Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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Home for the holidays, President BILL CLINTON was expected to attend Tuesday night's basketball game between top-ranked Arkansas and Texas Southern.

For Clinton, who often watches Arkansas games at the White House movie theater, it would be his first visit to the Razorbacks' new basketball home, Bud Walton Arena. The Hogs played their final game in Barnhill Arena last March.

"Having the opportunity to have the president in our presence is one of the greatest things that could happen to any team anywhere," Arkansas coach NOLAN RICHARDSON said. "For him to not only watch us play but also be an active fan is like winning a national championship."

Disneyland is just down the freeway from UCLA, but coach TERRY DONAHUE found out earlier this month, much to his surprise, the Bruins were eager to visit the Magic Kingdom as part of the pre-Rose Bowl festivities.

Every UCLA player expressed the intention to visit Disneyland in a straw vote, and the Bruins did so Monday along with their opponents in Saturday's Rose Bowl - the ninth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten Conference.

"The Rose Bowl is definitely THE bowl as far as I'm concerned," said Wisconsin defensive back REGGIE HOLT, who grew up in the shadow of the Orange Bowl. "Even as a kid in Miami, we watched the Rose Bowl. It's great that I've actually come out here and lived my dream of playing there one day."

But coach BARRY ALVAREZ doesn't expect Monday's ride in Disneyland's giant tea cups and the rest of the extracurricular activities to sap their strength for Saturday's game against the 14th-ranked Bruins. And he wants them to savor all the pregame hoopla connected with the Rose Bowl.

"These kids have earned this trip, and I'm not going to lock 'em up in a hotel or put them in a monastery or a seminary or anyplace else," he said.

It was the fourth quarter of New England's 38-0 win over Indianapolis, the Patriots' biggest margin of victory in 14 years, when offensive lineman RICH BALDINGER began chiding coach BILL PARCELLS. …

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