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February 16, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

NBA puts stat history online

HOUSTON - Sure, LeBron James has been on an amazing roll, but what about what Wilt Chamberlain did in 1962? Now fans can study both in one place like never before.

The NBA put its entire statistical history online Friday, launching a website that allows fans to review box scores, shot charts, game logs and newer data that has changed the way players are rated.

Previously available only to teams and league personnel, and only recently to media, it's there for everyone at

5-car wreck at Daytona practice

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- It took about 10 minutes to wreck several cars at Daytona International Speedway Friday.

Matt Kenseth triggered a five-car accident in the opening practice for the Sprint Unlimited, the non-points race that kicks off the season.

Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya were involved in the crash.

Busch's No. 78 Chevrolet sustained the most damage, forcing the team to switch to a backup car for Saturday night's exhibition event.

Williams ranked No. 1 after Qatar

DOHA, Qatar - An emotional Serena Williams has secured the No. 1 ranking after coming from a set down to beat former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Qatar Open semifinals Friday.

The 31-year-old American will become the oldest women's player to be No. 1 in next week's rankings.

Nursing a right ankle injury from the Australian Open, Williams struggled early on with the Czech's serve and forehand. But she went on to win 13 of the final 14 points in the second set.

Nailers fall to Gladiators, 6-5

GWINNETT - The Gwinnett Gladiators came from behind in the third period to defeat the Wheeling Nailers, 6-5, on Friday night.

Although Wheeling was ahead 3-2 at the end of the first, the Nailers were unable to stave off the late rally. The Gladiators would amass a staggering 41 shots on net, nearly doubling the Nailers' 24.

Nailers forward Chris Barton netted two goals for Wheeling.

Jacobson, Bae lead at Riviera

LOS ANGELES - A move down the California coast hasn't changed a thing for Fredrik Jacobson.

One week after a solid finish at Pebble Beach, Jacobson birdied the two toughest holes at Riviera on Friday his way to a 6-under 65 and a share of the lead with Sang-Moon Bae going into the weekend at the Northern Trust Open.

Jacobson and Bae were at 9-under 133, one shot ahead of John Merrick (66) and John Rollins (65).

Still very much in the picture was Luke Donald, who chipped in twice for birdie and had a 66. Phil Mickelson had a 67 that included a double bogey on the 10th hole.

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