THE BUZZ Give the NFL credit for some deft sleight of hand. Attention has shifted from the Saints bounty story to the Peyton Manning story oh-so-seamlessly.
REMOTE PATROL The big schools take over the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday for the quarterfinals of the Class 2A boys' hockey state tournament. (11 a.m., Ch. 45).
Click pick Congratulatory Twitter messages from two Michigan football players to a recruit might amount to a secondary violation of NCAA rules.
STAR GAZING Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio are on the cover of the latest SLAM Magazine in a similar pose to the one KG and Stephon Marbury were in back in the day.
FAST FACT Lionel Messi set a personal and Champions League record when he scored five goals for Barcelona in a 7-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.
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At the lowest point, when chemotherapy had turned Thomas Van der Plaetsen bald and weak at 23, even his brother, coach and biggest fan, Michael, thought chances for a comeback were minuscule. Now, barely a year and a half later, he is heading to the Rio Olympics as the European decathlon champion — and with a full head of hair.
virtually the only reason any casual fan would pay attention to a sport that has orchestrated its own slow, sad, drug-infused downfall.