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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the best and worst teams in the NBA, Albert Pujols' contract negotiation, the Mets' entanglement with Bernie Madoff, and the on-ice fracas between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
The Spurs beat the Washington Wizards to improve their record to 45-9.
Cavs the Blog laments Cleveland's defeat to the Wizards.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer's video of third-graders' valentines for the Cavaliers.
Forbes reports that the Cavs will rake in $40 million this year despite their horrendous record.
Did Deron Williams force Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan to resign?
Jazz legend Karl Malone says Sloan must have been forced out.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that Albert Pujols turned down the Cardinals' latest offer.
How old is Albert Pujols?
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at the Pujols contract question through the eyes of Cardinals fan Will Leitch.
Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci says baseball players aren't aging as gracefully as they once did.
ESPN.com's Bill Simmons says that NBA players are getting better with age.
David Roth of the Wall Street Journal's "Daily Fix" summarizes the Mets-Bernie Madoff affair.
The New York Times outlines the close connection between Madoff and Mets owner Fred Wilpon.
ESPN's Outside the Lines on Madoff and the Mets.
The 17-minute compilation of all the fights in Friday's Penguins-Islanders game.
Penguins owner Mario Lemieux says "what happened Friday night on Long Island wasn't hockey. It was a travesty."
The goalie fight in the previous meeting between the Penguins and Islanders.
The Ontario Hockey League has banned "staged" fights.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly knuckle chuckers:
Mike's knuckle chucker: The winless Centenary men's and women's basketball teams.
Stefan's knuckle chucker: The demise of the Northern League. (Read Stefan's book about the Northern League, Wild and Outside.)
Josh's knuckle chucker: Terence Stansbury, forgotten slam dunk artiste.
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