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

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:

The Guardian takes a look at meldonium, the drug that Maria Sharapova tested positive for earlier this year:

More from The Guardian, this time on the 30th anniversary of "The War," between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas "the Hitman" Hearns:

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.