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Who's Hot / Who's Not

Feb. 27, 2006
Feb. 27, 2006

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Feb. 27, 2006

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Who's Hot / Who's Not

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Who's Hot

J.J. Redick

This is an article from the Feb. 27, 2006 issue

Down went therecord for NCAA three-pointers (Redick beat it with his 414th on Feb. 14). Thendown went Duke's scoring record-Redick sank a three to pass Johnny Dawkins's2,556 in a win over Miami. "This is a day I dreamed of," said the BlueDevils guard. Next up: the ACC scoring mark of 2,587.

Kyle Lohse

Twins righty went9-13 in 2004 and won his arbitration case. He went 9-13 last year and wonagain. (He got $3.95 million last week.) The first player to win back-to-backcases since 1991, Lohse said, "[It] was unfortunate it had to go to thatpoint for a second year." Well, not that unfortunate, Kyle.

AvalancheGoalies

Not one, not twobut three of 'em were starters in Turin. Kazakhstan's Vitaliy Kolesnik (an Avsminor leaguer) bowed out early, but Slovakia's Peter Budaj won his first twostarts, and Switzerland's David Aebischer pulled off an upset over theCzechs.

AmélieMauresmo

Look out above!No. 2 Mauresmo has won 15 straight matches, and she beat No.1 Kim Clijsters inthe final of the WTA stop in Antwerp, to collect $95,500.

Who's Not

NBA Skills Competition

Dirk Nowitzki wonthe three-point shootout, but only after a ball he clearly shot after timeexpired was allowed to count. And, sure, little Nate Robinson (right, he's5'9") looked fly slamming in the winner in the dunk competition, but thatwas after he'd missed the shot-13 times. Hmm, 1 for 14 from zero feet out.Sounds like a Knick.

OlympicCheerleaders

Tapped to appearat skiing, skating and hockey and to "warm up the public," according toOlympic organizing committee member Roberto Zamboni, pom-pom wavers are gettingroundly booed. No chants, little choreography and bad timing (cheering duringan injury, for example).

A CanadiensGoalie

Poor-performingJosé Théodore (right) was already not hot two weeks ago-then he tested positivefor a masking agent (his hair-growth medicine), and then he slipped andfractured a heel. Canadiens G.M. Bob Gainey: "We all feel for him."

Williamses

Serena (bum knee)and Venus (bad arm) withdrew from a star-studded event in Dubai. And the RickyWilliams headlines are getting dopier. The Dolphin reportedly violated theNFL's drug policy for a fourth time.

SI PLAYERS NHL POLL

Who is the best player in the NHL?

Peter Forsberg, Flyers C 42%

Jaromir Jagr, Rangers RW 24%

Jarome Iginla, Flames RW 9%

Joe Thornton, Sharks C 5%

FAST FACTS: Players couldn't vote for an NHLteammate.... Forsberg (groin injury) played in one of Sweden's first fourOlympic games, getting two assists.... Jagr, the NHL's point leader with 88,had four in the Czechs' first four games.... The Stars' Mike Modano (1%) wasthe lone Team USA player to get a vote.... The Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom (Sweden)and the Ducks' Scott Niedermayer (Canada, injured) were the only defensemen todraw multiple votes.

[ Based on a survey of 346 NHL players ] • For anexpanded version of the poll, go to SI.com/Players.

EIGHT PHOTOSAL TIELEMANS (REDICK); RONALD MARTINEZ/GETTY IMAGES (ROBINSON); TOM DIPACE PHOTOGRAPHY (LOHSE); DAVID E. KLUTHO (CHEERLEADER); ANDY MEAD/WIREIMAGE.COM (THEODORE); PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS (MAURESMO); LOU CAPOZZOLA (FORSBERG); BILL WIPPERT (THORNTON)