“The War”, Sharapova’s “Unintentional” Doping, and Lovie Love

March 09, 2016
Brian Moline and Lisa Bralts posing for a sports action photo.

A new Illini football coach, Maria Sharapova, and "The War" are this week's topics.

Michael Owen Thomas/Illinois Public Media

Lovie! Lisa and Brian look at a wild and crazy 48 hours for Illini sports, Maria Sharapova testing positive for a banned substance, and a short-lived but intense boxing rivalry from the 1980's.  Come on aboard!

You can hear Lovie Smith's introductory press conference as part of this story: http://will.illinois.edu/news/story/lovie-smith-introduced-as-new-illini-football-coach

The Guardian takes a look at meldonium, the drug that Maria Sharapova tested positive for earlier this year: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/mar/08/meldonium-maria-sharapova-failed-drugs-test

More from The Guardian, this time on the 30th anniversary of "The War," between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas "the Hitman" Hearns: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2015/apr/15/boxing-hagler-hearns-30-years-on

It only lasted eight minutes, but what a fight.

Photo Credit: KO Fight Posters

This poster rules.

And of course, you can watch the fight as well.  Al Michaels did play-by-play, so you know it's good.

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