Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - December 28, 2012

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LIN AN ALL-STAR? . . . The 62nd annual NBA All-Star Game will be played on Feb. 17, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston, which means Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets won't have to travel to watch the action. Most likely, Lin may not have to travel in order to BE in the action. Lin currently ranks No. 3 among vote-getters for the Western Conference backcourt. He trails only Kobe Bryant of the Lakers (977,444 votes) and Chris Paul of the Clippers (542,564). Lin had 496,133 votes as of Thursday morning and ranks ahead of teammate James Harden (283,691, Russell Westbrook (232,074), Steve Nash (166,262, Tony Parker (111,032), Ricky Rubio (96,466), Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors (78,380) and Manu Ginobili (70,813). Voters select three frontcourt and two guards from each conference. For the first time ever, fans can vote via social media networks that include Facebook and Twitter, and Sina Weibo and Tencent QQ in China. Balloting will conclude on January 14 and starters will be announced live on TNT on January 17 at 4 p.m. (PT). Lin currently ranks fifth among all backcourt players in either conference.

FAMILY AFFAIR . . . Stanford women's basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer already has Bonnie Samuelson on her roster and younger sister, Karlie, will be joining the Cardinal next season. By the time Bonnie departs, Stanford could have a third Samuelson, Katie Lou, on The Farm. That scenario certainly is possible and would give Stanford plenty of outside shooting for years to come. While Karlie is a senior at Mater Dei in Orange County, Katie Lou is just a sophomore on the same team. Both combined talents last weekend to help Matei Dei win the top bracket at the Nike Tournament of Champions event in Phoenix, Ariz. In a 96-74 victory over previously unbeaten River Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.), the No. 5-ranked team in the nation according to MaxPreps, Karlie Samuelson scored 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Katie Lou tallied 27 points. In a first-round game, Katie Lou scored 34 and Karlie had 22 points. The sisters wound up sharing Most Valuable Player honors. Karlie made seven of eight 3-pointers in the title game.

LUCK GOES LONG WAY . . . Stanford grad and current Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck set the record for yards passing by an NFL rookie when he threw for 123 in the first half of Sunday's game against the host Kansas City Chiefs. Luck entered play 74 yards shy of Cam Newton's mark of 4,051 yards. He surpassed it during a drive that ended with a field goal, giving the Colts a 13-3 halftime lead. Luck finished with 205 yards passing, which included the winning throw, a 7-yard scoring toss to Reggie Wayne in the fourth quarter. The Colts, 2-14 last year, clinched a playoff berth with the 20-13 victory over the Chiefs. Indianapolis (10-5) became the second team to record as many as 10 wins after a 14-loss season. It was Luck's seventh fourth-quarter comeback of the season, also a rookie record. Luck finished his Stanford career with 82 passing touchdowns, 22 interceptions, completing 713 of 1,064 attempts for 9,430 yards.

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