Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunday Sports Stories

Today may be Selection Sunday for the NCAA, but the biggest basketball game of the day takes place in Houston as the Rockets put their 21 game win streak on the line against the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Houston Chronicle


  • Los Angeles Times NBA beat writer Mark Heisler writes the Houston Rockets may be the most modest 21 game win streak team ever... "The mere number 21 doesn't begin to capture what the Rockets have done. After winning 13 in a row, their world seemed to end Feb. 25 when they lost Yao Ming for the season -- after which they went out and tacked on another eight wins. They're now second only to the 1971-72 Lakers, who had a 33-game streak, which is expected to stand forever -- assuming this isn't a mass hallucination and it falls next." ...
  • Mark Heisler


  • Charlotte Observer sports columnist Tom Sorensen writes how UNC's Tyler Hansborough may not be the most talented player in college basketball, but he may be the hardest worker... "We also won't see another player who reminds us of North Carolina junior Tyler Hansbrough. Unlike the others, he has yet to put on a dazzling move. But he works. He works harder than any player I have ever seen at any level of the sport." ...
  • Tom Sorensen


  • Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist writes tha Illinois' run in the Big 10 tourney is not that big of a deal... "No, Illinois should not be glorifying its mediocre march through Midwestern mush as some sort of historic rally. This is about a struggling, 10th-seeded flop becoming a decent team in a tourney panned nationwide as an aesthetic crash." ...
  • Jay Mariotti


  • Boston Globe sports columnist writes about his scouting trek with former Boston Celtic Dave Cowens... "The year was 1979 and the coach was Dave Cowens. The big difference between that trip and the one that Riley is scheduled to take was that Cowens only arranged to miss practices, not games. But it was an honest-to-God scouting jaunt, all right." ...
  • Bob Ryan


  • New York Daily News sports columnist Mike Lupica "shoots from the lip" about the new Yankees... "For better or worse - and only the season will give us the answer to that one - the Yankees are Joe Girardi's now." ...
  • Mike Lupica


  • New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey writes about Roger Clemens and his link with a 9/11 family... "The family also found a photograph of Kevin with Clemens, two sturdy guys, smiling for the camera. Kevin ran into Clemens at a barbecue place in Manhattan in 1999, and they chatted for 15 minutes." ...
  • George Vecsey


  • Dallas Morning News sports reporter Brad Townsend writes how Jason Kidd has returned to the Mavs as a wiser player... "Many athletes would regard three hours of videotaping, still photos and interviews as drudgery. But even during off-camera moments, Kidd was engaging, patient. Since his return to the franchise that drafted him in 1994 and traded him three years later, there has been an air of contentment about him." ...
  • Brad Townsend
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