This is an article from the March 22, 2010 issue
West Virginia forward Da'Sean Butler hit not one but two game-winning shots to lead his Mountaineers to their first Big East tournament title and a No. 2 seed in the Big Dance. Meanwhile the Butler Bulldogs rode a 20-game winning streak to a No. 5 seed and an opening matchup against No. 12 UTEP.
Hold the Rogaine! England's Wayne Rooney has 32 goals in 36 games for Manchester United this year, and he's been particularly proficient in the air: He recently headed in seven straight. "The secret is the ball keeps coming off my bald patch," the 24-year-old joked.
The Bobcats are doing their best to impress new owner Michael Jordan (right), winning their sixth straight on Sunday, even with All-Star Gerald Wallace sidelined by a sprained ankle. At 34--31, Charlotte is closing in on the franchise's first-ever playoff berth.
LESS OF REX
There will be less of Rex Ryan for newly dsigned Jets back LaDainian Tomlinson to love—and that's a good thing. The hefty headman (right), who ballooned to 340 pounds last season, had gastric band surgery last Saturday. "I want to see my kids grow," Ryan has said.
You don't want to be one when Pete Sampras rolls up—so says Andre Agassi (left). The former tennis stars' mic'd-up banter got personal during a charity doubles match in California last Friday. Agassi accused Sampras of being a bad tipper, prompting a peeved Pistol Pete to fire a serve directly at his longtime rival.
Pass the tissues. David Beckham (left) tore his left Achilles tendon while playing for AC Milan on Sunday night. The 34-year-old midfielder was carried off the pitch in tears, knowing that his chance to play in a fourth World Cup for England this summer had instantly evaporated.
Perhaps having been mushed one time too many, Whitey-Lance, a wheel dog for Iditarod'er Justin Savidis, went MIA. "Outside of running around with a steak in his pocket, I don't know what [Justin] can do," Savidis's wife said. A day later a piece of salmon lured the pooch back.
MORE OF CHAD
Between his Sunday antics and his forthcoming turn on Dancing with the Stars, there's enough Ochocinco to go around. Now, someone tell that to VH1. The Bengals wideout has signed on for a summer reality show on which 85 women will vie for his favor.
SI PLAYERS NBA POLL
WHO IS THE TOUGHEST DEFENDER IN THE NBA?
Ron Artest, Lakers F 42%
Kobe Bryant, Lakers G 13%
Dwight Howard, Magic C 12%
Kevin Garnett, Celtics F 6%
Shane Battier, Rockets F 4%
Josh Smith (page 40), the only NBA player with both 100 blocks and 100 steals this year, did not receive a single vote.... Phil Jackson, the coach of Artest and Bryant, has coached four NBA All-Defensive first-teamers during his 19-year career.... Only three true centers received any votes, the least of any position by far: Howard, the Pistons' Ben Wallace (2%) and the Celtics' Kendrick Perkins (1%).
Based on a survey of 173 NBA players