Weekend Wake Up: One Butler Falls As the Other Soars, Bogut Gets Hurt, Boxing Snoozer


Duke Gets Win, Da'Sean Gets Hurt. It was finally over when Da'Sean Butler fell to the court with 9:00 left in the late Final Four game on Saturday night. It might have been over before then, too: Duke's terrific trio of Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, and Jon Scheyer had played perhaps the best they have this season, cutting the Mountaineers' defense to ribbons time and again, and Blue Devils big man Brian Zoubek held his own on the boards, helping Duke stay comfortably ahead for much of the second half en route to an easy victory.

Butler going down, though, was the definitive memory from the game: His knee buckled on a drive, and he writhed in obvious agony for almost three minutes. The pain of losing the chance to finish his career on the court must have been almost as -- Edit: nope, nowhere near as -- bad as the injuries he sustained. But Bob Huggins, who came out to Butler and spoke to the senior -- their faces maybe two inches apart -- made the moment both deeply sad and honestly touching. You want sports to be about more than money, more than fame? Witness the tender, sincere love Huggins has for Butler in the video embedded after the jump.

Butler's Pugly Triumph. In the other national semifinal, Butler had just five assists, shot 30.6% from the field, and made just six second half field goals -- only one in the last 12:18 of the game. The Bulldogs also won. With stifling defense and key offensive rebounds, the Bulldogs choked Michigan State out in a game that saw Gordon Hayward emerge as Raymar Morgan faded for the last time in Spartan green. And yet, this somehow wasn't the most embarrassingly inept fight of the night.

Bogut's Bad Break You don't actually want to watch the video of Andrew Bogut dislocating his elbow and breaking his hand on a dunk Saturday night. You just don't: It's gruesome and not safe for keeping your meal down, his arm windmilling as he falls after a dunk. That said, it's embedded after the jump. You've been warned.

Old Dogs. In a long-anticipated rematch featuring two of boxing's best, Bernard Hopkins beat Roy Jones Jr. by unanimous decision. Alas, because this is 2010, almost eighteen years after the two first squared off in 1993, the fight was between two fighters over the age of 40, and predictably pathetic: It produced more fireworks in the scathing reaction on Twitter than the action in the squared circle. And, yeah, this was worse than the rock fight Butler and Michigan State staged earlier in the evening.

Note: This video contains audible profanity.

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Again, you really don't want to watch the Bogut video. You will survive without indulging your morbid curiosity.

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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