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Paul Ulane

NBA Hot Ten Mailbag

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Paul Ulane
  • March 30, 2009, 3:33 PM

Hey class, it’s the Professor checking in here. I got some great responses to the first ever Hot Ten - keep them coming! And don’t forget to check back in on Wednesday when I update the Hot Ten. Now that we’re getting down to the finish line in the NBA’s long – and I mean long - regular season, there will be a lot of movement in the Hot Ten as teams battle for playoff positioning. 

Keep reading to see the best responses to last week’s Hot Ten.   
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Sarah Braunstein

AL East Preview

The AL East is stacked like breakfast at an IHOP. Three of the best teams in baseball reside in one division, which makes it all the more exciting since only two can make the playoffs. Last season the Boston Red Sox scored the second most runs in the American League (845), the New York Yankees had the fourth-best team batting average in the AL (.271), and the Tampa Bay Rays stole more bases (142) than any other team.

There's no doubt these three teams each have the potential to win 90-plus games. And THAT is exactly why you should also be paying attention to the other two teams in this division. The Blue Jays and Orioles may not be contenders, but they play 18 or 19 games against the beasts of the east and will play a major role in deciding who plays in October.

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Duane Munn

CP3 4 MVP T-Shirt

  • GearHead
  • Posted by: Duane Munn
  • March 30, 2009, 2:08 PM

One of the perks of working for SI Kids is that I receive all kinds of crazy stuff in the mail. Take this t-shirt, for example. When I arrived for work this morning, it was sitting inside an envelope THIS big, along with a press release (click "More" to see it) reminding writers about the MVP-worthy season being had by the one-and-only Chris Paul.

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Sarah Braunstein

Women's Professional Soccer Q&A: Marta

  • Goalazo
  • Posted by: Sarah Braunstein
  • March 30, 2009, 12:24 PM

With the brand-new Women's Professional Soccer league kicking off, caught up with some of its biggest stars. Over the next two weeks, we'll be rolling out our exclusive Q&As with the WPS stars.

Up first, Brazilian superstar and Los Angeles Sol striker Marta.

Perhaps the best female player in the world, Marta is a three-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. At the 2007 Pan-American Games, she led Brazil to the championship by scoring a tournament-high 12 goals. She also helped her country finish second at the 2007 Women’s World Cup and the 2008 Olympics.

Here's what Marta had to say about playing alongside some of her U.S. rivals, her goals for the WPS, and coming to America...

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Sachin Shenolikar

Is Turkoglu One of the Greatest Passers Ever?

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Sachin Shenolikar
  • March 27, 2009, 2:01 PM

Not quite, but he's one of the greatest TALL passers ever.

A few weeks ago I named the Orlando Magic forward as the most underrated player in the NBA. Turkoglu is the best crunchtime scorer for one of the league's top teams, he quietly averaged nearly 20 points a game last season, and he's never been named an All-Star. Then, the other day I was looking at Hedo's profile on and two things caught my eye: (1) He's 6'10" and (2) He averaged 5.0 assists a game last season and is dishing out 4.9 per game in 2008-09.

That got me NBA history, how many players 6'10" or taller have averaged five assists a game or better over a season? The answer...

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Sarah Braunstein

Spring Training Hall of Shame

OMG! There are just nine days left until opening night of the 2009 Major League Baseball season. In honor of this special day, I wanted to put together a super special top 10 list. After a long meeting with the Fantasy Wizard and Duane from New Jersey, it was pretty clear that there was one list that needed to be written.
Without further ado, the Brain proudly presents the Spring Training 2009 Hall of Shame...

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Gary Gramling

NCAA Heroes and Zeroes of the Day: Sweet 16

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Gary Gramling
  • March 26, 2009, 11:50 PM

On Thursday night, four teams took the next step towards the Final Four. Three teams gave a valiant effort but fell short. And one team should have just stayed home rather than humiliating themselves. See who stood out, for better and for worse...

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