Maybe he wrote Juiced just to make a buck, maybe he sold out some old mates, maybe he's nuts to advocate using performance-enhancing drugs under certain conditions. But his best-selling book probably helped bring about congressional hearings on baseball's steroid use and may be remembered as what broke the sport's conspiracy of silence.
Acquired from the Hawks at the NBA trade deadline, the three-time All-Star has goosed Celtics to a 7-1 run, and fans drown out his pregame introduction with cheers. Walker, in the number 8 he wore with Boston from 1996 through 2003, is rebounding (9.4 a game) and scoring (17.8) and, says coach Doc Rivers, "He's probably been our best post defender.... It's nice."
Who says this is football country? The Lone Star State is sending three teams to the men's NCAA tournament ( UTEP could feel mighty at home in the Austin Regional), and no less than seven Texas teams are in the women's bracket--including four who will begin play in Dallas. As for the pros: The Spurs, Mavericks and Rockets are all riding high toward the NBA playoffs.
On the same weekend Washington's Huskies steamed to Pac-10 title and a No. 1 NCAA seed--"I'm really hyped," said guard Will Conroy of team's being sent to nearby Boise. "It means the Dawg Pack can go"--a Norfolk terrier named Coco (right) got best-in-show at Crufts, the world's largest dog show, which drew 120,000 fans in Birmingham, England.