Will Celtics take over the Championship Title from LAL
Will Celtics take over the Championship Title from LAL - When the Celtics wrapped up Game 5 and moved one win away from an unprecedented 18th championship, the jubilant Boston crowd sent them off to the West Coast for the final time this season.
The Celtics will have to overcome their unimpressive record in closeout playoff games away from Boston to finish off the Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA finals on Tuesday night.
t, Lakers coach Phil Jackson and Bryant also didn't seem particularly worried before the grand finale. For all their struggles in the past four games, the Lakers realize they've usually risen to important occasions over the past three seasons.
Bryant is averaging 30.2 points per game, while Pau Gasol averages 18.8 points and 10 rebounds despite glaring inconsistency in his game in Boston.
Jackson seemed a bit testier than his usual placid self, yelling at Bryant and Ron Artest during the game and later attempting to inspire his team in the fourth quarter with a false bit of information about the Celtics' propensity for blowing late-game leads.
2010 World Cup Stadium Security Changes
2010 World Cup Stadium Security Changes - The security at World Cup stadiums in Cape Town and Durban changes and had took over responsibility by the police personnel after a pay dispute escalated between stewards and a security contractor.
The FIFA 2010 World Cup organizers said they called in the police after some stadium staff members left their posts because of a pay dispute with the contractor, Stallion Security Consortium.
Jones said the striking security staff members left peacefully. About 1,500 trainees from the national police were called in to cover for a shortage of manpower at the stadium’s entrances, he said.
North Korea and Brazil Face off Match at the World Cup 2010
North Korea and Brazil Face off Match at the World Cup 2010 - Brazil opens its campaign for a sixth World Cup title here Tuesday against North Korea, the match features two coaches in jarring contrast.
Brazil did not look overly defensive when it took 31 shots against the Americans here in the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup, erasing a two-goal deficit in a frantic, wildly exciting 3-2 victory.Brazil, along with Spain, is favored to win the tournament. But many Brazilians lament that victory would be achieved with insufficient elegance and flamboyance.
Ivory Coast are in the same Group G and hope captain and inspirational striker Didier Drogba will declare himself fit to take on Portugal and their wing wizard Cristiano Ronaldo in another match on Tuesday.
Playing their first World Cup as an independent nation, Slovakia's coach Vladimir Weiss also has past experience in the tournament. He was part of the Czechoslovakia team that reached the quarter-finals in Italy in 1990.
NCAA to punushed USC 2-year bowl ban
Two media outlets are reporting the NCAA has decided to ban USC's football team from the postseason for two years and strip the program of scholarships.
The Los Angeles Times reported the NCAA sanctions include the loss of more than 20 scholarships. According to a story posted on ESPN.com on Wednesday night, the Trojans also will forfeit wins "from at least the 2004 season."
The penalties stem from the NCAA's investigation of allegations of improper benefits for Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush during his time at the school.
Southern California announced in January that it had imposed sanctions on the basketball team for recruiting violations involving O.J. Mayo, including a ban on postseason play last season.
University of Nebraska agrees to join Big Ten
The university’s Board of Regents this evening amended the agenda for its previously scheduled Friday meeting to include a briefing from chancellor Harvey Perlman and Osborne on conference alignment. The regents could then vote to leave the Big 12.
The football team’s offensive coordinator, Shawn Watson, said Osborne hasn’t given the athletic department staff an indication which way Nebraska will go.
That would leave the Big 12 with only five schools -- Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Baylor and Missouri. There's been much speculation that Missouri would get an invite from the Big Ten, too, but ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports there are no other imminent candidates at this point, which would freeze out the Tigers and Notre Dame, at least for now.
But the Fighting Irish are the wild card in this evolving equation. Several media outlets report that the Big Ten has been in talks with Notre Dame this week, but athletic director Jack Swarbrick has publicly maintained that ND wants to remain independent in football.
One sticking point for the Big Ten may be membership to the Association of American Universities, a nonprofit, invite-only collection of public and private universities. All 11 Big Ten schools are in the AAU. So, too, is Nebraska. Notre Dame is not in the AAU.