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Matador NCAA Tournament notebook 2

After soaking in his first-ever Big West Championship and the news that his No.15 seeded Matadors men's basketball team would play the Memphis Tigers, Head Coach Bobby Braswell reflected on the season before heading off to Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday.'

Barry Bittersweet

Realizing the chances of Old Faithful playing home games for the Dodgers were as good as Michael Vick running a Pitbull at the National Dog Show, I gave Bonds a personal spring training invite. Just imagine Bonds wearing blue while playing the outfield grass at Dodger Stadium. Kobe Bryant has better odds of spending a night at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera hotel in Eagle than Bonds does penciled in at cleanup for Joe Torre.'

Cardinals give Kennedy unconditional release

Former CSUN All-American Adam Kennedy was released by the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, ending the second baseman's two-year stint with the team that originally drafted him in 1997.

Dropping the A-Bomb

As it turns out, the lone ranger in baseball's dying breed was shot dead a long time ago. On Monday, the last remaining bombshell of the steroid era leaped out of his foxhole and confessed that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

There goes the championship

Kobe Bryant just popped off for 61 points against the New York Knicks, Broadway is still buzzing on its latest theatrics and the Lakers are 3-0 in the midst of a team-testing six-game road trip.

Lakers’ title chances going out the window without Bynum?

Kobe Bryant just popped off for 61 points against the New York Knicks, Broadway is still buzzing on its latest theatrics and the Lakers are 3-0 in the midst of a team-testing six-game road trip. From the sight and sound of it, no one would ever know there is a 7-foot, 285-pound crater under the basket by the name of Andrew Bynum, who will be sidelined somewhere around eight to 12 weeks because of a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Oh, what a Super Bowl

For the second year in a row, after the gluttony of food, drinks and seven-layer bean dip had long been digested, the football world witnessed the best Super Bowl finish of all time '- but not the greatest.'

L.T. getting dissed by Chargers

LaDainian Tomlinson is just latest example of teams' 'loyalty' to their franchise players.

Life of a former Matador: Paladini in MLS

Attention Northridge Community: You are about to embark on a 90-minute trek towards congested Los Angeles freeways to go to work. During your call of duty, you suffer through hacks at your shins, combat through cramps and fight through charlies while running as many miles as your fingers count. After sheer exhaustion, you're just looking for a place to crash as family and a girlfriend wait back home.

Old T.I. is dead and gone

In order for a rapper to claim they are the best at their craft, one needs credible music backed by sales, marketability, mainstream appeal and a diverse fan base. The easier road is often taken by making headlines through guns, drugs and run-ins with the law for the ever-elusive battle known as 'street cred.'

Can Lakers match the hype?

On behalf of the purple and gold legion, I would like to congratulate the Los Angeles Lakers on winning the 2008-09 NBA Championship. As David Stern has now said for 24 consecutive years, you were truly the 'champion of champions.' Congratulations Lakers on being crowned as this year's best team '- on paper.

Murs includes his name to the ballot with ?Murs For The...

If you thought the incumbent in the White House was the manifestation of the most ill-fated occurrences over the years, you certainly missed that the West Coast rap scene has had a severe fall off since its glory days of G-funk, NWA and Death Row.