BIG CITY HOOPS
The Knicks, Nets, Lakers and Clippers lost 11 of their first 12 games. The lone win was by the Lakers—against the Clippers. "We're going to accentuate the positive," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said after his team gave up 141 points in an OT loss to the Sixers. Not surprisingly, he didn't specify where he'd find it.
The struggling Galácticos lost 4--0 to Alcorcon, a team with 1/400 of their budget. Real has been hit hard by injuries, most notably to Cristiano Ronaldo's ankle. Why? Tabloids said last week that jilted lover Paris Hilton confessed to hiring a witch named Pepe to put a hex on her ex.
Steven Jackson's 25-yard TD run with 1:38 left gave St. Louis a 17--10 victory and made 1--6 Detroit the first team to lose to the Rams this year. "There's no such thing as an ugly win," said Jackson. Um, Steve, you guys were winning 3--2 at one point. In the second quarter.
The Division I-A newbies had their best chance for a win last Saturday, against 1--6 North Texas. But the Mean Green tied a school record for points in a 68--49 win. "We made mistakes," said coach David Elson, following the Hilltoppers' 16th straight loss.