Slow-footed, quick-thinking future NBA coach tops 10,000 assists for his career.
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Two Words For You:
Memphis lost to the Clippers in L.A. last
night on what would have been Elvis' 68th birthday,
and the clever arena people played No.-1 hit "Return
to Sender" when the scoreboard screen showed spectator
(and ex-Clip) Darius Miles sitting behind the basket.
Sounds like a column theme:
All Shook Up
The glare remains on NFL refs. To avoid
future debacles, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue
announced an immediate policy change: ALL on-field
officials will huddle on calls in dispute, effective
this weekend. Expect extra-tightly called games that
Unrelated, but notable: He also said changes to
the coin-flip-driven OT policy (just a Super Bowl away
from being the sports world's biggest fiasco) are
"unlikely." Speaking of coin flips, one won't be
necessary to determine draft order after all, the NFL
said: the Cowboys pick fifth in the draft, the Cards
sixth. Any more reversals this week?
Most outrageous playoff side-story: Steelers LB Joey
Porter said he's motivated by Titans strength coach
Steve Watterson, who Porter claims spilled hot coffee
on him on the sidelines during Tennessee's 31-23 win
on Nov. 17. The Titans say it was an accident and
dispute Porter's accuracy: It was chicken broth.
Watterson denies any intent. In an interesting twist,
Porter says he has it on tape. So let's see it!
'97 World Series hero and current S.F. Giants pitcher
Livan Hernandez was arrested yesterday for allegedly
trying to whack another guy with a golf club. Lucky
for him he allegedly matched his '02 Series performance; he couldn't find the strike zone then, either.
It's Now or Never
Finding a more productive use for golf clubs, the PGA
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1. What effect will massive scrutiny have on NFL refs?|
2. How upset is Theo Epstein's boss that he can't get Colon?
3. Can any cheesy bachelors be good enough for Trista?
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE SO OVER:|
1. Why would "Guy Gone Wild" Artest appeal suspension?|
2. Does Nolan Richardson III's resignation taint Dad?
3. Will Vince Carter return to struggling Raptors on Friday?
season tees off today in Hawaii with the
Mercedes Championship, which brings together all the
2002 tournament winners. Well, except the two biggest
names: Tiger Woods (still nursing injury) and Phil
Mickelson (on vacation). But the upside for everyone
else is that it is probably the best shot any of them
have of winning this year. Prediction: Defending champ
Sergio Garcia repeats.
Stuck On You
The Bengals' coaching search is coming down to the
wire. According to several reports, the team wants a
coach in place by this weekend. The Cincinnati
Enquirer says owner Mike Brown apparently likes Tom
Coughlin, whose agent denies a rift over control
issues between the team and his client, but Brown's
daughter, EVP Katie Blackburn, is rumored to like
Good Luck Charm
Usually an NBA star's favorite scrub can avoid being
waived (see Shaq/Madsen), but Dirk Nowitzki's buddy
Harrington was dumped after the U.N.-like Mavs
made an offer to French sharpshooter Antoine
Rigaudeau, who must still wriggle out of his Italian
League contract. After missing out on Jimmy Jackson,
maybe the Lakers should pick up Harrington.
Viva Las Vegas
Shaq made a cameo at yesterday's Consumer Electronics
Show in Vegas, virtually battling keynote speaker Bill
Gates in the upcoming XBox game Midtown Madness
Thanks to Quickie reader John Armstrong, who
reports recent NBA single-game 3-pointers-made
record-holder Dennis Scott is playing in the USBL down
in Melbourne, Florida.
Absolutely abused by Yao Ming in Rockets' first win in
Orlando in 11 years.
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