Posted: Monday March 7, 2005 10:03AM; Updated: Monday March 7, 2005 3:36PM
Kobe Bryant and Jim Gray should bring their act to Hollywood.
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1. The day after he was signed by the Cardinals, running back Larry Lee Ned was arrested on Friday after allegedly stealing a laptop computer from a security checkpoint at the Phoenix airport. The Cardinals released Ned later that night, not for the alleged theft but for failing to outrun airport police.
2. Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona underwent gastric bypass surgery on Saturday in Colombia to help him shed some of the 267 pounds he carries on his generously listed 5-foot-6 frame. The last straw for Maradona came when he was introduced before a recent soccer match and was mistaken for the ball.
3. TV reporter Jim Gray received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last Wednesday. In an interesting twist, Gray's cement handprint will be intertwined with Kobe Bryant's.
4. Upsets were rampant in college basketball on Sunday, as Ohio State spoiled the perfect season of No. 1 Illinois and Florida beat No. 3 Kentucky. And in the day's biggest shocker, Temple's John Chaney didn't suspend himself.
5. From the life-imitating-art department: Night Shift, the 1982 comedy starring Michael Keaton, Henry Winkler and Shelley Long, is always worth a look when it pops up on cable. For one Georgia funeral home, though, the film about two men who run a prostitution ring out of the city morgue apparently served as motivation. Police in Athens, Ga., raided the Hurley Funeral Home last Thursday and made prostitution and drug arrests. No word on Kevin Costner making a Hurley's cameo as a drunken frat boy as he did in Night Shift.
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6. The number of positive steroids tests in Major League Baseball dropped to between one and two percent in 2004 from five to seven percent a year earlier, commissioner Bud Selig announced on Saturday. Selig touted the results as proof that MLB's testing program is curtailing steroids use. The commissioner used the same rationale to claim that the media has been unfairly harsh about the sport's steroids history, pointing out that no player ever tested positive before 2003.
7. Nike has introduced a new line of casual shoes and boots called Nike Considered, which are touted for using environmentally sustainable materials and manufacturing processes. The company is particularly proud that the shoes are produced by all-vegan sweatshop workers.
8. Sunday afternoon was the type of day for which the clicker was invented. The Illinois-Ohio State and Kentucky-Florida games were just appetizers for the main course, Tiger Woods going mano-a-mano with Phil Mickelson at Doral at the same time that North Carolina and Duke were playing another classic. This is college basketball's time of year, but the Tiger-Phil showdown was the most compelling matchup of the day. It's been unseasonably cold on the East Coast the past few weeks, but Sunday was proof that spring is here for the sports fan -- and not a moment too soon.
9. The Nets hosted their first of three "Hockey Nights" on Saturday against the Magic, giving fans who wore their favorite hockey team's apparel 50 percent off an upper-bowl ticket. Fans who could simply name an NHL team were given 25 percent off.
10. The 10 Spot would like to offer congratulations to its alma mater, Manhattan's Regis High School, for winning its second straight New York City Catholic School Class B city championship on Friday night. The Raiders beat Salesian 54-45 in the final behind 13 points from senior co-captain Noel Mangan. Next up: a game this Sunday at Fordham against a yet-to-be-determined Buffalo-area team for the state Class B championship. Here's hoping this plug gets me a few favorable foul calls in my next game in the Regis Alumni Basketball League. I could certainly use the help.