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Posted: Tuesday January 30, 2007 11:54AM; Updated: Tuesday January 30, 2007 11:54AM
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Who's Hot Who's Not
Sure, his Cavs lost to the Suns (who doesn't?), but the King (who scored at least 30 eight times in January) is living large: He got an NBA-high 2.5 million All-Star votes, he's starring in new Windows ads (Microsoft's first-ever NBA spokesmodel), and he planted a seed for a movie based on his "The LeBrons" Nike ads by saying, "That would be cool."
After missing a chance to beat Duke because of what the ACC called a "timing error" -- a game-winning Blue Devils layup was actually scored after time had expired -- the Tigers and coach Oliver Purnell blew an 11-point lead to underdog Virginia. Said Tigers forward James Mays after the Virginia loss, "Everybody's got their head down."
He got what? Righty Jeff Weaver signed for $8.3 million with Seattle after going 8-14 with a 5.76 ERA. No wonder he turned down two years from St. Louis: He wants freedom again next year.
As former coach Tony Dungy takes the Colts to the Super Bowl, Buccaneers vice president Joel Glazer is facing a $300,000-plus suit for allegedly trashing a Palm Beach mansion he rented last year.
Even Alien would have a hard time versus these guys. With the NHL's best home record and best road record -- "We have a good sense of confidence," coach Barry Trotz told The Tennessean -- Nashville and goalie Chris Mason are skating away in the Central. And the good get better: Defenseman Marek Zidlicky is due off IR this week.
How rare is good news for the Central Division doormats? After snapping a 10-game losing streak, coach Denis Savard teared up in gratitude. ("That's how I am. I care," he told the Chicago Sun Times.)And the poor get worse: The Hawks' injury woes continued when defenseman Jim Vandermeer broke his ankle -- against those nasty Predators.
Connecticut home of the polls and a new $52 million sports complex for hoops and hockey. Both men's teams christened the digs with wins, and the No. 20 pucksters have high hopes: Said captain Reid Cashman to The New York Times, "We'd like to be a national contender."
New York home of last season's NCAA-tournament-worthy Gaels and of the current team, 0-20 through Sunday. (Coach Jeff Ruland: "It's like Custer's last stand. Thousands and thousands, and I've got a cap gun.") No relief on ice: Iona's hockey program ended in 2003.