Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Today’s best bet on television

Maryland looks to extend its winning streak when it faces second-ranked Duke in Durham, N.C. 7 p.m., ESPN


“If I talk to him, I’ll tell him time heals.”

Clint Malarchuk, who suffered an on-ice jugular laceration in 1989, on what he would say to Richard Zednik


Roger Clemens

The Rocket seems poised to come out guns blazing today in a congressional hearing on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.

Big East officials

The conference backs a questionable late foul call by referee Bob Donato that allowed Georgetown to steal a 55-53 win over Villanova.

NASCAR fisticuffs

The season heats up with a brawl between former champs Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch that lands both drivers on probation heading into Daytona.

Shaquille O’Neal

How will the Diesel look when he hits the floor with the Suns? Can he help his new team reach greater heights? Or is his tank empty?

Livan Hernandez

The Twins reach a one-year deal with the former Nationals ace to help fill the void left after trading the best pitcher on the planet (Johan Santana) to the Mets.


1. Robert Parish and No. 3 draft pick for picks No. 1 and No. 15 (1980) The Celtics completed the greatest frontcourt of all time by using the pick on Kevin McHale. Golden State drafted Joe Berry Carroll and Rickey Brown.

2. Kobe Bryant for Vlade Divac (1996) — A draft day stroke of genius from Jerry West landed the Lakers a playmaker for the ages.

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Junior Bridgeman and Dave Meyers (1975) — The Bucks dealt Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers, with whom the center won five titles, for a whole lot of nothing.

4. Scottie Pippen for Olden Polynice (1987) — Seattle really needed a center. Six championships later, the Bulls probably came out a little better on this one.

5. Draft rights to Bill Russell for Ed Macauley and draft rights to Cliff Hagan (1956) — The St. Louis Hawks did win the 1958 title, but Russell won 11 with the Celtics.

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