STARRING ROLE . . . What a week it has been for Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin. He scored an NBA career-high 25 points on Saturday and broke that with 28 points on Monday in his first start — becoming the first NBA player to score at least 28 points and have eight assists in his first since start since Isiah Thomas in 1981. Lin also secured a guarantee contract for the remainder of the season, estimated at around $788,000. Now, if likes, he can move out of his brother Josh's New York City apartment. To top it all off, Lin now has his first NBA dunk. That came Wednesday night in a 107-93 victory over the host Washington Wizards. Lin scored 23 points, dished out a career-high 10 assists and committed just two turnovers. With three breakout games (76 points and 25 assists) the Harvard graduate has become the NBA's newest playmaking sensation. He's a fan favorite — home and away —and has earned more than 60,000 Twitter followers in just five days.
"Like I said after the last game, I wouldn't have imagined this," said Lin, who was undrafted in 2010 and played his rookie season in Golden State. He later was claimed off waivers by the Houston Rockets and eventually found his way to New York. Lin will be back in Madison Square Garden on Friday as the Knicks play host to the Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN.
SISTER ACT . . . Stanford women's basketball's sibling combo of senior Nnemkadi and sophomore Chiney Ogwumike were named to the United States Basketball Writers Association's National Player of the Year Midseason Watch List on Thursday. Stanford is one of six schools with at least two candidates on the list. Notre Dame led the pack with three selections. This marks the second midseason list that the sisters have been named to this season. They were named to the John R. Wooden Award's Midseason Top 20 on Jan. 27.
CARDINAL CORNER . . . Heisman Trophy runner-up Andrew Luck is one of six Stanford football players who have been invited to the NFL scouting combine, Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis, Ind. Joining Luck will be offensive guard David DeCastro, tight end Coby Fleener, offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, safety Delano Howell and wide receiver Chris Owusu . . . Stanford freshmen David Nolan and Kristian Ipsen swept the Pac-12 Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Month honors, earning the award for the month of January. Ipsen, who is headed to the World Cup in London for Olympic qualifying on February 20-26, has not lost a collegiate meet this season, winning all 14 of his 1- and 3-meter contests. Nolan won five of six individual events against Pacific, Arizona State and Arizona. Nolan currently ranks in the national top 15 in six events. This is the second-straight month Ipsen has won the award.
YOUTH SPORTS . . . Palo Alto Knights Youth Football is seeking head and assistant coaches for the 2012 football season. Experienced in youth coaching and football knowledge is preferred. Contact: Mike Piha at firstname.lastname@example.org