They're in! Five straight home wins had Minnesota bound for the Stanley Cup
playoffs and on the verge of its first Northwest Division title. Other firsts:
All-Star winger Marian Gaborik's 40 goals and 80 points are Wild records.
Gaborik (above) to the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Feels good."
They're back, folks. A year after a crushing loss in the Division II final (up
seven with 45 seconds left), Winona ( Minn.) State took this year's title,
beating Augusta State. The Warriors are now, get this, 73--2 the past two
years. Guard Jonte Flowers (right): "It's a blessing."
The colt's smooth win in the Florida Derby (jockey Kent Desmoreaux to New
York's Daily News: "Did you ever watch a deer bound through a meadow?")
makes him a contender for next month's Run for the Roses. Another Brown,
Antron, won big too, taking an NHRA Top Fuel race in Houston.
Sweet March. After winning a tournament (and $300,000) in Singapore on last
month's first weekend, she won another (and $225,000) in Arizona on Sunday as
her fans waved Mexican flags. Ochoa's feeling it: The world's No. 1 women's
golfer has won 16 of her last 53 events.
They're out? Losing four of six had New Jersey 2 1/2 back of eighth in the East
and on the verge of missing the playoffs—no Kidding!—for the first time in
seven years. Can the Nets rally? Forward Josh Boone (above) to Newark's
Star-Ledger: "If we play defense like we [have been], I don't
That's all, folks. The Astros cut pitcher Woody Williams—his 11.32 spring ERA
may have had something to do with it—and, at 41, he'll retire. Some teammates
said Williams (right) was judged too harshly on his preseason. Hmm ... last
year he went 8--15.
The injury-plagued 2007 (he appeared in just 84 games); the off-season headache
(after an SI.com report had linked him to a shipment of HGH); the miserable
spring (he hit just .189). It adds up to this: The Orioles cut him before
Opening Day. At 31, will the outfielder go the way of Woody?
Cruel March. The golfer blew a four-stroke Sunday lead early last month, then,
last Saturday, got DQ'd from the Zurich Classic after failing to penalize
himself for an obscure bunker infraction. Things may be getting to him—Cink
(left) has now gone 90 events without a win.