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NEWSMAKERS: WHO’S MAKING HEADLINES THIS WEEK?

Kobe Bryant

This 61 needs no asterisk as Bryant lights up Knicks for Madison Square Garden scoring record.

James Harrison

His 100-yard interception return was the greatest play in Super Bowl history — this one isn’t hyperbole.

Michael Phelps

OK, there’s a photo of him at a college party. Is anyone really surprised that athletes do drugs?

Andrew Bynum

His knee injury is a bad break for a guy who looks as if he’s heading for a career of bad breaks.

Pat Summitt

Win No. 1,000 will have to wait until Thursday when Tennessee hosts Georgia.

TWT FIVE: SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS

1. Doritos: Crystal Ball — Anything that involves flying snow globes, free Doritos and immense pain deserves to be No. 1.

2. E*Trade: Talking Baby — Now even babies are worried about the economy.

3. Hulu: Alec in Huluwood — TV rots your brain, but you think you can turn off the TV and the computer? Ha.

4. Castrol: Edge Monkeys — Who doesn’t love monkeys working on cars to the tune of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida?”

5. Cash 4 Gold: Heeer’es Money — Ed McMahon and MC Hammer providing self-deprecating humor is a winner.

WEDNESDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Duke (19-2) plays at Clemson (18-2) in a matchup of teams that should go far in the NCAA tournament. 9 p.m., ESPN

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