What did the Raptor do for an encore after dropping in 40 points to beat the
Knicks? He scored 38 while playing 55 of 58 minutes in Toronto's double-OT win
over Portland. Bosh's no-nonsense philosophy for a tough game: "You have to
step up, knock down big shots and get big rebounds."
Nice week for the NHL's most underappreciated goalie: The Red Wings signed the
35-year-old to a three-year, $4.25 million extension; he tied Rogie Vachon for
15th on the alltime wins list; and he was selected for the All-Star Game. No
surprise—the guy was 19-2-2.
The Tar Heels look like No. 1 (17--0); they sound like No. 1 ("We are
doggone good," says coach Roy Williams); and, yes, they are No. 1. They've
feasted mostly on cupcakes, but last Saturday's ACC win was sweetest: North
Carolina held N.C. State to 13 first-half points in a 93--62 rout.
He can't hit (.195 over the last two seasons), and he's got bad wheels, but the
Red Sox catcher can handle a knuckler. So to again play once every fifth day as
Tim Wakefield's personal receiver, Mirabelli got a one-year deal worth up to $1
million from the World Series champs.
How did the Pacer make a bad season (4.4 points and 3.1 fouls a game through
Sunday) worse? He got a five-game NBA ban for smoking pot. It cost him $74,000
and further irked coach Jim O'Brien, who told Indy's Star that even before the
ban, "he didn't deserve to be on the court with us."
The Lightning's most expensive player ($7.8 million a year) has been its
biggest bust with three goals (one an empty-netter) in a 16-game stretch. At a
league-worst -25, Richards, says coach John Tortorella, is going through "a
hell of a time." The team too: Tampa Bay is last in the East.
There'll be no NCAA tournament this year for the Illini (8--9). Last Saturday
they lost their fifth straight—to Indiana and freshman guard Eric Gordon, who
last year backed out of his oral commitment to Illinois. Gordon led scorers
with 17 points in the game, his first against the Illini.
He could never field much—neither at catcher nor at first base—but the man
could hit! (Remember that 10-homer April for Detroit in 2006?) Last year he was
relegated to Triple A; last month the Tigers dealt him to Texas; and on Monday
the Rangers, cellar-dwellers in 2007, cut him.