New Piston Chris helped first-place Detroit (winners of 11 of 12 through
Sunday) edge the Bulls with a last-second hoop. He also scored 21 points, his
third game of 18 or more points in two weeks. Said Webber, who spent much of
the season with the lowly Sixers, "I am just playing like a guy who's happy
to be a Piston."
Forget being relegated to the NIT last year. Forget the ho-hum start this
season. The Cardinals had won five straight, were 21--8, and as for the NCAAs?
Says coach Rick Pitino (left), "We're in."
In his first fight in 11 years boxer Tommy (left), who says he's HIV-free,
kayoed John Castle to go to 47-3-1. ("I'm satisfied," said the Rocky V
star.) Blossoming Bobcat rookie Adam averaged 19.0 points as Charlotte won
three of four.
Down went skeletoners Zach Lund (left) and Katie Uhlaender! Down went
bobsledder Steven Holcomb! In winter sports swift descents rule: Each clinched
a World Cup title.
Former Piston Ben's long, headband-controversy-plagued season as a Bull (he
missed the All-Star Game for the first time in five years) might have taken a
turn with a win in his old stomping grounds. But the Bulls blew a 16-point lead
(they'd lost six of 10 through Sunday), and the much-booed Wallace yelled at
some hecklers, "Shut up!"
Last year's Final Four darlings are 15--14, have lost five of seven and must
win their conference tournament to make the NCAAs. Can they? Coach Jim
Larranaga (left): "We're going to be a long shot."
Laker Vladimir Radmanovic (left) revealed he'd separated his right shoulder
while snowboarding (retracting an "I fell on some ice" story) and faces
a club fine. Where was he when he transgressed? Visiting ex-Laker Vlade Divac
Top seeds Phil Mickelson (left), Jim Furyk, and, oh, yes, Tiger went down in
match play, leaving one U.S. player in the final eight—Chad Campbell, who bowed
in the semis.