark on the organization.
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Nothing and no one had been able to stop Zion Williamson in his freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils. That is except for his left shoe.
Like everything the 6-7 forward has done this season, ripping out of his shoe was impressive.
Shoes don't do that. But of course things are not normal when it comes to Williamson.
After one comprehends what happened to the foot accessory, there is the result of the play that happened in the opening moment of Duke vs. UNC. Williamson grabbed the back of his right knee and had a serious concerned look.
The projected No. 1 pick of the 2019 NBA draft immediately left the contest only 33 seconds into the game. Not too long after he was ruled out for the contest. The initial reaction though is not good.
As the overwhelming top prospect in the college game, this injury could have huge ramifications on the NBA Draft. Of course it is too early to assume anything on his injury status, but this is right on the heels of the national conversation on if Williamson should shut down the remainder of the Blue Devils' 2019 season.
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