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Friday, March 25, 2011

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Friday, March 25

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Browns fan sues NFL to save season

Where it goes from here isn't quite as interesting as the fact businessman Ken Lanci is trying to make a difference. [Lanci] sued the NFL, the Cleveland Browns and the league's 31 other teams on Thursday, aiming to save the upcoming football season. Lanci says in the suit that the lockout violates his private seat license contract with the Browns and jeopardizes his right to watch a full season of home games. He filed the suit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, asking the court to prohibit the lockout that threatens to cancel the 2011-12 NFL season. ... He is in effect saying the lockout robs him of his right to watch games this season because his PSL contract gives him "exclusive use and possession" of 10 specified seats in Cleveland Browns Stadium. (The Plain Dealer)Comment

Calipari nearly made Kobe a Net

But for some politicking and smoke-screening, Kobe Bryant could very well have been taken by the Nets, at the time coached by a captivated John Calipari. Calipari brought Kobe Bryant to New Jersey three times that spring to work out. This was 1996. Cal was the new coach of the New Jersey Nets, fresh out of the college ranks at Massachusetts. Bryant was a high schooler from suburban Philadelphia, the first modern player who was academically qualified for college to say he was jumping straight to the NBA anyway. ... "If you watched the workouts, you'd say either this kid has been taught to fool us in the workouts or he's ridiculous," Calipari said, back here in Jersey, now preparing his Kentucky Wildcats for a Sweet 16 game Friday against Ohio State. "I worked him out three times and I thought I was losing my mind. Obviously I wasn't. He was really good. I'd brought him in a third time because I just said, 'I've got to see this kid again because this is ridiculous.'" (Yahoo! Sports)Comment

Milbury's new tune: wants safer game

Mike Milbury is old guard NHL, a former Bruins defenseman who amassed more than 1,500 PIMs and to this day is the star of a hockey show in Boston called The Instigators, but even he's changing his tune. Milbury was once a staunch defender of laissez-faire hockey. Now, he says he's changed his tune about the dangers of hockey. Milbury says the accumulation of evidence in the National Hockey League and in his own life became too great to ignore. "You can't live in a vacuum," the former NHL player and executive says. "We have seen dramatic changes, and they've caused a ripple effect. I think the latest [projected] number is 100 concussions in the NHL this season. I've been all for letting it go, but when you see that, you have to sit back and rethink it." (The Globe and Mail)Comment

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  • 1972 -- Bobby Hull joins Gordie Howe as NHL's only players with 600 career goals
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  • 1995 -- Boxer Mike Tyson was released from jail after serving three years for rape
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