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Williams' success at MU doesn't surprise Crean

Indiana coach Tom Crean heaped praise on his former Marquette team and the job first-year Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams has done with the players Crean brought to MU four years ago.

However, when asked to describe the similarities and differences of the tactics he used with the team, compared to what Williams is doing, Crean declined to be specific.

Crean made his remarks Monday during the Big Ten Conference coaches' weekly telephone news conference.

Crean coached the Golden Eagles for nine seasons before departing to take the job with the Hoosiers.

The Golden Eagles, who will play tonight at Villanova, have a record of 20-3, 9-1 in the Big East Conference. They took their first conference loss Friday at South Florida.

"First of all, I'm proud of their success," Crean said. "I'm not surprised by it at all. When we left Marquette, we were well aware of what we were giving up. I never want to feel like we gave it up. We gave nine years to the program. I'm proud of the accomplishments of it, proud where it stands. Probably now, (I'm) even more proud to see how it's gone.

"There was no doubt that Buzz would do an excellent job or we wouldn't have hired him when we did, if we didn't think he was going to be excellent for us on our staff. He has done that there and he has put himself with other very good coaches on his staff.

"He's got a team of guys who are relentless competitors, who are tough-minded young men, who want to improve. They have shown that."

Crean did not want to get into the X's and O's, comparing and contrasting what he did with the team to what Williams and his staff are doing.

"I'm not sure what would be the motive behind that question," Crean said. "I don't view it that way. I don't ever analyze what - you know, I have been to battle with those guys for many years. So I don't spend any time analyzing what they are doing in a sense of how it would pertain to what I'm doing.

"That's not what's relevant. What's relevant is they are having success and I am extremely proud of them for it."

Dropping STD claim

Siohvaughn Wade, the estranged wife of former Marquette star Dwyane Wade, has dropped her accusation that her husband gave her a sexually transmitted disease.

Siohvaughn Wade had made that charge as part of a divorce filing against the Miami Heat guard. The divorce case is being heard in a Cook County courtroom in Chicago.

"We are pleased that these false claims have been dropped," said Dwyane's Wade's attorney, James B. Pritikin, to a reporter via e-mail Monday. "In the interest of Mr. Wade's children, we hope this matter can be resolved in a timely manner."

The Chicago Sun-Times first reported last week that Siohvaughn Wade had dropped the STD contention from the case.

She has accused her husband of infidelity, cutting her off financially and abandoning the couple's two children.

Dwyane Wade filed for divorce in May 2008. The couple was married in May 2002.

The Wade divorce case will be taken up next in court in March, according to the Sun-Times.

Barkley to return soon

Charles Barkley will return to set of TNT's "Inside the NBA" sometime after the all-star break.

The All-Star Game is Sunday in Phoenix.

Barkley was placed on an indefinite leave of absence in January after he was arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz., for drunken driving.

"It wasn't a hard decision for me to give him some time off to get his legal matters straight and to get his personal life in order," David Levy, the president of Turner Sports, told SportsBusiness Journal. "The question is, when is the right time to bring him back? There is no magic answer to that. It's just a gut feel."

After the All-Star Game, TNT's first telecasts are a doubleheader on Feb. 19.

Hawaiian timing

Next season, the National Football League's Pro Bowl will be played in Miami the week before Super Bowl XLIV, also in Miami.

NBC broadcaster Al Michaels, whose network carried the game this season on Sunday, thinks the Pro Bowl will return to Hawaii after next season.

"It'll be back in two years," Michaels told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. "The league thinks playing it before the Super Bowl will add to the buzz. It won't."

Meanwhile, the Pro Bowl drew the largest local audience for any sports event on television last weekend.

The Pro Bowl on WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) had a rating of 7.8, or 70,617 households. The Budweiser Shootout auto race Saturday night on WITI-TV (Channel 6) had a rating of 6.0, or 54,327 households.

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