Your morning roundup for Feb. 13. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we're watching (all times EST, unless noted): Syracuse at Louisville (ESPN) and Iowa State at Baylor (ESPNU) in men's college basketball at 7. Minnesota at Orlando in (NBATV) in NBA Basketball at 7. Kentucky at Tennessee (ESPN2) in women's college basketball at 7. San Jose at Washington (NBCSN) in NHL hockey at 7:30. Nebraska at Minnesota (Big Ten Network) in women's college basketball at 7:30. Connecticut at Oklahoma (ESPN2) in women's college basketball at 9. Kansas at Kansas State (ESPN) and Maryland-Eastern Shore at Coppin State (ESPNU) in men's college basketball at 9. Phoenix at Golden State (NBATV) at 10:30.
The Living Nightmare: "This year, for the first time, women's boxing is an Olympic event, and many regard the 27-year-old Quanitta Underwood as America's best hope for a medal...Underwood, of course, covets a gold medal and the fame that would come with it. "I want to take that ride," she says. "I want to be a household name." But beyond that, she wants to be a symbol of hope to anyone who has ever been sexually abused, though to do so requires something harder for her than a thousand hours of hitting the heavy bag. She has to talk about what happened." [New York Times]
Agent Zero, meet Metta World Peace? "While the Los Angeles Lakers were in Toronto on Sunday finishing off their six-game road trip, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was holding a private workout for free agent guard Gilbert Arenas, according to multiple sources...Arenas' workout was held at the Bel Air home of Lakers season ticket holder and L.A. Gear sneaker mogul Steven Jackson. Jackson's house includes a private basketball court, painted as a replica of the Lakers' home floor at Staples Center. The Miami Heat practiced at Jackson's home last month prior to playing the Los Angeles Clippers." [ESPN LA]
I hear steroids are legal there: "Former MLB All-Star Jose Canseco will try out with the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican League, the team announced Sunday. ‘Back in baseball I knew I would play this year you just gotta believe in your dreams,' Canseco wrote Sunday on Twitter. ‘Leave on redeye tonite to start spring training with AAA quintana roo tigers tomorrow . TEam won league championship last year.'" [ESPN]
Your Reporter Ruining The Fun Interlude:
AJ Burnett is not Matt Morris: "There's also the Pittsburgh Pirate factor. Burnett has made his desire to stay in New York and compete for their last rotation spot well-known. Being traded to the Pirates is something much different. Does anyone really think that Nick Evans is as excited about his invite to Pirates' camp as Bill Hall was for his invite to Yankees' camp? Remember when the Pirates traded Chad Hermansen to Chicago for Darren Lewis and Lewis just flat-out retired rather than join the team? Or the way Jody Gerut milked his knee injury to get released rather than play for the Pirates? I know I don't need to remind anyone about Raul Mondesi or Aki Iwamura or Derek Bell and their illustrious Pirate careers. Burnett's got $87 million in the bank with $33 million more coming over the next two years no matter what. No one can make him want to be a Pirate if he doesn't want to be." [WHYGAVS]
Ohio State is still Ohio State: "There's a thought out there that Michigan State showed how to beat the Buckeyes, by attacking but not doubling Sullinger, wearing him out, banging him with big bodies and forcing perimeter players to make shots. Maybe. There's a thought that the Buckeyes were exposed against an MSU team now tied for first in the Big Ten, unveiling cracks in the OSU foundation. Maybe. But I don't buy it. The bottom line from Saturday is that the best way to beat the Buckeyes is to have them shoot terribly." [Plain Dealer]
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