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Live Blogging A 22 Inning Baseball Game Between Two National League West Teams Has Always Been My Lifelong Dream (Also, Friday Picks)

2:57 AM ET: End 17: Colorado Rockies 1, San Diego Padres 1

Let’s go!

2:58 ET: Wilfredo Ledezma will begin his fourth inning of work against Troy Tulowitzki, who is 0-for-6 tonight.

3:00 AM ET: And Tulowitzki draws a leadoff walk on a questionable ball four. Because it just wouldn’t be an 18-inning game without some controversy.

Jake Peavy and Jeff Francis started this game for their respective teams some five hours ago. Peavy pitched eight innings of shutout ball and struck out 11. Francis went seven scoreless and K’d seven.

Hang on, there’s more of the game story.

3:02 AM ET: Todd Helton just singled, and there are runners at first and second with nobody out.

The game remained scoreless until the 14th…

3:04 AM ET: Matt Holliday grounds into a double play, and the Rockies will have two outs and a runner at third with pitcher Ryan Speier due up.

…when a wild Kevin Cameron walked Brad Hawpe to force in the first run of the game. But the Padres rebounded in the bottom half of the inning when catcher Josh Bard, who has caught all 18 innings thus far, drove in Kevin Kouzmanoff on an RBI single.

And that’s all the scoring there’s been in the entire game.

3:06 AM ET: Which is about to go to the bottom of the 18th inning, still tied at 1 after Ledezma struck out Speier.

The Padres announcers, who have essentially run out of things to say — witness their discussions of which satellite radio provider they prefer and how many people have texted them during the game — are now openly rooting for runs to be scored.

3:08 AM ET: The Padres are inexplicably abusing what appears to be some sort of stuffed goat in their dugout. Hey, whatever.

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March Madness: UConn In Trouble vs. San Diego Live Blog

The afternoon games haven’t been quite as riveting as the morning session. We’ve seen three blowouts — Georgetown, Texas and Butler rolled over UMBC, Austin Peay and South Alabama, respectively — and one competitive game: #13 San Diego giving #4 Connecticut all it can handle.

We’re picking it up with just under four minutes left. The 13th-seeded Toreros are clinging to a 52-51 lead, and Connecticut will have the ball after a television timeout.

5:33 ET: Out of the timeout, Doug Wiggins connects on a three to give UConn its first lead of the half.

San Diego responds at the other end, as Gyno Pomare picks up two more points, giving him 20 for the game, to knot the game up at 54.

5:36 ET: San Diego reclaims the lead on what I’ll describe as a windmill layup by Rob Jones.

After a Connecticut turnover at the other end, Jones picks up two more with a runner. With 50.3 seconds left to play, the Toreros have extended their lead to four points, 58-54.

5:39 ET: Hasheem Thabeet gets an easy layup out of the timeout, and it didn’t take much time. There are still 37.6 seconds left on the clock, and now Connecticut only trails by two.

However, the Huskies are well under the foul limit, which works against them at this stage of the game.

5:42 ET: After UConn finally gave up enough fouls to get San Diego to the line — they spent almost 10 seconds doing so — Devin Ginty goes to the line for the Toreros and sinks one of two in the one-and-one situation.

Connecticut quickly gets the ball down the court and slashes the lead back to a single point with a quick Jeff Adrien layup. Just over 20 ticks left on the clock, timeout UConn.

5:47 ET: Connecticut gets called on a blocking foul while trying to pick up a charge on an inbounds play. Ginty goes back to the line for San Diego.

One of two again.

5:48 ET: Jerome Dyson gets fouled as he drives to the basket for the Huskies. He can tie the game from the line if he makes both shots. As it stands now, it’s 60-58 with 10.4 seconds left.

He ties it up.

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March Madness: Friday Early Games’ Late Minutes Live Blog


2:05 ET: CBS has me watching the Davidson-Gonzaga game, which is knotted up at 64. Meanwhile, #15 American continues to hang with #2 Tennessee, trailing by only 3.

Well, now it’s 6. Perhaps CBS is on to something. Still, there’s 3:46 remaining in that one, so it’s not quite over yet.

Elsewhere, Miami appears to have its game in hand, as it’s up 52-38 on #10 St. Mary’s, while the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have a 15-point lead over Drake with 10:41 to play.

2:07 ET: Davidson has taken its first lead of the game, up 68-67 with under eight minutes to play.

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All-Star Saturday Live Blog: Slam Dunk Competition


10:01 ET: The NBA Cares. I don’t. Time to look for the Memphis game. Yahoo’s telling me they’re down 5 with 2:40 to go.

10:07 ET: The white dude’s probably still singing, but there’s a hell of a finish in Birmingham. UAB was up by 7 against Memphis with under three minutes to play, but the Tigers have fired back, and a Chris Douglas-Roberts three has cut the lead to 1 with 40 seconds to play.

10:09 ET: Douglas-Roberts ties it with a runner AND is fouled. If he makes a free throw, Memphis may well escape and remain undefeated.

10:10 ET: He made it.

10:12 ET: And Memphis improbably hangs on to win 79-78 and remain the only undefeated team in the nation.

Back to TNT.

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All-Star Saturday Live Blog: Three Point Shootout


9:19 ET: Charles Barkley has joined Kevin Harlon, Kenny Smith and Reggie Miller at the broadcast table and immediately makes mention of “government cheese.” I was only half paying attention, so I didn’t really pick up the context of it. It may have been about not being paid enough, or something. Regardless, Charles Barkley rules.

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All-Star Saturday Live Blog: Skills Challenge


8:56 ET: Jason Kidd, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Deron Williams are about to duke it out in a fun competition that doesn’t exactly lend itself to live blogging.

I might have to go back and retro live blog last night’s celebrity game, which is just wacky enough year after year to be one of the most entertaining things the NBA does each year.

8:59 ET: Wade, I should note, is looking for a three-peat.

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All-Star Saturday Live Blog: Shooting Stars


8:35 ET: We’ll try to get as much mileage as we can out of the shooting stars competition or what have you, but the first competition of the night tends to be the driest, save for the time-standing-still half-court shot attempts.

8:42 ET: Bill Laimbeer just hoisted up a full-court shot so poor that even Damon Jones, the worst player in the NBA, felt he had the right to laugh at it. He is wrong.

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