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Wachovia Center, Day 1

March 20th, 2009

by Aaron Kaplowitz
During the full second that a basketball needs to reach the rim on a three-pointer, visions of David’s stone whizzing toward Goliath’s head materialized on the collective conscience of the Villanova-heavy crowd at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center on Thursday night. The 14-seed American University Eagles were about to become the newest Cinderella, less than 20 minutes away from slaying the powerful Villanova University Wildcats on the first day of NCAA Tournament ‘09.


NBA Fines Referee for Rivers’ Ejection

March 20th, 2009

by Ryne Nelson
The NBA announced yesterday that it fined referee Bill Kennedy an undisclosed amount for issuing what Doc Rivers claimed was “the most unprofessional tech I’ve ever had.”
Rivers was furious after he got whistled for his second technical foul with 29.8 seconds left against the Bulls March 17.


Print Media Dying With the Wizards

March 20th, 2009

As the team continues on its four-game road trip, neither the Washington Post or Times have sent reporters to cover the 16-53 Wiz. The L.A. Times stopped sending writers back in January. Be ready: Beat reports are quickly moving away from newspapers and heading in YouTube’s direction.


Ginobili, Bynum Back at Practice

March 20th, 2009

Both have been cleared to resume basketball-related activities. Ginobili is at least one week away from competing, while the Lakers are playing it safe and keeping Bynum out for another month.


Hornets In-Game Entertainment Hasn’t Quite Improved

March 20th, 2009

First there was the failed ring-of-fire Hugo dunk during last season’s Playoff first round. This year, a halftime performer got his leg stuck in the rim and clanged his chin on metal on a mistiming trampoline jump.


Eddy Curry Takes Custody

March 20th, 2009

Knicks center Eddy Curry has taken custory of his son, Noah Henry-Curry. In January. police had found Noah in the room where his mother, Nova Henry, 24, and 10-month-old sister Ava were murdered. Nova Henry’s former attorney and ex-boyfriend, Fredrick Goings of Chicago, has been charge in the murders.


The Applesauce Geneva Convention Day 2: DAO-ST

March 20th, 2009

by Jake Appleman
There are no boundaries at the grammar school in the land of peace, chocolate, mountains and watchmen. Every nook and cranny, every angle and granny, is designed to affect the game and the way these kids—many of whom speak multiple languages—see the world. And, if you don’t know, now you know.
Ooh, “look” said prophet Aron:
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Barbosa Out

March 20th, 2009

Suns guard Leanardo Barbosa will likely miss the remainder of the season with a hyperextended knee. Fortunately, he won’t be missing any playoff time.