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January 23, 2006
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January 23, 2006

Who's Hot / Who's Not

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Who's Hot

Bode Miller's folk-hero status grows, Daron Rahlves keeps winning (page 72) and top skiers outside the U.S. also rock: Italy's Giorgio Rocca and Croatia's Janica Kostelic--darling of the 2002 Games--both had record-making runs. Three weeks till Turin!

The upset in Indy (page 40) isn't all that has Steel City sports fans stompin'. Pitt's men's hoops team is 14-0, and the Pirates have had an uplifting off-season, signing bats Jeromy Burnitz and Sean Casey. And, oh, yes, Lynn Swann announced he's running for governor.

Mark Messier
Two days before his debut on NBC's NHL Saturday the ferocious Rangers captain was teary-eyed while feted at the Garden. ("Welcome to Mark Messier night, sponsored by Kleenex," said fellow 1994 Cup winner Mike Richter.) Even puckheads in the blue seats got misty seeing Mess at center ice, toddler son in arms, as his number 11 rose to the rafters.

Courtney Paris
Oklahoma center--her twin Ashley is a key Sooner as well--is averaging 21.4 points, 14.7 rebounds and challenging Vols' Candace Parker as the NCCA's top woman freshman.

Who's Not

With Eli done, Peyton took the big hits: Now 3-6 in his playoff career, he saw a season that began 13-0 evaporate when he led the Colts to three first-half points. Peyton attacked his teammates ("Let's just say we had problems with protection," he said) more effectively than he did the Steelers.

It's not just the loss to Carolina (page 44) that has Windy City sports fans bummed. The Bulls have lost 10 of 13, the Blackhawks are out of contention, and Cubs manager Dusty Baker (79-83 last year) got booed at the annual Cubs convention.

Mike Milbury
Ten years as Islanders G.M., eight coaching changes, zero times winning a playoff round and a 18-22-2 record this year before he announced plans to step down. Those "Mike must go" chants finally sank in; said Milbury of Islanders fans and his exit, "There's a good part of the population that has been ... looking forward to it, I dare say."

DeShaun Foster
Poor guy. Panthers running back's broken ankle is his third season-ending injury in four NFL seasons. This one comes when he's about to become a free agent.

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