The incredible shrinking rookie
Ricky Manning may be growing in stature, but apparently he is shrinking in size. Manning, the Carolina Panthers' rookie cornerback from UCLA who has four interceptions in the past two playoff games, was a multi-sport star at Fresno's Edison High. Asked if he'd thought about playing quarterback in college, Manning said, "I did until I found out I was only (5 feet 9). Before I got to college I thought I was 5-11." Apparently nobody wants a short quarterback. Here's more news for Manning: The Carolina media guide lists him at 5-9, but the Super Bowl guide lists him at 5-8.
Sometimes you have to wonder...
When the Cowboys played the Buffalo Bills in the 1993 Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl, MTV's Downtown Julie Brown asked Emmitt Smith, "What are you going to wear in the game Sunday?"
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Who was known as the Babe Ruth of baseball's Negro Leagues?
"I was skating with beer-league players before I came here, and I realized how much I loved the game. Even at 40, 50, you may not be able to live this dream of playing in the NHL, but you realize how much you play the game for the love of it."
_ CLIFF RONNING
Islanders center who at 38 scored twice in his fourth NHL game
Josh Gibson, who was reported to have hit 72 home runs in one year.
Panthers receiver Muhsin Muhammad's name was misspelled in a notebook Thursday.
Tennis player Justine Henin-Hardenne's name was misspelled in a story Thursday.
Golfer Laura Davies' name was misspelled in a story Thursday.