|03.24.10 at 10:05 am ET|
Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.
An autistic teenager from Chicago claims to have picked the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament correctly — including every upset. Alex Hermann said there was no secret to his perfect picks. “I’m good at math,” he told NBC Chicago. “I’m kind of good at math and at stats I see on TV during the game.”
Hermann’s Final Four consists of Tennessee, Kansas State, Purdue and Kentucky, and he has Purdue beating K-State in the final.
Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was cleared for a return to baseball activities after resting with a hyperactive thyroid. Mariners lefty Cliff Lee said he might not be ready for Opening Day due to a strained abdomen.
FOOTBALL: D.J. Bean has a new mock draft. The Patriots’ signing of tight end Algie Crumpler reportedly is official. The NFL’s new overtime rule for playoff games was passed at the owners meetings. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he talks to Ben Roethlisberger daily.
The NCAA denied Alabama’s appeal of its penalty that cost the team 21 victories from 2005-07.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas returned to the Cavaliers. Prosecutors arguing for a three-month jail sentence for Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas portrayed him as a thuggish intimidator who tried to pressure his teammate into a cover-up.
The NHL’s board of governors unanimously approved a proposed penalty that would ban hits to the head against on an unsuspecting player.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 24, 1977, which Bruins rookie broke a 50-year-old team record for penalty minutes in a season when he got a major and a misconduct in a 6-2 loss to the Flyers, giving him 166 PIM, one more than Eddie Shore had in 1926-27?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There should be no looking back from here. These last 10 games, destiny is in our hands. We want to finish it.” — Bruins forward Milan Lucic, after Tuesday’s night’s win over the Thrashers
STAT OF THE DAY: 10 — Consecutive wins for the Bruins over the Thrashers
‘NET RESULTS: Stephon Marbury put on a show at the Chinese Basketball Association All-Star Game over the weekend, hitting three ridiculously long 3-pointers in a row.
Maybe the Bruins should have sent their goalie after Penguins start Sidney Crosby.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Mike Milbury
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Nick Lowe is 61 today.
|03.24.10 at 9:40 am ET|
Joslyn James, an adult film actress who allegedly was one of the women who had an affair with Tiger Woods, called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to explain why she has been detailing information about her relationship with the golfer. “It wasn’t about revenge,” she said. “It was about getting the truth out.” James insisted money is not a motive: “It was never about the money. It was about giving me the honest truth and showing me the same respect I gave him,” she said, adding, “There will be no lawsuit.”
To hear the interview, click on the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
James said Woods lied to her repeatedly, denying that he was having affairs with more than a dozen other women. “He told me on several occasions, not only on text messages but also face to face … that we would have a lifetime together and that he was not seeing anyone else — other than me and his wife.” she said, adding, “He assured me that he wasn’t seeing anyone else, he didn’t trust anybody, people were just lying, telling stories. … [He said] I was the only one he cared about besides his wife.”
James previously indicated she got pregnant during her relationship with Woods but elected to have an abortion. “Children aren’t dollar signs, children are people,” she said. “It wasn’t about trying to get a payday or trying to trap anybody. … Children should be brought into a relationship where it shouldn’t be that complicated. No child deserves that kind of stress.”
James recently distributed text messages purportedly from Woods in which the golfer makes requests for sex in which he would be physically aggressive toward her. “It was his idea and I went along with it because I loved him and I cared about him and I wanted him to be happy,” James said. “If it meant fulfilling his sexual appetite and role playing, I wanted to do that.”
James said she will release more details about her relationship with Woods on her website later Wednesday morning. “More information that’s going to open certain people’s eyes, let people know that he’s still not telling the whole truth,” she said. “It just validates that he’s still not admitting and accepting the truth.”
As for Woods’ public apologies, James isn’t convinced. “That could be true, but from what I saw it seemed like he’s just trying to gain his credibility back for his career and his endorsements,” she said. “It didn’t seem sincere.”
Despite the hard feelings, James said she still will root for Woods when he returns to golf next month at the Masters. “He was born to play golf, he’s amazing at it,” she said. “I wish him the best.”
|03.23.10 at 8:02 am ET|
Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.
Johnny Damon said he has broken out his 2004 Red Sox World Series ring and started wearing it, now that he no longer is a Yankee.
According to a New York Post story, Damon said: “I started wearing it this past offseason after I knew I wasn’t coming back to New York. I was in New York for four years and I couldn’t wear it then.
Damon, now with the Tigers, said that because his new team doesn’t play at Yankee Stadium until August, he wants the Yankees to mail him his 2009 championship ring, which he said will share his hand with the Sox jewel. “I am going to wear them both,” Damon said. “There aren’t too many guys with rings from each team.”
Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols got an anti-inflammatory shot for tightness in his back and is expected to be out of action for the next couple of days. Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to meet with federal investigators probing a Canadian physician on Friday, according to a report in The New York Times. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is feuding with his son, whom he pushed out of his job with the team over the weekend after a Twitter controversy.
FOOTBALL: The Patriots picked up four late-round draft picks for losing free agents last year. Robert Kraft spoke to the media at the NFL owners meetings and said he’d prefer to see Tom Brady in Foxboro.
Former Giants star Mark Ingram Sr., the father of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram Jr., was sentenced to more than two additional years in federal prison for jumping bail in an attempt to see his son play in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to meet with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about the star’s off-field problems. Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown was charged with DUI. Scot McCloughan is out as 49ers general manager.
Hornets guard Chris Paul is back after missing 25 games with a knee injury, and the Hornets beat the Mavericks. The Magic handled the 76ers. The Spurs beat the Thunder, despite 45 points from Kevin Durant. The Bucks edged the Hawks.
The Warriors are for sale, and Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison is interested.
Michigan State star Kalin Lucas will miss the rest of the NCAA tournament after an MRI confirmed he ruptured his left Achilles tendon. Tom Penders resigned as coach at Houston. Big 12 Player of the Year James Anderson of Oklahoma State plans to skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft. Memphis’ appeal to the NCAA was denied, meaning the school’s runner-up finish in 2008 is officially vacated.
HOCKEY: The Bruins visit the Thrashers tonight. NHL players are looking to tweak the proposed rule on blindsided hits to the head in an effort to get it in place this season.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 23, 1969, during a 4-2 loss to the Rangers, which Bruins right winger scored his 42nd goal to break Dit Clapper’s team record for goals in a season.?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Would I prefer he be here in the offseason? Yes. To me, he is the most complete, special leader in the NFL. Would we be better as a team if he was here the entire time between now and the start of training camp? [Yes.]” — Patriots owner Robert Kraft, on Tom Brady skipping voluntary team workouts
STAT OF THE DAY: 36 — Double doubles for Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams, after he recorded 22 points and 11 assists against the Celtics on Monday night
‘NET RESULTS: Here’s how the St. Mary’s campus reacted to the Gaels’ victory over Villanova.
Northern Iowa’s welcome home was a little subdued, as the fans at the airport didn’t want to wake up the coach’s sleeping kids.
And let’s get to know Northern Iowa’s Ali Farokhmanesh a little better.
Here’s a clip that compares the game-winners of Farokhmanesh in Round 1 to Northern Iowa’s memorable upset of Missouri 20 years earlier. They are amazingly similar.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Ken Hodge
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ric Ocasek from the Cars is 61 today.
|03.22.10 at 9:59 pm ET|
Hello, Ali Farokhmanesh and Omar Samhan. Welcome to the spotlight.
Both players went from “nobodies” to “somebodies” over the weekend with huge upsets over two of the top-ranked teams in the country in the NCAA tournament.
Farokhmanesh made waves with his clutch 3-pointer in the waning minutes of ninth-seeded Northern Iowa’s 69-67 win over top-seeded Kansas on Saturday. Meanwhile, Samhan dominated with 32 points in 10th-seeded St. Mary’s win over No. 2 seed Villanova — a seeding that the Wildcats obviously didn’t deserve with lackluster play against two high seeded teams.
Both players are destined to star in CBS’ “One Shining Moment” at the end of the tournament, and they both have become poster boys for the underdog in 2010. Let’s face it, that’s what makes this tournament rise above the rest. Literally anything can happen — there are three double-digit seeds left in the tournament — and if your bracket is busted, like 95 percent of the population, there is nobody better to root for than the underdog.
Here is a list of some of the better individual performances by a “nobody” in the NCAA tournament.
JAI LEWIS, GEORGE MASON (2006)
Raise your hand if you had George Mason in the Final Four before the brackets came out in 2006. Anybody? Nobody?
The Patriots moved their way to the Elite Eight, where they were up against the top-seeded UConn Huskies, and Lewis scored a team-high 20 points in the contest. The 6-foot-7 Lewis had to cover much bigger players during the whole tournament. His big frame, all 275 pounds worth, made him a fan favorite because everyone loves a undersized fat guy who does work on the boards — i.e. Charles Barkley and Glen “Big Baby” Davis.
Lewis and the Patriots stumbled in the Final Four against eventual champion Florida but still remain the only No. 11 seed to get to the Final Four in tournament history.
After college, Lewis used his stardom to land with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent. He was out to prove that Antonio Gates wasn’t the only former hoops star who could excel in the NFL. His career didn’t last long, and he is no longer in the NFL.
BRYCE DREW, VALPARAISO (1998)
If there is a true poster child for the “nobody,” then Drew might be it. Everyone remembers, and CBS will like to remind you all the time, the buzzer-beater that Drew hoisted up in Valpo’s first-round win over fourth-seeded Ole Miss.
Drew had just clanked a 3-pointer on the previous possession, but Ole Miss’ Ansu Sesay missed both of his free throw attempts, blowing a chance to ice the game. The inbounds pass — which had to come from the baseline — was thrown up the court and quickly passed to a streaking Drew, and “The Shot” will go down in history.
The Crusaders would prove the first-round game wasn’t a fluke, beating Florida State in the second round, but they bowed out to URI in the Sweet 16.
T.J. SORRENTINE, VERMONT (2005)
The Catamounts’ run in 2005 wasn’t a long one, but it definitely was memorable, and northern New Englanders can thank Sorrentine for the memories.
The sharpshooter drained a huge 3-pointer in overtime to key an upset of fourth-seeded Syracuse in the first round. Sorrentine had 17 points on the night, but his backbreaking 3 all but iced the game and sent the brackets into a complete mess.
Syracuse was riding high heading into the tournament, and the Catamounts cut down any hope of the Orangemen cutting down the nets.
The Rhode Island native spent a season in the NBA’s Development League for the Florida Flame in 2005-06.
KENNY “MOUSE” McFADDEN, CLEVELAND STATE (1986)
This was one of the biggest upsets in the NCAA history at the time. McFadden and No. 14 Cleveland State beat Bobby Knight and the third-seeded Indiana Hoosiers in the 1986 NCAAs.
McFadden had it all in a “nobody.” He was small, played for a small school and had probably one of the best “nobody” nicknames in the history of basketball: Mouse. It’s just a perfect nickname to have if you aren’t supposed to win, and especially win against Indiana, a virtual elephant and perennial tournament powerhouse. Mouse came off the bench as a freshman in the game and played 30 minutes to help the Vikings bring down the Hoosiers.
The Vikings, coached by Boston native Kevin Mackey, advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 that season, proving the underdog role wasn’t a one-time thing.
McFadden had his number retired by his alma mater, but his history with the school ended badly for the school’s all-time leading scorer. He was fired from his job in the athletics department for comments he made and sued the school for a wrongful firing. It left an ugly mark on an otherwise wonderful Cinderella story.
|03.22.10 at 6:40 am ET|
Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.
New Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan wrote an open letter to the community Sunday promising fans he will be dedicated to improving the Bobcats and essentially stating that will be more visible a presence than his predecessor, Bob Johnson. Meanwhile, Johnson gave a speech to African-American business owners the same day, and he had some parting shots for the North Carolina city.
“Charlotte is a very, how would I call it, close-knit, arrogant, sometimes incestuous town,” Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, told the Urban Leadership Institute, according to the Charlotte Observer. “It’s close-knit, and if you come to this town, and you look like you’re one of those people that might break some glass … it’s going to be tough for them to relate to.
“The thing that concerns me is that I’m just surprised that the city doesn’t do more for African-American small businesses,” added Johnson, who is African-American. “And I don’t really understand that.”
Johnson’s comments have, unsurprisingly, created a divide in the city. Many people are blasting Johnson, both for his management of the team and his parting criticism, while others are saying there is truth in his words.
BASEBALL: Jonathan Papelbon struggled in the Red Sox’ loss to the Astros. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a minor league game. Eric Gagne asked for and was granted his release from the Dodgers. Joe Mauer agreed to an eight-year, $184 deal to remain with the Twins. But there also was bad news in Minnesota, as Twins closer Joe Nathan will miss the season because of a right elbow injury that will require surgery.
FOOTBALL: Overtime is the key issue at this week’s NFL owners meetings.
HOCKEY: The Bruins picked up a rare home win, beating the Rangers. Here’s the Hat Trick analysis. Former Bruin Chuck Kobasew scored twice to lift the Wild over the Flames. The Coyotes beat the Stars for their ninth straight win.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 22, 2001, the final beam was hoisted into place on Gillette Stadium, which began hosting events the following year. However, it was not called Gillette Stadium until the Boston company took over naming rights in 2002, shortly before the building’s opening and after the withdrawal of another sponsor. What was the stadium’s original name?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “At least we didn’t get booed out again.” — Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, after Sunday’s win over the Rangers
STAT OF THE DAY: 31 — Years since an Ivy League team reached the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16, with Cornell ending the drought Sunday by beating Wisconsin in Round 2
‘NET RESULTS: Rockets forward Chase Budinger soars in to finish off this rebound vs. the Celtics on Friday night.
High school player shatters a backboard.
TRIVIA ANSWER: CMGI Field
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy is 69 today. Here’s the duo making an appearance on “Batman.”
|03.19.10 at 11:47 am ET|
This was supposed to be the biggest game in town. The Big Bad Bruins finally were going to turn the corner and start knocking people around again. The “goon” Matt Cooke — who has left Marc Savard in the dark, literally — was going to receive the beating, thrashing and all-out torture of a lifetime. Sidney Crosby was going to have to keep his head on a swivel, because every time he touched the puck, a player with a big gold ‘B’ on his jersey would be keeping him on edge.
All these things sounded great, right? Well all the talk, all the speculation, all the Tom, Dick and Harrys chiming in on what was going to happen finally came to fruition last night … and the Bruins disappointed everyone.
Yes, Shawn Thornton gave Mr. Cooke a nice beatdown — even after the referees stepped in — but after that fight in the opening minutes, the Bruins played uninspired hockey in their 3-0 loss to the Penguins. Heck, they made Georgetown look good.
All the fighting, all the hoopla, all the outrage couldn’t put a puck in the net, and the Bruins simply put up a clunker.
This isn’t the first time a Boston team has come up small when the stakes were large. Yes, the local teams have had great success over the past decade, and we are not trying to take away from that or say that the teams never come up big when it counts.
But here are a few recent cases where the hype machine was kicked way up for a game and the local boys flatlined in the heat of the moment.
PATRIOTS VS. RAVENS, 2010
Once Tom Brady and the Pats got into the playoffs, everything was going to be fine. Once they smelled the January air, placed the playoffs patch on their jerseys and readied themselves for a championship run, everything was going to be fine, right?
Well, no, actually, not right. Not even close. On the first play from scrimmage, Ray Rice took it to the house for an 83-yard touchdown and the game was over after the first quarter.
The Patriots were playing up-and-down football all season long but showed enough glimpses that everything was going to be all right heading into the wild card showdown with the Ravens. Baltimore didn’t have enough offense to hang with the Pats. The Ravens defense was long in the tooth. Brady would pick the secondary apart, even without Wes Welker, because Randy Moss and Julian Edelman would pick up the slack.
No, no and no. The Ravens didn’t need to be flashy or unpredictable because they ran the ball with ease against the Pats defense, rushing for 234 yards. Joe Flacco threw 10 passes … 10 passes for 34 yards.
And it’s not like the offense helped out at all. Brady threw three picks. Moss was uninspired, and the only two players who actually showed up to play were Kevin Faulk and Edelman.
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PATRIOTS VS. SAINTS, 2009
We didn’t mean to pile on the 2009-10 Patriots, but this game was a dud as well. Two of the best offenses in the league, two of the top quarterbacks going head-to-head, and a possible Super Bowl preview.
Well, at least that was true for one team. The Saints destroyed the Patriots 38-17 on Monday Night Football in the Superdome, a place where the Pats won their first championship.
Drew Brees scorched the defense for five touchdowns and made the secondary look foolish all night. The Patriots were moving the ball fairly well against the Saints defense in the early going. Lawrence Maroney and the rest of the ground attack were finding holes, but when Brees started lighting up the defense, the Patriots had to resort back to the pass-first offense, and it wasn’t pretty.
Brady was picked twice on the night and Brian Hoyer finished out the game behind center. When was the last time Brady didn’t finish out a loss for the Patriots? He’s usually out there fighting to the bitter end, but this one was so lopsided that Bill Belichick gave him some time off.
It was an ugly night all around, and maybe a win that helped give the Saints the confidence to go on their Super Bowl run.
CELTICS VS. MAGIC, 2009
The Celtics didn’t need Kevin Garnett, as they had Glen “Big Baby” Davis knocking down a game-winner in the second round of the playoffs vs. the Magic in 2009.
After that dramatic win, Boston would win Game 5 and have two shots to knock out the Magic and set up another meeting with LeBron James’ Cavaliers, but that never happened. The C’s only put up 75 points in Game 6 and saved their best clunker for last with a 101-82 demoralizing loss at TD Garden.
The Celtics probably had no business being in the game anyway. Without Garnett, they barely hung on against Chicago in the first round and were somehow hanging tough with a taller, lengthier Magic team.
With Garnett and Leon Powe MIA, Davis, Mikki Moore and Brian Scalabrine had to pick up the slack. That doesn’t scream championship contender at you. But the Game 7 loss stung, because it was the first time the Celtics had lost a series after being up 3-2.
Hedo Turkoglu led the way and Dwight Howard just had to be, well, Dwight Howard. Howard dominated the boards and took it to a banged-up, tired front line for the Green. All the good vibes of the Davis buzzer-beater were gone and so was the season.
RED SOX VS. YANKS — AUGUST FOUR-GAME SWEEP, 2009
To say the Red Sox were riding high against their rivals was an understatement in 2009. Boston was 8-0 against the Yankees going into the August four-game series in the “new” Yankee Stadium, basically a little league park. But the Red Sox forgot to bring the lumber.
It all started with the beginning of the end of the John Smoltz experiment in Game 1. Smoltz gave up eight runs in just over three innings of work, and everyone could use the eye test to see that the old guy just had nothing left in the tank for the Red Sox. He could have survived in another division, which he did with St. Louis, but the patient AL East would eat him alive night in and night out.
So, basically you go down a starter for the rest of the season after Game 1, and then the offense musters two runs over the next three games. Two really good performances by Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz were wasted, and the offense scattered 17 hits over the last three contests.
But no worries, because the Sox still owned a comfortable lead over the Yankees in the head-to-head matchup, and if it came down to a tiebreaker the Sox would hold the advantage in the AL East.
Well, not so much. The Red Sox only won one more game against the Yankees that season, and when a lot of fans wanted the Sox to make a run at the division, Terry Francona and Co., shut it down for the final three games in New York.
That line of thinking didn’t work out too well, as the Sox lost to the Angels in the ALDS and the Yankees went on to win the World Series. Oops.
|03.19.10 at 7:22 am ET|
Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.
How are your brackets looking? Hope you didn’t put your faith in the Big East, as the nation’s best conference had a disastrous day Thursday in a memorable opening to the NCAA tournament.
Mike Miller of NBCSports’ Beyond the Arc blog has a recap of the Big East nightmare, which included upset losses by third-seeded Georgetown (to 14th-seeded Ohio), sixth-seeded Notre Dame (to 11th-seeded Old Dominion) and sixth-seeded Marquette (to 11th-seeded Washington). And No. 2 seed Villanova had to rally for an overtime win over 15th-seeded Robert Morris, a win that was aided by some questionable calls.
Four more Big East teams are in action today: No. 1 seed Syracuse, No. 2 seed West Virginia, No. 3 seed Pitt and No. 8 seed Louisville.
BASEBALL: Alex Speier looks at Kevin Youkilis’ inability to be recognized as one of the league’s top players. There were positive reports coming out of Arizona after Ryan Westmoreland’s brain surgery.
A day after acknowledging he failed a drug test for cocaine last year, Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted he used marijuana and amphetamines while he was a player.
FOOTBALL: Cris Price looks at the Patriots’ new tight end acquisition, Alge Crumpler. D.J. Bean profiles Penn State’s Jared Odrick. Scot McCloughan may or may not still be the general manager of the 49ers.
BASKETBALL: Jessica Camerato looks at Brian Scalabrine’s contributions to the team and his uncertain future. The Magic blew a big lead but beat the Heat in overtime. Carmelo Anthony lifted the Nuggets over the Hornets.
Thursday was perhaps the most memorable opening day in NCAA tournament history. Click here for recaps on all the upsets and great finishes.
The Thrashers gained ground on the Bruins by beating the Senators. The Hurricanes beat the Capitals in overtime. Paul Kariya scored his 400th goal in the Blues’ win over the Rangers. Flyers goalie Michael Leighton will be out about eight weeks with a high ankle sprain. Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski was suspended eight games for delivering a hit to the head area of Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.
MISC.: Tiger Woods’ latest embarrassment came when a porn star released sexually explicit text messages purportedly from the golfer.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 19, 2003, which Bruins coach was fired by general manager Mike O’Connell, who took over on an interim basis?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s my job. I know my job. So it was addressed immediately and then it was out of the way.” — Shawn Thornton, on his fight with Penguins villain Matt Cooke Thursday night
STAT OF THE DAY: 42 — Years since the Penguins shut out the Bruins in Boston, before Thursday night’s 3-0 decision
‘NET RESULTS: Injured Hornets guard Chris Paul has a little time on his hands, apparently.
Skip to the 1:20 mark for a Valparaiso-like 3-pointer to win this NAIA Division 2 national semifinal.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Robbie Ftorek
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Clarence “Frogman” Henry is 73 today.
|03.19.10 at 6:05 am ET|
After ranting and raving throughout the first day of the NCAA tournament, WEEI.com columnist Kirk Minihane is doing it all again Friday. Come join the fun at high noon. (Click here to see all the hijinks from Thursday afternoon’s March Madness.)
|03.18.10 at 10:14 am ET|
Join WEEI.com columnist Kirk Minihane as he live-blogs the first wave of NCAA tournament games. The fun begins at high noon.
|03.18.10 at 6:58 am ET|
Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.
The divisiveness in the U.S. House of Representatives continued this week, with Republicans refusing to OK a resolution suggested by a Maryland Democrat to congratulate the University of Maryland basketball team for a great season that earned the Terps a spot in the NCAA tournament.
The Republicans had two legitimate points: 1) There are 65 teams in the NCAA tournament, so why should they recognize only one? 2) The Terps have a graduation rate of 8 percent, lowest of all the teams in the tournament.
This is what the politicians in Washington were arguing about this week. Just in case you were wondering.
BASEBALL: John Lackey had another good outing for the Red Sox. Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted using cocaine last year. Mariners lefty Cliff Lee was suspended five regular-season games for a spring training beanball. The Nationals cut outfielder Elijah Dukes.
FOOTBALL: D.J. Bean has another mock draft. Tim Tebow debuted his new throwing motion at Florida’s pro day. NFL owners will vote next week on a new format for overtime in playoff games. The Cardinals signed former Browns quarterback Derek Anderson. The Dolphins signed offensive lineman Richie Incognito.
Florida coach Urban Meyer is back from his leave of absence.
BASKETBALL: The Celtics beat the Knicks. Paul Flannery has the Three-Pointer analysis. The Cavaliers clinched the Central Division title. The Magic crushed the Spurs. Chris Bosh hit a late jumper to lift the Raptors over the Hawks. The Clippers upended the Bucks. Aaron Brooks was 7-for-7 on 3-pointers in the Rockets’ win over the Grizzlies. The NBA Board of Governors approved Michael Jordan as owner of the Bobcats.
HOCKEY: The Bruins host the Penguins, and Matt Cooke should get a warm reception at the Garden. The Devils completed a season sweep of the Pens. The Ducks beat the Blackhawks, who lost another player to a rough hit. Rene Bourque lifted the Flames over the Avalanche.
GOLF: Tiger Woods update.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 18, 1953, National League owners unanimously approved the relocation of the Boston Braves to Milwaukee. Who is the only player to have played for the Braves while they were based in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta, where they moved after the 1965 season?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I made a huge mistake and it almost caused me to lose everything I have worked for all of my life. I am not here to make excuses. There are none.” — Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, on testing positive for cocaine last season
STAT OF THE DAY: 96 — Points by the Celtics reserves in the last two games (35 Thursday night vs. the Knicks)
‘NET RESULTS: Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash is back with another video.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Eddie Mathews
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Charlie Pride is 72 today.
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