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Each week I'll talk about the world of sports

  • Kansas State's Michael Beasley is making some case for national Player of the Year honors. He put up a school-record 19th double-double in a win over Oklahoma State. Don't count out Tyler Hansbrough, who willed North Carolina to the winner's circle over Clemson Sunday night. The Tigers had a 15-point lead and looked like it would break an 0-52 mark down at Chapel Hill. Hansbrough put up 39 points in the W.

  • Was it the change to the black suit after starting out in a white one? Rick Pitino made a clothing change, but it was the defensive pressure and effort in the second half in Saturday's big win over Georgetown. The Cardinals are healthy now and it was a brilliant defensive gameplan; they executed, converting turnovers into points. This team is making some noise.

  • Shaquille O'Neal had to be happy to go to a contender out west, going from Miami to Phoenix. He has to be dedicated and hungry now and Steve Kerr has laid it all on the line, trying to win it all. If he is in shape, he will be a big bonus come playoff time.

  • Will Curt Schilling make it to the mound this season? There are differing opinions between members of the Red Sox medical staff. One says surgery, another says rehab and a cortisone shot. Time will tell what happens for the veteran pitcher.

  • There is a real soap opera between Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee. Stay tuned for Wednesday on Capitol Hill. It is not Luke and Laura, and it will heat up when they are grilled at a Congressional hearing. You get tired of hearing and reading about steroids, steroids, steroids. Spring training is right around the corner and hopefully we can talk about baseball, baseball, baseball!

  • Isn't it strange to have the NFL season over? My friends, it will be back in the headlines soon with free agency, followed by the NFL draft. The sport stays in the spotlight almost year round now. Look at the Redskins with the hiring of Jim Zorn as the new coach. I have to feel for Jim Fassel, who was rumored to be the frontrunner but was instead passed over.

  • The Boston Celtics have to be a little concerned about Kevin Garnett's injury, though the team made a statement by beating San Antonio on Sunday. Boston is 5-2 without Garnett during this recent run. The Celtics have also made a statement by going unbeaten against Western Conference opponents so far this season. Being 16-0 against the stronger West is truly impressive.

  • I was really disappointed to see LSU fire coach John Brady during the season. Are you kidding me? This isn't the pros and Brady did not have an NCAA investigation or any scandal against him. It came down to wins and losses, and there should be more to these decisions than the simple record. Here is a guy who led this program to the Final Four a few years ago, and what has he done for LSU lately? Obviously not enough.

    Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.