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Monday / February 26.
  • If there were a Mount Rushmore of men’s tennis, Roger Federer would presumably share the facing with the likes of Laver, Sampras and Nadal.

    If a Mount Rushmore of men’s golf existed, Tiger Woods would be up there with Palmer, Nicklaus and Hogan.

    Yet where both men once dominated their respective sports — and established a warm-and-fuzzy, if corporately enhanced, friendship in the process — it is now an open question whether either will ever win another Major.

    If this isn’t evidence that the NBA lockout is going to last for a little while, I’m not sure what is.

    Luke Walton, who has two years left on his contract with the Lakers, will become an assistant coach under Josh Pastner at the University of Memphis until the lockout ends.

    Once the lockout ends — whether that’s in October, December, February or before next season — Walton can return immediately to the Lakers.

    That, of course, is pending approval from the university and the Tennessee State Board of Regents.

    Novak Djokovic stands a better a chance of winning the U.S. Open now than he did last week despite the shoulder injury that forced him to withdraw against Andy Murray Sunday in the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnnati, according to two betting sites.

    Last week, WilliamHill.com listed Djokovic as an 11-8 favorite to win the Open. On Monday, the site listed Djokovic at 5-4.

    Bodog.com last week had Djokovic at 2-1 to capture his first Open. On Monday, he was listed at 6-5.

    It looks like Billy Donovan, Norm Roberts and the Florida Gators will get the last crack at St. Anthony point guard Kyle Anderson.

    Here is his unofficial visit schedule released to SNY.tv by his father. It is subject to change.

    Tuesday – Unofficial to UCLA

    Aug. 30 – Unofficial to Georgetown

    Sept. 1 – Unofficial to Seton Hall

    Sept. 2 – Unofficial to St. John’s

    Sept. 16-17 – Official to Florida

    The 6-foot-8 Anderson will trip on Tuesday to UCLA for a third time on his way to the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game Saturday in Venice Beach, Calif.

    Two of the top big men in the Class of 2012 cut their lists over the weekend.

    Robert Upshaw, a 7-foot center from San Joaquin (Calif.) Memorial, trimmed his list to Arizona, Fresno State, Georgetown, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, Oklahoma State, UNLV and USC.

    “This is the first step, and it’s been a very difficult step,” he told the Fresno Bee. “These nine have everything I’m looking for — academics, environment, all around the best for me.”

    Upshaw also told the newspaper he could imagine himself playing for new Fresno State coach Rodney Terry, a former Texas assistant.

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