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Local No. 9 Navy needs two free throws in OT to beat one of the worst teams in the country. After his team gave up an 16 18-point lead and lost to Local No. 11 American, St. Francis Coach Bobby Jones was taken to Sibley with "stroke-like symptoms." Thanks to a super transfer, Loyola beats Marist, despite a triple-double from a Red Fox, Providence thrashes Longwood and Florida thrashes Liberty.

Now, steel yourself for one of our busiest days yet, with 15 of 27 Matlantic teams in action. Highlights: Local No. 6 VCU hosts visits No. 10 Gary Neal; Local No. 5 Virginia faces Gonzaga, which went 2-4 in December but which Dave Leitao says is more dangerous than a year ago. (Oh, and UVA is a "totally different team" since

the Puerto Rico disaster. Smoking-hot W&M and its former offensive lineman visit No. 8 George Mason, where Jim Larranaga is citing Sagarin numbers; with Fordham on-deck, GW's Karl Hobbs has a sense of who his team is; JMU faces Delaware in a pillow fight of conference lightweights; and Coppin finally gets to play someone its own size. Also, James Gist says the Terps are "an OK team," MD transfer Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood says she's OK being a reserve and her teammates are OK too, as the Terps get ready for tonight's ACC opener, which could set a school winning streak record.

The Bucks--who angered the Wiz with too much celebration--and possible all-star Michael Redd come to town, while Caron Butler should be an All-Star but might not be; the Wiz are 8-1 with Brendan Haywood as a starter, here's a summary of all those Arenas quotes from yesterday, when he was also named EC player of the month and earned praise from GMEG.

The AP calls for a Redskins GM, Thom Loverro calls for Vinny Cerrato's head and a Portis trade, Joe Theismann compares Jason Campbell to Philip Rivers, Steve Czaban foresees six to seven more years of losing, here's some Skins surgical updates and Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts and Veuve Clicquot. Plus, your daily 8-billion word Redskins opus.

GMGM goes to Sweden to court Nicklas Backstrom while his sick bay starts to empty out, Nick Johnson could miss a month, DCU is close to signing a Brazilian named Ruy, described as a "zippy wingman." Here's a suggestion of Frank Beamer-to-the-Falcons, and a longtime Bullets play-by-play guy passes away.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 3, 2007; 9:23 AM ET
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Comments those are two running backs I could hang with.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | January 3, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I'd just like to point out that it was an 18-point lead from which AU came back.

03:55 22-40 V 18 GOOD! JUMPER by Enright, J.R.

Thank you.

Posted by: American SID | January 3, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Czaban predicting how the 'Skins (or anyone else) will do in the next 6-7 seasons?

Not exactly an EF Hutton moment.

The guy who covers the "UFO/Alien" beat for The National Enquirer has as much credibility.

Posted by: Natsman | January 3, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Let me join in the flood of emails and comments pointing out that the Towson-VCU game tonight is at Towson. I'll be there. How 'bout you Big Stein? Not even if I throw in a little Emmentaler?

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | January 3, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Dan where do we get one of these Arenas express cards to get into Agent Zero's 25th bash?

Posted by: Eric | January 3, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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