FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups (right), 33, is scoring 20.2 points per game—a high for his 13-year career. (No one has peaked later than Year 11.) Meanwhile, Jason Kidd, 36, has found a sixth gear. Last Friday the Mavs' guard got his 104th career triple double and mixed it up with Hawks coach Mike Woodson.
Hello, ladies.... Two more reasons to embrace the actor in the madcap Old Spice ad that spiced up Olympic breaks: He had two stints on the Seahawks' practice squad, and he honed his TV voice in a message to onetime Arizona State teammate Jake Plummer.
As in, the color sported by the three big winners on Saturday, the most important night of college basketball so far. Then No. 4 Syracuse rolled No. 7 Villanova, unranked Oklahoma State stunned No. 1 Kansas, and No. 19 Tennessee upset No. 2 Kentucky.
The NCAA has done a Hulu for hoops fans with vault.ncaa.com, compartmentalizing every Sweet 16- and-upward matchup from the past 10 men's tournaments, sorting by teams, years, and breakdowns of standout shots, blocks and finishes.
COLD, HARD TRUTH
The NFL was a middle-aged graveyard with the release of 30-somethings LaDainian Tomlinson, Brian Westbrook and Terrell Owens, and word was the Jets' Thomas Jones would get the heave-ho. Average age: 32. Average career touchdowns: 108. Someone's gotta bite in free agency, right?
Remind us what the D in D-League stands for. Disappointment? Disaster? The Grizzlies' center was shipped to the Dakota Wizards last Thursday. So 2009's No. 2 overall selection is now the highest draft pick ever to go to the—that's it!—Development League.
In color and spirit: 'Nova, Kansas and Kentucky were joined by Chelsea, which lost at home (to Manchester City) for the first time in 39 games. Meanwhile, Team USA kept up its rep for stylistic slouchery when Clint Dempsey (left) unveiled its new beauty-pageant soccer blues.
What, were their parents away on vacation? After beating the U.S. 2--0 in the women's hockey finals in Vancouver, Tessa Bonhomme (left) and her Canada mates had an on-ice bash featuring booze, stogies and the failed commandeering of an ice resurfacer.
SI PLAYERS NBA POLL
WHO IS THE DIRTIEST PLAYER IN THE NBA?
Reggie Evans, Raptors F 21%
Ron Artest, Lakers F 13%
Andres Nocioni, Kings F 6%
Anderson Varejao, Cavs C 5%
Kobe Bryant, Lakers G 4%
Only Varejao (85th, 5.2 fouls) and Nocioni (89th, 5.1) are among the top 100 in fouls per 48 minutes. Evans has been injured and doesn't have enough playing time to qualify.... Three of the top six vote-getters, including Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (4%), have played internationally.... The NBA's leading fouler, Wizards forward-center Fabricio Oberto (9.1 per 48 minutes), received zero votes.
Based on a survey of 173 NBA players
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