THE LIGHTNING: Since the Olympic break, the team is playing as well as the league's elite teams, making March at the Ice Palace fun again.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY: The Hoosiers shocked Duke and moved into the Elite Eight, leaving little doubt that they've put Bob Knight in their past.
NO. 17 AT TPC AT SAWGRASS: Is there anything more enjoyable to your average duffer than to watch the greatest players in the world stall, second-guess, back off, back in and talk to themselves as they stand in the tee box on maybe the most famous hole in golf.
NO. 12 MISSOURI, NO. 11 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, NO. 10 KENT STATE: Proving seeds (and in Kent's and SIU's case, conference notoriety) mean zilch in the NCAA Tournament.
ICE PALACE: Jassen Cullimore's hit on Buffalo's Stu Barnes was replayed on the scoreboard as the check of the game. The hit was clean, but the fact that Barnes landed on the ice head first and sustained a concussion made honoring it a bad choice.
JEFF KENT: The Giants say the evidence is mounting that their second baseman lied about how he broke his wrist, falling while popping wheelies on a motorcycle instead of while washing his truck. If the motorcycle story is true, that would violate his contract and possibly void his $6-million deal. That sound you here? Barry Bonds laughing.
NFL: It suspended free-agent tackle Victor Riley for one game for violating its personal conduct policy. The former Kansas City Chief was charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, child endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident after ramming his vehicle several times into one occupied by his wife and infant daughter last year. Imagine what the league's punishment would have been had Riley's jersey been untucked.
_ BRUCE LOWITT, ANTHONY PEREZ, ALAN RITTNER, MIKE STEPHENSON