||Valpo, UIC, La-Laf.:
Latest to go Big Dancin': Of the three,
Illinois-Chicago's win was the most impressive,
winning at brutally tough Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Here's hockey's violence problem, in a
Todd Bertuzzi's attack on Steve Moore, ending Moore's
season -- it should end both guys' seasons,
actually -- is the most gruesome spectacle in
sports this year; it's also gotten more attention than
any other NHL story this season...by far.
Stop the violence? For better or worse, what if
it's the only thing keeping hockey on the relevancy
radar? What if hockey would actually save itself by
giving in to the basest of player instincts and
letting bad behavior run amok?
Sound familiar? TV is caught in the same
literally vicious cycle: Shows get schlockier by the
season, but viewers -- despite their criticism -- tune
in, precisely for the increasingly depths of
But when "Man vs. Beast" looks civilized compared to
"Moore vs. Bertuzzi," the NHL has another complication
to add to its ever-growing list.
The real star witness of today's
Senate hearings on drugs in sports is baseball union
honcho Donald Fehr, who better not bring that weak
"But it's in the CBA!" stuff to Capitol Hill.
(Especially because Bud Selig is going to endorse a
revised -- and reasonable -- drug-testing system that
mirrors the stringent minor-league version.)
Staley to Steelers
Moving from a three-headed to "Duce"-headed
backfield (with The Bus) means that all Staley has to
do is jump teams one more time and maybe he'll
finally be the single featured RB.
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NBA: Celtics win 6th in row; Grizz beat Spurs, hit 40 Ws|
Gary Sheffield: No thumb surgery, could return next week
Omarosa: Approached about having her own talk show (LOL)
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Aircraft-carrier hoops: Navy nixes planned double-header|
Boston's Spencer/Garcia Jury Pool: Charges unlikely
NFL opening-day concert: Whither house band Aerosmith?
C. Garner to Bucs
If this was two years ago and it said
"Pittman" on his jersey, could you tell the
That move isn't nearly as interesting as the RB hole
this opens up in Oakland. (Two words: Corey
...Anyone but the Bucs,
apparently. His agent said it's "unlikely" that
Sapp will stay in Tampa. Negotiating ploy? Why is this
particular deal taking so long?
What about Tim Couch? Cleveland cast-off has
"interest" in rumored destinations Dallas or
If the early part of Championship Week is
about watching the big dreams of one-bid conferences,
now it moves into a frenzy of big-league teams
scrambling along the Bubble or massaging "at-large"
Today, the biggest of the bigs -- C-USA and the Big
East -- ramp up with quarterfinals in their last year
before the best of the former merges with the latter
Big East (New York):
BC, Seton Hall and Notre Dame are playing for their
Charlotte and Louisville are playing not to
lose bids seemingly in hand.
||NFL rock n' roll:
Yet more fall-out from Janet Jackson's fall-out, the
NFL has eliminated the "concert" portion of its
Thursday night Opening-Game extravaganza.
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|Ranking Conference Tournaments|
|Top to bottom, the best|
|Look ahead: Kent-Miss St final!|
|Wow, could SIX teams get bids?|
|Bad year, all eyes on Stanford|
|Down years. Really down.|
Woof it ain't so! Is there a dog-show drug scandal
brewing in the UK?...|
After his "Dream Job" cameo (suffered through
interview with exiled Quigs and brutal Chet), LB Dhani
Jones signs with the Eagles...
More Bertuzzi: As bad as the hit was, it's
inappropriate for local cops to get involved with
something that happened on the ice...
C. Conn vs. Monmouth
ESPN2, 7 p.m.
N. Ariz vs. E. Wash
ESPN2, 9 p.m.