By Paul George, as told to Christina M. Tapper
Paul George made a lot of noise during his third season in the NBA. The 23-year-old swingman for the Indiana Pacers had career highs of 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game on his way to earning his first All-Star selection and winning the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. George made even more noise in the postseason, helping Indiana reach the Eastern Conference Finals by averaging 19.2 points per game.
But long before his rise in the NBA, George was a quiet kid who grew up in Palmdale, California. He spoke with SI KIDS about battling his sister in basketball, the time he played a game in jean shorts, and mastering chess.
It's safe to say the 2013-14 NHL season is in full swing. The hits are getting harder, the scoring getting wilder, and the rivalries are getting nastier. If you need proof, just look at Saturday's Boston-Pittsburgh game, their last regular-season matchup this season: Two concussions, two suspensions, and a tightly played 3-2 Boston win. Meanwhile, in the West, the Ducks and Blackhawks are looking for the inside track on the conference lead. Anaheim beat Chicago in their first meeting, but there's still a lot of hockey to play.
Check out this week's NHL Power Rankings and tell us in the comments section where you think your team should be ranked!
Last week we told you about the new Stadium Series jerseys that the Kings and Ducks will wear when they meet for their outdoor game in January. But it slipped by us that the New York Islanders — who will also be playing outside as part of the Stadium Series — debuted their news sweaters, too.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Aurelien Collin scored the equalizer in the second half of the MLS Cup, then drove home the deciding penalty kick to give Sporting Kansas City a dramatic victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night and its first league title since 2000.
Throughout the college football season, while the top 10 kept changing, we could always count on Alabama being the Number 1 team in the nation. Until last Saturday, that is. Auburn pulled off the most shocking and exciting win of the entire season by beating the Crimson Tide. With one second remaining, cornerback Chris Davis returned a missed Alabama field goal from the back of the Auburn end zone for a touchdown. The epic game-winner gave Alabama its first defeat of the year and knocked it off the top of the rankings.
This season has given us so many unbelievable moments, and even more could be on the way. This weekend’s conference championship games should provide more excitement, and there will be plenty of drama as the bowl matchups are decided. This promises to be another crazy weekend!
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is so, so close. And now we know how the 32 teams in the competition will match up. The World Cup draw was held today, and here's how the groups break down:
For most of the season, we’ve been talking about Denver or Kansas City as the best team in the NFL. But after Monday night, Seattle showed it belongs in that discussion. The Seahawks’ impressive 34-7 win over New Orleans puts them at the top of the rankings. They’ve got the best record in the league, and are built to play well in the postseason.
Seattle plays San Francisco in an important divisional game this weekend, and the Saints will try to come back from that Monday night loss against the surging Panthers.
Tell us where you think your team should be ranked in the comments!