Sixers guard Allen Iverson's forthcoming rap album. Originally titled Non-Fiction, the album, which includes the controversial song 40 Bars, will be called Misunderstood. The release date has been pushed from All-Star weekend to June 5.
By the NCAA, contingency plans to move the 2002 men's Final Four out of Atlanta, because Georgia's state flag incorporates the Confederate stars and bars. The NCAA said it will decide in April, after Georgia's current legislative session is completed, whether to relocate the event. Officials in Minneapolis, this year's host city, say the NCAA has inquired about the viability of staging the men's Final Four there in '02.
Horse trainer Neil Terracciano, who was fined $2,000 and suspended for 60 days by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board because his thoroughbred Destination Home tested positive for Viagra. "I have no idea what it does to a horse," said Cornell veterinarian George Maylin, head of the board's testing lab. Said Terracciano, who's appealing the decision, "It's a stiff fine, and that's no joke."
At the tomb of Edgar Allan Poe, in Baltimore, a note anticipating a Giants Super Bowl victory. For 52 years on Jan. 19, Poe's birthday, a black-clad stranger has left three red roses and a bottle of cognac at the writer's grave. This year the bottle was festooned with blue-and-red ribbons and a note, echoing lines from Poe's The Masque of the Red Death and The Cask of Amontillado, that read: "Darkness and decay and the Big Blue hold dominion over all," and "The Baltimore Ravens. A thousand injuries they will suffer."