See how T.O. avoided jail time

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See how T.O. avoided jail time

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Former NFL star Terrell Owens has made child support payments that he owed to the mother of his 7-year-old daughter, avoiding the threat of jail time. Owens appeared in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta Thursday, after failing to appear for a court date in the case last week. His lawyer and a lawyer for Melanie Smith had come to an agreement before the hearing and signed it in front of the judge. Owens made the back payments he owed to Smith and agreed to pay her legal fees, according to court documents. "We're pleased. It's too bad it took this long," Smith's lawyer Randy Kessler said after the agreement was signed. "If he's not going to be there physically, he needs to be there financially." Owens left the court without speaking to reporters. A lawyer for Owens didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment. A previous agreement requires Owens to pay Smith 5,000 a month. This was the third case Smith has brought against Owens for non-payment of child support, Kessler said. In previous instances, Owens has settled and paid up right before the cases were to go to court but then failed to make subsequent payments, Kessler said. Smith, who lives in northwest Georgia, is glad to have the signed agreement, but would really like for Owens to be more involved in their daughter's life, Kessler said. "What she really wants is for him to have a relationship with his child," Kessler said. Smith, who was also present in court Thursday, said her daughter has seen Owens about eight to 10 times. Owens has raised the possibility of lowering his monthly child support payments since he's no longer drawing an NFL salary, and Smith is willing to discuss that, Kessler said. The 38-year-old wide receiver who's known as T.O. played 15 years in the NFL, most recently for the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2010 season. Before his single season with the Bengals, Owens played one season with the Buffalo Bills, three with the Dallas Cowboys, two with the Philadelphia Eagles and eight with the San Francisco 49ers.

Georgetown and Maryland men's basketball programs makes AP all-time rankings

Georgetown and Maryland men's basketball programs makes AP all-time rankings

How do you measure the success of a program? National Championships, NCAA tournament appearances, conference championships, continued success, etc. 

The Associated Press just gave another way to measure the top men's basketball programs of all time: their weekly rankings. 

Since January of 1949, the AP has been ranking the top teams in college basketball on a weekly basis. It has ranged from the top 10 teams all the way to the top 25 that we know today. Looking back into those over 1,100 rankings, the AP associated a point system to calculate the success; one point for being in a ranking, two points to be at the No. 1 ranking.

In their release, the AP also wanted to point out that they do not have a post-national championship rankings so the national champs are not factored into the rankings. 

Both Georgetown and Maryland were ranked as two of the top 20 teams in the country:

No. 15. GEORGETOWN (421 Points)

Total appearances: 34.67% of all polls
First appearance: Jan. 13, 1953
No.1 ranking: 12
Best full decade: 1980s, appeared in 83.13% of polls.
Worst full decade: 1960s, didn’t appear in a single poll during the decade.
Poll point: After making their first appearance in the Jan. 13, 1953, poll, the Hoyas didn’t appear again for 25 seasons. Not until January 1978. After that, they were ranked at least once for the next 19 seasons, all under John Thompson’s coaching tenure.

No. 17. MARYLAND (400 Points)

Total appearances: 34.93% of all polls
First appearance: Jan. 29, 1954
No.1 ranking: 0
Best full decade: 2000s, appeared in 75.79% of polls.
Worst full decade: 1960s, appeared in only one poll.
Poll point: The Terrapins have the claim of being ranked the most without ever being No. 1. In six different seasons, including four straight in the mid-1970s, Maryland reached No. 2 at least once, but just hasn’t managed to get enough votes to take the top spot.

Other notable teams: 

No. 32 Virginia (283 points)

No. 42 West Virginia (229 points)

No. 88 George Washington (74 points)

No. 99 Virginia Tech (50 points)

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Kelly Oubre, Ian Mahinmi stand at center of Wizards' defensive turnaround

Kelly Oubre, Ian Mahinmi stand at center of Wizards' defensive turnaround

LOS ANGELES -- Amid the joyful chaos in the locker room following the Wizards' first division title in four decades, a vital piece of Tuesday's accomplishment, Kelly Oubre, eased his way out of Staples Center wearing a tray of diamonds over his teeth. 

Ian Mahinmi did the same. Meaning, left the locker room virtually unnoticed. Minus the grill Oubre wore. 

If it weren't for those two second-unit players, there likely wouldn't have been a 16-point comeback to drop the L.A. Lakers 117-108 in the first game of a back-to-back. They helped make up for a first-quarter in which the first unit spotted them a 20-8 lead only to squander it. 

"Trash to cash. That's all it was," Oubre, who had nine of his 14 points in the fourth when the Wizards outscored them 37-13. "We weren't anything in the first quarter. Fourth quarter, we stepped it up. We know what our identity is. That's the difference. We know when we're not doing something right. We just streamlined it and got back to being ourselves." 

Mahinmi terrorized the Lakers in the paint. He had 10 points and five rebounds overall, but that doesn't even begin to explain his impact. He was a big reason why the Lakers shot just 5-for-21 in the fourth and committed five turnovers.

Oubre's first bucket of the fourth quarter came because of Mahinmi. He stole Tyler Ennis' pass which led to the dunk. Recognizing he was being defended by inferior post players, Mahinmi confidently isolated and went to work with a counter move at the rim to get the layup and the foul. After making the free throw, the Wizards' deficit was down to 101-97.

When he left the floor around the four-minute mark, the Wizards were even and the starters closed it out.  

"His defense, his presence as he finished around the basket, his deflections, his protecting the basket, his protecting the paint, it's huge," coach Scott Brooks said. "They were having their way inside with us. I think their first quarter they had nine or 10 layups it seems like. All the guys in the end of the third, fourth quarter played with their heart, played with their toughness and it gave us an opportunity to get stops and get out in transition where we are at our best."

Mahinmi had only played five games because of procedures on both knees entering All-Star break. He has played in 19 since then, and his field-goal shooting has gone from 37.5% to 60.3%; his rebounding from 2.6 to 5.1; his steals from 0.6 to 1.2; his free-throw shooting from 50% to 65.3%; and his on-court/off-court rating from minus-6.8 to plus-3.3.

"He's a great defender. He's what we've been missing in the paint," Oubre said. "I can't wait until he's dunking on people like he used to."

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