As soon as the NCAA announces the 68 teams today for this season’s men’s basketball tournament, fans will begin scrambling to fill out brackets for pools at the office, at the bar and/or with friends – and likely one or more of the numerous online contests, including The Bee’s (www.sacbee.com/hoops).

Point guard Isaiah Thomas is having his most impressive season, averaging more than 20 points and six assists, but does anyone think the Kings will reward him with a lucrative multiyear contract?

What are Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks thinking? The former coach who won 11 NBA titles with the Lakers and Bulls reportedly has agreed to become president of basketball operations for the Knicks, an underachieving team led by Carmelo Anthony.

If there was ever a baseball purgatory, Barry Lamar Bonds had a 61/2-year lease on a one-bedroom, one-bath duplex in it.

The results of our weekend poll were interesting, with 61 percent of the respondents saying Kings second-round draft pick Ray McCallum will have a better NBA career than first-round pick Ben McLemore.

With the Kings’ Ray McCallum playing well since joining the rotation, does it make you wonder which rookie guard, McCallum or Ben McLemore, will have the better NBA career?

A victory Friday would give Division V’s Capital Christian boys basketball team a shot at playing in the Northern California Regional Open Division

Warren Smith, president of Republic FC, Sacramento’s USL Pro expansion team that debuts this season, issued a bold statement Tuesday in response to Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber’s comments about the city’s chances of landing an MLS team.

Early last month, Ian Kinsler thought he’d try out a couple of one-liners during an interview with ESPN The Magazine, which asked the Detroit Tigers’ new second baseman how it felt being traded from the Texas Rangers in the offseason.

What are we to think of Tiger Woods now? In 2013, he won five tournaments en route to the 11th PGA Tour Player of the Year award in his 17-year career. He finished the year as the world’s No. 1 player and fell just short of winning his third FedEx Cup points title, edged out in the final tournament by Henrik Stenson.

As usual coming off a suspension, DeMarcus Cousins was on his best behavior Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena. He scored 21 points, grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds and played well with the Timberwolves in a 108-97 loss.

The Raiders badly want to return to respectability, and the quickest way is to find a strong starting quarterback.

With all the trouble center DeMarcus Cousins gets himself into, would he still be with the Kings if he wasn’t averaging 22.3 points and 11.5 rebounds?

Kings fans and employees may be dismayed by the antics of center DeMarcus Cousins, but they’ll likely continue to back him because he’s big, talented, engaging – and one of theirs.

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith made news Tuesday when he said he was leading an effort to persuade the federal government to make Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season a national holiday.

A new rule going into effect in the major leagues this season protects catchers – to a great extent, not completely – from unprotected collisions at the plate.

If reports are true – that coach Jim Harbaugh might have become too much of a headache for 49ers owner Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke despite three trips to the NFC Championship Game, and the team is unwilling to make him the NFL’s highest-paid coach before he wins a Super Bowl – it seems unlikely Harbaugh will be in San Francisco after his five-year contract expires following the 2015 season.

Jim Harbaugh leaving a Super Bowl contender like the 49ers for the Cleveland Browns, who are just super bad, would be like Tom Brady leaving his model-wife, Gisele Bundchen, for Miss Piggy.

The Kings’ Isaiah Thomas is having his best season, averaging 20.3 points and 6.3 assists, but should he be a starting point guard in the NBA?

It’s striking to look at The Bee’s boys high school basketball rankings each week and see Cosumnes Oaks near the top with more losses than wins.

If a player can help a team win, he will be accepted. That’s the message delivered from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton when they were asked about Missouri defensive end Michael Sam joining their teams.

We’re not sure if the Ted Wells investigation, the recently released 144-page report on alleged harassment in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room, would make a better episode of “Hogan’s Heroes” or a Hollywood movie entitled “A Few Bad Men.”

After Jimmer Fredette scored 24 points in the Kings’ 106-101 overtime victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday, weren’t you wondering why he doesn’t play like that every night?

Fans pay for their tickets. They settle into their seats. They cheer, they hiss, they boo. Some relentlessly taunt opposing players, eager for a reaction.

We all know LeBron James is a great basketball player – and he’s not shy about making sure we know, either.

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