?The new shot clocks atop the baskets at Reunion Arena, thanks to a fan who E-mailed Mavericks owner-in-waiting Mark Cuban to note that a three-sided configuration would let fans see the 24-second clock no matter where they're sitting.
?A British billboard campaign by lingerie maker Berlei, featuring tennis vixen Anna Kournikova clad in the firm's Shock Absorber sports bra. The ad's slogan: ONLY THE BALL SHOULD BOUNCE.
?Bledsoenet.com, by the Patriots' Drew Bledsoe. The internet service provider offers @bledsoenet.com E-mail addresses and the option of filtering out unwanted sites. Said Drew of the latter, "I'd like to have some certainty and comfort that [two-year-old son] Stu can't [someday] pull up porno and bomb-making recipes."
? Vince Carter, at being given jersey number 9 for the U.S. Olympic team, the same digit Michael Jordan wore in the 1984 and '92 Games. "He hates it," a source close to Carter, who's weary of comparisons with MJ, told The Toronto Star. "He'll do anything to not wear that number."
?As inappropriate, ads for Fox Sports Net's Sports Geniuses quiz show, from FSN-affiliated Madison Square Garden Network. The offending spots depict, among other things, a cross-dresser, a woman breast-feeding and wolves having sex.