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During a game last Friday at the Puerto Rico Shootout, DePaul fouled Texas players five times in the final 21 seconds in a bid to cut into the Longhorns' four-point lead, but Texas coach Rick Barnes—who later said he dislikes the rule—kept taking the ball out of bounds. The Longhorns prevailed 68-64. "Ifs a bad rule," Blue Demons coach Pat Kennedy said. "A coach would never opt to shoot."

As Louisville's Tony Williams said after the Cardinals' hackathon against Xavier, "This should count on our record as an experimental game since it was an experimental rule and not really a rule." It's a rule the NCAA should file and forget.

Leading Scorers On the Road

Media hounds spent much of last month sniffing through a 97-page federal indictment of Steven Kaplan, who owns an Atlanta strip bar called The Gold Club, and 15 others on charges involving police corruption, credit card fraud, money laundering, loan-sharking and prostitution. Most intriguing was a passage in the indictment (whose charges have been denied by Kaplan and the club's lawyers) stating that "defendants and other persons transported female dancers from The Gold Club to the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, so that the dancers could perform a lesbian sex show and have sex with members of a professional basketball team." That reference to a 1997 sex party was accompanied by passages alluding to other alleged encounters between players and members of another entertainment profession.

"In or about October 1994, the defendant, Steven E. Kaplan, paid monies to female employees of The Gold Club to perform a lesbian sex show for professional basketball players.... In or about the Spring of 1996, the defendant, Steven E. Kaplan, and other persons transported female employees of The Gold Club to Augusta, Georgia, to have sex with a professional basketball player.... In or about the Fall of 1997...a dancer at The Gold Club performed oral sex on a professional basketball player in a Gold Room, in exchange for monies paid to the defendant."

One New York tabloid quickly pointed out that the Knicks were the only NBA team in Charleston—for a minicamp before the playoffs—at the time of the alleged sex party in '97. KINKY KNICKS PARTY read a Daily News headline. Many New York players refused to comment on the story, while Latrell Sprewell said, "This is one you can't pin on me." He wasn't a Knick in '97

Less ink was spilled on the more basic issue of pro jocks' fondness for so-called adult entertainment. Is every night a bachelor party for teams on the road? As anyone who has followed a jock's posse on a lap-dancing safari can tell you, the answer might be yes. Athletes often get comped at joints like The Gold Club because, like models in London and Manhattan night spots, they attract paying customers by making a club seem trendy.

After Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell suspended The Gold Club's liquor license last week, Alan Begner, the club's lawyer, objected. "We're in the alcohol business," said Begner. "Alcohol and nude dancing just go together." A day later Superior Court judge Cynthia Wright lifted the suspension, and what passes for the good times rolled again at The Gold Club.

The Barbering Of Saville

Bruce Saville, one of the Oilers' owners, had been bugging general manager Glen Sather for a chance to hit the ice with the team. When practice goalie Floyd Whitney took a day off last month, Sather called Saville's bluff. "Be at practice at 9:30 tomorrow or get off my case," Sather said.

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