Exactly when are Notre Dame's football fans going to get fed up? When are the priests going to get hot under the collar? When will the student body be sick to death of what it is witnessing there in the leprechaun colony? When is everybody who worships at the house of Touchdown Jesus and the home of the Golden Dome going to let the coach there know that his grace period is up? In 2007 and 2008 alone, here is what the Frightening Irish of Charlie Weis have done: Lost 13 of their last 21games. Been shut out three times. Took the worst beating in a season opener in 120 years of Notre Dame football. Had a nine-loss season for the first time. Were defeated by Navy, which it had sunk 43 times in a row. Accordingly, there are some who believe that Saturday's game in Baltimore against the Midshipmen could be sink-or-swim time for ND's coach. One more unfathomable defeat could turn out to be the last straw -- No More Mr. Weis Guy.(Chicago Tribune) Comment
Warriors President Robert Rowell insisted Monday that there won't be any group-therapy sessions on tap for the team's evolving front office. "The reality is we're on the same page with respect to pretty much everything that we're doing now," said Rowell, who shook up management last week by firing Chris Mullin's right-hand man and replacing him with Don Nelson's. How then, does Rowell assess his product with the Warriors off to a bumpy start and three starters injured in Monta Ellis, Corey Maggette and Al Harrington? "We're 2-5 right now, so I'll assess it on our record," Rowell said. "When it comes to talent, I think those are questions you need to ask Chris and Don and Larry." That would be the Warriors' new-look triumvirate of Mullin, the team's vice president, Nelson, the head coach, and assistant general manager Larry Riley, whom Rowell promoted after firing Pete D'Alessandro. Rowell refused to address the front-office shift, but it's clear that he believes Riley, the former director of player personnel with the Vancouver Grizzlies, is a needed addition. (San Francisco Chronicle) Comment
On Monday night, ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the San Diego Padres had withdrawn their contract offer to Trevor Hoffman, signaling that he will not return to the team in 2009. While it is not certain that Detroit has serious interest in Hoffman, Monday's development could impact the Tigers' off-season plans. At the very least, it made the right-hander a more plausible option on the open market. Hoffman is a client of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, which represents at least two other relievers (right-hander David Weathers and left-hander Arthur Rhodes) who fit the description of pitchers Detroit could pursue. Specifically: Given their ages, they are unlikely to demand long-term contracts. (Detroit Free Press) Comment
Presbyterian's Josh Johnson looks to pass the ball in-bounds as Duke fans yell during the first half Monday night. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
1944 -- NY Rangers set NHL record of 25 games without a win (0-21-4). 1983 -- Wayne Phillips scores 159 on Test Cricket debut, v Pakistan at WACA. 1997 -- WNBA expands to Detroit and Washington, D.C. 1989 -- Sam's Town Bowling Invitational won by Tish Johnson.
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