With his spring-leading five HRs and .469 average, Michael Morse (right) had the Nationals—yes, really—one game back of the Grapefruit League lead through Monday. Back in D.C., the Capitals (40-20-10) won their eighth straight, 4--3 over Chicago on Sunday, thanks to Mike Knuble's OT goal.
Has there ever been a more dominant season-ending performance than Kemba Walker's last week? The UConn guard seemed to single-handedly win the Big East tourney for the Huskies, scoring 130 points over five games, the most ever in an NCAA conference tournament.
Melky Cabrera has spoiled Royals fans this spring, hitting .517 through 13 games; meanwhile Asdrubal Cabrera—no relation—has been a bright spot (.636 slugging) for the Indians. And Miguel? After a rough start, plus the DUI, he was 6 for 10 over the weekend with four RBIs.
Celtics G.M. Danny Ainge was ripped by fans, media and—reportedly—his players for trading Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson last month. Since then newbies Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic (right) have combined for 24.5 ppg. Perkins and Robinson? Six points in OKC. Total.
As in the $1 salary that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took last week when the NFL's CBA expired. Goodell, who makes about $10 million annually, said that he and general counsel Jeff Pash ($5 million) will not be paid beyond that until a resolution with the NFLPA is met. Cute, but a p.r. ploy nonetheless.
Two weeks after being the only EPL team up for four trophies, the Gunners appear out of ammo. They lost G Wojciech Szczesny (left) and D Johan Djourou in defeats by Barca and Man U that took them out of trophy chases, after a loss to Birmingham in the Carling Cup final.
Former CBS play-by-play man Billy Packer drew the ire of Charles Barkley (left) after he dubbed TNT's broadcast crew unfit to call the NCAA tourney. (YouTube "Barkley-Packer" for much hilarity.) Oh, and the Green Bay Packers? That lockout has to be killing any Super Bowl buzz.
Ian Poulter, the world's 14th-ranked golfer, said last week that he's allergic to grass—a tough break considering his workplace. And in England, Man City's Mario Balotelli left a Europa League game due to a similar affliction, sapping the Citizens of his offense in a 2--0 loss.
SI PLAYERS NBA POLL
WHICH COACH IS MOST ANNOYING DURING GAMES?
Stan Van Gundy, Magic 65%
Phil Jackson, Lakers 7%
Scott Skiles, Bucks 7%
Avery Johnson, Nets 4%
Gregg Popovich, Spurs 3%
Two coaches who left their teams midseason received votes: Larry Brown of the Bobcats (2%) and Jerry Sloan of the Jazz (1%).... Sloan, Brown and Jackson all are among the top six alltime in NBA coaching wins.... Two non--head coaches, Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank and Bobcats majority owner Michael Jordan, received one vote apiece.... The Pistons' John Kuester is tied for the lead among NBA coaches with eight technicals but received no votes; Van Gundy's seven techs tie him for third.
Based on 138 players who responded to SI's survey
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