Yao Ming may be overrated (see below), but he has helped the Rockets go 6-2
since returning from toe surgery. As Space City readies for NBA All-Star
weekend, locals can see bling on a native son: speedskater Chad Hedrick (above
and page 42) who has a medallion of gold.
The No. 2-ranked women's team, with top scorer Sarah Bauer (left) clinched its
first WCHA title; the No. 4 men beat Ohio State before a hopped-up,
Badger-lovin' crowd of 40,890 at an outdoor game at Lambeau Field. Injured,
Hobey Baker-quality goalie Brian Elliott is back soon.
He's back! Raiders great-a Hall of Fame offensive tackle and the first black
coach in the modern NFL when he led Oakland from 1989 to '94-will again patrol
the Oakland sideline. "It's coming home to finish what I started," he
The Blizzard of 2006 appeared to have struck indoors last week: at men's hoops
games at Connecticut and Texas A&M and at a women's game at Oklahoma, fans
wore all white in solidarity with their teams, each of which won.
A tough watch any year, and this year excruciating. Ten turnovers (six by the
AFC), a couple of botched snaps (by Steve McNair), a fumble by Tiki Barber
(above), four field goals (thrilling!) and a 23-17 NFC win that amounted to the
fewest Pro Bowl points in seven years.
About to become the first fiftysomething female (she's 52) to compete in a
Winter Olympics, slider Anne Abernathy of the U.S. Virgin Islands-who says her
conspicuous red helmet is "in honor of women over 50"-crashed during
practice and broke her wrist, ending her sixth trip to the Games.
He's back-even though Raiders owner Al Davis admitted Shell wasn't his first
choice for coach. Now Shell has the job few wanted. Davis has discarded five
coaches over the past 11 seasons; the Raiders are 13-35 over the past
The Bulldogs most rabid faithful-they call themselves the Kennel Club-were
criticized by faculty and by a campus "gay-straight alliance" after
chanting "Brokeback Mountain" at opponents during a game with St.