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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Coach K sets NCAA wins record at 903

Mike Krzyzewski passed Bob Knight, then spent some special time with his former coach.

The man known simply as "Coach K" became Division I's winningest coach when No. 6 Duke beat Michigan State 74-69 on Tuesday night in the State Farm Champions Classic.

The Blue Devils (3-0) gave Krzyzewski his 903rd win, breaking the tie with Knight, Krzyzewski's college coach at Army and his mentor throughout his professional career.

Junior guard Andre Dawkins had 26 points for Duke, which took control with a 20-1 run that gave the Blue Devils a 61-41 lead with 9:17 to play. Then it was just a matter of counting down the minutes until the celebration could get under way.

With Knight sitting across the court at the ESPN broadcast table, and with several former players in the stands — many able to attend because of the ongoing NBA lockout — Krzyzewski moved to the top of the list in front of a sellout crowd of 19,979 at Madison Square Garden.

Krzyzewski went right across the court to Knight when the game ended. They were cheek to cheek in a hug. Krzyzewski, tears in his eyes, broke away and Knight pulled him back, hands on his shoulders, then one final slap of the shoulder.

"I just told Coach I love him," Krzyzewski said. "I wouldn't be in this position without him. It's a moment shared. I know he's very proud and I'm very proud to have been somebody who's worked under him and studied him and tried to be like him."

It wasn't the Cameron Crazies cheering their coach on after a few nights waiting and sleeping in Krzyzewskiville. But a pro-Duke crowd started to get loud as the Blue Devils took control in the second half, as well as the fans from Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas and a bunch of regular old New Yorkers including flimmaker and New York Knicks fan Spike Lee.

"The basketball gods are good ... they put two guys who've done a lot in the game together, special moments, and tonight is another one of those special moments," Krzyzewski said of Knight's presence at the historic game.

Dawkins, who had six 3-pointers, and Ryan Kelly hits 3s to start Duke's big run. As Michigan State (0-2) kept missing shots down low, Seth Curry hit another 3 for Duke and then the Blue Devils closed the run by making 6 of 6 attempts at the free throw line.

The Spartans kept Krzyzewski coaching to the final minute. They finally started hitting shots and forcing turnovers to close to 74-69 with 12.9 seconds left.

Curry had 20 points while Kelly added 14 for the Blue Devils, who were 10 of 21 from 3-point range.

"It's a special moment," Krzyzewski said of his family and former players being there. "At halftime I wasn't sure we were going to have this moment. We beat a really good team and I'm glad now we can just move on and just develop our team."

Keith Appling had 22 points for Michigan State and Brandon Wood added 15. The Spartans finished with 21 turnovers.

Krzyzewski's latest win had a very similar plot to the previous 902 as the Blue Devils were patient in a spread offense that got them open 3s and they moved the ball around against a tired bunch of Spartans and finally found a way to the free throw line.

The Blue Devils finished 30 of 41 from the line.

Krzyzewski moved to the top of the list in his 37th season, all but five at Duke. He also coached at West Point, his alma mater where Knight molded a point guard into a coach for the ages.

Knight won his 902 games in 42 seasons, six at Army, 29 at Indiana and seven at Texas Tech.

Krzyzewski and Knight both led the United States to an Olympic gold medal, Knight in 1984 and Krzyzewski in 2008. Coach K will have a chance at a second gold when he leads the team of NBA players again in London next summer.

Another number they both had in common was high graduation rates throughout their careers.

Duke led 34-33 at the end of a sloppy first half. The Blue Devils were 6 of 11 from 3-point range while the Spartans were just 2 of 6. Michigan State was able to offset 11 turnovers by dominating inside, outscoring the Blue Devils 16-4 in the paint, including a 6-1 advantage in second-chance points.

Duke is 26-15 all-time, including a 21-7 mark under Krzyzewski, at Madison Square Garden and the Blue Devils have won 12 of their last 14 there. Under Krzyzewski, Duke is 453-71 in non-conference games.

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Drake Denies Getting Planked By Chris Brown Over Rihanna "I Definitely Didn’t Get Elbowed In My Face By Chris Brown. Somebody Would’ve Got Knocked The F*ck Out"

Two weeks ago the internet was buzzing with rumors that Chris Brown had knocked Drake out with an elbow during a dispute over Rihanna at some point in the past.

The rumor got started by DJ Whoo Kid, who told Radio 1Xtra's Tim Westwood that the incident happened, but was swept under the rug by the parties involved.

"I think [Drake] got elbowed too by Chris Brown, but that never came out," Whoo Kid said at the time. "In the chin, like the corner left part. Man down, simple as that."

Drake is disputing Whoo Kid's claims. In a new interview with The Daily Beast, Drizzy tries to set the record straight.

“I respect Chris Brown. I’d like to call myself a friend. I don’t know if I’m allowed to do that,” said Drake. “But I definitely didn’t get elbowed in my face. Somebody would’ve got knocked the f*ck out.”

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As we previously reported, Hov was criticized for selling $22 dollar t-shirts with the words "Occupy All Streets" emblazoned on them, without giving anything back to the cause.

When the t-shirts temporarily disappeared from Rocawear's website it was thought that Hov had given in to the criticism and stopped selling them, but they are now back on sale again.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr's Advisor Leonard Ellerbe Calls Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach & Bob Arum "Cowards" For Pursuing 4th Fight W/Marquez Instead Of Fighting Floyd

The fight every boxing fans wants to see is in jeopardy once again of not happening.

After Manny Pacquiao won his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday night it seemed to clear the way for a May 2012 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr, if the two parties could agree on the particulars. Now, it appears that Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum is trying to lock up a fourth fight with Marquez instead for May.

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told that he was notified of Arum's intentions by Judge Daniel Weinstein. Waienstein has mediated issue between Golden Boy and Arum's Top Rank in the past.

"I am sick and tired of Bob Arum twisting the truth. It's another case of 'yesterday I was lying, today I'm telling the truth,' " Schaefer told "The truth of the matter is that we received this afternoon an email from retired federal judge Daniel Weinstein, who has informed us that Top Rank is pursuing a rematch with Marquez and, therefore, is not interested in immediate talks for a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. This is obviously as clear as it can be that they have no intentions of making a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Therefore, Floyd Mayweather will have no other choice than to move on and identify and lock in another opponent for his ring return on May 5."

Leonard Ellerbe, one of Mayweather's advisors said that in his opinion Arum, Freddie Roach and Pac Man are scared to make the fight with Money May happen.

"In my opinion, you have three cowards -- Bob Arum, (Pacquiao trainer) Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao," Ellerbe told "Now we all know the truth once and for all why this fight hasn't been made. It should be clear to everyone that they don't care what the fans want, especially when Floyd is ready, willing and able to fight Manny Pacquiao now. Floyd said if this isn't clear, he doesn't know what is.

"All along we know why the fight isn't being made. This is the perfect opportunity. Both guys just fought. This is the fight the fans want to see, and it's a disgrace that they are not willing to give the fans what they want. In my opinion, there are three reasons why Arum doesn't want the fight. He knows there is no way that Manny Pacquiao can win, it kills his cash cow, and he wants to do in-house fights where he controls both sides. I said all along why this fight hasn't been made to this point. Manny Pacquiao knows, Bob Arum knows and Freddie Roach knows."

Arum denied knowing anything about an email being sent to Mayweather's team, but he did acknowledge he was pursuing a fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez.

"We are pursuing a fourth fight with Marquez," Arum said. "As far as doing anything definitively, we aren't ready to do anything definitively. When we are ready to make a determination of what we are going to do, we will do it. We are not going to do this in the press. We will do what is in the best interest of ourselves and our client and make a decision when it's time to. If we decide we want to do a rematch with Marquez, there is no reason to sit down with Mayweather. If we want to explore a Mayweather fight, we will sit down with them. But I'm not going to sit down with them just because it's a good show."

Bob Arum

As far as Mayweather is concerned there is no point in the Filipino champion fighting Marquez again.

"Why? I mean, I truly feel that Marquez is never going to get the benefit of the doubt," Mayweather told "I want to congratulate Marquez and I want to congratulate Manny Pacquiao for doing it a third time, but I just feel like if you get it done right the first time, there's no need for a second or third fight, and if it is needed, do it again in the same fashion and in the same way, or do it even better. People fail to realize, when I faced Marquez, I was two years off just traveling and vacationing. I took two years off, no working out, no other activities. I went into training camp and then the fight had got pushed back because I had an injury, so that pushed it back a little bit more, but I still went out there and performed and looked marvelous. If I fight a guy and I don't knock him out, they say, "Well, Mayweather didn't knock him out." If I knock him out in the late rounds, they say, "Well, what took so long?" If I knock him out in the early rounds, they say, "Well, you can always catch a guy cold." Like I said before, I'm always in a no-win situation. If I fight a guy that's my age, they're going to say, "You know what? He's over the hill." When I fought Marquez, they said Marquez was over the hill. Remember, when I fought Marquez, I think he was 36 and I was 32. Now, two years later, Pacquiao is 32 and Marquez is 38."

So, once again it looks like boxing fans will be deprived of the one mega fight the sport has to offer.

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Is 'Detox' Still Coming? Dr. Dre Says After 27 Years Of Working Non Stop He's Ready To Take A Break "Until I Get That Itch To Get Back In"

Dr. Dre's success in the music business is well documented. From his days as a member of N.W.A., to his solo career and production work for artists such as Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Eminem, Eve, Mary J. Blige, Scarface, Xzibit and many more. After 27-years of providing some of hip hop's best music, the industry veteran says it's time to slow it down.

In a new interview with Fader, Dre talks about concentrating on working with California MC's Slim The Mobster and Kendrick Lamar on their upcoming projects before starting to spend more quality time with his loved ones.

"These are the next two artists that I'm working on, Slim The Mobster and Kendrick Lamar. I think after that I'm gonna wrap it up for a minute," Dre said. "Because I've been doing music for 27 years now and the longest I've ever been out out the studio in 27 years, is 2 weeks. So, I feel like I'm going to take a little bit of a break. I'm never gonna stop music it's like air to me. I'm gonna take a little bit of a break. Enjoy some time with the family until I get that itch to get back in."

Dre doesn't mention Detox at all during the interview. Hopefully that is still on the horizon.


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