Good Morning: 2.14.12

The end of the Big East, as we know it, is coming soon. Last night, Uconn and Syracuse played for the last time in the conference – the two don't have any scheduled games in the future, for now – with the Huskies prevailing over No. 6 Syracuse, 66-58.


"It's been a great series. Syracuse and Connecticut have played some great games over the years," said Syracuse coach, Jim Boeheim. "It's one of those things that happens. It's been talked about a million times in a million places. We couldn't stay together. I feel bad about the whole thing."


Boeheim also called Andy Katz an “idiot” and “disloyal person”, for reasons that are unclear.


King Felix finally put pen to paper on a seven-year $175 million contract, becoming the highest-paid pitcher, highest-paid athlete in Seattle history, and bagged the first full no-trade clause in Mariner history. Is he worried? No. "I promise you, I'm going to be the same guy," Hernandez said. "Except a better pitcher."


Match-fixing in soccer has become a hot-button issue along with racism (hence: beautiful game). Though the detailed report that was released last week reporting over 680 suspicious matches was exaggerated, if it raised awareness to the problem, that's a good thing. This NYTimes profile on “shadowy Singaporean” Tan Seet Eng may help, as well, as Tan is the suspected ringleader behind many of the fixed games.


Landry Fields got engaged. Smooth.


Carmelo Anthony may miss the All-Star game with a contusion in his forearm.


Vince Carter went five of seven from three during the third quarter, yesterday, on his way to passing Larry Bird on the NBA's career scoring list. The Mavs beat the Kings 123-100.


KG said this will be his last All-Star game, but will it also be his last season?


A complete history of Kobe Bryant's All-Star kicks.


Derrick Rose provides another knee update, further lowering expectations. “I wouldn't mind missing this year,” said Rose.


Dwight Howard says he gets tired after 10 minutes on the court.


There are a lot of former Jon Gruden assistants on the Dallas Cowboys. Could Jerry Jones still make a coaching change?


Oscar Pistorius – the double-amputee Olympian from South Africa – was arrested in connection with the murder of his girlfriend, who was found dead in his house, yesterday.


JaVale McGee did JaVale McGee things last night in Brooklyn.




And Tyson Chandler still loves playing with a pick and roll point guard.





50, Nas, Future, Fab, Talib and Juelz discuss hip-hop's greatest love songs.


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Kim and Kanye ducked security at JFK, yesterday. The TSA was not pleased. Kanye, then, announced surprise concerts in London and Paris.


Jim Jones was arrested in New Jersey for something involving parking and failing to remove snow. DMX was also arrested for driving without a license.


Big Sean and A$AP Rocky hit fashion week.


Lady Gaga was forced to cancel her US tour to get surgery on her hip.


French Montana and Nicki Minaj team up on “Freaks”.




French also dropped a video for “Diamonds” with Rick Ross and J. Cole. His album has been pushed back until late May.




Lil Wayne is in some hot water for using Emmett Till's name as a lyric, specifically, “beat that p*ssy up like Emmett Till”.




The video hasn't dropped yet, but you can check out behind-the-scenes action for Lil Wayne, Future and Drakes “Love Me”.


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The manhunt for Chris Dorner appears to finally be over. The police claim they did not intentionally burn down the building Dorner was in to get him out. What happened to Dorner to make him to this will likely die with him, but what the LAPD can do, to prevent it from happening again and to fix whatever internal issues occur, is vital.


The LAPD must also look at the aftermath of the shooting, as its response – shooting at two civilians mistaken for Dorner – was shocking.


In light of the stranded Carnival cruise ship, CNN tells you what cruise lines don't want you to know.


American Airlines and US Airlines have agreed to merge, forming the world's largest airline.


President Obama released details of his plan to make preschool more available, yesterday, and plans to allocate funds to expand pre-k and match state programs like in Georgia and Oklahoma.




An often neglected side of the gun control argument is suicide. Close to 20,000 of the 30,000 who died from guns were suicides, signs that mental health must also be a priority in solving the problem of gun violence. Until that happens, The NYTimes looks at what gun makers, distributors and owners can do to prevent suicide from guns.




I don't know anyone disrespecting Kirko Bangz and Yo Gotti, but they felt the need to speak out on it.



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