The best chance Texas has to be crowned national champion this season likely lies with the members of the media who vote in The Associated Press college football poll. The Longhorns are the latest team to feel slighted by the Bowl Championship Series, though the twist this time was coach Mack Brown's team has the Big 12 to blame as much as the BCS standings. The tiebreaker not only put the Sooners in position to win the league championship, but a win against Missouri virtually guarantees Oklahoma a spot in the BCS national title game in Miami on Jan. 8 against the winner of the Southeastern Conference championship. But Texas still has hope. If Missouri beats Oklahoma, Texas is the presumptive next-in-line to reach the BCS title game. The Tigers (9-3) don't seem to be up to the task of stopping the Sooners, who have scored at least 60 points in their last four games. Missouri is a 17-point underdog, and its only two losses last season were to Oklahoma. Depending on the Tigers leaves the Longhorns a long shot to get to Miami. Texas might be better off turning its attention to the AP poll. (Associated Press) Comment
The impasse between the Knicks and Stephon Marbury in talks to buy out his contract likely will carry into next week, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Donnie Walsh last night said both sides "would like to get it done as fast as it can happen," but after Marbury stormed out of Monday's meeting, it appears a cooling-off period is necessary. The source said Marbury was furious that the Knicks countered his offer to take $1 million less than the $18.3 million remaining on his $21.9-million salary with an offer that was $3 million less, or about $15 million. Marbury then informed Walsh that his $1-million offer was off the table and he "walked out on the meeting abruptly," the source said. All parties involved -- Walsh, Knicks VP of basketball operations Glen Grunwald and Biagas -- were surprised. (New York Newsday) Comment
The NFL announced that Vikings Pat Williams and Kevin Williams were among six players suspended four games each without pay, effective immediately, for violating "a longstanding provision of the policy relating to the use of diuretics and water pills, which serve as masking agents for steroids and are potentially dangerous to the health of players." The players were not available for comment Tuesday, and the Vikings issued a statement that said they are "very disappointed" in the league's decision. An attorney representing the Williamses said Tuesday night that he will file legal action on their behalf today. "The players will take proactive steps to correct a harm suffered as a result of actions by the league and its arbitrary and inequitable administration of the program," said Peter Ginsberg, a New York-based partner at Crowell and Moring, an international law firm. "Neither Pat nor Kevin has ever used steroids and do not warrant this kind of treatment." Ginsberg made clear that he is taking aim at NFL officials, who withheld "important knowledge that not only compromised the players in terms of the program but also jeopardized their health and safety." (St. Paul Pioneer Press) Comment
Toronto's Ryan Hollweg (44) received a huge hit from the Sharks' Douglas Murray on Tuesday. (Don Smith/Getty Images)
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