Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Texas A&M wins women's hoops crown

Texas A&M's Adaora Elonu puts up a shot under pressure form Notre Dame's Devereaux Peters in the first half of the women's NCAA Final Four championship game in Indianapolis on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  

The Aggies outlast fellow No. 2 seed Notre Dame, claiming their first national championship.


Texas A&M’s title gives women’s basketball some new blood

If the absence of traditional powers UConn, Tennessee and Stanford caused would-be viewers not to watch Tuesday's women's national title game, those folks should be kicking themselves right now.
They missed a heck of a game.
Upstarts Texas A&M and Notre Dame waged a back-and-forth battle that had all the drama and shot-making the lackluster men's title game lacked 24 hours earlier. In the end, the second-seeded Aggies held off the Irish 76-70, parlaying their relentless pressure defense and superior interior scoring into their first championship in program history.
It's difficult to pinpoint one hero for Texas A&M because so many players combined to bring the title to a school that didn't even admit women until 1963.

Numbers at the heart of the budget fight

The Path to Prosperity: America's two futures, visualized. (House Budget Committee via  

 While Republicans and Democrats try to shift blame for the spending impasse, the figures don't lie.

Your Nine-Number Guide to the Budget Battle

As Republicans and Democrats furiously negotiate a budget to fund the government for the last six months of the fiscal year, they're also furiously laying the groundwork to help them dodge any blame for a government shutdown if those talks fail. That makes it hard to figure out what's happening, given the divide between the talking points and what's happening behind closed doors. Here are the numbers we've pulled out of reports of last-minute discussions between the White House and Republicans as the April 8 deadline to pass federal funding draws closer.

Woman sets plastic surgery world record

Cindy Jackson (ABC)  

 Cindy Jackson has spent $100,000 enhancing almost every part of her body with 52 different procedures

Woman Takes Anti-Age Surgeries to Extreme

Unlikely actor for 'Three Stooges' movie

Larry Fine, 1943 (Everett Collection)  

The star of one of the most popular sitcoms of all time will play the role of Larry.

Improbably, Sean Hayes Is Your Latest Stooge: Just One More Stooge To Go!


It's Larry! (He'll need a wig, we think.) Mathew Imaging/ Someday, friends, we will live in a world in which a "Three Stooges" movie actually exists, so that there is no longer any need to type about casting decisions, potential casting decisions, fantasy casting decision, castings of molten steel. Two months ago, we noted that the once-dream cast of the Farrelly brothers film -- which have included Jim Carrey,