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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: Bob Pulley

JACKSONVILLE.COM

LAST WEEK'S QUESTION

Would you like to see the Super Bowl return to Jacksonville?

-- Yes. . .78 percent

-- No. . . .22 percent

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION

If Phoenix Coyotes coach and NHL legend Wayne Gretzky knew his wife, Janet Jones, was making illegal bets, he should be . . .

-- Banned from the league.

-- Suspended for the rest of the season.

-- Suspended for at least two weeks.

-- Left alone. Husbands can't control wives, and vice versa, and shouldn't be expected to turn his or her spouse in for most crimes.

QUOTABLE

"As an Olympian, I will continue to hold my head up high and take the high road."

Zach Lund

U.S. skeleton racer (above), who was ruled out of the 2006 Olympic Games on Friday because he had used an anti-baldness product with a substance that can be used to mask steroid use. The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued a one-year ban.

"Anytime you can replace a legend like Wilt, it's an honor."

Shaquille O'Neal

Miami Heat center who, in a game against Seattle on Dec. 8, 2000, was 0 of 11 on free throws, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's NBA record 0 of 10, set in 1960.

2CENTS

Miami president Pat Riley said over the summer he wanted to be more "hands-on" with the Heat. In the offseason, he brought in Antoine Walker, Jason Williams and James Posey.

Those players, along with Shaquille O'Neal, the best center in the NBA, and Dwyane Wade, the league's best point guard, gave Miami the most talented team it's ever had. And possibly the most talented team in the NBA.

And -- what a coincidence -- just as Shaq came back from injury 21 games into the season, coach Stan Van Gundy suddenly decided he wanted to spend more time with his family. Riley eagerly took over as coach.

Riley, he of the slick, comic Prince Valiant hairdo and richly tailored suits, made his name leading the "Showtime" L.A. Lakers to four NBA titles from 1981 to 1989. Of course, it helped that he had rosters full of Hall-of-Fame and All-Star players such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Jamaal Wilkes and Michael Cooper. …

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