Who's Hot / Who's Not

January 30, 2006

WHO'S HOT

81
It's not just the minimum age for a coach in Buffalo anymore. Kobe had his astounding 81-point game (page 56), and Steelers special teams stud Sean Morey (above) isn't the only number 81 getting happy. T.O. is back in the limelight--as the star of a Boost mobile commercial and the object of Dolphins coach Nick Saban's affection.

Oklahoma Women
Hoops team is 5-0 in the Big 12 after upsetting No. 8 Baylor, and another Sooners senior, Jennifer Berry, already has a crown: she's the new Miss America. The state's Idol, Carrie Underwood (of Checotah) belted out a spot-on national anthem before the NFC title game.

Steeler
You can't keep a good horse down, especially one named for a Super Bowl team. This pacer survived a November car crash--the trailer he was in got rear-ended; Steeler got loose and galloped on the highway--and has finished second twice in three 2006 starts. Of course second isn't what the other Steelers are after.

Joey Cheek
He's not from The Sopranos: He's a speedskater from Greensboro, N.C., who Sunday became the first American man to win the World Sprint Championship since 1994. Next stop: Turin.

WHO'S NOT

17
Everything was not Jake in Seattle, where number 17 Delhomme threw three interceptions and completed just four passes in the first half. ("You just feel terrible," he said after the game.) In tennis 17th-ranked Daniela Hantuchova--she who defeated Serena--was thwacked in straight sets by Maria Sharapova.

Houston Men
Yaouch! The Rockets have lost eight of nine to cement their hold on last place, the Cougars' men's team has lost three of four, while alum (and walk-on hoopster) Master P. keeps getting hammered by the judges on Dancing with the Stars.

Harkleroad-Bogomolov
Tennis's young glam couple--Ashley Harkleroad is 20; her husband, Alex Bogomolov, is 22--both got bounced in the second round of the Aussie Open. Bogo was particularly unamused: He was also hit with $4,500 in fines for cursing and verbal abuse during his first-round match against Fernando Gonàlez.

Blues
St. Louis sure is singin' 'em. The team's got an NHL-worst record (10-29-7), it's 25th in the league in attendance (an alleged 14,076 a game), and now this: Top defenseman Eric Brewer needs shoulder surgery that could end his season.

SI PLAYERS NHL POLL

What percentage of NHL players use steroids?

Zero 37%
One 34%
Two 11%
Three to Nine 14%
10 or More 4%

FAST FACTS Last week it became public that Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard (right), who had been tested by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, was the first NHLer to test positive for steroids.... The NHL began testing for steroids for the first time on Jan. 15.... In November, World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound (above left) said he believed that "a third" of NHL players take performance-enhancing drugs.

[ Based on a survey of 343 NHL players ] • For an expanded version of the poll, go to SI.com/Players.

PHOTOMICHAEL FABUS/WIREIMAGE.COM (MOREY) TWO PHOTOSROBERT BECK (2, BRYANT & DELHOMME) PHOTO MICHAEL LISA/LISA PHOTO INC. (HORSE) PHOTOJERRY LAMPEN/REUTERS (CHEEK) PHOTOMARK DADSWELL/GETTY IMAGES (BOGOMOLOV) PHOTOQUINN ROONEY/GETTY IMAGES (HARKLEROAD) PHOTOGREG NELSON (ROCKETS' MCGRADY) PHOTODARRON CUMMINGS/AP (POUND) PHOTOG. BARTMAN/WIREIMAGE.COM (BERARD) PHOTO

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