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In the sports world, you can go from streaking to stinking in a hurry -- just ask any fan at Madison Square Garden or the Dean Dome. But only a few things in sports stink so bad that they make Page 2's list of "What's Going Down the Toilet." Now, it's up to you to tell us what will plunge down the bowl first. WHAT'S IN THE TOILET?

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The NBA dunk contest has a storied past that invokes images of Dr. J's 'fro, Spud Webb soaring and 'Nique and Air Jordan going mano a mano. In the present, however, the contest can be summed up in one word: boring. Page 2's Bill Simmons has a plan to fix the future of the NBA's All-Star Weekend ... and it involves a game that all of us can play.

Ask Mike Tyson The Berman Files
At Page 2, we're all about rehabilitation, and we've found a valuable role for Mike Tyson. After that wild meltdown at a press conference, Iron Mike might have trouble getting a license to fight Lennox Lewis, but now he won't need to. We've hired him as our dietary expert to answer e-mail.
After Marshall Faulk got jobbed on the NFL MVP award, Page 2 wondered what we could give the Rams running back to make him feel better. Hey, how about a cool nickname! But now we need your help. Check out the cool suggestions from readers, then vote
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While ESPN determines the "World's Sexiest Athlete," Page 2 listed our choices for the sexiest athletes from yesteryear. We asked for your nominations, and we've compiled your list of the sexiest retired athletes. Check out our readers' top 10 and be sure to vote in the poll to crown the sexiest athlete from the past.

10]  Joe Namath
"Why my mom is a football fan and how I ended up being born a Jets fan."
8] tie   Tonya Harding
"Beat me, whip me, make me write bad checks."
8] tie   Manon Rheaume
"My jaw has never hit the ground harder than when Manon walked out of shadows to sit next to David Letterman."
6] tie   Carling Bassett
"Good-looking, and her father owned a brewery!"
6] tie   Summer Sanders
"Why else did anyone watch MTV's 'Sandblast' and Nickelodeon's 'Figure it Out'?"
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NFL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Sunday Rams 12 Eagles 50
Sunday Steelers Patriots 37
NBA FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Tonight Kings 10 Rockets 202
Tonight Bucks 7 Sonics 199
MEN COLL. BB FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Tonight Duke 12½ Boston College 165
Tonight UCLA Stanford 157
All Times ET -- Bold indicates home team
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PASSION PLEA
Bob Halloran remembers the days -- back when he trudged to school 20 miles uphill both ways in the snow -- when you couldn't keep kids off sports fields, courts and rinks.

LYING EYES
We watch the NFL to see great players make great plays. Page 2's Ralph Wiley says instant replay is threatening to ruin all that.

THE WATER COOLER
You can call it the "Immaculate Incompletion" or the "Brady Miracle." The Murph prefers to call it "The Night New England Finally Got a Call."

HEY, RUBE
From Kurt Warner to an efficient collection agency from his past, the Good Doctor admires the work of straight-shooters.
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Now, we're not trying to suggest that Mavs owner Mark Cuban, left, is as deranged as Jack Nicholson in "The Shining," but we have always suspected that "All work and no play makes Mark a dull boy." Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.

Penguins at Islanders
7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Super Mario's been on fire lately.
 
Men's college hoops: Stanford at UCLA
10:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Network
No. 14 Cardinal visit No. 13 Bruins in Pac-10 battle.
 
Tennis: Australian Open
10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Men's semifinals.
 
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