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He said it

"Any questions about LeBron? LeBron James? Going once, going twice? Thanks."

Knicks president and coach Isiah Thomas, cutting off an interview session after just two minutes because of all the questions about guard Stephon Marbury. Actually, we have a question that's not about Marbury: How do you still have a job?

The list

Here are the NFL's top-selling quarterback jerseys from April 1, 2007 through Feb. 28, 2008 (according to Sports-Business Daily):

1. Cowboys QB Tony Romo

2. Patriots QB Tom Brady

3. Packers QB Brett Favre

4. Colts QB Peyton Manning

5. Giants QB Eli Manning

Poll of the day was asking viewers of its Web site to predict who would be the Packers' starting QB next season now that Brett Favre has retired. More than 80,000 people from Wisconsin responded and 21 percent said … Brett Favre. Let it go, Cheeseheads, he's not coming back! (Actually, 15 percent of the national vote went to Favre as well.)

Check it out

Can you believe it has been 25 years since the start of the United States Football League?

The USFL lasted only three seasons (1983-85), but made quite the splash, attracting big-time players such as Herschel Walker, Steve Young, Jim Kelly and Doug Flutie.

Today, ESPN Classic commemorates the anniversary with a seven-hour marathon of programming. It starts at noon with Here Comes the USFL, which chronicles the inaugural season. Then it shows three historic games: Michigan at Birmingham in 1983, the first USFL game televised by ESPN; the 1984 championship between Philadelphia and Arizona (at Tampa Stadium); and the league's finale — the 1985 championship between Baltimore and Oakland.

Skater of the day

We're all getting old. Remember Katarina Witt, the German figure skater whom Time magazine once called "the most beautiful face of socialism?''

Well, she officially retired from the ice Tuesday night after completing her run in Hanover, Germany, as the title character in the ice production of Carmen.

Witt, 42, won two Olympic gold medals, the most famous being in 1988 when she beat rival and American Debi Thomas. She then went on to make even more headlines in December of 1998 when she posed nude for Playboy.

Tuesday's tour finale brought her career to an end.

"I have to say, honestly, that you prepare a tour like this and think of everything,'' Witt said. "Then I totally forgot to think of what I would say at the very end. Maybe just, thank you.''

My two cents

Seems like every month there is a different MVP candidate in the NHL. For the first month or two, it seemed to be Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby. Then the Lightning's Vinny Lecavalier caught fire and seemed like the best player in the world.

Lecavalier cooled, the Lightning fell apart, and attention turned to solid players on solid teams such as Calgary's Jarome Iginlia and Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson.

Now it seems to be a race between two Russians, Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin.

Ovechkin leads the NHL in scoring, but Malkin might be the pick. Why? Crosby, the Pens superstar, went down with an ankle injury and missed 21 games. In that span, Pittsburgh went 11-6-4. And in that span, Malkin had 14 goals and 22 assists.

Doesn't get much more valuable than that.

By the way, if Malkin does win the MVP, a year after Crosby won it, it would be the first time since 1970 that two different players from the same team won MVP awards. That was Phil Esposito (1968-69) and Bobby Orr (1969-70) of the Boston Bruins.

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