You can’t accuse Laurent Sciarra of lacking passion. Logic and rationality…well, that’s a different story. The French basketball coach for second-division squad Rouen had a momentary lapse in judgement of disastrous proportions in a recent game. With the score tied at 84 in the fourth quarter in a tilt with Boulogne-sur-Mer in possession, the former French National Team member completely lost it and seemingly tried to steal the ball away from the opposing player. Perhaps he thought he was still in uniform! Officials stopped play immediately and whistled Sciarra for a technical. One of his assistants was even incredulous. But...why?! The act was a blatant violation of sportsmanship. Of course, Boulogne sunk both ensuing foul shots with only 8-tenths of a second remaining and went on to win 86-84 - with the coach’s epic gaffe leading to the decisive margin.
Moving to the NBA, LeBron James had 37 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds and the tie-breaking jumper as the Heat won their 23rd game in a row, beating the Celtics 105-103. The winning streak now stands alone as the second-longest in league history.
And finally…the ROSEMONT Cubs?! The mayor of the Chicago suburb has offered up a 25-acre parcel of land to the National League franchise for it to build a new ballpark on. But don’t hold your breath, Cubby fans. We’re thinking a World Series title is more likely than a move from Wrigley Field.