NBA: Mark Cuban knows a good thing when he sees it. After the NBA All-Star Game’s good-time-had-by-all visit to Cowboys Stadium, the Mavs owner is wondering out loud if it would make sense to have select Mavericks games in Arlington. "If we can make the economics work, we’d look at having a regular-season or a playoff game over there," Cuban said. "You can bring in twice as many fans, so economically it would probably work out. And it would be a unique attraction for people who wanted to come play for the Mavs."
NCAA: Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson and Florida State’s NCAA compliance director, Brian Battle, give the L.A. Times a pretty unpleasant picture of what USC will be facing when its hearing begins Thursday in a Tempe, Ariz., hotel conference room. Intimidating is the theme. USC faces charges that star athletes in football and men’s basketball received cash, gifts and favors from agents or others in violation of NCAA rules.
MLB: Yo Cubs fans, it’s your time of year (you know, when hope springs eternal). The Chicago Tribune tells us that a slimmer Carlos Zambrano is one thing to look for in Cubbie camp.
NFL: Today’s Sun-Sentinel has an interesting take on the power poll concept. The newspaper ranks the top 30 Dolphins players. No. 30 is CB Will Allen. LT Jake Long gets the top spot with this commentary: "As long as Long stays healthy there’s no limit on what he can accomplish."
Dogs: Fly’s still trying to figure out why dog shows are in sports sections. Yay for Sadie, Westminster’s new champ … I guess.