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This Week in Sports :: April 1-4, 2008

Tyler Hansbrough and his North Carolina Tar Heels face Kansas in the Final Four this weekend.
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For the first time in college basketball history four number one seeds reach the Final Four! See what else happened this week in sports!

Final Four Field Set

After two weeks of intense college basketball action the 64 team field is now down to four. This year's Final Four consists of all number one seeds. This is the first time this has ever happened in the history of the tournament. On Saturday Kansas will face North Carolina while UCLA takes on Memphis. North Carolina was the last team out of this group to win the National Championship, which they accomplished in 2005. UCLA has won a record 17 national titles and are hoping to get their 18th behind freshman sensation Kevin Love. The National Championship game will be played on Monday night.

Knicks Hire Donnie Walsh

On Wednesday the New York Knicks took their first step in rebuilding by hiring Indiana Pacers' General Manager Donnie Walsh as their new president of basketball operations. Walsh had spent the previous 18 years in Indiana, where he led them to 16 playoff appearances. In a press conference on Wednesday, Walsh promised that changes will be made to the Knicks team, who are a pathetic 20-55 as of Thursday and have missed the playoffs for four straight years. It is unclear whether Walsh will fire coach Isiah Thomas - who is largely to blame for the Knicks' misfortunes the past four years.

Favre to Comeback?

Just a month ago, Brett Favre announced his retirement after 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, but on Thursday rumors began circulating that Favre is contemplating a comeback with perhaps a different team. According to a Los Angeles Times report, the former three-time league MVP has been quietly talking to teams. Although he announced his retirement, he has not yet filed his retirement papers to the league yet, leaving the opportunity open for a return. Favre's agent, James "Bus" Cook, has denied the rumors.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • Despite being the most talked about player during the NCAA Tournament, Davidson's Stephen Curry is not going to apply for the NBA Draft and is returning for his junior season.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals cut troubled wide receiver Chris Henry after being arrested for assault charges. The latest incident is Henry's fifth arrest since 2005.
  • The University of Indiana's super freshman Derrick Rose has announced that he is leaving school for the NBA Draft.
  • After beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division. The Penguins are also the top team in the Eastern Conference.


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