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The biggest problem concerning Paul Hornung's statements about Notre Dame football, writes Alan Grant, is his assumption that Notre Dame's academic standards would have to be lowered. Meanwhile, Ralph Wiley hopes Hornung meant "elite athlete," because who wants mediocre black athletes on the team?

Girls Can't Dunk! Daily Quickie
Candace Parker beat a bunch of guys to win a slam-dunk contest? Big deal, writes Jason Whitlock, who wasn't impressed by her unspectacular display. But the rest of Parker's basketball talents are worth hyping.
The Daily Quickie wonders how long Duke's Chris Duhon can keep smiling as he tries to shut down UConn's Ben Gordon on Saturday. Plus, much Adu about nothing, and Opening Night worry-warts in Red Sox Nation.

WACKY BRACKET CHAMPIONSHIP
We laughed when she asked if "Chicken of the Sea" was chicken. We felt her pain when she argued with Nick on "Newlyweds." And we cried when she got a new variety show. But can Jessica Simpson beat the SI swimsuit issue in our Wacky Bracket finals?


The spotlight is at its brightest. The pressure is at its highest. Sometimes, the Final Four brings out the best in a player. It did with the ones on our list of the greatest Final Four performances of the last 25 years.

10]  Isiah Thomas, Indiana, 1981
Isiah scored a game-high 23 points in the Hoosiers' 63-50 win over North Carolina for the championship. But his most important contributions might have been his two quick steals at the start of the second half.
9]  Ed O'Bannon, UCLA, 1995
O'Bannon was unstoppable -- at least, Arkansas star Scotty Thurman couldn't stop him -- en route to 30 points and 17 rebounds in the title game. In the semis, he held Oklahoma State 7-footer Bryant Reeves to seven second-half points.
8]  Steve Alford, Indiana, 1987
How do you follow up a 33-point performance against UNLV in the national semifinals? You score 23 against a Syracuse defense keyed to stop you, and you lead your team to a championship-game victory.
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FINAL FOUR FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
April 3 Oklahoma State 5 Georgia Tech 142
April 3 UConn 2.5 Duke 145.5


 
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SECOND FIDDLES
Page 2's Eric Neel gives you the Scottie Pippen Championships -- a tournament of second fiddles.

THE HOT LIST
Baseball season is here and the Cubs are hot! But who's not?

OFF BASE
The Cubs set a spring training record for attendance Tuesday -- yet another indication of how devoted their fans are.

THE LIST
Don't you feel bad for Paul Hewitt? He's going to be completely overshadowed at this weekend's Final Four.
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It's Devil Rays first baseman Tino Martinez (right) and actor Andy Garcia. This match was submitted by Saba of New York City. Browse our archives of past pairings or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.


NBA: Cleveland at Milwaukee
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LeBron's traveling road show.
 
Boxing: Friday Night Fights
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Trujillo vs. Augustus.
 
The D.A.
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Real issue: The law vs. the press  
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