Saturday, April 19, 2008

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND

We'll be back on Monday.

Willie Harris of the Washington Nationals waits for his turn in the batting cages before taking on the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium on April 18, 2008 in Miami, Florida.


(Photo bt Doug Benc/AFP/Getty Images)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

OL’ ROY OUT OF KANSAS' CRAPPER

by DOUG TUCKER - Associated Press

Roy Williams is out of the outhouse.

The large sketch of the former Kansas coach was removed from the men's room of the Downtown Barbershop on Monday where it had hung as a symbol of fan anger ever since he departed for North Carolina in 2003.

Now "Ol' Roy" is back where he used to be, prominently displayed among the hundreds of sketches, photographs and memorabilia that make the landmark little shop near the Kansas campus a shrine to Jayhawks athletics.

Instead of facing the urinal in the back of the building, the man who coached Kansas to nine conference championships is nestled between photographs of former Jayhawks greats Clyde Lovellette and Wilt Chamberlain.

"The hatchet is buried," shop owner Jon Amyx said. "I think most people would tell you that now."

After Kansas beat Williams' North Carolina team 84-66 in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, many fans said they were no longer hurt and upset that Williams had left town for the Tar Heels without saying goodbye.

Then a week ago they saw Williams wearing a Jayhawk on his heart and cheering Bill Self's Kansas team to an overtime victory against Memphis in the NCAA championship game.

Amyx conducted a survey of his customers before deciding to end Williams' five-year exile to what they had come to call "Roy's Room."

Almost everyone said it was time to bring Roy out and return him to a place of honor.
Of course, the men's room still contains unflattering references to the hated archrival Missouri Tigers.

(AP Photos/Charlie Riedel)


THEY TRIED THIS LAST YEAR

Remember last year when Duke suspended their leading tackler in a move to emulate their heroes FSU, Miami, Virginia Tech and other football powerhouses?

It didn’t work then, and it’s not gonna work now.

Duke offensive tackle Cameron Goldberg has been suspended from the football team for violating team policy.

First-year coach David Cutcliffe announced the suspension in a release issued Tuesday. School spokesman Art Chase said no further details would be made available.

Cutcliffe said Goldberg is suspended from all football related activities, but will have an opportunity to fulfill requirements that would allow him to be reinstated.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound senior from Lutherville, Md., started all 12 games last season at left tackle. He has played in 32 games at Duke and started in 23.

WARNING: STOP, READ THIS

T.A.H. Video of the Month nominee below…

Do not click play on the video below without reading this warning: LANGUAGE ALERT.

This is very funny. Its comedian Joe Lajoie doing a song called “Everyday Normal Guy.” He says one particular obscenity…and he says it A LOT. It’s not the reason it’s funny, but it’s part of the reason it’s funny. You know, how Eddie Murphy or Chris Rock would be funny without F-bombs, but they’re funnier with F-bombs?

DO NOT watch it with your children. DO NOT watch it with your co-workers or your boss if they are the sensitive types.

OK, you’ve been warned. Enjoy (muthaf***ers)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PsnxDQvQpw


SPRING FOOTBALL UPDATE: UVA

There's more than one important player named "Chris" that Virginia desperately needs to replace. In addition to standout defensive end Chris Long, the Cavaliers also have to worry about losing kicker Chris Gould.

During a season in which Virginia won an NCAA-record five games by two points or less, three points every now and then came in pretty handy.
Out with one Chris, in with another.

So far, redshirt freshman Chris Hinkebein (2nd r) is struggling with his accuracy and consistency, although his kicks have been long enough.

"We're trying to work on some things with him to smooth that out, with style and so forth, but it is a situation of concern," coach Al Groh said. "The field goal kicking was such a significant factor in our success last year. Obviously Chris Long is going to be tremendously missed, but we're acutely aware of the tremendous impact Chris Gould had on the team, and if there's a dramatic drop-off in that production how it could significantly affect -- not necessarily how the offense and defense perform -- but what the scoreboard looks like at the end of the game."

PICTURES OF THE DAY

HOKIE SPIRIT...This photo provided by Virginia Tech shows mourners gathering in front of the memorial for the shooting victims of the April 16 shootings for a candle light vigil marking the one year anniversary on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Wednesday, April 16, 2008.

(AP Photo/Michael Kiernan)

Corps of Cadets guards keep watch next to a ceremonial candle during a candlelight vigil on Virginia Tech's Day of Remembrance.




(Photo by Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

BAD SEAT...Now really, would you pay $275 for this seat just so you could say you were at the game?

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

SPRING TRYOUTS...continue for the quarterback job at Maryland.


(Photo by Peter parks/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

EARLY START...and a bad-ass red wagon.

A young fan of Target Chip Ganssi Racing sits in his wagon "racecar" during practice for the IndyCar Series Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 Mile on April 17, 2008 at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan.

(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

NO T.A.H. TODAY TO HONOR VT


There will be no T.A.H. today to honor the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings that took place one year ago today.

God bless the Hokies.

(Click on the image to read names.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

HANSBROUGH TRANSFERRING

Ben Hansbrough, brother of Tar Heel Tyler, got his release from Mississippi State and has spoken to University of Missouri coach Mike Anderson earlier this week about transferring. The Hansbrough family lives in Poplar Bluff, MO.

Hansbrough, a junior-to-be, would miss next season because of NCAA transfer rules but would have two years of eligibility remaining because he hasn't used his redshirt season.

The younger Hansbrough played in 33 games last year and average just over 10 points a game, but Hansbrough is looking for a different opportunity. One source close to Hansbrough says that the team lacks coaching discipline and that the players are running the team. We saw two of their games during the NCAA tournament and we never saw any of his teammates pass him the ball. How he averaged 10.8 points per game seems a mystery.

In addition to Missouri, other schools have also contacted Hansbrough. Schools believed to have been in contact with the sophomore player are Oklahoma, Butler, Notre Dame, Purdue, Arkansas, and Florida. There may also be some interest from Kansas.

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

HAMPSHIRE HONOR SOCIETY

Eleven Atlantic Coast Conference football student-athletes have been honored by the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame as members of the 2008 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better.

The NFF's Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program, greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year and further strengthening its leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs.

Qualifications for membership into this year's inaugural NFF Honor Society include:
1. Being a starter or significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or NAIA college or university;
2. Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout the entire course of undergraduate study; and
3. Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

In all, 11 2007 senior ACC football student-athletes were honored including Virginia's Tom Santi (Nashville, Tenn.), who was chosen earlier as the winner of the ACC's Jim Tatum Award, which is presented annually to the Conference's top senior football scholar-athlete.

Joining Santi in being honored by the National Football Foundation are Nick Larkin (Cincinnati, Ohio) of Boston College; Patrick Bailey (Elmendorf, Tex.) and Matt Rumsey (Dunwoody, Ga.) of Duke; Kevin Tuminello (Youngstown, Ohio) of Georgia Tech; Steve Hauschka (Needham, Mass.) of NC State (top photo); Joe Dailey (Jersey City, N.J.) of North Carolina; Jud Dunlevy (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.) of Virginia Tech; and Louis Frazier (Clearwater, Fla.), Zac Selmon (Norman, Okla.) (bottom photo), and Jeremy Thompson (Charlotte, NC) of Wake Forest.

Wow, how did Florida State, Maryland and Miami miss out...Must not have gotten the memo.

TOP THREE HEELS NOT LOTTERY WINNERS

by Robbi Pickeral, Staff Writer Raleigh News & Observer

One NBA Draft analyst said Monday that North Carolina basketball players Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington likely won't be lottery picks if they choose to declare early and make themselves a part of the NBA Draft.

But returning to college for another season could significantly increase the stock for at least two of those Tar Heels, simply because the talent in the 2009 draft is expected to be thinner. Lottery picks are considered the top 14 selections; underclassmen must submit their names for the draft by April 27.

"It's a really deep draft already this year ... and not everyone has declared yet," said Chris Monter, the publisher of College Basketball News, who frequently talks with NBA team scouts and attends NBA pre-draft camps.

"There were nine freshmen taken last year, and this year there could be even more."


Per NBA rules, team scouts are not allowed to comment on underclassmen. Monter, who does not publish a mock draft until the declaration deadline has passed, said that:

* Hansbrough, a 6-foot-9 junior and the consensus national player of the year, will be an effective pro player for years because of his work ethic. But he isn't viewed as having as much "NBA upside" as younger, more athletic players.

He expects Hansbrough to be a mid to late first-round pick -- whether he goes this year or next.


* Lawson is a strong, physical point guard, but because of his two ankle sprains and seven missed games this season, "people will wonder about his durability."


And although NBA point guards such as Chris Paul and Deron Williams have shown that height doesn't necessarily matter in the pros, "there might be a question about his size in such a deep draft."


He projects the 5-11 sophomore as a first-round pick, "but outside the lottery."

* Ellington is "a very athletic player who can score," but the draft is particularly loaded at shooting guard, so another year would help. He projects the sophomore as a late first-rounder.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams had initial meetings with the players last week and has said he tries to gather information from 10 NBA teams.

UNC will hold its season-ending awards ceremony Thursday. Hansbrough announced his intention to return to UNC at that event last season.

(Photos by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images and Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

TAH VIDEO OF THE MONTH NOMINEE

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the The Leningrad Cowboys singing Sweet Home What The…?

The Leningrad Cowboys is a Finnish rock band famous for its humorous songs and concerts featuring the Soviet Red Army Choir. In short, they are the Finnish version of our beloved SPINAL TAP.

The band was an invention of the Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki, appearing as a fictional band in his 1989 film Leningrad Cowboys Go America. The fictional band, however, was made up of members of a real Finnish band, the Sleepy Sleepers, plus some additional people. In the film, they are joined by Nicky Tesco, former lead member of the UK punk band, The Members.
After the film, the band took on a life of its own, recording music, making videos and giving concerts. The band appeared in two other Aki Kaurismäki films, the Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994) and the Total Balalaika Show (1994), which is a film of a concert performed by the band and the full 160-member Red Army Choir in Helsinki, Finland in June 1993.

In 1994, the band appeared together with 70 members of the Red Army Choir at the 11th annual MTV Music Awards, at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, where they sang the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic Sweet Home Alabama. The show was seen by an estimated 250 million people worldwide.

Just in case you missed it…

SPRING FOOTBALL UPDATE: MARYLAND

News flash: Fridge doesn't know who's gonna play quarterback... Hmmm, that sounds awfully familiar.

Last year's starting quarterback got the fewest reps in the Terps' one-hour scrimmage on Sunday, when Chris Turner threw the ball just three times. After five concussions and inconsistent play have marred his career, it's the last chance for senior Jordan Steffy (pictured)to run Maryland's offense. Coach Ralph Friedgen said Steffy "made a move" on Sunday when he completed 8 of 10 passes for 65 yards.

"It would mean a lot [to start], that's what I'm playing for," Steffy said. "I'd be a fool going into the season content with how things are going."

PICTURE OF THE DAY

PRESIDENTIAL HARDWARE...President Bush poses for a photo in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 14, 2008, with the U.S. Naval Academy football team after presenting the team with the Commander-In-Chief trophy.

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

I LIKE BIG BUTTS AND I CANNOT LIE...but this is ridiculous.

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save against the New Jersey Devils during game three of the 2008 NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 13, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

THREE CHEERS FOR THE GREY, WHITE AND BLACK...? Gymnast Jonathan Horton poses for a portrait during the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summitt at the Palmer House Hilton on April 14, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

PERFECTLY PARALLEL...Stephen Drew #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks can't reach a single hit by Jose Castilllo of the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning during a Major League Baseball game on March 14, 2008 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.

We aren't sure what's going on in the background of this photo.

(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

GOING PRO...Michael Beasley #30 of the Kansas State Wildcats looks on against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Midwest Region second round of the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 22, 2008 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Yesterday the talented freshman announced he was headed to the NBA draft.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Monday, April 14, 2008

WHAT DO TIGER, TYLER AND HOWARD STERN HAVE IN COMMON?

Robbi Pickeral of the News & Observer in Raleigh wrote a nice piece recently outlining Tyler Hansbrough’s reasons for staying in school and for leaving school.

http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/unc/story/1031747.html

Of note to us was one of the REASONS TO GO:

According to Pickeral, one critical issue is “overexposure.” “He started feeling some of the backlash that goes with being the NCAA's top player when a few members of the national media complained that Hansbrough was "overexposed." That sort of criticism is likely to increase.”

We see Pickeral’s point about resentment, jealousy and human nature having a negative impact on what is said about Hansbrough in the media. However, ultimately we think NBA personnel guys are smarter than that…or will they be influenced by a constant stream of unrealistic criticism if he stays in school and doesn’t overwhelm everyone next year.

Ultimately, overexposure is exactly what Tyler Hansbrough and Tiger Woods have in common.
We heard a caller on the radio pre-Masters saying he was going to pull against Tiger and an Augusta victory because he is “sick to death” of the media talking about golf’s best player. He pointed out, perhaps correctly, that if somebody shot 59 and Tiger shot 69 the lead would be “Tiger shoots 69, trails Masters by ten strokes.”

There is a good bit of truth to that, and we noticed it right away when Tiger joined the tour. It obviously hasn’t hurt Woods much as he plays in a sport where he controls exactly what happens to him. Hansbrough needs to impress NBA folks and who knows how much extra criticism as a result of overexposure might impact their decisions on draft day where each spot can cost a kid big bucks.

A lot of people are tired of Tyler Hansbrough and his seemingly endless award season. Some are tired of hearing about his work ethic and about how hard he plays. Frankly, we wouldn’t be shocked to hear that Hansbrough was one of those people.

But, there is a solution. Stop listening. If you are tired of Hansbrough, you can control the amount of his sound bytes with which you are subjected. Granted you will get a big dose during the ACC tournament and NCAA tournament if he hangs around, but you still have the ultimate control. Change the channel. Don’t read the story in the paper or on the Internet. Watch UNC games with the sound off…You know the rules of basketball, you don’t need anybody to tell you what you are seeing, and you certainly don’t need to subject what is left of your brain to Dick Vitale’s shrill nonsensical blathering.

You ultimately have control of overexposure. We stopped watching all but the majors a few years back because we were weary of Tigerwatch which dominated any tournament in which he played. We get it. So we could still enjoy Tiger’s march to greatness, we simply edited our own exposure. It wasn’t all that hard. More grass got mowed, etc.

BOTTOM LINE: Don’t bust on Tiger or Tyler because of something a third party (the media) is doing.

Didn’t we go through this some years back when shock jock Howard Stern burst onto the scene. People were screaming about the content of his hit radio show.

Now, like then, the solution was simple, if you don’t like what the media is saying, stop looking, listening and reading.

(But make sure you read the rest of T.A.H.)

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images, AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill and somebody that works for Martha Stewart)

TIGER LOSES MASTER, WORLD’S ROTATION MOVES SLIGHTY OFF KILTER

From DEADSPIN (verbatim):

It wasn't the most thrilling of finishes, but Trevor Immelman is your 2008 Masters champion regardless. Immelman, the first South African to be jacketed champion at Augusta since Gary Player in 1978, was able to protect the lead he held from the tournament's first round. Immelman's 75 wasn't all that pretty, but given the way the tough conditions decimated the rest of the leaderboard, it is impressive. On a side note, it should come as no surprise that Trevor has a crazy hot wife and a cute kid. Defending champ Zach Johnson thinks he'll have it all as soon as he embraces somebody as his personal savior.

Tiger Woods snuck into second place with a solid round of even par. If Tiger hadn't been betrayed by his putting stroke, today could have been one of his all-time great rounds. Instead, he finishes three back, and Immelman will be hosting dinner. Fuzzy Zoeller is willing to bet he'll serve "something African."

There you go.

You watched 13 hours of television and the smart asses over at Deadspin knocked it out in two paragraphs.

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

HOKIE WEAVER ENJOYS AUGUSTA

British Amateur Champion Hokie Drew Weaver was struggling to contain his excitement at playing in his first U.S. Masters last week, just short of a year after having to deal with the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

Weaver, who narrowly missed being caught up in the gunfire of the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16 which left 32 fellow students and the gunman dead, failed to make the cut, but enjoyed his Master’s experience. Playing with Raymond Floyd and Jonathan Byrd, Weaver shot 76, 80 on Thursday and Friday.

“One of the things that I talked with my parents and my coach and everybody about, and one of the things I really wanted to do, was to wear the Virginia Tech logo,” Weaver told reporters following Monday’s practice round at Augusta National.

“Just having something with the Virginia Tech logo instantly you get associated with April 16th and it’s very unfortunate.”

Weaver was only 100 meters away, close enough to hear the shots ring through his accounting class, when a gunman opened fire on students.

A text message form a friend told Weaver what was unfolding outside his class room, sending him and his fellow students running for safety.

Weaver spent Masters week living in the famed Crow’s Nest which sits on top the players’ locker room at Augusta National and has been home to some of golf’s greatest names including Tiger Woods.

“It’s just such an incredible week and I just can’t believe — I still can’t believe that I’m actually a part of it and playing in it,” Weaver said. “Today definitely made me realize that I was here, and playing the practice round was just an incredible feeling.”

Drew Weaver watches a putt during the first day of practice prior to the start of the 2008 Masters. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Weaver hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 2008 Masters. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

DUKE'S KING TO VILLANOVA

Taylor King, who had planned to visit Gonzaga and Southern Cal at the end of the month, committed on Sunday to transfer to Villanova after a weekend visit. He will enroll in June.

By NCAA rule, King won't be eligible to compete for a year. But he figures it will actually work in his favor. By the time King is ready to play, the Wildcats will have lost Shane Clark and Dante Cunningham to graduation.

"It just couldn't be a better fit for me," King said. "It wasn't about getting it over with. I wanted it. This gives me the best opportunity to start right away."

King played in all 34 games for the Blue Devils this season and averaged 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds.

The 6-foot-6 forward gives Villanova something it desperately needs -- a solid outside shooter. The Wildcats have good players off the dribble in Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher. But aside from Corey Stokes, they have been lacking in the spot-on shooting department. King made 38 percent of his shots from 3-point range.



YANKEES DE-CURSED

Whew…that’s a big relief.

Frank Gramarossa, project executive for the new Yankee Stadium, removes a Boston Red Sox jersey with the name of player David Ortiz from the ground at the new Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, April 13, 2008. The New York Yankees have ended a construction worker's attempt to jinx their new stadium with a buried Red Sox jersey.
Team officials watched Sunday as construction workers removed the jersey from two feet of concrete in a service corridor of the stadium that is under construction.

(AP Photo/Frances Roberts)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

GREEN JACKET...Trevor Immelman of South Africa receives the green jacket from last year's champion Zach Johnson (L) after he won the US Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 2008 in Augusta, Georgia.

(Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

THANK GOODNESS, THAT'S OVER...Trevor Immelman of South Africa celebrates winning the US Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 2008 in Augusta, Georgia.


(Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
IMMELMAN'S HERO...The man in black, wears white.

Gary Player of South Africa smiles as he walks across the 18th green as his caddie Dave King looks on during the second round of the 2008 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2008 in Augusta, Georgia.


(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

DOOR SLAMMED...No grand slam this year for anybody but Immelman.

Tiger Woods waits on the 16th green during the final round of the 2008 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 2008 in Augusta, Georgia.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

FINALLY ON VACATION...After finishing up with his seemingly endless collection of year end awards, Tyler Hansbrough dons a white fur coat and takes a dip in the ocean.

Actually, it's Polar bear cub Flocke jumping in the water as she is introduced to the public on April 8, 2008 at the zoo in Nuremberg, southern Germany. Four-month old Flocke -- German for snowflake -- has until now been kept behind closed doors at Nuremberg zoo and has been hand-reared by zookeepers because of fears her mother might harm her.

Hmmm...so why didn't they name her Britney Spears?

(AFP/Getty Images)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

BOSTON COLLEGE, NATIONAL CHAMPIONS?

This just in from the Frozen Four: The ACC is the top conference in NCAA Men’s Division 1 College Hockey…But…there’s only one team. CORRECT.

Just so happens that the one team is the National Champion.

One day after coming up short for the Hobey Baker Award (we don’t know what that is, but it sounds important), Boston College’s Nathan Gerbe scored two goals and set up two others to lead the Eagles to a 4-1 triumph over Notre Dame on Saturday and its third NCAA hockey championship.

Sophomore Ben Smith added a goal and two assists and Brian Gibbons set up a pair of tallies for the Eagles (25-11-8), which had lost in the title game each of the previous two years.
Freshman John Muse made 20 saves for Boston College, which also won the national championship in 1949 and 2001 and improved to 57-15 over the last 11 postseasons - the best record among all Division I schools.

Kevin Deeth scored the lone goal for the Fighting Irish (27-16-4), who pulled off huge upsets over New Hampshire, defending champion Michigan State and top-ranked Michigan to reach the title game for the first time in school history.

“It’s great for the sport when you have a school like that that can play hockey at its highest level,” Boston College coach Jerry York said. “It’s a great benefit for all of us in college hockey. … They’re going to be one of those brand-name schools in hockey.”

Gerbe, who recorded a hat trick in Boston College’s 6-1 triumph over North Dakota on Thursday, watched Michigan’s Kevin Porter walk away with the Hobey Baker Award on Friday. The junior made Notre Dame pay, snapping a scoreless tie with goals 3:14 apart early in the second period.

Mark Van Guilder #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tries to control the puck while under pressure form Nick Petrecki #26 and Tim Kunes #6 of the Boston College Golden Eagles in the championship game at the 2008 NCAA Frozen Four Men's Ice Hockey National Championship at the Pepsi Center on April 12, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Boston College forward Nathan Gerbe, (9) second from left, joins teammates in celebrating their 4-1 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA championship hockey game at the Frozen Four . (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

SATURDAY LACROSSE

#2 DUKE 19, #3 UVA 9
Max Quinzani scored a career-high seven goals and Duke scored 10 straight goals to close the contest as the second-ranked Blue Devils defeated third-ranked Virginia, 19-9, in front of a record crowd of 8,000 fans at Klockner Stadium on Saturday night in Charlottesville, Va.

The Blue Devils improve to 12-1 overall and 3-0 in the ACC while the Cavaliers fall to 10-2 overall and 1-2 in league play. Duke captures the ACC regular season title for the third time in four seasons and earns the top seed in the conference tournament slated for April 25 and 27 in Charlottesville. The Blue Devils will meet fourth-seeded North Carolina at 5:00 p.m. while second-seeded Maryland takes on third-seeded Virginia at 7:30 p.m.

#19 OHIO STATE 14, #8 NORTH CAROLINA 11
No. 19 Ohio State opened the second half with a 9-3 scoring run en route to posting a 14-11 upset victory over No. 8 North Carolina Saturday afternoon at the Boys' Latin School. The victory improved the Buckeyes' record to 8-3 on the season while UNC fell to 7-4. The Tar Heels will try to bounce back when they play Hofstra next Saturday at Kenan Stadium in the regular-season finale at 12 noon.

#15 JOHNS HOPKINS 10, MARYLAND 4
The University of Maryland men's lacrosse team dropped a 10-4 decision at No. 15 Johns Hopkins in front of 8,626 fans at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon.

The first quarter was, as expected, a hard-hitting, physical start to the game. Hopkins jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to a running left-hander down the left alley by Paul Rabil. The Blue Jays upped their lead to 2-0 at the 2:47 mark when Steven Boyle dumped a pass to Michael Doneger in front of the crease where he one-timed a shot past Maryland goalie Jason Carter.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Doug Kapustin / April 12, 2008)

HOKIES BACKFIELD CRUMBLING

Can Billy Hite still tote the football? If this stuff keeps up, Virginia Tech's 56-year-old running backs coach may have to line up in the backfield in next Saturday's Maroon-White spring game.

"I think I'm going to have to suit up," Hite cracked Saturday.

A day after learning that No. 1 tailback Kenny Lewis Jr. (pictured) will undergo left shoulder surgery Tuesday and could be out from four to six months, Hite saw Jahre Cheeseman go down with a broken left fibula in Saturday's final full-scale spring scrimmage.

Cheeseman, a promising redshirt junior, was scheduled to undergo surgery Saturday night. In the best-case scenario, Cheeseman could be back to full strength and return in time to participate in the team's August preseason camp.

"I've been doing this a long time and I've never had this many go down," Hite said.
"Shoot, [fullback] Kenny Jefferson ending up pulling a calf muscle [Friday]. I just hope we can get through the next week without losing anybody else."

With Lewis and Cheeseman sidelined, the Hokies are down to three healthy tailbacks -- redshirt freshmen Josh Oglesby and Darren Evans, and senior Dustin Pickle (Salem).

PICTURE OF THE DAY

THE LEADER...through 3 rounds.

Trevor Immelman of South Africa waves to the gallery after a birdie on the 13th green during the third round of the 2008 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2008 in Augusta, Georgia.

Immelman shot 69 on Saturday, his third straight round in the sixties. He leads at -11.

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

MOVING...But, not too much. Tiger shot 68 yesterday to get to -5. That's six strokes behind the leader. Will they back up, while Tiger makes a Sunday charge?

Here, Woods tosses his putter in the air after missing birdie on the 12th green during the third round of the US Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2008 in Augusta, Georgia. A

(Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY 3

NICE SKULL, DUDE...Rory Sabatini will have plenty of time to do some more shopping at Hot Topic this weekend, as he became one of the top players to miss the cut at the Masters.

Here, Sabbatini of South Africa hits out of the trap on the 17th hole during the second round of the 2008 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Friday, April 11, 2008.




(Photos by AP Photo/Chris O'Meara and Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY 4


LONDON CALLING...The London Marathon was this morning.



A runner dressed as a Star Wars' storm trooper starts the London marathon, London, Sunday April 13, 2008. Over 40,000 fun runners will run Sunday's London Marathon to raise money for various charities.




(Rueters and AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

CREATURE FROM THE BLUE LAGOON...Sort of scary in that B-movie creature from some sort of swamp kind of way...Russia's Yuliya Efimova competes in a Women's 200m breaststroke heat during the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Manchester, England, Sunday April 13, 2008.

The pink nails are a nice touch.


(Photo/Paul Thomas)

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