Kentucky Loses, Favre Ponders Retirement, & Other Headline Truths

January 27, 2010 presents our quick truths on today's top headlines in the world of sports. The truth shall set you free . . .

HEADLINE: Kobe Bryant Visits Obama Again Before Lakers Cruise Over Wizards
TRUTH: After the Lakers visited the White House as a team on Monday, Kobe Bryant went back Tuesday morning for an additional meeting with President Obama. The meeting lasted 20 minutes and Bryant indicated they talked about playing some hoops in the summer. Maybe the President motivated the Lakers as they regained some of their form and cruised to victory over the overmatched Wizards, 115-103. Bryant and Pau Gasol each had 26 points to lead the way.

HEADLINE: Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya Indicates Mayweather v. Mosley Is In Negotiations
TRUTH: What the hell is taking so long for this fight to happen? Who else is Floyd Mayweather going to fight and is there any possible excuse for ducking Shane Mosley at this point? Both fighters are promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, so this should be a done deal. Top Rank's Bob Arum got deals done much quicker in fights where he promoted both boxers (Pacquiao v. Cotto, Pacquiao v. Clottey).

The only hold up must be Floyd Mayweather Jr. himself, who likely has not decided if he is willing to fight any fighter his own size.

HEADLINE: South Carolina Ends #1 Ranked Kentucky's 19-Game Win Streak
TRUTH: 30 points from South Carolina senior point guard Devan Downey impressed both the Wildcats and any NBA scouts paying attention. Downey leads the SEC in scoring and has scored at least 30 points in 4 of his last 6 SEC games. The young Wildcats finally showed some of their inexperience by wilting down the stretch in a hostile environment.

HEADLINE: Brett Favre Ponders Retirement Even As Vikings Collapse Is Still Difficult To Believe
TRUTH: Rarely does it seem so obvious that the "better team" choked away a game, but it certainly feels that way after the Vikings overtime loss to the Saints, 31-28 on Sunday. Behind a plethora of Viking fumbles, a couple of critical Favre interceptions, poor clock management by Brad Childress, and some generous/bad calls by the referees, New Orleans marched forward to the Super Bowl last weekend.

As Brett Favre contemplates retirement, the Vikings openly have told him they are not holding him to a deadline of any kind. Whatever he says now, Favre will almost surely come back (even if he initially announces retirement again) as: (1) he can obviously still play at a very high-level and few athletes leave when they know they still can; and (2) he will not want his final pass to be that 4th quarter interception against the Saints.

HEADLINE: Serena Wins, Venus Loses, and Roger Federer Keeps Rolling at Australian Open
TRUTH: Serena Williams is an extremely tough player, both physically and mentally. This time fighting a leg injury while down a set and trailing 0-4 in the 2nd Set, Williams fought back tenaciously to win in 3 sets and advance to the semifinals. With Venus's defeat on the same day, Serena is now the clear favorite at the Australian Open.

Men's #1 seed Roger Federer beat back the challenge of Russian Nikolay Davydenko, 2-6 6-3 6-0 7-5, to advance to the Semifinals. Federer was down a set and a break before ripping off 13 consecutive games to take control of the match. Anybody with knowledge of tennis should be in absolute awe of Federer's ridiculous ongoing streak of reaching 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals.

Considering that he has never lost in any Grand Slam final to anyone but Rafael Nadal (who has already been eliminated), he is a virtual lock to be the Australian Open Champion on Sunday if he gets through the next round.

By Manish Pandya
Staff Editor for

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