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Posted: Wednesday March 9, 2005 9:35AM; Updated: Wednesday March 9, 2005 9:35AM
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Shawn Bradley
Say hello to the NBA's fittest man -- Shawn Bradley.
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1. According to an SI.com report, Vikings coach Mike Tice is being investigated by the NFL for allegedly heading up a Super Bowl ticket-scalping operation within the Minnesota organization. Tice contends he was merely raising funds to feed the family of the Timberwolves' Latrell Sprewell.

2. A new study by The Associated Press reveals that nearly half of NBA players qualify as overweight using the body-mass index (BMI). According to the BMI, the only NBA player at a healthy weight is Mavericks center Shawn Bradley.

3. If you're wondering why the media has generally portrayed Kobe Bryant as the heavy in his rivalry with big man Shaquille O'Neal, the biggest reason might be that Shaq is far more entertaining. Consider the Diesel's response to being named one of four clinically obese NBA players. "I've read that same formula," says the 7-1, 325-pound Shaq, "but as an athlete, I'm classified as phenomenal. You can look it up." That's an eminently fair point, since Shaq doesn't exactly evoke Hot Plate Williams when he turns his massive frame nimbly in the lane for yet another dunk. Then there's this parting shot that Shaq has for those who might call him obese: "You think that, [then] stick to science. Top 50, three rings, lot of money, two mansions." Indeed, his resume is more phat than fat, as the kids say.

4. Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki will be featured on an upcoming episode of the MTV series Punk'd, in which celebrities are placed in embarrassing situations. In Nowitzki's scene, a group of overzealous nutritionists tell him the jeans he is wearing make his butt look fat.

5. Burger chain Carl's Jr. will feature Kobe as one of five Lakers bobbleheads available for $4.99 with the purchase of a value meal. The only catch? The Kobe doll refuses to share the fries.

6. ESPN programming honcho Mark Shapiro said this week the network might exit its NHL TV contract unless the league institutes several rule changes. The first requested change is that the league actually play hockey.

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7. An Illinois doctor hopes to build a Chicago Baseball Museum by the middle of 2006. The biggest hurdle is finding a location large enough to house all of the city's World Series trophies.

8. Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi are among seven current and former baseball stars that a congressional committee plans to subpoena to testify about steroids. Meanwhile, Congress has accepted Barry Bonds' request to miss the hearing to watch a Sanford and Son marathon on Nick at Nite.

9. The Giants have asked the commissioner's office for permission to use a DH during spring training home games as a way to ease Bonds back into the lineup. If the request is denied, the team has asked that Bonds be able to use a golf cart in left field.

10. Cool sports promotion of the week: On Tuesday, Coca-Cola began selling some 200 million specially designed cans offering U.K. soccer fans a chance to win the equivalent of $479,000 in transfer funds for their favorite English or Scottish team. The winning fan's club will be given the money to spend on the player or players of its choice, while the fan will pocket another $19,000. How cool a promotion is this? Imagine winning the chance to help your favorite team acquire real players to help on the field. That would have to be worth several free pints down at your local pub. Still, it's hard to see that such a promotion could ever fly in the U.S. Presumably the NFL and NBA could never allow it given their salary caps, while baseball would carp about the effect on competitive balance. The NHL, of course, barely exists. Even so, it's a great concept and makes me want to buy lots of artificially colored sugar water.

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