Big Ben Wallace's hair isn't so big any more, but there's reason to fear the'row: He's averaging 20.7 boards in his last three games (including 27 againstthe Bucks), and his Bulls won 11 of 12. "I'd love to have him on myteam," gushed Milwaukee's Ruben Patterson.
A week after setting a team record with 223 yards against the Browns,Pittsburgh's Willie Parker had 132 in a win over Carolina on Sunday for thesuddenly resurgent Steelers, who have won three in a row to creep back intowild-card contention.
There have been a lot of big W's at Wichita State. Behind P.J. Couisnard's 21points, the Shockers beat Maryland--Eastern Shore 102--46 (the third-largestmargin of victory in school history) to run their record to 8--0. They are oneof just six undefeated teams left.
Steve Nash admitted he was sluggish, but Phoenix matched its franchise recordof 14 wins in a row by beating the Kings last Saturday. "Guys areunselfish, move the ball and we just find different guys at different times tostep up," said coach Mike D'Antoni.
Slick Rick Pitino is off to his worst start at Louisville after a 61--49 lossto rival Kentucky. The problem for the 5--4 Cards, according to freshman guardEdgar Sosa, "We shoot it well in practice. But we have to do it when thelights are on."
Last Thursday, Joel and Henrik Lundqvist became the third set of twins to faceeach other in an NHL game. (Goalie Henrik's Rangers beat center Joel's Stars.)The next day Joel was shipped to the minors, and in his next start, againstToronto, Henrik gave up a career-high eight goals before being yanked.
Pucker up, sis: Two of Georgia's five high school state championship gamesended in draws. Said Peachtree Ridge QB Zach Graham, who led a fourth-quarterrally to tie Roswell 14--14, "We don't know if we should be happy or sad.We would love to just finish the game."
They're bad on ice—Florida has lost four of five—but worse on the gridiron.Preseason Super Bowl hopeful Carolina has dropped four in a row to all but fallout of playoff contention. "It's embarrassing," said WR KeyshawnJohnson.
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