The doctor will see you now -- and the clock is ticking. Studies show you get only about 15 minutes of face time with your pediatrician during an average well visit, so you'll want to make every second count.
Aside from spring when the NHL playoffs take place, this is the best time of year to be a hockey fan. In fact, it's the best time of the season to be involved in hockey in any way. Always was. Youth tournaments take place across the continent from Nashville, TN to Nanaimo, BC. NCAA events include the Great Lakes Invitational in Detroit and the Florida College Classic in Estero, FL.
College graduates next May will face better job prospects than students last year as large corporations end hiring freezes, small businesses reshape the economy and employers become more confident they can safely expand, according to a report on national hiring practices by researchers at Michigan State University.
When Villanova suffered its first loss on Sunday at Temple, Wildcats coach Jay Wright didn't sound devastated, merely resigned. The dream of a perfect season had not been lost because Wright had never dreamt that was possible. "This team was not going to go undefeated, I promise you that," he said.
If you think about it, it is one of the more remarkable streaks in sports. For the last 10 years, the Big Ten and the ACC have lined up their teams top to bottom and squared off in a made-for-ESPN extravaganza. And every year, for a full decade, the ACC has won more games. That led some of us sardonic press wags to suggest that the ACC should go looking for a stronger partner in this little series -- like, say, the Missouri Valley Conference.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- We'll lead off my Monday Hoop Thoughts with my take on the quartet of teams that were assembled in Atlantic City last weekend for the Legends Classic. I did color commentary on those games for HDNet, so I had a great seat for the games as well as the shootarounds. I also got to spend some quality time with the coaching staffs.
Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Nov. 30. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer. Most coaches would have been studying yet another scouting report. Most players would have been listening to yet another rap song. But on the bus ride to Ford Field, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo put down his game plan for a moment to look out the window at a row of abandoned buildings. The Spartans basketball team turned off their iPods to follow his gaze. "Win one for Detroit," Izzo pleaded, and his charges nodded along. In the end the Spartans fell short of the 2009 national championship, but for everything else they accomplished during an unforgettable Final Four weekend in Detroit, they are my Sportsmen of the Year.
How do you build the ultimate college squad? This week we asked four college basketball writers to match wits in our second annual College Dream Team Draft, in which they selected the five players and coach whom they felt would give them the best shot at winning a national championship in 2009-10. (The consensus is that the inaugural draft was won by Grant Wahl, who picked a killer lineup of Syracuse's Jonny Flynn, Arizona State's James Harden, Louisville's Terrence Williams, Oklahoma's Blake Griffin and Tulsa's Jerome Jordan, with Rick Pitino as coach.)
On Thursday, I sent in my ballot for the Naismith Award's preseason watch list. It runs 50 players deep, sets the table for the national player of the year race, and tends to generate two things: fluffy press releases from athletic departments and debate from fans over how/why (insert deserving player's name here) was snubbed. I'm on the Board of Selectors for the award, and while there are no official rules for the voting, my guiding principle is simply, "Don't leave the eventual Naismith winner off of your preseason watch list." Because that would be embarrassing.
Every major-conference team that I'd consider ranking in a preseason top 25 -- well, every team other than Mississippi State -- has made its 2009-10 schedule public, and I spent the last few days poring over them.
Four people said to have acted on behalf of the Earth Liberation Front have been indicted on a charge of setting fire to an agriculture research building on the Michigan State University campus more than eight years ago, authorities announced Tuesday.
For the past few weeks, we've been hearing about what a wide-open bubble picture we were going to have this year. Well, that picture got a little bit smaller this week, with two teams with at-large profiles from mid-major conferences -- Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference and South Alabama in the Sun Belt -- lost in their conference tournaments. The bubble picture got a little bit smaller, and it will continue to shrink as the week goes on.
Sports Illustrated came out with five regional rivalry covers for the college basketball preview back in November; in retrospect, we probably would have been fine printing just one: Memphis-Tennessee. In 2007-08, no regular-season game has mattered -- or will matter -- as much as the one that will take place on Saturday night at FedEx Forum.
If prospective buyers looked at your house today, what would they see outside? A giant evergreen that looks as if it might swallow the station wagon, perhaps, scraggly old foundation plants or maybe a kitchen-table view of the neighbors' kids' trampoline?
Affirmative action was the topic of debate leading up to the midterm elections as students at Michigan State University in East Lansing have been rallying for and against the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative.
In a heated campus event leading up to midterm elections, about 100 students carried signs and chanted slogans at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to protest a game called "Catch an Illegal Immigrant."