Weekend Hot Reads....
The ARIZONA REPUBLIC's Beth Duckett notes several cities and tourism agencies in the state "plan to kick in" at least $2.5M to Arizona's Super Bowl Host Committee in advance of Super Bowl XLIX, and in exchange, they "expect to receive marketing and promotional efforts meant to attract tens of thousands of visitors for the weeklong extravaganza, pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into Arizona's economy."
The BOSTON GLOBE's Bob Hohler writes more than three decades on from a point-shaving scheme involving Boston College's '78-79 men's basketball team, the incident "still affects the accused" and current players. The scandal occured when former BC player Rick Kuhn "fell in with the notorious 'Goodfellas' gangster Henry Hill in a plot to manipulate the outcome of BC basketball games for corrupt gamblers."
- Casual sexism in the NHL is a "constant hum that teams not only tolerate, but generate."
- For one Univ. of Maryland beat reporter, last week marked a "goodbye to Greensboro."
- The Astros work to help their Latin American players "assimilate into American culture."
- College football currently "has no soul, long ago having sold it to television networks."
- MLB teams are making decisions "entirely different from those central to 'Moneyball.'"
- Boston Univ. forced to investigate bullying complaints against women's hoops coach.