Date: March 5, 2008

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

NFL

FAVRE RETIRES

If the 2007 season was Brett Favre's last in the NFL, he will have set all-time records in the following categories for a player's final season: highest passer rating, most touchdown passes, most passing yards and highest completion percentage.

FAVRE IN 2007              PREVIOUS RECORD FOR A FINAL SEASON
Passer Rating:         95.7     94.0 Otto Graham, 1955 Browns
Touchdown Passes:        28       27 Roger Staubach, 1979 Cowboys
Passing Yards:        4,155    3,586 Roger Staubach, 1979 Cowboys
Completion percentage: 66.5     61.8 Phil Simms, 1993 Giants

Favre's final game was the NFC Championship loss to the Giants. He joins Otto Graham (1955 Browns), Norm Van Brocklin (1960 Eagles), Dieter Brock (1985 Rams) and John Elway (1998 Broncos) as the only quarterbacks since 1950 to start in a Conference Championship Game, NFL Title Game or a Super Bowl in their final season.

Green Bay Packers

NBA

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Cassell

CASSELL JOINS SOME FAMILIAR TEAMMATES WITH THE CELTICS

Sam Cassell officially signed with the Celtics on Tuesday. Cassell recorded 521 assists for Ray Allen when they were teammates on the Bucks (1999-2003), by far the highest total by any of Allen's teammates. The distant runner-up is Luke Ridnour with 363 assists for Allen. Cassell also recorded 365 assists for Kevin Garnett in their two seasons together with the Timberwolves (2003-2005).

Boston Celtics

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Bryant

AN UNUSUAL PAIR OF TRIPLE-DOUBLES FOR BRYANT AND GASOL

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol each had at least 10 field goals, 10 free throws and 10 rebounds in the Lakers' 117-105 win at Sacramento. The last pair of NBA teammates to each record that kind of triple-double in a non-overtime game was Cleveland's Brad Daugherty and Larry Nance on January 12, 1991 at Denver.

Los Angeles Lakers

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Howard

HOWARD SCORES 16 IN THE 4TH QUARTER

Dwight Howard scored 16 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, helping lead the Magic to a 102-87 win against Toronto. Howard has scored more than 16 points in a quarter only once in his NBA career: he had 18 points in the first quarter on April 14, 2007, at Philadelphia.

Orlando Magic

GOLDEN STATE SCORE 135 POINTS, BUT ONLY 8 ON FREE THROWS

Golden State scored only eight points on free throws in its 135-118 win at Atlanta. Only one other team in NBA history scored 135-or-more points in a game with fewer than 10 points from the foul line. On April 3, 1979, New Orleans beat Boston, 141-125, shooting 7-for-12 from the line.

Golden State Warriors

WARRIORS WIN BY 17 POINTS AFTER ALLOWING 42 POINTS IN FIRST QUARTER

The Warriors trailed the Hawks, 42-37, at the end of the first quarter on Tuesday night, but Golden State won the game, 135-118. It's the first time in 17 years that an NBA team won a game by at least 15 points after allowing 40-or-more points in the opening quarter. The last team to turn that trick was also the Warriors. On March 21, 1991, Golden State surrendered 47 first-quarter points to Denver but beat the Nuggets by 20 points, 136-116.

Golden State Warriors

SEATTLE HAS BEST-SHOOTING QUARTER IN ALMOST 5 YEARS

Seattle was 18-for-22 (.818) from the field in the first quarter on Tuesday night, taking a 41-28 lead against the Pistons. That was the highest field-goal percentage by any NBA team in any quarter in almost five years (min: 20 FGA). On March 22, 2003, Sacramento was 18-for-22 in the third quarter at Portland.

But form held and the Pistons (43-16 before the game) rallied to beat the visiting Sonics (16-43). Over the last 11 seasons, home teams with a record at least 25 games above .500 have won 62 of 64 games against visitors with a record at least 25 games below the .500 mark.

Seattle SuperSonics

NHL

CONSECUTIVE 1-0 ROAD WINS FOR THE PANTHERS

The Panthers beat the Islanders, 1-0, on Long Island on Sunday, and they edged the Bruins by that same score in overtime in Boston on Tuesday night. Florida is the first team in NHL history to post consecutive 1-0 wins, both on the road.

Florida Panthers

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Anderson

ANDERSON SETS ANOTHER NHL RECORD

Craig Anderson set an NHL record on Sunday by making 53 saves in a shutout vs. the Islanders. He followed that with a 40-save shutout performance Tuesday night against Boston. He has set another NHL record by facing 93 shots over a two-game span without allowing a goal. The old record was held by Dominik Hasek, who faced 75 shots over consecutive games without allowing a goal in December 1997.

Florida Panthers

DEVILS' 25TH STRAIGHT ROAD WIN WHEN LEADING ENTERING THE 3RD PERIOD

The Devils led the Maple Leafs, 2-1, after two periods and went on to win in Toronto, 4-1. That makes it 25 consecutive wins for the Devils in road games in which they led at the end of two periods. That's a Devils franchise record, and the longest active streak of its kind in the NHL.

It's the longest such streak for any NHL team since Detroit won 27 consecutive road games in which it led through two periods from November 2005 through April 2007.

New Jersey Devils

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Brodeur

DEVILS VICTORY GIVES BRODEUR WINNING RECORD VS. TORONTO

Martin Brodeur made 41 saves to lead the Devils to a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. The victory improved Brodeur's career record versus Toronto to 15-14-8. With his record against the Leafs now one game over .500, that leaves Detroit (7-7-1) and Vancouver (6-9-0) as the only NHL teams that Brodeur does not have a winning record against.

New Jersey Devils

SABRES SCORE TWO THIRD-PERIOD GOALS WITHIN 18 SECONDS

The Sabres clinched their 5-2 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday night by scoring a pair of third-period goals 18 seconds apart. It was the fourth time this season that Buffalo scored more than one goal within 20 seconds. The only team to score more pairs of goals 20-or-fewer seconds apart this season than the Sabres is Pittsburgh; the Penguins have done that five times.

Buffalo Sabres

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Erat

A NATURAL HAT TRICK FOR ERAT

Nashville's Martin Erat scored three consecutive goals in the Predators' win in Edmonton on Tuesday. Erat was the third player in Predators history to record a natural hat trick, joining Petr Tenkrat (Dec. 15, 2001 vs. Chicago) and Steve Sullivan (Dec. 14, 2006 vs. Ottawa).

Nashville Predators

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Williams

THREE STRAIGHT MULTI-POINT GAMES FOR JASON WILLIAMS

The Blackhawks' Jason Williams, who had two assists in each of his last two games, recorded his third straight two-point game when he had a goal and an assist in Chicago's 4-2 win at Minnesota on Tuesday. Williams is the second Blackhawks player to have three consecutive multiple-point games this season. Rookie Patrick Kane did that back in October.

Chicago Blackhawks


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