LET THE MIDNIGHT MADNESS BEGIN:
Most Midnight Madness celebrations will be taking place on Friday night, marking the beginning of college basketball season. In 2005, the NCAA changed the rule to allow practices to begin at 7 PM to alleviate travel concerns for fans leaving late at night. Joining the men in the festivities will be the Connecticut women's program, the first women's team to be showcased during Midnight Madness. The UConn women - the two-time defending national champions - enter the 2010-11 season with a 78-game winning streak, 10 shy of the UCLA men's record for consecutive D-I wins. ESPNU will televise four hours of Midnight Madness coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 15. The network will present extensive whip-around coverage of Midnight Madness events at seven schools defending national champion Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, Gonzaga, Kansas State and St. John's.
"I'm not going into the locker rooms anymore. It's not a good place right now for me. I don't want to be in there."
-Ines Sainz, of TV Azteca, will be back on the job next week and said she suggested to the NFL that, from now on, she talk to players on the field or on the sideline. Sainz said she is scheduled to do interviews with the Pittsburgh Steelers next week, followed by visits to the Jets and New England Patriots.
"I only count to two. I've been out of school 15 years, so I only count to two."
-If you ask the Los Angeles Lakers' Ron Artest, the biggest NBA signing of the summer wasn't LeBron James leaving Cleveland to go to Miami as a free agent; it was Kevin Durant extending his contract with the Thunder to stay in Oklahoma City.