Amare rights the ship
Amare Stoudemire lit up the Big Apple, David West stole the show in the Big Easy, and Ben Hansbrough helped the Irish put away the Panthers. A slate of hoops games so dramatic, we half expected Chris Harrison to emerge with a tray of roses and a pack of crying women at the end of the night. For all you Bachelor fans, if you chose bawlers over ballers last night, here's what you missed.
Women's college basketball: The 16th-ranked Florida State Seminoles ended a 17-game win streak for No. 22 Miami, who hadn't lost since mid-November. The two teams were tied at the half, but Florida State used a 16-4 run at the start of the second half to take the lead and take the 66-59 victory.
Men's college basketball: The 16th-ranked Notre Dame Irish upset No. 4 Pittsburgh, snapping the Panthers' streak of nine straight wins and 20 straight home victories with a 56-51 victory Monday night. Ben Hansbrough led the way for the Irish with 19 points, helping his team to its first road win of the year.
NBA: A David West fadeaway J with less than a second on the clock sealed the deal for the Hornets, as they topped the Thunder 91-89 in the Big Easy. New Orleans' ninth straight win was a big one, pushing the team to third in the Western Conference, ahead of both the Thunder and the Mavs. Out in Oakland, the Warriors lost to the league-leading Spurs for an eleventh consecutive time, 113-102. And after dropping six straight games, the Knicks stopped their skid with a 115-106 win over the Wizards. Amare Stoudemire got back to doing his thing, putting up 30 points to help his team stay above .500. As for Washington, well, its season is just slip-sliding away. With Monday's loss, the Wizards fell to 0-21 on the road this season.
Australian Open: Roger Federer cruised into the semifinals with a straight sets win over fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka. He'll face Novak Djokovic, who will be looking to upset Federer in a Grand Slam semi for the third time in his career. The road wasn't so easy for Caroline Wozniacki, who needed three sets to win her quarterfinal, but eventually she was on the way to the semis, as well.