It didn't take J.R. Smith long to hear from the league office, after signing with the New York Knicks last month. Smith, who had been playing in China, was fined $25,000 for tweeting a nude photo of a female friend.
Last Friday was the most surprising day in NCAA tournament history, as there were seven upsets in the 16 games played.
The two losses with the largest impact on the brackets were by number two seeds Duke and Missouri. The Blue Devils were stoned by lowly Lehigh 75-70, while the Tigers were beaten by Norfolk State 86-84. A number fifteen had defeated a number two seed only four times in history before this year.
Missouri was a trendy pick to get to the Final Four, while Duke was---well Duke.
#13 Ohio University ousted #4 Michigan 65-60 and #12 South Florida ground up #5 Temple 58-44, in two other huge surprises.
The international federation for boxing (AIBA) has introduced female boxing for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, with 36 boxers scheduled to compete for medals. A few months back, AIBA generated a good deal of controversy by implying that these female competitors would have to wear skirts in the ring, as opposed to the standard pair of shorts. Some lady boxers were quoted as saying they do not even wear skirts when they go out with their friends, with AIBA countering that skirts make it easier to determine whether boxers are male or female.
Following a recent meeting of AIBA’s executive committee, in which the issue was part of the discussion, it has officially been determined that women fighters will have the choice of either sticking with shorts, or adorning the controversial skirts.
The sportsbook at Wynn Las Vegas has made Kentucky a clear favorite to win the NCAA Basketball Tournament, posting an opening line of 9-5 for the top seed. By contrast, Ohio State was the tourney favorite at 4-1 odds last year.
The Wildcats, who last won the NCAA title in 1998, were only 12-20 against the point spread this season.
Other strong favorites include Syracuse at 6-1, North Carolina at 6-1 and the Buckeyes at 7-1.
Oddsmakers clearly like Ohio State more than the NCAA selectors do.
Missouri stands at 8-1, Michigan State 9-1, Kansas 12-1 and Duke 15-1.
The lines for other notable squads such as Vanderbilt are 25-1, with Marquette at 28-1 and Louisville 30-1.
It has been a spectacular season for Harvard, with the notoriety of 2010 graduate Jeremy Lin and the team now heading to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1946.
Missouri, with only seven scholarship players and just two players taller than 6-6, roared to the Big 12 Tournament championship, in their final season before departing for the SEC. The Tigers will definitely be a team to watch in the upcoming NCAA Tourney.
Vanderbilt gave hope to the rest of the country when they upset Kentucky 71-64 in the SEC Tournament. It was the Commodores first appearance in the SEC final game since the 1951 season.
Michigan State won the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2000. That year, the Spartans went on to win the NCAA title.
Backup goaltender Devin Williams of the Erie Otters had been injured earlier in the week. Then, starter Ramis Sadikov was knocked out in the first two minutes of last Saturday's Ontario Hockey League game with the Niagara IceDogs.
So, center Connor Crisp was pressed into service.
Crisp had not played at all this season, while recovering from shoulder surgery. In fact, the 17-year-old had not been in goal since he was five. He was listed as the emergency goalie, but never ever expected to play.