What we watched: I watched The Fugitive on AMC. Great film. It is a fun watch because the two main characters are both protagonists, only they don't know it until the very end. It's also a fun watch because it came out in 1992, a few years before Tommy Lee Jones's face started to slowly decompose.
I then tried to stay up to watch The Specialist with Sylvester Stallone, Eric Roberts, Sharon Stone and a beyond campy James Woods. I couldn't believe I had never seen it but thanks to all the Nyquil I'm hopped up on, all I know about it is that there were a lot of bombs.
What we're watching (all times EST, unless noted): NBA: Sacramento at Utah at 9:00 p.m. (NBA TV). College Basketball: St. John's at Duke at 12:00 p.m. (ESPN), Texas at Baylor at 1:00 p.m. (CBS), Georgetown at Pittsburgh at 4:00 p.m. (ESPN).
Slick Willie: "The old Bob Hope celebrity pro-am is now Clinton's event. He made one call and got Phil Mickelson to sign up. Another one yielded his old buddy Greg Norman. Morgan Freeman, Alice Cooper and Julius Erving played. Over the week, Goldie Hawn, Annika Sorenstam, Arnold Palmer and Chelsea Clinton popped in and out.
Every PGA Tour event has a cause, and the (deep breath here) Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation is dedicated to lowering your cholesterol and raising your metabolism. Clinton is all in. He's signed on as the Humana host through 2019. The gig doesn't pay him a cent, but it keeps him in the game. He likes that.
Thursday morning, during the event's first round, Clinton was in a hospitality suite, looking at a picture in the local paper: his wife craning her neck and smiling impishly at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, newly named as a 'global cultural ambassador' for the State Department. 'I've got a picture of him in my gym,' Clinton said. Not just for his sky hook, he explained, but for his hook shot and his commitment to racial equality. In that same way, Lance Armstrong, who dropped in last week, has a place in Clinton's sporting pantheon. (Cancer research.) Ditto for Tiger Woods, who did not play last week. (Childhood education.) Clinton is working on Woods for next year. Woods would be smart to say yes and hang close to 42, as Clinton's golf balls are stamped. Who has used a mulligan better?" [SI]
Aussie Open: "'It's a dream come true,' she said. 'I have been dreaming and working so hard to win the Grand Slam, and being No. 1 is pretty good bonus. Just the perfect ending and the perfect position to be in.' Azarenka had won 11 straight matches, including a run to the Sydney International title, and reached her first Grand Slam final. Her previous best performance at a major was a semifinal loss to Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon last year. Sharapova had all the experience, being in her sixth major final and having won three — dating to her 2004 Wimbledon title. But it didn't unnerve the 22-year-old Azarenka, the first woman from Belarus to win a singles major. She's also the seventh different woman to win a Grand Slam since Francesca Schiavone won the 2010 French Open, and the fifth different winner in as many majors." [Newsday]
Greg Schiano takes over Bucs, rolls up his sleeves: "The 45-year-old architect of a stunning college football turnaround at Rutgers was formally introduced Friday as the 'right man' to the lead the NFL's youngest team to playoff contention — and beyond. 'I don't believe in doing anything except to be the best,' Schiano told a packed auditorium inside the team's posh headquarters and training facility. 'We're going to try to be the best starting today. How long that's going to take, I can't tell you that. ... But when our best is the best, we'll be Super Bowl champs.' Schiano took over a struggling program at Rutgers and turned it into a Big East contender during an 11-year run with the Scarlet Knights. The Bucs are banking on him to have the same kind of impact in Tampa Bay, which has not won a playoff game since winning it's only NFL title in 2002. 'He's a person who came into a program and built it from the ground up. ... He went in there, rolled up his sleeves, cut no corners, did the hard work that was necessary to put it where it is today,' Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said. [ESPN]
Your baby freaking out to "music" Interlude:
He's back?: "Tiger Woods fired a six-under 66 in the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship to get to 11 under for the tournament. He's tied for the lead with England's Robert Rock. Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways and 16 greens in regulation and had 30 putts. He shot 32 on the back nine with four birdies, including one on the par-5 18th. Rory McIlroy shot a four-under 68 and is tied for third with Peter Hanson, Francesco Molinari and Paul Lawrie. Woods won his own event, the limited-field Chevron World Challenge, in December, but he hasn't had a full-field victory since November of 2009, when he won the Australian Masters." [Golf.com]
More baseball!: "Players and owners have already agreed to add an additional wild-card team in each league, but are still deciding whether it would take effect this year or in 2013. Selig said there are scheduling issues to be worked out — once they are, the new 10-team format would begin with a one-game playoff. 'I really believe we'll have the wild card for 2012, this year,' Selig said Friday night in Chicago at a White Sox fan festival. 'Clubs really want it. I don't think I've ever seen an issue that the clubs want more than to have the extra wild card this year. We're working on dates right now. That'll all take place. It looks to me like we'll have it because I've told everybody we have to have it. It'll be exciting. One-game playoff, it will start the playoffs in a very exciting manner,' he said." [SI]
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