ROY WILLIAMS The UNC coach said Michael Jordan still hits him up for tickets. If it's a sellout, said Williams, "Somebody is moving, and somebody just lost their parking pass."
That's Cold, Man
NORTH DAKOTA STATE coach Saul Phillips was excited to be in the field for the first time. But he was also psyched about the opportunity to go somewhere warm. "You could put together an all-star team of UCLA, Duke, North Carolina—anybody—and if you put them down in Miami, we'll play them," he said from Sioux Falls, S.D., where a blizzard stranded the team after its conference tournament. Alas, Phillips found out the NCAA has a sick sense of humor: The Bison will play its first-round game against Kansas—in Minneapolis. When we talked again on Monday, Phillips joked, "You look at this matchup, I don't see how you don't go North Dakota State right away. I'm worried about us overlooking Kansas."
Good Thing He Didn't Bolt
WHEN IT comes to negotiations, athletes usually don't reveal what-might-have-been scenarios. But LaDainian Tomlinson was very frank when talking about the teams he was interested in being traded to had he and the Chargers not agreed to a restructured deal. He mentioned the Saints, Broncos and Ravens. LT said one of the things that made Denver attractive was that it plays in the same division as San Diego. So re-signing him was a double bonus for the Chargers: They hang on to one of their most popular players, and they don't have to face an angry Tomlinson twice a year.
THE FINE PRINT: The Giants and the Jets held a ceremony as their new stadium was completed. Jimmy Hoffa showed up and signed memorabilia for an hour.
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