Today in sports: The Heat are falling apart, SEC football plays rough, and a Saints takes a big shot at the Commish.
Former fireballing phenom Kerry Wood plans to retire tonight after making one last appearance for the Chicago Cubs. Wood exploded on the scene in 1998 when he threw a 1-hit, 20-strikeout game in just his fifth career start. (A game that many have argued is the single greatest pitching performance of all time.) However, his career became a steady progression of high pitch counts and brutal arm injuries that took entire seasons off his career, hampered his blazing fastball, and eventually relegated him to the bullpen. Wood hopes to get into tonight's game against the crosstown White Sox, accept a standing ovation from the Wrigley Field crowd, and then hang up his cleats. [Chicago Tribune]
After getting pasted by the Indiana Pacers last night, the Miami Heat canceled their practice and all media availability today. During last night's embarrassing 94-75 loss, Dwyane Wade — in the middle of suffering through one of the worst playoff performances of his career — engaged in a verbal altercation with his coach Erik Spolestra, leading some to wonder if the Heat are staring down another playoff implosion. There's still plenty of time to turn it around against the Pacers, but things will get real ugly on South Beach if LeBron and Co. (without Chris Bosh for the rest of the series) don't find a way to get a W in Game 4. [Washington Post]