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It's already been a long road, and the journey has just begun. Page 2's Ralph Wiley says African-Americans have one very big final frontier to conquer before they reach equal footing in the world of sports: total franchise ownership. It's a destination worthy of the trek.

NBA Hot 'n Not Hottest Musicians
Kobe Bryant and Christian Laettner: Guess who is the hot free agent-to-be? As this weekend's All-Star festivities get under way, Page 2's Dan Shanoff breaks down what's hot and what's not at the NBA break.
Page 3's Hottest Male Musician contest is too close to call. Is it Lenny Kravitz or Sting? Is it 50 Cent or Pharrell Williams? (And is it a generational thing?) Don't forget to vote for our Hottest Female Musician, too.

THE DAILY QUICKIE
Changing coaches is so "it" these days that the Daily Quickie figures even Paris Hilton has a shot an NBA job -- especially if her celebrity-coach gig at the All-Star festivities works out. Plus, Valentine matchups and Daytona picks.


Stanford and Saint Joseph's are the last two undefeated teams still standing in Division I college basketball this year. Either of them could run the table and win the NCAA tournament with an unblemished record. But if it happened, would they make our list of the top undefeated teams of all time?

10]  1956 San Francisco Dons (29-0)
San Francisco played up-tempo and used a tenacious full-court press to put together a 55-game winning streak. Didn't hurt that they had future Hall of Famers Bill Russell and K.C. Jones leading the way.
9]  1945 Army Black Knights (9-0)
Mr. Inside (Doc Blanchard) and Mr. Outside (Glenn Davis) were the biggest parts of a college football dream team that capped a perfect season by pasting previously-unbeaten Navy 32-13.
8]  1972 UCLA Bruins (30-0)
Bill Walton. Keith Wilkes. Swen Nater. Henry Bibby. Is it any wonder the Bruins won their regular-season games by an average of 30.3 points?
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NBA FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Feb. 14 Sophomores 2.5 Rookies 210
Feb. 15 West 6 East 250.5
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Feb. 13 Cornell 1 Princeton NA
Feb. 13 Southern Miss 2.5 South Florida NA
Feb. 13 Penn 9.5 Columbia NA


 
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