||9-0 Nets coach
"Li'l Larry" is unstoppable, tying the record for best start ever by a rookie coach. Is it *really* too late to make him East All-Star coach?
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
The Lakers have reportedly ended
negotiations with Phil Jackson about a contract
extension for his deal expiring at the end of this
season, making today's best debate:
Between P-Jax and Joe Torre, which head honcho
is more likely to still be with his team by the
MLB All-Star Game on July 13?
Answer: How 'bout neither?
*Jackson will leave after the Lakers fail to win the
West and Kobe bolts as a free agent.
*Torre will get the boot after the Yankees start slow
and the Boss gets an itchy trigger finger.
Have your say:
Vote in today's poll
Yao Tops Shaq
Goodbye, "Charmin Yao"; hello, "Ming
Don't want to hear any more critiques of Yao
being not tough enough. He outplayed Shaq last night,
and now the anti-Yao argument is what looks soft.
Just look at the numbers:
Pts 24 29
FG 5/12 10/21
Reb 9 11
Res L W
Vive le difference!
Saint Joseph's greatest season ever stays on track
after the Hawks crushed Dayton, its nearest A10
competitor. Six games to go for a perfect regular
season, and none of 'em look all that rough.
St. John's worst season ever got an injection
of sanity yesterday when the school president said
suspending the program is an option. Doing it this
season is pointless; it's next season that
should be yanked.
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 Yao's bandwagon: Doubters quiet after he outplays Shaq|
2 BALCO's bandwagon: (Not.) Indictment impact still hazy
3 Henson's bandwagon: NFL scouts look at QB prospect today
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 LeBron in NBA slam-dunk contest: He says, "I'm out!"|
2 Ford's Philly hot seat: (For now.) Wins 76ers opener
3 Pat Ramsey's career: Unless Skins don't acquire Brunell
Big Ten or Big TiVo?
Call it the "Big TiVo" Conference: The
best part of the Big Ten's instant-replay experiment
this fall (OK'd by NCAA rules committee; still needs
final approval) is that coaches will have no
A purportedly omniscient designated observer will
decide what to review. One question: How do I apply
for this job? It's like playing Football God.
Frankly, fans don't care about the
impending BALCO indictments ... until we hear some
That's where it gets interesting: Not implying any
guilt, but wait until BALCO execs dangle the goods on
players whose training methods are, say,
Barnett in Trouble
(Conflict of interest disclosure: Gary
Barnett gave me the best sports times of my life --
Northwestern's Rose Bowl season in 1995.)
That said: Denials that he knew anything about
Colorado's unconventional (and seemingly systemic)
|lap dances methods leaves
him vulnerable to that old scandal stand-by: "lack of
Upshot: Can't see this ending well for him.
Redskins incumbent QB Patrick Ramsey met with
Joe Gibbs to talk about ... well, Mark Brunell,
presumably ... and Ramsey said, "I think we came to an
understanding." Assume that Ramsey "understands" if
the Redskins acquire Brunell, last year's starter is
this year's clipboard-holder. "Understanding" seems
||Slam-Dunk Contest fans:
"I'm out! I'm out! I'm out!" With that, LeBron quashes rumors he might be a late add to the dunk contest. Aha: Make him a judge!
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Very special all-NFL edition:|
Judge nixes NFL request to stay her decision to let
anyone into the draft; next: Appeals denial. League
should just stop asking ...
When Mo Clarett has a productive rookie
season next year, how many critics/doubters will owe
him an apology? ...
Almost as much scrutiny as candidates on "The
Apprentice": Drew Henson works out for possible
suitors today; GMs, take a chance! ...
Doug Williams might be returning to Tampa Bay as a
personnel exec, but will he ever sport his own
blazing-orange Bucs retro jersey? ...
FCC chair testified Super Bowl halftime was "a new low
for primetime television"; yikes: wait 'til he sees
"The Littlest Groom" ...