The men's and women's hoops teams won the Big Ten, the third Division I schoolthat has won a conference in those sports and in football the same year. Saidcenter Terence Dials after OSU (and J.J. Sullinger, left) clinched its firstoutright title since '92, "People across the country forgot about theBuckeyes."
Last Thursday in Buffalo the Islander and his wife, Ingrid, had a baby, MirosJr. That night on Long Island his shootout goal beat the Devils. Said theSlovak to New York's Newsday, "I've been running all day on some kind ofhormone."
The third-year Sonic was giddy about his surprise selection to try out for theU.S.'s 2008 Olympic team, saying it was "something I couldn't ever believewould happen." He'll most likely get a chance to play at this summer'sworld championship, which fellow U.S. point guard Chauncey Billups willmiss.
O.K., Syracuse lost his final regular-season home game, but man, did G-Mac getsome lovin'! The Orange's first advance sellout in 26 years included 3,000 fansfrom McNamara's Scranton, Pa.; the Carrier Dome rocked with cries of"Ger-ry! Ger-ry!"; and he responded with five three-pointers, makinghim the alltime Big East leader.
March 13, 2006
The men, with Greg Paulus (right), closed the regular season with two ACClosses--including an ugly stumble versus UNC that spoiled Senior Night. TheBlue Devils women got upset too, falling to Maryland for the first time in 15games. Coach Gail Goestenkors's silver lining: "Every time we've lost,we've learned."
While former Hokie Marcus Vick pleaded guilty to two traffic violations--hiscourt date for allegedly brandishing a firearm is next week--his potentialheir, 18-year-old freshman Ike Whitaker, was arrested and charged withpurchasing and possessing alcohol.
The U.S.'s best player in the 2004 Olympics was not invited to try out for the2008 team, and G.M. Jerry Colangelo deepened the diss by implying he was afterteam players and that AI isn't one. Said Pacer Jermaine O'Neal, "How canyou not invite one of the world's top five or 10 players? That'smind-boggling."
Be glad you weren't Bj√∂rn yesterday. The tennis star is auctioning fiveWimbledon trophies and two of his wood rackets and denying a comment that he'sdoing it for "financial security." Borg said he just "thought thetrophies and rackets might be something that someone might want tohave."
SI PLAYERS NBA POLL
Who's the NBA's best coach?
Gregg Popovich, Spurs 31.9%
Phil Jackson, Lakers 17.6%
Larry Brown, Knicks 17.2%
Flip Saunders, Pistons 7.6%
Who's the worst?
Sam Mitchell, Raptors 15.0%
Mike Woodson, Hawks 13.3%
Jeff Van Gundy, Rockets 10.8%
Mike Montgomery, Warriors 8.3%
FAST FACTS: Players were not allowed to vote for theirown coach.... The Hornets' Byron Scott was fifth on the "worst" list(6.7%), while Brown, who is 1,003--784 in his career but whose Knicks are16--43, was sixth among the "worst" at 5.8%.... Popovich, who wontitles in 1999, 2003 and '05, drew 53.8% of the vote from players 35 andolder.... Jackson, who won six titles with the Bulls (1991--93 and '96--98),got 21.1% of the Eastern Conference vote but only 13.9% from the West.
[ Based on a survey of 248 NBA players ] • For anexpanded version of the poll, go to SI.com/Players.