March 19, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
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Masters hypocrisy in Woods case

Augusta National and The Masters are about to try the look of hypocrisy on for size. There is no way Masters chairman Billy Payne is going to acknowledge any material on a Web site where the host is baring her breasts while staring provocatively into the camera. As a past Masters champion and honorary Augusta member, Woods can play each April until his golf game grows cobwebs. Unlike with the PGA Tour, there is no precedent for the Masters to rescind an invite of any participant because of behavior off the course and the tournament does not have a "conduct unbecoming" clause. (New York Daily News) Comment

Jordan vows to be active owner

Michael Jordan's new rules include seeing a lot more of him around the gym and office. He said he is open to changing the team's nickname. He said he now owns 80 percent of the team and is going to do things his way. He said he will have a home in Charlotte -- although he still won't live here full-time -- and that he plans to partner closely with city leaders to increase the franchise's buzz factor, community-service efforts and bottom line. Over and over, Jordan stressed that you would see and hear from him more. He sounded ready to dive in rather than dabble. He called the chance to become the first former NBA player to own a team -- especially the only one located in his home state -- a "dream come true." He said he would embrace a new role as the face of the franchise. (Charlotte Observer) Comment

Off-court problems piling up at Villanova

Jay Wright said he needs to "protect the sanctity" of his program. It's also hard to argue that this season has seen a significant amount of disciplinary issues for the Wildcats. Reggie Redding, Corey Stokes and Taylor King each had their moments earlier this season and, yesterday, the starting backcourt ran afoul of some rule or other. Is this a program that is simply very strict, or one that is starting to have a lot more problems than previously? "I guess if you were seeing the same incident or the same thing with everybody, it would be a little different," Reynolds said. "But everything is isolated. It's bad decisions here and there. The thing with me and Corey is that it's more about the program. It's more about teaching the guys that everybody is the same." (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Bracket Killers: The third-seeded Georgetown Hoyas suffer through the final moments of their 97-83 upset by the No. 14 Ohio Bobcats in the first round of the NCAA men's tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

As they say, revenge is a dish best served cold, so what better place than on the ice? Herewith, Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton dishes fistic retribution to Penguins pot-stirrer Matt Cooke, who had given Thornton's teammate, Marc Savard, a concussion with a head shot in their previous game. The highly anticipated rematch took place in Boston on Thursday night.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Brett Hull
  • 1897 -- Yale tops Penn, 30-10, in first major college basketball game
  • 1950 -- Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship
  • 1956 -- Minneapolis Lakers beat the St. Louis Hawks, 133-75, with an NBA record margin of victory
  • 1966 -- Texas Western beats Kentucky, 72-65, to win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship
  • 1991 -- Brett Jull of the St. Louis Blues becomes the third NHL player to score 80 goals in a season
  • 1991 -- NFL owners strip Phoenix, Arizona of the 1993 Super Bowl due to the state's failure to recognize Martin Luther King Day

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