Best B-Day Wishes For B-Ball Babe Claudia Porras

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We wish a happy birthday to Bolivian basketball babe Claudia Porras!

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Manny Ramirez socks the Sox’s traveling secretary over ticket troubles.

• A conservative website runs news of sprinter Tyson Gay by referring to him as Tyson Homosexual.

• Spain’s Euro 2008 success was bad news for Madrid’s erotic film festival.

• Now that Charles Barkley is all paid up, who’s Steve Wynn to sue now? Answer: The NBA & Alonzo Mourning’s charity organization.

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Koufos’ HS Coach Takes Rip At OSU’s Thad Matta

It’s a somewhat predictable pattern: when there is friction between a big-time college coach and a big-time prospect, it usually doesn’t come to the surface until that player bolts for the professional ranks. Sometimes it comes through a surrogate. Kosta Koufos, now the first-round pick of the Utah Jazz, is now embroiled in a bit of this, as his high school coach is knocking his college coach for not using him well.

Kosta Koufos

The CANTON REPOSITORY has GlenOak HS coach Jack Greynolds, Jr. calling Ohio State coach Thad Matta “clueless” because he believes Matta didn’t use Koufos properly on the offensive end.

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Ohio State Second Big Ten Basketball Team To Lose To Division II Opponent

2ND BIG TEN TEAM FALLS TO DIVISION II FOE THIS WEEK: Oops, they did it again. For the second time in 5 days, a Big Ten basketball power lost to a Division II opponent:

Findlay Ohio State basketball

YAHOO SPORTS reports that this time, Ohio State was the upset victim, as last year’s national championship finalists lost 70-68 to the Findlay Oilers on Tuesday night.

Last Friday, 8th-ranked Michigan State was upended by Grand Valley State, 85-82, in double OT. Luckily for the Buckeyes and Spartans, both defeats came in exhibition contests, so they won’t count in the official standings.

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But how did Tom Izzo handle the Grand Valley loss? Shannon Shelton of the DETROIT FREE PRESS reports the coach kicked the players out of their own brand-new locker room, with digs to make most NBA teams envious.Wonder what Thad Matta will do about the Findlay falter. We recommend punishing his players with bad Chris Berman-esque puns during their next practice, such as, “What’s the Matta with you guys?

Coincidentally, both Findlay and GVSU are members of the Great Lakes Intercollgiate Athletic Conference. So, there’s a lesson to be learned by the Big Ten big boys:

GVSU mascot Findlay logo

Fear the GLIAC!