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Who's Hot / Who's Not

April 03, 2006
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Who's Hot / Who's Not

WHO'S Hot

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Badger Pucks

Love them twotimes. Wisconsin's men outlasted Cornell 1-0 in triple OT--the second-longestgame in NCAA tournament history--and are headed to the Frozen Four inMilwaukee. The women's work is already done: They dispatched Minnesota 3-0 intheir NCAA final. Said sophomore Jinelle Zaugg (above), "We say in thelocker room that Wisconsin is the new state of hockey."

Walter RayWilliams Jr.

The good timeskeep rolling for the world's most proficient bowler--horseshoe tosser. Afterlocking up a record-tying 41st PBA title on Sunday (career earnings: $3.4million) Williams, 46, told The Indianapolis Star, "I'm not doneyet."

Nets

By beating thePistons in Detroit, New Jersey, winner of nine straight, including romps overDallas and Phoenix, established itself as a title contender. And good newsahead: The Nets have five of their next six at home.

Yanks Abroad

English soccerteam Reading has been around for 135 years and never qualified for the topflight--until last week. Led by a pair of Americans, goalkeeper MarcusHahnemann, who has 21 shutouts in 38 games, and midfielder Bobby Convey (left),who has five goals, the Royals clinched promotion to the Premier League nextseason.


WHO'S Not

Gopher Pucks

Gopher rhymeswith 0-fer. Minnesota's men suffered a shocking first-round tournament defeatto Holy Cross. (That's on par with Connecticut's loss to George Mason inhoops.) Then the women failed to defend their title, though they played thefinal in Minneapolis. Said sophomore forward Bobbi Ross (above), "We areunsatisfied."

RunelvysHernandez

Perhaps he'llstart going by Elvys Hernandez. The onetime ace of the Royals showed up in camp30 pounds overweight. After a spring of fat pitches--five homers in 12innings--the Royals placed him on the disabled list, citing concerns about hisweight and stamina.

76ers

After beingwalloped by the Pacers on Sunday, Philadelphia, losers of eight of 10, was fivegames under .500. And don't look back: The Bulls are just 1 1/2 games behindthem for the last East playoff spot.

Yanks at Home

Guys, use thegloves. On Sunday, pitcher Chien-Ming Wang took a grounder off the leg and hadto leave New York's game against Detroit. Earlier in the week, catcher JorgePosada (above) broke his nose playing catch and might miss Opening Day. Saidmanager Joe Torre, "We need for him to feel better."

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