It turns out the seven-time Formula One champion--the world's richest sportsman, the guy London oddsmakers listed at 8 to 15 to win this year's F/1 title--is fallible after all. A freak downpour during his qualifying run for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix left him in the back row of the grid, then he crashed on the 43rd lap of Sunday's race and failed to finish.
After Dick Vermeil had said his AFC-worst defense needed three new players, the Chiefs lost out on two they had coveted: free-agent LB Jeremiah Trotter (he rejected more money from K.C. to return to Philadelphia) and free-agent CB Samari Rolle, who signed with the Ravens.
Despite super sophomore LeBron James's stellar play, Cleveland had lost six straight through Sunday (with LeBron averaging 26.3 points). To avoid repeating last year's late-season fall--seven straight losses cost them a playoff spot--the Cavs must straighten out before a taxing road swing this month.
Roy Williams's old team lost four of its last six, and swingman Keith Langford (14.7 points a game) is on crutches (sprained left ankle) and may not be ready for the Big 12 tournament. Once a cinch for a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs, Kansas fell to No. 9 in the AP poll. Coach Bill Self says the Jayhawks have to "understand sometimes teams lose."