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T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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AND THE WINNER IS ...

From the Los Angeles Times:

An Academy Awards slant on the NBA:

No Country for Old Men: Shaquille O'Neal huffs and puffs to keep up with the other Phoenix Suns.

There Will Be Blood: Another playoff series between the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.

Juno: Commissioner David Stern gives birth to the NBA holy of holies, a Lakers-Boston Celtics final.

And, of course ...

Atonement: Welcome to yet another off-season for Clippers fans.

A BIG GAME

From the Los Angeles Times:

Cecil Fielder this week was named manager of the Atlantic City Surf, an independent minor-league baseball team, meaning he'll work a mere tape-measure shot away from the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino - where he ran up a $580,000 gambling debt eight years ago.

Fielder said he was unconcerned about the proximity, telling the Press of Atlantic City, "Gambling has never been a temptation for me."

Meanwhile, the team's ownership said it was willing to roll the dice on Fielder.

"I think this league was built on a league of second chances," managing partner Mark Schuster said.

If that's the case and even half the Mitchell Report is true, then it should probably brace for an influx of talent.

FROZEN FISH IS ON MENU AT CORNELL

From the Los Angeles Times:

A rivalry that really stinks, or at least has the potential to, was renewed Friday night, when the Harvard men's hockey team cautiously took the ice at Cornell.

That, at times, has been the most difficult task. Cornell fans have often greeted the Harvard players with flying fish - literally - part of on ongoing feud that began 35 years ago.

In 1973 a Harvard student threw a dead chicken at the Big Red's goaltender, in what was like a slap shot in the face of Cornell's agriculture department. In the rematch at Cornell, the fish flew and have ever since.

"Every year Cornell officials try to get them to stop and still they bring the fish," said Harvard coach Ted Donato. "The kids come in the morning and hide fish under ceiling tiles, seats, they even put them in the bathrooms, like the gun for Michael Corleone. …

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