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League opened 19th season with solid TV deal and high-profile owners Jon Bon Jovi ( Philadelphia), John Elway ( Colorado) and Mike Ditka ( Chicago). Teams averaged 47 points first week; three games were decided by three or less.
LeBron and Kobe are nursing sprains, and Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, just off surgery, showed up in court with right ankle in cast, then got four months for using a cellphone to try to set up a drug deal. And the incessant talk of TO's injury--the "will he or won't he be ready for big one" debate began before Christmas--is enough to make you cry "ankle!"
After accepting, then abruptly backing out of, job as USC basketball coach in December, big fella was back as ESPN analyst and freelance lech. During Tennessee-Kentucky game he said he hoped to see Wildcats fan Ashley Judd in stands so he didn't "have to watch adult videos back at the hotel." Classy.
Bobcats coach tells players to stop complaining to refs, vowing to quit own whining as well. Next night he gets ejected from game versus Sixers for ... arguing with ref. Said Bickerstaff, "That's great leadership, huh?"
UConn men's hoop team trekked to South Bend and lost to unranked Notre Dame. Hours later, Irish struck again, the women's team giving Huskies first Big East home loss since 1993. State's egghead hoopsters are faring even worse: Yale men's and women's team's are 7-25 combined.