Who needs LeBron? Cleveland for one. The Cavs took a 28-point whuppin' from James's Heat last Thursday, then added to its embarrassment two nights later with a 34-point loss to the cellar-dwelling T-Wolves. Through Sunday, Cleveland was 7--13 and owner of the NBA's worst point differential (-8.1 per game).
Roger Burden, England's soccer chief, said what everyone else was thinking when Russia and Qatar were named 2018 and '22 World Cup hosts. Citing broken promises by FIFA's Cup voters, Burden pouted, "I am not prepared to deal with people I cannot trust." Then he quit.
The Lions and the Panthers? Go ahead, write 'em off. A loss to Chicago made it five straight for Detroit (2--10), who, if it doesn't win again in '10 will have just 44 victories this century. And Carolina (1--11) is a punch line again after allowing 31 straight points to Seattle in a loss.
After a 3--1 start, the Kings had lost 13 of 14 through Sunday and fallen to 28th in scoring (94.0 ppg)—all of which helps to explain their NBA-worst attendance. Also disappointing has been No. 5 draft pick DeMarcus Cousins, who said of his poor play, "I've been terrible."