||People's "Most Beautiful" Halle Berry:
Oh, Tony Parker was named to the mag's Top 50 list, too? Too distracted to notice. (Won't help Frenchie's "too pretty" rep, though.)
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Two Words For You:
If it's only Game 5 and you're already one
loss from elimination, it's easy to play fast and
loose. Meanwhile, for the team with three wins,
motivation is a little harder to come by.
Maybe that explains why the choking Mavericks
blew a close-out game at home to the Blazers, who are still down 3-2 but play Game 6
tomorrow in Portland ... is it allergy season or is
something else causing that tickle in the Mavs'
Meanwhile: The Pistons picked up their pride --
and their defense -- and clocked the Magic in Detroit.
And, sorry for the pun: But there's absolutely
no buzz around the Hornets-Sixers series, even though
N.O. won to send it to a Game 6.
Coaching Hot Seat
Won't see this in a credit-card ad:
Celebrating your team losing on the road at a
college-apartment beer-bash: Priceless. Apologizing
after the fact and expecting to be welcomed back:
Priceless. Spending bar time with a special someone on
your employer's dime: Priceless. The phrase "looking
into behavior": Priceless. Alabama football:
Eustachy Watch: Humiliated Iowa State wants him
out, but Party Larry repents and won't go quietly. If
only he showed that kind of commitment to the school
in his previous decision-making.
As brilliantly as April sensation Jiggy has
tended net for the Ducks, it's remarkable he
didn't get his first shutout until last night (but
Anaheim needed it, sneaking by Dallas 1-0).
Meanwhile: Forget Scottie Pippen or Jamal
Mashburn -- last night's best comeback was NJ's Scott
Stevens (KO'd from Tuesday's
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Game 3 by a puck to the
ear), who returned to score a goal and inspire the D,
the key to the Devils' taking a lights-almost-out 3-1
lead over Tampa.
End of Jazz Combo
If last night's playoff bounce was the end
of StocktontoMalone, here's the legacy:
"oatmeal" -- consistent and filling, but wildly
Reading "Seabiscuit" last month has got
me all fired up for Saturday's Derby. Let's see:
Empire Maker ... 6-5 fave ... strongest since '92 ... nah, gotta go another way. Pick coming tomorrow.
While it's mystifying how Richard
Jefferson got named to the Olympic hoops team (yet
there's debate over AI?), why soon-to-be-mediocre NBA
rookie Nick Collison gets the "Christian Laettner
Memorial" spot -- over, say, LeBron -- is the real
More Most Beautiful
Oh, sure, Halle is nice: But someone
isn't paying attention ... Tony Parker didn't even
make Page 2's 16-athlete field for Hottest Guy Sports
Personality earlier this year -- and where is Hottest
Female winner Jennie Finch? Maybe next year ...
Awkward curtsies at Wimbledon are the
female equivalent of the "golfers' high-five" that Page 2 colleague Bill Simmons hilariously mocks. But
players won't have to make the move toward the Royal
Box anymore, the host club announced ... unless "Da
Queen" or Prince C is in the house.
If they lose Game 6 in Portland, coach Don Nelson might get dumped even before he has a chance to blow Game 7.
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Bonds' 2 homers vs. Cubs might make Dusty
re-think his resistance to intentional walks ...
A Congressional Gold Medal to Jackie Robinson is long
Is it possible T.J. Ford will stay at Texas? Not if he's
NCAA Tourney breakout big man Chris Kaman taking mo
and jumping early to NBA draft. He's a better Brendan
'Zo Mourning technically cleared to play, and if he's
up to it, more power to him ...
The new "hot seat" of college coaching: The