Cavs 'n' Mavs
Cleveland (with LeBron James scoring madly) and Dallas (17 straight behind MVP
candidate Dirk Nowitzki, above, who, among other feats, had sunk 57 of 58 free
throws) had combined to win 23 of 24 games through Sunday—the lone loss when
the Mavericks nipped the Cavaliers by three on March 1. Hmmm, was that a Finals
preview we got?
Comebacking slugger Sosa (SI, March 5) sure has his whammy so far: He was
hitting .476 (that's no misprint) including a two-hit day against his former
team the Cubs: "Sometimes they think you are finished," he
philosophized, "and I am not."
The Raiders snagged their first NCAA berth in 14 years. (Now, says guard
DaShaun Wood, right, "We have to keep going.") The baseball team
blasted Air Force 52--11 in a four-game sweep and is feeling proud: Sidearming
alum Joe Smith hadn't allowed a run in his bid to make the Mets as a
Out of the closet, into the sales force: Gay, bald ex-NBAer, got a deal to
endorse—no, not Snickers—HeadBlades, makers of fine shaving products for the
After failing to trade Jason Kidd (above) or Vince Carter, New Jersey has been
off-kilter. With five straight losses through Sunday the Nets may miss the
playoffs—supplanted by the rival Knicks!—for the first time since 2001.
N'awlins-- Oklahoma City had dropped five straight, too, dimming its chances in
Soccer star Giovanni, the top scorer in Red Bulls (n� Metro-Stars) history, was
reportedly fired as director of the team's youth program. According to
bigapplesoccer.com, a glum Savarese said in a letter, "The decision to
terminate my employment was theirs alone."
No NCAAs for the 12--20 Eagles men's team. The women will settle for the NIT
after their 49-game conference win streak was snapped by Morgan State.
("Unfamiliar territory," coach Derek Brown said after the team blew an
11-point lead.) No respite on the diamond: Coppin's baseballers started
Where was it at? Since his anti-gay rant, the ex-NBAer has lost
endorsements—most recently with Bald Guyz, makers of grooming products for the
shiny domed set.