Today in sports: The Knicks guard is moving to Westchester, despite our warnings, health problems and the always capricious NCAA have this looking like the final spring for one of college basketball's greatest coaches, and Kobe Bryant may not have to pay that $75 million divorce settlement after all.
New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has reportedly ignored our advice and reached a deal to sublet a two-bedroom apartment in the Trump Tower in White Plains. We still say he should have stayed in the city, but the New York Daily News points out the building is "home to several other Knicks players and some New York Rangers as well," so he won't get too lonely. Lin is now the third Knick to occupy this particular apartment. Much beloved former Knicks forward David Lee -- now a member of the Golden State Warriors -- owns it, and center Amar'e Stoudemire briefly rented it from him during last year's NBA lockout, before coming to the not-unreasonable conclusion it was inefficient to have an apartment in White Plains and a $37,500-a-month penthouse in the city. New York real estate mavens estimate the apartment will cost Lin $3,800 a month, about $800 less than his 8th grade yearbook was being offered for on eBay. [New York Daily News]
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who last month agreed to give his wife Vanessa $75 million and three houses as part of a divorce settlement, kissed his future-former-ex at halftime of last night's game against Atlanta. Sources say they're working to repair the relationship. For Kobe, the timing is just great, since the split still needs to be finalized. [TMZ]
University of Connecticut men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun has won three national titles and beaten cancer three times. But it's looking increasingly unlikely that he's going to return to the sideline again. And really, who can blame him? Earlier this month he took a leave of absence from the team to deal with a spinal conditional called spinal stenosis, that makes both walking and sitting incredibly painful. And last week, the NCAA announced it had denied UConn's request for a waiver that would allow the school to play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The school was in violation of a new, vaguely-crooked, very NCAA attempt to raise graduation rates. Per the new rule, "a school must have a two-year average score of 930 or a four-year average of 900 on the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Rate, which measures the academic performance of student athletes." UConn's four-year APR rate was 888.5, With the 2013 ban in place, players are expected to leave for the NBA draft or transfer to other schools in droves, since they won't have to sit out the usual year in-between. That would crater the program's talent base, of course, but University president Susan Herbst -- a supporter of Calhoun's -- seemed to acknowledge the possibility of it happening today, telling USA Today, "I hope they stay, but I don't want to hurt these guys." Calhoun's contract is up in 2014, but the prospect of rebuilding completely from scratch might not be the kind of uphill fight Jim Calhoun--patron saint of college basketball uphill fights -- would enjoy. [USA Today]
Monday Night Football will be switching to a two-person booth next season and the odd man out is former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski. The pairing of Jaworski and former Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden was chaotic, save for the late-game moments where they forget to feign enthusiasm and started giving honest and biting evaluations of what they were seeing. Current play-by-play man Mike Tirico will be back alongside Gruden, which is fantastic if you like play-by-play broadcasters who will always tell you when the wind knocks a football off a kicking tee, but go entire drives without mentioning the score. [ESPN]
When it comes to the number of weird, faintly dangerous-seeming neck operations Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has undergone, the accepted number has always been three. Turns out, he may have had four. It's unclear when the fourth procedure happened, though Sports Illustrated's Don Banks places it sometime in a 14 week window last summer. This fourth surgery could explain why Manning is struggling with throws to his left, as well as one made straight and directly in front of his face. front of his face. [Sports Illustrated]