The Islanders turned Friday's game against the Penguins into a fight-fest, targeting a couple of Pittsburgh players in retaliation for injuries they caused to a pair of Islanders. The end result was 10 ejections, 15 fighting majors, 20 misconducts and 346 penalty minutes. The NHL responded by handing out two suspensions and fining New York $100,000. That wasn't enough, as far as Pens owner Mario Lemieux is concerned.

 

Former ESPN contributing NFL writer Jeremy Green, son of former NFL coach Dennis Green, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography Thursday in New Britain, Conn. Green is expected to receive a 20-year sentence and serve five years in prison before being released on probation.

 

Last month, ESPN football analyst Tom Jackson was in the middle of a controversy for saying he picked against the Jets in an effort to motivate them to beat the Patriots. On Wednesday, the Pistons extended the Cavaliers' losing streak to 26 games, and afterward the Detroit players credited ESPN's Tim Legler for inspiring them. Legler predicted a Cavs victory.

 

"Tim Legler, we heard you," Pistons forward Tracy McGrady said. "You gave us some bulletin-board material. We used that."

 

Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter donated a kidney to one of his players, who is recovering after the Monday surgery. Freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan, a Yankees draft pick, suffers from ANCA vasculitis, a type of autoimmune swelling caused by autoantibodies. When none of Jordan's family members proved to be a match, Walter stepped up to help.

 

Christina Aguilera's Super Bowl national anthem performance continues to cause controversy — this time with bettors. There was a betting line (offshore only) of 1 minutes, 54 seconds on how long it would take the singer to complete the tune. One betting website timed it at 1:53.7, but there were two issues. First, she may have included an extra "oh" at the end, extending it past 1:54. Second, she messed up a line in the song, causing some to question whether it should count. At least one website indicated it would pay off both sides of the bet because of the questions.

The game was a thriller, but behind the scenes there were some issues at Sunday's Super Bowl. The biggest blunder was the failure of workers to complete 1,250 temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium that had been sold for $800 apiece. The NFL re-seated most of the affected individuals (taking seats away from Cowboys staff and families), offered three times the price as a refund, and put the remaining people in standing room areas where they had to watch a video screen.

 

Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins used Super Bowl media day Tuesday to make public the fact that he was unable to reach his father, who had been out of touch for over a month. He continued to share his concern during the week and said he planned to leave his father a ticket for the game in hopes he would attend. On Thursday, Jenkins’ brother, Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, told The Associated Press that Darome Jenkins, who raised his sons as a single father in Michigan, had been located by police at his home in Hawaii.

 

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning. A Steelers fan since birth (his father grew up in the Pittsburgh area) Schilling predicts a 31-21 victory over the Packers on Sunday.

 

Asked if he has any hesitation cheering for an individual with a shaky past in Ben Roethlisberger, Schilling said he no longer wears the quarterback's jersey but still roots for the team.

 

With the Super Bowl a battle of the coaching Mikes — Green Bay's McCarthy vs. Pittsburgh's Tomlin — The Wall Street Journal looks at which first names have been the most successful among coaches in all of the major sports. The name with the most different coaches to win a title is Bill. In the NFL, four Bills — Belichick, Parcells, Walsh and Cowher — have combined for nine Super Bowl titles, tying them with the four Mikes who have combined for five Lombardis.