Yvonne and St. Mary's Doing Australia Proud
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Today is my final day on Hot Clicks as Jimmy returns tomorrow. Judging from the negative reader reaction to yesterday's Lovely Lady of the Day (Virginie Ledoyen), some of you will be happy to see me gone. Like a banged-up Kansas State and Michigan State squad, however, I must push past the adversity and get through this final day. Since I'm on the topic of the NCAA tournament, it's worth mentioning that the St. Mary's squad features five Australians, including three starters. So in honor of the Gaels, I present the pride of Australia and star of Chuck, the lovely Yvonne Strahovski.
No Alcohol for Ann IversonAllen Iverson's NBA days may be done, and his mom, Ann Iverson, is trying to pick up the financial slack by opening a restaurant in their hometown of Hampton, Virginia. For a few weeks, the sign in front of the former Golden Palace Chinese restaurant has been replaced by a new one that says Iverson Restaurant and Sports Lounge. The only snag is that she can't seem to get a liquor license. If Ann needs help decorating the restaurant, may I suggest she frame some of the photos from this gallery of rare and classic photos of the 76ers.
Pot and the NFL Draft
Bill Lee:: Heinz Kluetmeier/SIIt's no secret that some athletes like to smoke pot. One of the most famous instances is former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee (pictured above), who admitted to sprinkling marijuana on his "buckwheat pancakes and other health foods." But is the problem getting out of hand? SI's Don Banks has a good story on how NFL personnel are concerned by a marijuana 'epidemic' in this year's draft class.
Found in China: NBA BustsTen years ago, Stromile Swift was the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. A decade later, he is playing in Chinese Basketball Association, joining Stephon Marbury, John Lucas III and a slew of other names you recognize but haven't thought of in a while. While we're on the subject, has there ever been a worse NBA draft than the Class of 2000? Of the top 10 picks, five are out of the league and among the top players left from the first round are Hedo Turkoglu and Jamal Crawford.
Coach K AppThese are exciting times for Mike Krzyzewski. Not only is his Duke team in the Sweet 16, but he has launched his own iPhone App that "provides personalized coaching tips to maneuver players through a series of dynamic obstacles which come to life through trend-setting graphics." The first level is free -- after that, the cost is $2.99. Of course, if Coach K needs money, he can always take over the Nets.
Tim Not in Gainesville AnymoreTim Tebow may have felt his first NFL reality check and it had nothing to do with his throwing motion. Apparently, he requested that players bow their heads in prayer before taking the Wonderlic Exam. This did not go over well with the rest of the players.
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Kurt Warner Dance Video of the DayAs a player, Kurt Warner was never my cup of tea. As a dancer, well, that's a different story.
Buzzer-Beater Video of the DayIs this Christian Laettner shot the most famous buzzer-beater in NCAA history? Buster Sports has a Sweet 16 of last-second shots to determine which is No. 1.
NHL Video of the DayPittsburgh and Washington play tonight, which means another Sidney Crosby-Alexander Ovechkin matchup. Chances are they won't fight, but if they do, let's hope it's better than the dust-up at the end of this video.
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