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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 01/12/2007

What You Need to Know

Here's a massive Gilbert profile that credits the Wizznutzz for Agent Zero ("a moniker that was created and popularized by an internet sports blog site"). The Hornets haven't won when allowing 100 points, Brendan Haywood isn't looking over his shoulder at Etan (and Brendan continues to be part of the most effective 5-man-unit), Jarvis Hayes is feeling better, here's the full Gil "swag" dialogue (although uber-cool SLAMOnline is not impressed), Gil remains third in all-star voting and Ben Wallace strongly endorses Caron Butler's candidacy. Plus, the WNBA all-star game is coming back to D.C.!

Women's hoops: undefeated Maryland-Duke throwdown tomorrow, with both teams insanely dominant and national papers paying attention. Men: Local No. 1 Maryland needs to find its shooting touch, and Strawberry says they need to "step up and be men;" Local No. 5 UVA talks rebounding as Coach Dave Leitao swears live on the radio (also, Local Poll voter Darryl Slater has a really fine UVA blog); Local No. 10 George Mason destroys Towson and Gary Neal, getting two straight wins for the first time since March, and UMBC gets humbled.

Boz isn't happy with the way the Frank Robinson mess went down, Hal Bodley wants Frank Robinson to stay in baseball, and Nats320 has mixed feelings about this messy end. Plus, I already love Manny Acta: ("But none of their guys have three cojones. Everyone has the same two cojones.)

Here's a nice profile of George Mason's Fro Adu, Beckham's consumer-influence ranking is much higher than Freddy's, Kevin Payne says DCU has no plans for a Beckham-like splash, Bog commenter SEKim gets quoted in the WashTimes, and the DCU brain trust will search for more draft-day gems.

A rare off-night from Olie (which he freely acknowledges and attempts to explain) costs the Caps and might be a turning point for the very satisfied Blots (sic). Lindy Ruff says a Crosby-Ovie-Briere line will be "cool" and Briere says it will be "special," Steve Eminger successfully lobbies for an extra assist, and Glen Hanlon sees no reason for Lawrence Nycholat to return to Hershey. Plus, here's a look at Richmond's enforcer (in the SPHL)

BCS-conference teams don't want to play Navy any more, and the Mids are likely headed to San Diego for a bowl (seriously), the NFL Network ranks the '91 Skins 14th all-time, the Skins insist they're staying in FedEx Field for 20 more years despite yesterday's Marc Fisher column, and a columnist strongly endorses Monk 4 the Hall.

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