Dwyane Wade expected back as Miami Heat chase Celtics, Bulls

The Miami Heat are hoping to have one third of their Big 3 back in the lineup when they host the Charlotte Bobcats at American Airlines Arena on Friday. Dwyane Wade said Thursday he’s optimistic he could return for Friday’s game after sitting out Wednesday’s 90-85 loss to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. Wade has been bothered by a strained right thigh he suffered in last Sunday’s road win over the New Jersey Nets.”I’m optimistic I can play,” he said after sitting out Thursday’s practice, but working both before and after the session.Wade was certainly not very humble when questioned about whether his absence was felt in the Heat’s loss to Miami. He said without him, the Bucks were able to flood their perimeter defense toward LeBron James .”With Milwaukee, a team who really concentrates on the strong side, you need to have two guns,” he said. “Yeah, I could have been a difference, but things happen.” Read More


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Charlie Sheen and his Torpedo of Truth hit New York City

Charlie Sheen ’s “Torpedo of Truth” tour moved into the Big Apple Thursday and after reports over the past week that none of New York City’s better hotels would accommodate him, Sheen has booked a luxury room – actually several of them – at the Trump International Hotel .And hotel namesake Donald Trump would undoubtedly be proud that Sheen’s room includes a bed that sleeps three.Several top NYC hotels were said to have banned the self-proclaimed Warlock and “Condor of Calabasas” after an infamous incident last year in which he trashed his room at the famous Plaza Hotel while – what else – partying with a porn star. Sheen has booked 12 rooms at the Trump International while he plays three nights at Radio City Music Hall as part of his 20-city “Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option” tour. The first show at the venerable 6,000-seat hall sold out in 30 minutes.

Obviously, Sheen is not suffering for funds despite getting the boot from his Two and a Half Men sitcom. One night at the five-star hotel can cost around $850, and a room service breakfast for three from the hotel’s celebrated Jean Georges restaurant can run more than $120.Sheen is traveling with his two “goddesses,” former porn star Rachel Oberlin and Natalie Kenly, and an entourage of 15 people.After scathing reviews from the tour’s opener in Detroit, in which he basically just showed film and TV clips of himself Read More

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Tiger Woods no favorite heading into The Masters

Tiger Woods will tee-off at Augusta for the 2011 Masters Tournament this week, and for the first time since he burst on to the PGA Tour in the ‘90s, Woods is not the favorite to win the prestigious event, one of golf’s four grand slam tournaments.
Just a couple of years ago, it would have been nearly impossible to comprehend a Masters where Woods was not the man to beat.It’s hard to determine exactly when was the last Masters that Woods was not the favorite at, but this is certainly the first Masters in which Woods has competed in which he’s not the favorite. That fact underlines how far the greatest player the game has ever known has fallen.This is a tournament and a course that suits his game best. And it’s a tournament that Tiger has won four times.There were Masters tournaments in the past, as recently as two years ago, when Woods was at even money to win the Masters, which says a lot about how dominant Woods once was in general, and how he owned Augusta in particular. Read More

 

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NCAAB Championship Game Tonight

It all comes down to one night, when the (March) Madness comes to an end and a new College Basketball champion is crowned in Houston.The No. 3 seed Connecticut Huskies and the 8th-seeded Butler Bulldogs meet in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game on Monday at Reliant Stadium (9:23 pm ET, CBS).Butler (28-9 SU, 20-14-1 ATS), last year’s Cinderella team, bounced this year’s Cinderella right out of the Big Dance, crushing the hopes and dreams of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams with a 70-62 victory in their Final Four matchup on Saturday.The Bulldogs cashed as a 3.5–point favorite and the score crept over the total of 130. The Bulldogs know all about crushed dreams: Last season, the Bulldogs went all the way to the NCAA title game only to lose a 61-59 heartbreaker to the Duke Blue Devils. Guard Shelvin Mack scored 24 points for Butler on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor, but he was one of the few offensive standouts on either team, as both the Bulldogs and Rams shot less than 40 percent from the floor.

Meanwhile, Connecticut (31-9 SU, 22-12 ATS) is the last hope of the Big East conference, which sent a record 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament only to have just two (the Marquette Golden Eagles were the other) remaining going into the Sweet 16. UConn edged the Kentucky Wildcats 56-55 in the second Final Four game Saturday, cashing as a 2-point underdog. The score went well below the total of 138.5. The Huskies will be gunning for their third national championship. The Huskies’ defense has been huge during March Madness, limiting opponents to 59 points per game. Kentucky shot just 33.9 percent from the floor. The Huskies are a 3.5-point favorite and the over/under total is at 129 points in NCAAB Odds.

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