Date: February 3, 2008

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NFL

A DIFFERENT TYPE OF HALL OF FAME CLASS

Notice something odd about the 2008 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees? The six men chosen this year were wide receiver Art Monk, offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman, defensive end Fred Dean, linebacker Andre Tippett, and defensive backs Darrell Green and Emmitt Thomas. It's the first time since 1998 that a Hall of Fame class did not have a quarterback, running back or head coach. And there has never before been a Hall of Fame class consisting of at least six men, none of whom was a quarterback, running back or head coach. (The first year of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selections was 1963.)

Washington Redskins

GREEN PLAYED HIS ENTIRE NFL CAREER WITH REDSKINS

Darrell Green played 295 games in his NFL career, all for the Redskins. That's the second-most games in league history among players who appeared for only one franchise; Bruce Matthews played 296 games for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans.

Washington Redskins

GREEN & MONK - LONGTIME TEAMMATES ENTER HALL OF FANE TOGETHER

Darrell Green and Art Monk were teammates on the Redskins for 11 seasons, from 1983 through 1993. Seven other pairs entered the Hall of Fame in the same year after playing at least 10 seasons together: Forrest Gregg and Bart Starr (14), Mel Blount and Terry Bradshaw (14), Leo Nomellini and Joe Perry (12), Tony Dorsett and Randy White (11), Raymond Berry and Jim Parker (11), Franco Harris and Jack Lambert (10), Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana (10).

Washington Redskins

THOMAS AMONG ALL-TIME INTERCEPTION LEADERS

Emmitt Thomas had 58 career interceptions, good for fifth-most in league history when he retired after the 1978 season. He now stands 10th on that list.

Atlanta Falcons

CARTER COMPARED TO MONK

Art Monk was selected to the Hall of Fame, while Cris Carter, who was also among the finalists, did not make the final cut. Carter played only 10 more games than Monk, but he had 161 more receptions (1,101 to 940), and most notably, nearly twice as many touchdown catches (130 to 68) as did Monk.

Washington Redskins

NBA

NUGGETS WIN AFTER TRAILING BY DOUBLE DIGITS

The Nuggets trailed the Bobcats, 87-77, late in the third quarter at Denver, but the Nuggets scored the next 15 points (tying the Nuggets' longest streak of unanswered points this season) and wound up the victors, 117-101. It was the ninth game that Denver has won this season after overcoming a double-digit deficit, the second-highest total for any NBA team. (The Warriors lead the league in that department, with 11 such victories.)

Denver Nuggets

HAWKS BEAT NETS WITHOUT MAKING A THREE-POINTER

The Hawks downed the Nets, 104-92, without the aid of a single three-point field goal. In fact, Atlanta only attempted four shots from three-point range, matching the fewest such shots by an NBA team in any game this season. The Hawks had previously tried only four three-pointers also making none in a 90-81 victory over Cleveland on January 9. Milwaukee and Philadelphia also had games this season in which they tried only four three-pointers, and like Atlanta, each came up a winner.

Atlanta Hawks

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Miller

BRAD MILLER: ANOTHER 20/20 GAME

Brad Miller contributed 22 points and 20 rebounds to the Kings' 105-101 win over the Bulls. It was the second time in the last three games that Miller had produced a 20/20 game; he had 22 points and 21 rebounds in a victory over the Bobcats on Wednesday. Only three other NBA players have had multiple 20/20 games this season: Dwight Howard has had five, and Al Jefferson and Chris Kaman have had three apiece.

Prior to Miller's 20/20 game on Wednesday, no Kings player had enjoyed such a game in the team's previous 587 games since Chris Webber had 51 points and 26 rebounds in an overtime loss to the Pacers back on Jan. 5, 2001.

Sacramento Kings

PACERS - ANOTHER HIGH SCORING LOSS

The Pacers lost to the Magic on Saturday, 121-115. It's already the third time this season that the Pacers have lost a regulation (non-overtime) game in which they scored at least 115 points (also to the Suns and Timberwolves in December). Before this season the Pacers had not lost a regulation game when scoring at least 115 points since 1993.

Indiana Pacers

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Robinson

NATE ROBINSON 0-FOR-SATURDAY

Knicks fans might have had flashbacks to memories of John Starks in Game Seven of the 1994 NBA Finals remember his 2-for-18 shooting performance as the Rockets took the title? On Saturday night, it was Nate Robinson who went 0-for-9 from the floor and missed the final shot of the night as the Sonics took a one-point decision from the Knicks.

The last Knicks player to have a game in which he took at least nine shots from the floor without making any was Quentin Richardson, who went 0-for-9 in a 122-118 loss to the Celtics on Nov. 18, 2006. But Robinson's performance wasn't the league's biggest 0-for this season; three players (Vladimir Radmanovic, Jason Terry and Tayshaun Prince) have gone 0-for-10 from the floor.

New York Knicks


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