Join The700Level at MuckRuckus MS Philly in June to Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis

Join The700Level at MuckRuckus MS Philly in June to Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis

Today kicks off National MS Awareness Week 2012 and we're excited to tell you about a fun partnership we've made with the National MS Society.  Part of the goal of MS Awareness Week is to come together to share, educate, and build awareness for multiple sclerosis --a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. We plan to do this by getting muddy (and rather sore).

We've teamed up with the National MS Society to put a team together of The700Level.com readers and contributors to participate in the 2012 MuckRuckus that will take place in Newtown Square the Weekend of June 9-10, 2012. Yes, we'll be mucking and grinding. The event is a 5 mile run through mud and an array of obstacles. We also plan to organize a post-race gathering where you can replenish the calories and fluids lost during the race with cold, delicious beer. Details of that to come.

Our goal is to convince as many of you Level readers as possible to get dirty and join our team to raise money and bring awareness to MS by having some fun in the mud. You can join our team, The700Level.com Muckers and Grinders, by clicking here. No, really: JOIN OUR TEAM! The event was known as the Mud Run MS Philly in years past, which you may have heard about and/or participated in. There is a $50 registration fee and each Mucker will then raise $100 each for MS. There is also an option where you can donate to the MS Society in The700Level.com's team name as well without running in the race. But you know you want to get muddy with us.

Now, I know what you're thinking. "But we're out of shape people who sit in our parents basement and drink beer and read sports blogs all day long." Don't worry! You've got almost three whole months to prepare! I can tell you that I've never run five miles in my entire life, let alone through mud and obstacles, so I'll be starting from scratch to prepare for the event. You won't be alone. And you may get to hear about how my preparation is coming along over the next few months. Also of encouraging note to Level readers, there is a competitive division and then there's a "fun" division where the goal is to (basically) complete the course for a good cause. We are most assuredly about the fun.

In an effort to educate and build awareness for MS -- and encourage you all to join us -- we'll be writing a series of posts in the weeks leading up to the event about some of the 400,000 Americans living with MS, including a few who competed in the MuckRuckus in year's past. Mark your calendar's for Saturday, June 9, 2012 (1:00 pm wave for The700Level.com team) and hit the treadmill.

You can read more about MS here and sign up to join The700Level.com team in the MuckRuckus here. Don't be a wuss. It'll be fun, you'll get to challenge yourself, and it's for a good cause!

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Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.

Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win their fifth straight. Houston withstood Harden's 6-for-23 shooting effort.

Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He has the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The most in a row is nine by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

It was Westbrook's 12th triple-double this season and the 49th of his career. He is the NBA's active leader in the category and ranks sixth all-time.

The Thunder had won the previous six games during Westbrook's triple-double binge (see full story).

James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.

James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The four-time MVP was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Kevin Love, a game-time decision because of back spasms, scored a team-high 28 points and had 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. He missed the morning shootaround but was in the lineup after warming up on the court about an hour before tip-off.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavs, who have won three straight after losing three in a row.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points to lead the short-handed Heat, who have lost four straight (see full story). 

Schroder has career-high 33, Hawks rally past Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 20 down in the second half to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 on Friday night.

Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.

The Hawks, who ended a seven-game losing streak Wednesday with a win over Miami, trailed by 20 at halftime. A 40-point third quarter put them back in the game.

Jabari Parker scored 27 for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo, in foul trouble throughout the game, had 14.

Atlanta pulled ahead 105-103 on Kyle Korver's jumper with 3:15 remaining, giving the Hawks their first lead since early in the game (see full story). 

Best of NHL: Blue Jackets top Red Wings to notch 5th straight win

Best of NHL: Blue Jackets top Red Wings to notch 5th straight win

DETROIT -- Brandon Dubinsky scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period and the surging Columbus Blue Jackets won their fifth straight game, 4-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

Lukas Sedlak got his first NHL goal for the Blue Jackets, who have earned at least a point in 12 of their last 13 games. Cam Atkinson contributed a short-handed goal in the first period for Columbus.

Dylan Larkin's power-play goal in the second was the only scoring of the night for the Red Wings. Sergei Bobrovsky had 32 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Sam Gagner scored into an empty net with 13.9 seconds remaining (see full story). 

Staal scores in 6th round of SO to lift Wild over Oilers
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Eric Staal scored in the sixth round of a shootout and the Minnesota Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Friday night.

Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker scored in regulation for Minnesota, which has won three straight.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves. He entered with a league-best .946 save percentage and 1.65 goals-against average.

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had goals for the Oilers, whose four-game losing streak began with a 2-1 home overtime loss to the Wild last Sunday.

Staal scored on a backhand deke before Nugent-Hopkins fired wide in the sixth round (see full story). 

Raanta, Rangers beat Blackhawks, 1-0, in overtime
CHICAGO -- Nick Holden scored 55 seconds into overtime, Antti Raanta made 26 saves against his former team and the New York Rangers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 on Friday night.

Derek Stepan passed from the boards to a streaking Holden in the middle of the ice, and he beat Scott Darling on the stick side for his fourth goal of the season.

Darling was going for his second straight shutout while subbing for injured starter Corey Crawford but had to settle for another solid performance.

Raanta, who made his NHL debut with Chicago in 2013 and played for the Blackhawks for two seasons before he was traded to New York, improved to 15-0-3 in 20 career appearances at the United Center.

The 27-year-old Raanta had 17 saves in Thursday's 2-1 victory at Winnipeg, and coach Alain Vigneault opted to give him a second straight start over Henrik Lundqvist because of his recent play and his success in Chicago (see full story).

Oshie, Johansson, Grubauer lift Caps over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- T.J. Oshie and Marcus Johansson each scored a goal, Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Jakub Vrana and John Carlson also scored, helping Washington beat Buffalo for the third time in 15 days.

Kyle Okposo scored and Robin Lehner made 25 saves for Buffalo. The Sabres have lost three of their last four.

Oshie gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead 6:43 into the second period when he lifted a shot from the right edge of the crease past Lehner. Jay Beagle drew two defenders into the corner and sent the puck back to a wide open Oshie for his ninth goal of the season (see full story).