Kim Clijsters rallies to No. 1
Some panel members argued for Jimmer Fredette at No. 1 this week. And looking at his box scores (specifically the SDSU game), it's not hard to see why. Other panel members fought for Blake Griffin at the top spot. And if you watch any Clippers highlight, that's not exactly hard to figure out either. Ultimately, it came down to this: What were the stakes? Is a giant performance in a regular-season NBA or college hoops game as big of a win as the Australian Open or X Games? In the end, the panel decided no. Which is why Kim Clijsters, Novak Djokovic and Shaun White were rewarded the top three spots in our rankings this week.
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2010-11 Power Rankings: Week 40
|Do we smell a "Kimmy Slam?" Clijsters' Down Under title marks her second major in a row and lifts her to the No. 2 spot in the WTA rankings for the first time since 2006. Lessons learned? Don't count her out and don't text your friends about her mood.|
|The 23-year-old Serb dropped only one set on his way to winning his second Aussie Open title. No joke. Cue the YouTube victory performance.|
|People are so accustomed to this guy dominating Winter X that they've resorted to talking about his tight pants and hair more than his gold medals. I guess that'll happen when you're a snowboard god defying gravity and four-peating in SuperPipe.|
|"You got Jimmered" is the perfect definition of what happened to San Diego State. Fredette's 43 points not only almost outscored the Aztecs' entire team, but snapped its dreams of an undefeated season by handing them their first lost.|
|How do you spell dynasty? We believe it's H-I-B-B-E-R-T. The best SnoCross driver in the world, Tucker Hibbert, five-peats with his Winter X Games gold this past week.|
|Did you see his 12-foot birdie on 18? Phil Mickelson sure did (whether he wanted to or not). Bubba shot 5-under on Sunday to edge out Mickelson by a stroke and claim his second career PGA Tour win. Talk about a great rebound after missing the cut last week!|
|Are we ready to declare Blake Griffin the eighth Wonder of the World? Or just agree that someone who can finish lay-ups like THIS perhaps isn't human? The Clippers' rookie continues to "wow," putting on a dunk show night in and night out.|
|Clark became the first woman to successfully land a 1080 in competition as she shredded her opponents to take home Winter X halfpipe gold. Pretty sure we couldn't do a 1080 spinning around in our office chairs.|
|If you let the Durantula out of his cage, he's liable to bite. The dangerous sharp-shooter dropped 47 points while pulling down a career-high 18 boards against the T-wolves. Not to mention scoring the go-ahead bucket in the final seconds to lift the Thunder in OT. Consider yourself warned.|
|What happens when you leave Patrick Sharp off the online NHL All-Star ballot? A full-on Sharp attack! The Blackhawks forward scored a goal and two assists to win MVP honors in the All-Star Game he barely edged his way into.|
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