Saturday, December 15, 2007

DEACONS HEADED TO COLLEGE CUP FINAL

WAKE FOREST 2, VIRGINIA TECH 0

Despite inaccurate reports to the contrary from "happy" Hokies at Xmas Party #1 (thanks Howard, Morrison & Howard!) last night, Marcus Tracy led Wake Forest to the championship game in the NCAA Men's College Cup, scoring twice in the second half of the Demon Deacons' 2-0 semifinal victory over ACC rival Virginia Tech.

Tracy scored on a leaping header in the 51st minute and completed the scoring in the 83rd minute to send Wake Forest to the NCAA championship game for the first time in school history. The Demon Deacons (21-2-2) will play for the national title Sunday against Ohio State, a 1-0 winner over Massachusetts in the second semifinal.

Virginia Tech's Patrick Nyarko. left, and Wake Forest's Evan Brown, right, battle for control of the ball during the second half. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)

HAPPY APPY

APPALACHIAN STATE 49, DELAWARE 21
By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Appalachian State came up with the perfect bookend to the crazy football season the Mountaineers kicked off with that stunning upset of Michigan.

History as Division I-AA's first three-peat national champions.

"I can't tell you how much relief there is in being a three-peat," Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore said. "It is over."

Armanti Edwards threw for three touchdowns, and Appalachian State jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never trailed in beating Delaware 49-21 on Friday night for a third consecutive title in the Football Championship Subdivision.

And don't think that Michigan win will stand out more in their memories than the third consecutive title.

"Michigan didn't put a ring on our finger," Edwards said.

They became only the third team to win consecutive titles last year, but the Mountaineers now have done something that neither Georgia Southern nor Youngstown State could. They returned to a third straight championship game -- and won by their biggest margin yet.

No. 13 Delaware (11-4) came in looking for its second championship five years. The Fightin' Blue Hens had rallied from 10-0 deficits in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Not this time.

"They were as good as advertised," Delaware coach K.C. Keeler said.

Appalachian State's Devon Moore (20) outruns Delaware's Charles Graves (30) for a touchdown during the first quarter of the FCS championship football game Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photos/Wade Payne)

VOLS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR COMMITS CAREER SUICIDE?

Officials at Duke spent most of yesterday denying the Blue Devils were going to hire Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe. Last night (between Xmas parties 3 and 4), TAH learned that somebody in Durham had come to their senses and leaked the story to the Associated Press. (Thank goodness, the suspense was debilitating.)

Cutcliffe, the mentor to one of football's most famous quarterbacking families will be introduced Saturday as Duke's head coach. Then, he'll begin the daunting task of reversing the Blue Devils' struggles.

The decision to hire Cutcliffe, the former Mississippi coach, apparently was reached during an evening meeting of Duke's search committee. The 53-year-old coach acknowledged earlier in the day he had interviewed for the position, but denied receiving an offer.

Apparently, the hold up came when Coach Krzhfgsm3ski could not be reached to give his approval of the hiring as deemed necessary by his contract/royal decree. KrZxbcslf2ski, who still has not commented, was out of town making a commercial with his new #1 fan Jerry Reinsdorf.

"Oh, baby! I thought I was his #1 dandy...Holy cow! Reinsdorf? USA basketball? No way, baby" said an exasperated Dick Vitale when contacted about Krzcfdgjdk3ski's latest breath.

COUCH BURNING IN ANN ARBOR?

West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez (60-21 as the Mountaineer coach) met with Michigan athletic director Bill Martin on Friday to talk about the Wolverines' coaching job, according to media reports. (TAH doesn't have any sources in WV. During the last storm, the string broke.)

Rodriguez and his agent were in Toledo to talk with Martin and university president Mary Sue Coleman, according to Sporting News Radio, which cited unidentified sources.

Rich Rodriguez takes into the Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl, including a 2-3 tally in bowl competition.

The meeting was confirmed to ESPN's Joe Schad on Friday afternoon by a source close to the situation.

Rodriguez, 44, was back in Morgantown on Friday after taking a flight from Ohio, and unwilling to talk about any possible interest in the Michigan job.

What next? Rodriquez will host a press conference saying “I am the coach of West Virginia.” Immediately following their January 2nd bowl game, he will hold another press conference announcing he’s going to Michigan…if he waits that long.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS LOVE ALICE…Swiss Didier Defago (a known Elton John aficionado) clears a gate on his way to finishing fourth in the Men's FIS Alpine World Cup Super G event in Val Gardena, 14 December 2007.

Didier Cuche won the race ahead of U.S. knucklehead Bode Miller and Liechstenstein's Marco Buechel.


(Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

GRAVITY IS YOUR FRIEND...Beleive it, or not. Austrian skier Marlies Schild, overall Women's World Cup standings leader, takes the starts during the FIS Ski World Cup Women's second downhill training session in St Moritz, 14 December 2007.

(Photo by Oliver Morin/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

IF YOU BUILD IT, they really will come. Especially, if you build it in one of the richest countries in the Middle East. British golfer Lisa Hall tees off during the second round of the Dubai Ladies' Masters golf tournament in Dubai, 14 December 2007.

The ruling family of Dubai, the Maktoums, have a knack for building spectacular golf courses out of barren desert...not to mention a spectacular city out of said desert...

(Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT HUNGARY…A recent American Idol contestant had “never heard of it” as revealed on an episode of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? – Charity Edition. She wasn’t. And we learned that they are excited about new 125cc World champion Aprilia rider Gabor Talmacsi, and they are CRAZY for striped neck ties.

Here Talmacsi arrives in the Syma sports hall of Budapest before a tennis gala. Nice wheelie, dude.

(Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Friday, December 14, 2007

THURSDAY HOOP

MIAMI 64, Mississippi State (Bulldogs, 12,630 students, Starkville, MS) 58
Jack McClinton (right) scored a season-high 29 points, including five three-pointers, to lead the University of Miami men's basketball team to a 64-58 win over Mississippi State, as the Hurricanes remain undefeated at 9-0.

(Photo, as crappy as it is, courtesy of www.theacc.com. Even though, there were only two -- yes, TWO -- NCAA D1 games last night, there were no AP wire photos posted for this game. Go figure.)

CLEMSON BACKER DUI

Clemson linebacker Cortney Vincent is expected to start in the Chick-fil-A Bowl even though he was arrested on a drunken driving charge last weekend. The 22-year-old Vincent was pulled over early Sunday by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and booked at the Pickens County jail, officials said.

The junior was charged with first-offense driving under the influence, detained for about eight hours and released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond, jail officials said.

No. 15 Clemson (9-3) faces No. 22 Auburn on Dec. 31 at the Georgia Dome.

The junior has 64 tackles and two sacks in 12 starts this season. Bowden said Vincent is practicing with the team and the coach said he was immediately made aware of the arrest Sunday.

On Sunday, the South Carolina Highway Patrolman who stopped, and eventually arrested, Vincent was fired. Yo, dude…Clemson, bowl game, starter…use your noggin.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HOCKEY FANS!

It’s Christmas, so TAH is gonna start handing out some Xmas cheer. Today, we say to our main man Gigs, come down out of that damn tree (forget your nine iron, you’re just gonna shank it), and enjoy this great piece on hockey (whatever that is) from Deadspin.

…at least we think it’s about hockey, and we know you love hockey (whatever it is).

It starts out like this: Bonjourrr! Aye, it be me, Willie, bringing ye the recap of hockey action. It's not as manly a sport as caber tossing, or as elegant as a nice round of golf, but it'll do. Plenty of bonny Scotsmen have played hockey. Lanny MacDonald. Al MacInnis. Even Wayne Gretzky. Aye, 'tis true. The Gretzkys be an old Scottish clan. From up near Loch Lomond. Then he had to go and marry that Welsh trollop. Better than an English girl, I suppose, although she is going to lose all his millions at the track…

(God bless her!)

http://deadspin.com/sports/nhl-closer/if-its-not-scottish-its-crap-333386.php

DEACONS, HOKIES HEADED TO SOCCER’S COLLEGE CUP

If you make it to the Final Four in your sport aren’t you supposed to be headed somewhere like Miami or New Orleans?

Not so for Wake Forest and Virginia Tech soccer players who are headed to Cary, NC for the 2008 NCAA College Cup finals.

Cary is a suburb of Raleigh…

Nonetheless, both are in the Final Four – Wake for the second year in a row and the Hokies for the first time ever.

Austin da Luz's goal with 3:21 remaining in the first sudden victory overtime ended a scoreless tie between No. 2 seed Wake Forest and No. 10 seed Notre Dame, while a key defensive play by midfielder Charlie Campbell and Patrick Nyarko's 31st career goal helped the No. 11 seed Virginia Tech men's soccer team with a 1-0 win at No. 3 seed Connecticut last Saturday.

The other two teams in the Cup are Ohio State and Umass.

THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL...

...but, evidently, there is a fair amount of steroids.

Unlike the Vick case where hundreds of thousands of words have been written, steroids in baseball have no doubt ground up millions of words. Here are just a few more.

Way back in the 1990’s baseball insiders were telling TAH that somethin’ was up in the wide wide world of sports (Blazing Saddles?)– mainly performance enhancing drugs.

Now baseball has a wonderful tradition of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) just like it does with the bean ball, the spit ball, the phantom double play, etc. Seriously, where would major leaguers have done in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s without their “greenies.”

Mike Wallace, a lefty reliever with the Phillies and Yankees (1974, 6-0, 2.41 era, etc), knows a thing or two about chemistry (and not the bunson burner kind of chemistry). Wally would never put anything in his body if he knew it might be HELPFUL, so he’s a man we trust on this issue.

When queried on the subject of steroids or any PEDs, in his classic clipped delivery, Wally would say “Two words: Brady Anderson.”

We think he was on to something. Check out these numbers: 4,3,2,21,13,12,16,50,18,18,24,19 and 8. Anything jump out at you? Those digits are Brady’s yearly home run output with the Baltimore Orioles. How about right there in the middle? The 12, 16, 50, 18 and 18 section…yeah, right there -- 50!

Now Brady always claimed to be on the leading edge of nutrition and strength training…He even brought his own blender to the clubhouse. He was the poster boy for “Body For Life” training along with NFL star Shannon Sharpe.

"Because I only hit 50 home runs once, it was, in fact, an aberration. However, it was not a fluke," he told the Baltimore Sun (March 20, 2004). "Nothing can be considered a fluke that takes six months to accomplish. Rather it was a culmination of all my athleticism and baseball skills and years of training peaking simultaneously... Hitting in front of [Roberto] Alomar, [Rafael] Palmeiro, [Bobby] Bonilla and [Cal] Ripken didn't hurt, either." (Good point!)

Anderson added that while the 50 homers may have been 26 more home runs than he hit in any other season, "that's just one more home run per week, just one more good swing. That is the data that simultaneously comforted me and haunted me, the small difference between greatness and mediocrity."

Anderson admitted to using creatine, a legal dietary supplement, and the article described how "players used to tease Anderson for bringing his own blender into the clubhouse, unfamiliar with the concoctions he chugged before or after games."

As of 2006, Anderson is one of only two players (the other being Barry Bonds) to have stolen 50 or more bases in a season (53 in 1992) and hit 50 or more home runs in a season (50 in 1996).

Anderson was not on Mitchell's list as the alleged $40 million investigation didn't go back that far...

Here is a gallery of before/after photos like the two shown here…
http://www.wisecamel.com/2007/04/05/fooling-no-one-baseballs-steroid-users-before-and-after-pics-you-be-the-judge/

PICTURE OF THE DAY

GOOD WAHOOS GONE BAD? You raise them as best you can. You send them to the finest schools, and look what the hell happens…Hangin’ out and partyin’ with the ex-Mayor!

Damn.

(Harkaway Hoos Press Photo)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

GOOD HOKIES GONE BAD? You raise them as best you can. You send them to the finest schools, and look what the hell happens…Hangin’ out and partyin’ with some FSU cheerleaders!

(Tedeschi Hokie Press Photo)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

WEDNESDAY (H)OOPS

Two ACC teams lose at home to non-conference opponents...oops.

Ohio (Bobcats, 17,176 students, Athans, OH) 61. MARYLAND 55

Ohio handed the Terrapins their fourth non-conference home loss in the last 19 seasons, getting 15 points and 15 rebounds from Leon Williams in a stunning 61-55 victory Wednesday night.

Maryland was 131-3 at home against competition outside the Atlantic Coast Conference since Williams took over the program in 1989, including 50-2 since moving into the Comcast Center in 2002.

The losses were to Coppin State in 1989, Florida in 2002 and Manhattan in the 2006 NIT. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Massachusetts (Minutemen, 19,934 students, Amherst, MA) 83, BOSTON COLLEGE 80

Ricky Harris matched his career-high with 25 points and Gary Forbes scored 10 of his 22 in the closing five minutes to lift Massachusetts to an 83-80 win over Boston College Wednesday night in the 13th annual Commonwealth Classic.

The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for UMass (7-2) against its cross-state rivals. The Minutemen nearly squandered a 15-point lead in the closing 10 1/2 minutes, but Forbes helped them hang on.

Tyrese Rice led the Eagles (7-2) with 26 points and John Oates added 11 and eight rebounds.
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOWDEN TO COACH UNTIL 2076

Jimbo Fisher will succeed Bobby Bowden as Florida State's next football coach — someday. President T.K. Wetherell designated offensive coordinator Fisher as "head coach-in waiting," but skipped out of a somewhat unusual news conference Monday without answering questions about the contracts that are not yet finalized.

Bowden, major college football's winningest coach, agreed to return for a 33rd season with options to stay longer.

"Every year I'll just re-sign it and tell 'em if I want to coach another year," Bowden said. "I couldn't ask for anything better than that."

Bowden, Fisher and interim athletic director Bill Proctor all skirted questions about what Proctor described as "agreement(s) in principle" that gives "stability to our program."

Some Florida State alums and fans believe the new agreement will allow Bowden to coach “from the grave” through the 2076 season.

(AP Photo/Phil Coale)

JONES’ HEELS TARRED

The IOC formally stripped Marion Jones of her five Olympic medals Wednesday, wiping her name from the record books following her admission that she was a drug cheat. Jones, a dual citizen of the United States and Belize (where her mother is from) is a 1997 graduate of the University of North Carolina.

The International Olympic Committee also banned the disgraced American athlete from attending next year's Beijing Olympics in any capacity and said it could bar her from future games.

Jones became the first female athlete to win five medals at a single Olympics. Now, it's like it never happened.

Jones had already handed back the three gold medals and two bronze she won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

WHO REALLY CARES?

It’s not that we don’t care about the polls, it’s just that we don’t really care about the polls in December. It means it bit more later in the season when folks start sweating what seed they get in which region in La Danza Grande. Right now, it’s just a nice Christmas gift…

Having said that, the 2005 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels top a list of eight unbeatens among the top nine in this week's ESPN/USA Today men's college basketball poll. The Tar Heels, 8-0, received 25 of 31 first-place votes in the latest poll of 31 coaches. North Carolina has 763 points, 23 more than second-place Memphis (7-0), which picked up four first-place votes.
No. 3 Kansas (9-0) and No. 4 Georgetown (7-0) picked up the remaining two first-place votes. Texas (9-0) is ranked fifth.

Other unbeatens are No. 6 Washington State (9-0), No. 7 DUKE (9-0), No. 9 Pittsburgh (9-0), No. 15 CLEMSON (8-0), No. 21 Vanderbilt (9-0) and No. 24 Saint Mary's (7-0).
St. Mary’s?

LSU’S LES MILES IS NOT GOING TO DUKE

And neither is Vanderbilt’s coach Bobby Johnson, who has withdrawn his name from consideration for the head coaching vacancy at Duke.

Johnson said Tuesday he informed Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams, who oversees athletics, and Duke that he will remain at Vanderbilt.

Johnson met with officials from Duke about their coaching vacancy on Monday in Durham, N.C. He has a 20-50 record since arriving at Vanderbilt in 2002. (Stop snickering, during that same time period Duke is 10-60…)

Former UCLA coach Karl Dorrell also was spotted on the Duke campus Monday and former East Carolina coach and Boston College assistant Steve Logan (above) also is believed to be in consideration.

(Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

LOOK, CRAZY PEOPLE…This is the caption exactly as it was on Yahoo Sports:

“Australian rules footy star Luke Darcy looks out of his Fiat 500 which will be the car of choice for the celebrity race at the 2008 Australian Formula One Grand Prix, during its launch in Melbourne, 13 December 2007. The car is the first Fiat 500 to be seen in Australia; the first right hand model to be seen anywhere in the world; and the first racing version to be seen anywhere in the world. The race usually delights the spectator with many crashes and much carnage.”

Lord knows, a right hand drive Fiat and lots of carnage? Count us in!

What next, soccer balls with goal sensors?

(Photo by William West/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

AND WE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT WAS A PROBLEM...German sporting goods giant Adidas officer Guenter Pfau displays a cut model of a soccer ball during a press conference in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture 13 December 2007.

The ball has a device with goal-line technology, using a magnetic field to provide real-time feedback to a central computer which tracks the ball on the field and sends the data to the referee, allowing them to know whether a ball has crossed the goal line during play.

(Photo by Ken Shimizu/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

DEVINE INTERVENTION? Xavier fan Bill Strietmann holds a sign while dressed as the Pope during a college basketball game against Cincinnati, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, in Cincinnati. It worked, Xavier won 64-59.

(AP Photo/Al Behrman)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

SORT OF ODD LOOKING, ISN'T IT? Austrian Markus Rogan starts the men's 200 metre backstroke qualification during the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Debrecen, Hungary 13 December 2007.

(Photo by Atilla Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

AP ALL-AMERICA FOOTBALL TEAM

Here’s how you can tell that bringing Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College into the ACC has made the football better conference wide. First of all, other football schools want to hire some ACC coaches.

Secondly, folks start turning up on the All-America team, and they aren’t all from the new schools or pigskin stalwarts Miami and Florida State. How about Maryland, Virginia, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech, as well:

FIRST TEAM
Offense: Center - Steve Justice, senior, 6-4, 284, WAKE FOREST
Defense: End - Chris Long, senior, 6-4, 280, VIRGINIA
Safety - Jamie Silva, senior, 5-11, 210, BOSTON COLLEGE



SECOND TEAM
Defense: Cornerback - Brandon Flowers, junior, VIRGINIA TECH
Offense: Punter - Durant Brooks, senior, GEORGIA TECH

THIRD TEAM
Offense: Guards - Andrew Crummey, senior, MARYLAND
Branden Albert, junior, VIRGINIA

Defense: Tackle - Vance Walker, junior, GEORGIA TECH
Linebacker - Xavier Adibi, senior, VIRGINIA TECH
Cornerback - Alphonso Smith, junior, WAKE FOREST
Safety - Kenny Phillips, junior, MIAMI

(AP Photo/Stephen Morton, Gene Galin)

VERY BAD THINGS, PARTS I, II, III, IV...INFINITY

Did you wake up this morning and say, “Wow, I’m glad I’m not Arthur Blank?”

If you didn’t, you should have.

Mind you, the Home Depot co-founder is super rich ($1.3 billion) and owns two pro-sports teams, which doesn’t suck…but, if you’re looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve with somebody who’s going to be enthusiastic about saying adios to ‘07, Blank is your man.

His 2007 has been awful, and yesterday was the chocolate chip on top of the cherry on top of the whipped cream on top of ice cream on top of the icing on Blank’s already crappy cake.

The Falcons owner now has no franchise quarterback, and no coach as head man Bobby Petrino is headed to Arkansas...as in headed to Fayetville right now. He up and quit with three games left.

Prior to the season, the Flacons gave back-up QB Wahoo Matt Schaub away for next to nothing. The Falcons are now 3-10.

Well, at least he’s not spending, as John Prine once said, Christmas in prison...

“It’s Christmas in prison, and the food is real good…
They got turkey and pistols carved out of wood.”


Probably got the wood at Home Depot, so it’s not all bad…

(AP Photo/John Amis)

REALLY NOW: STUPID IS…

…as stupid does.

With all do respect to “Life is like a box of chocolates,” Mrs. Gump really nailed it with the former.

Of course, we realize that literally hundreds of thousands of words have been written about Michael Vick and his dog fighting fiasco, but in the end only one word is needed – stupid.

According to the Atlanta Constitution Journal, Vick's foray into canine ultimate fighting will cost him $142 million, not to mention some crappy time in the joint (no pun intended).

He lost everything to fight dogs with his buddies. He had to know it was illegal, and that if he were caught he would lose his money, his job, his celebrity…his life.

So, now that it’s all over, only one word comes to mind…

CRIMINAL STATE AT RALEIGH

According to ESPN (and they are NEVER wrong!) Authorities have charged two North Carolina State athletes with breaking into cars in Cary.

Police said football player Cedric Hickman and wrestler Christopher Sutton were arrested early Monday. Both were charged with five counts of breaking and entering motor vehicles and five counts of larceny. Sutton also was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing arrest and possession of stolen goods.

Hickman is a 21-year-old fullback from Winston-Salem, and he remains held in the Wake County jail on a $50,000 bond. Sutton is a 19-year-old from Wilmington. He posted a bond of $51,500 and was released.

Hickman caught four passes for 20 yards as a backup fullback. Sutton is 2-3 while wrestling as a heavyweight this season.

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough was named ACC Player of the Week and Boston College's Corey Raji was selected as ACC Rookie of the Week.

In earning the player of the week honors for the second time this season and third time in his career, Hansbrough turned in his 20th career "double-double" scoring a season-high 29 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in Tuesday's 106-71 win at Penn. Hansbrough currently leads the ACC in scoring (21.4) and is second in rebounding (9.6).
Raji averaged 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as the Eagles went 2-0, defeating St. Louis and Maryland. The Washington Township, N.J., forward opened the week with a 13-point, seven-rebound effort in a 61-39 win over the Billikens. Five nights later, against the Terps in his ACC debut, Raji had 17 points and three rebounds in 18 minutes of action in the Eagles 81-78 victory.

(Photos by AP Photo/Elise Amendola and Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

DOES THIS LOOK/SOUND FAMILIAR? England footballer Steven Gerrard's home near Liverpool is pictured after his wife, Alex, was left shaken after coming face-to-face with four masked burglars at the couple's luxury home.

Alex Curran was unhurt in the incident which took place at the house in northwest England as her husband was away playing in Liverpool's Champions League victory at Marseille on Tuesday.

Gerrard is the sixth Liverpool player to be burgled in the past 18 months.

(Photo Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

HUH? Bad light stops play?

Members of India's cricket team wait for the play to resume after it was stopped due to bad light during the last day of the final cricket test match against Pakistan at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007.


India won the series 1-0 after the sun came back out…



(AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NO WONDER IT DOESN'T REALLY CATCH ON IN THE USA...A paper notice informs customers that "We wish to inform our customers that due to the soccer match Roma-Manchester United according to the prefect of the province of Rome decree, the sale of alcoholic beverages spirits is strictly forbidden from..."

Crazy grammar aside, you get the drift...

It probably goes better in Italian: "Desideriamo informare i nostri clienti che dovuto il fiammifero Roma-Manchester di calcio unita secondo il prefect della provincia del decreto de Roma, la vendita degli alcoolici delle bevande di alcoolico รจ proibita a rigorosamente da..."

(Photo by Fillippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

SEE...item above.

(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

TAH...ALL THE SURFING NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT...Australian Laurie Towner jumps a wave to cause a sensational upset in round one of the Billabong Pipeline Masters when he served newly crowned ASP world champion and compatriot Mick Fanning his first round one loss of the year, in Pipeline, 11 December 2007.

Devastated by the loss, Fanning got high.

Elated by the victory, Towner got high.

(Photo by Pierre Tostee/AFP/Getty Images)

Monday, December 10, 2007

SUNDAY HOOP

BOSTON COLLEGE 81, MARYLAND 78
Tyrese Rice scored 19 points to lead Boston College to a 81-78 win over Maryland on Sunday. Rice's final two points came on a pair of free throws with four seconds to play that clinched the win for the Eagles (7-1, 1-0 ACC). John Oates also hit a free throw with one second left for the final margin.

Gervis Vasquez committed a dumb foul (#4) and a technical (#5) with 10:30 left in a tied game. The Terps (6-4, 0-1 ACC), who are inconsistent offensively as it is, never recovered. They made five straight late threes to close the gap.

Maryland's Bambale Osby (50), center, dunks against Boston College's Rakim Sanders, left, and Tyrelle Blair. (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark)

VIRGINIA TECH 68, George Washington (Colonials, 10,818 students, Washington, DC) 36

A.D. Vassallo scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half and Virginia Tech beat George Washington 68-36 Sunday.

Deron Washington added 17 points for the Hokies (5-3), and Jeff Allen recorded his fourth double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

George Washington (3-4) shot 26 percent, hitting just 5 of 27 field goals in the first half to trail 30-14 at the break.

NOLES FALL IN CUP 2-0

In what should have been a BCS bowl, USC took on Florida State. But it wasn’t football as we know it. The Lady Seminoles soccer team came up one game short in a bid for the Womens’ Soccer National Champinship.

USC’s Marihelen Tomer and Janessa Currier scored goals as the Trojans beat Florida State 2-0 on Sunday in the final of the NCAA Women's College Cup.

The Trojans (20-3-2) had never advanced past the second round of the NCAA Tournament before this season, their first under coach Ali Khosroshahin.

Florida State (18-6-3), playing in its third consecutive College Cup, was shut out for just the second time this season. The Seminoles were also playing in the championship game for the first time, a big step for a program that's only existed since 1995.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

OOPS...Safety Anthony Smith promised a win over the Pats...oops. Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots reacts as he walks by Anthony Smith #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers after a penalty was called in the third quarter at Gillette Stadium December 9, 2007 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 34-13 to remain undefeated.

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

OOPS 2...Quarterback Jon Kinta #8 of the Detroit Lions promised a 10 wins season. The Lions started out 6-2, but are now 6-7. Oops. Here Kitna runs into the arena against the Dallas Cowboys on December 9, 2007 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NICE HATS...Brett may be a little to old for this look...Favre wears his NFC North Division Champions hat on the sidelines near the end of a game against the Oakland Raiders on December 9, 2007 at Lambeau Field.

The Packers defeated the Raiders 38-7 to win the NFC North Division title in what could be Favre's final(?) season.

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

HEY, NASCAR’s got nothing on the World Cup when it comes to sponsorships and logos. Other than AUDI, it’s visual overload.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

SATURDAY HOOP

#7 DUKE 95, Michigan (Wolverines, 25,555 students, Ann Arbor, MI) 67

Georgia (Bulldogs, 24,243 students, Athens, GA) 72, WAKE FOREST 50

FLORIDA STATE 95, Maine (Black Bears, 12,120 students, Orono, ME) 55

MIAMI 67, FIU (Golden Panthers, 29,543 students, Miami, FL) 53

East Carolina (Pirates, 18,587 students, Greenville, NC) 75, NC STATE 69

Duke's Jon Scheyer (30) drives to the basket against Michigan's Ekpe Udoh during the second half of a college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007. Duke won 95-67. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

A BOWDEN IN DURHAM?

Oh, no! Not another one…

Terry Bowden, son of FSU icon Bobby and brother of Clemson head man Tommy, is interested in coaching at Duke.

According to Bowden, "All I would want to say is that I'm very interested in any program where I feel like I would be a good fit, where there was a need I could fill. If that means a place that has never won seven games before, then I'd like to help them win seven games. If that means a place that has never won a championship before, then I'd like to help them a win a championship."

Perfect.

(Rumor has it that seven game winner Steve Spurrier, who is consulting Duke AD Joe Alleva on the hire has endorsed a four year contract for Bowden and scheduled his Gamecocks to play the Blue Devils in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.)

If there are any Duke football fans who aren’t already chronically depressed, they are now…

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