To the list of garments NBA players are now forbidden to wear, tights. Beforethe season commissioner David Stern instituted a dress code for players off thecourt; next he'll reportedly address their on-court looks. According toESPN.com, Stern has decided that next season players will not be permitted towear tights, even for medical reasons. Earlier this year LeBron James worefull-length hose (above) for eight games to keep his sore knee warm. "Idon't see a reason [for the ban]," James told the Akron Beacon Journal."Guys are not just wearing them just because they're trying to make afashion statement, because they're not cute at all."
The WBO heavyweight title, by Sergei Liakhovich of Belarus in an upset decisionover Lamon Brewster. The 29-year-old Liakhovich (23-1) was considered a weakerpuncher than Brewster, 32, but the challenger had the upper hand for most of agrueling fight, even though he was knocked down twice. "Lamon hit veryhard," said Liakhovich, who won on all three judges' cards. "Then hefelt my power." Brewster agreed with the decision, telling the Belarusian,"You earned it, baby. We both deserve to be at the top, but youwon."
By former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, his bid to become mayor ofKiev. The Ukrainian native, 34, who retired from boxing in November because ofa knee injury, had never before run for public office, and he conceded theelection to Leonid Chernovetskiy before the polls closed in Ukraine's capitalcity on March 27. "I tried to be the leader," said Klitschko, who won22% of the vote. "But it is important to know how to win and how tolose."
By at least two Phillies season-ticket holders who thought they were getting ateam highlight DVD, a Spanish-language cockfighting video. ProAction Media ofPhoenix, the DVD's manufacturer, said that the scenes of battling chickens wereincorrectly labeled. The Phillies sent the highlight video to 4,000 fans aspart of a promotional package designed to encourage season-ticket renewals.
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At age 89, former 49ers head coach Howard (Red) Hickey, the inventor of theshotgun formation. Hickey (above) played for the Cleveland Rams' 1945 NFLchampionship team and went 27-27-1 as San Francisco's coach from '59 to '63.But he made his mark on the NFL in a '60 game against the Colts: He spread hisreceivers and moved his quarterback a few yards behind center, calling the setthe shotgun because it sprayed receivers all over the field. The 49ers droppedthe formation after Hickey quit, but it became a staple of NFL game plans afterCowboys coach Tom Landry revived it in the '70s.
For defamation by former Austrian ski coach Walter Mayer, IOC president JacquesRogge and World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound. Mayer was banned from theOlympics after he was accused of doping his athletes at the 2002 Games, but hewas spotted in the Olympic Village in Turin; he fled when police raided theapartments of Austria's cross-country and biathlon teams, crashed his car intoa police blockade and was apprehended. Pound later told reporters that dopingequipment had been found in the raids, and Rogge added that Mayer"organized" Austria's doping efforts. Said Mayer's lawyer, HerwigHasslacher, who filed the suits in Vienna, "It is not true."
By former pro wrestler Nikolai Volkoff, a run for a seat in the Maryland statelegislature in September. A popular villain during the 1970 and '80s who woreSoviet-themed costumes and sang the U.S.S.R.'s national anthem before matches,the 6'3", 300-pound Volkoff (right) is actually a Yugoslavian native andbecame a U.S. citizen in '70. He has been a code inspector in Baltimore for 10years and will seek a spot in the House of Delegates as a Republican in thestate's Seventh District. Volkoff, 59, has not outlined his platform, thoughhe's upset with taxes and the cost of living. He lamented to the AssociatedPress that he used to spend "Two dollars for 20 cans of sardines, and nowfive dollars will get you only six cans."
And charged with taking part in a drug ring, Daniel Green, the father of NorthCarolina basketball player Danny Green. Last Thursday, New York state policeseized 462 pounds of cocaine valued at $40 million; police say Green, 39, wasallegedly "attempting to negotiate the delivery of a significant quantityof cocaine from Mexico." Green, who was one of three people arrested, wascharged with conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, possession ofmarijuana and criminal use of drug paraphernalia and is being held on $7.5million bail. The younger Green was a 2005 McDonald's All-America at St. Mary'sHigh School in Manhasset, N.Y. As a freshman with the Tar Heels this season, heaveraged 7.5 points in 15.3 minutes per game.
Turnovers by the Bucks in their win over the Pacers last Saturday, an NBArecord for the fewest turnovers in a game.
Three-pointers made in the third quarter by the Bucks in their win over theSuns on March 28, an NBA record for the most in one period.
Losses by LSU in the NCAA semifinals, the most of any school that doesn't havea win in the Final Four.
Three-pointers made by LSU in its loss to UCLA last Saturday; Michigan in 1993is the only other team not to sink a three-pointer in a national semifinal orfinal.
Games that are scheduled to be aired in the Detroit Tigers' local televisionpackage, the fewest of any team in the majors.