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Feb. 18, 2008
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WHO'S Hot

This is an article from the Feb. 18, 2008 issue

Ducks
With sharpshooter Teemu Selanne (above) out of semiretirement, Anaheim couldn't lose. The Ducks dined out in New York (beating the Islanders, Rangers and Devils), then won in Detroit. Coming up: seven straight games at home on the Pond.

Steve Lowery
Big belly, bad wrist, two double bogeys on Saturday—nothing could keep the 47-year-old, then 305th-ranked golfer from victory at Pebble Beach. Beating the, uh, somewhat more accomplished Vijay Singh (ranked No. 10) in a playoff gave Lowery his third win in 519 career PGA events. Sunday's, he said, was "absolutely my most meaningful."

Jim Zorn
Already a legend in the state of Washington—the lefty threw 107 TDs as the Seahawks' first-ever QB—he's now the man of the hour in Washington, D.C. The Redskins' new head coach (his deal is worth about $15 million over five years) was a surprise hire, even to himself: "Miraculous," he called it.

Wests
The Hornets' David West (page 32) is averaging a career-high 19.6 points in the thrilling Western Conference (176--131) against the East this year). As for carrying New Orleans to a win on Sunday with 33 points? That, as Grammy winner Kanye West (right) might say, can only make him stronger.

WHO's Not

Red Wings
The home loss to Anaheim isn't shameful—not even to the NHL's top team—but falling to cellar-dwellers Toronto and L.A.? More pain: the slap shot from Detroit forward Mikael Samuelsson (above) that broke the jaw of 20-goal teammate Dan Cleary.

Phil Mickelson
Who'd have thought this one would go to 11? The defending Pebble Beach champ shot that number on the 14th hole last Saturday ensuring that he'd miss the cut. It's the highest single-hole score in Lefty's career, and four holes later he hit a tee shot into the Pacific. "It happens," said Mickelson of his double-digiter. "Unfortunately."

John Brady
Though something of a legend around LSU—at 192--139 he's the third-winningest coach in the school's hoops history—Brady's now unemployed. It was a surprise fire to some (he took LSU to the Final Four in 2006), but Brady was 8--13 this year. Said AD Skip Bertman, "He just didn't win enough games."

Male Bears
The women at Baylor (14 wins in 15 games) and Cal (13 of 14) may be cruising to the tournament, but the men are lumbering. Baylor has lost three of four, surrendering a seven-point lead and a potential upset to Kansas, while Cal has dropped four of seven after getting trounced at home by Oregon.

SI PLAYERS NBA POLL

Which opposing player scares you the most to play against?

Kobe Bryant, Lakers G...............35%

Shaquille O'Neal, Suns C.............12%

Kevin Garnett, Celtics F............... 6%

LeBron James, Cavs F.................. 4%

Dwight Howard, Magic C.............. 4%

FAST FACTS
Poll was completed before O'Neal (page 35) was traded from the Heat to the Suns last week.... Bryant particularly unnerves forwards, who gave him more than 41% of their vote.... Among players 35 and older, 63% voted for Bryant, who led the league in points, field goals and field goal attempts this season, as well as the last two.

[Based on a survey of 242 NBA Players] • For more on the poll, and to comment on it, go to SI.com/players.

PHOTOCHRISTOPHER PASATIERI/US PRESSWIRE (SELANNE)PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (SAMUELSSON)PHOTOGREG NELSON (BRADY)PHOTOMIKE BLAKE/REUTERS (WEST)PHOTOCHUCK BURTON/AP (O'NEAL)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (BRYANT)PHOTOJOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS (ZORN)