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Each week I talk about the world of sports:

• The NCAA tournament has been dominant on my mind. I mean, are you serious, Northern Iowa over Kansas? How many people predicted that? There have been some great finishes so far, like Michigan State's Korie Lucious hitting a game-winning trifecta at the buzzer. How about Cornell? A school which rewards financial aid instead of scholarships is the first Ivy League team in the Sweet 16 since Penn made the Final Four in 1979. So many storylines, so much intrigue! That is why March Madness is the greatest three weeks in sports, baby!

• Tournament time is not fun for everyone, because it is a period where Division I coaches get the ziggy. It is simply about what have you done for me lately? Coaches who put in over 10 years with the same school are told bye-bye. If you don't win on a consistent basis, there is a lack of security and the coaching carousel goes round and round.

• How about a salute to the Minnesota Twins and Joe Mauer? Mauer and the Twins have agreed to a huge deal which will keep the AL MVP in the Twin Cities. He is so popular there, and it would have been a shame if he had to eventually leave. This is definitely a win-win deal for both the team and the superstar.

• Isn't it amazing how much movement we have seen in the NFL this off-season? You need a scorecard to keep track of the changes. The excitement continues into March as several teams look to be truly improved. As always the NFL will remain in the headlines all year long, especially with the much anticipated draft right around the corner.

• Has anyone noticed that the Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the better teams in the NBA since the all-star break? Scott Skiles has done a good job and this could help Brandon Jennings in the heated race for Rookie of the Year!

• I love tennis, but it is hard to figure out what happened at Indian Wells. The field was loaded, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick leading the way. So who won the singles title? Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic, who beat Nadal in the semis and Roddick in the championship match! A big Congratulations goes out to him!