Here's what you've been awaiting.
Tickets for the"LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh present the South Florida All-Star Classic" at FIU's U.S. Century Bank Arena, 7 p.m., Oct. 8 will go on sale Monday at noon at the University Credit Union Box Office on the first floor of the Fieldhouse at Alonso Field at FIU Stadium. No phone or online orders will be taken. Tickets will cost $50 for upper bowl general admission, $100 for lower bowl reserved. Fans can buy two tickets per person until 3 p.m., four tickets per person after that.
The game, which the Heat's Dwyane Wade billed on Twitter as DWade vs. King James, will include the Heat's Big Three, the Knicks Carmelo Anthony and A'mare Stoudemire, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, New Orleans' Chris Paul, and many others.
Proceeds will go to Mary's Court Foundation, a foundation established by FIU coach Isiah Thomas in honor of his strong-willed mother, the late Mary Thomas
2. Between paying attention that game, Rosh Hasannah -- Christian me read the first night prayers for our house in English and bad Hebrew off my BlackBerry in my right hand while hodling a Heineken in my left and had a great second night dinner at a friend's house -- football, furloughs and such, I've slept on a huge night for volleyball at The Bank Friday.
Yarimir Rosa, FIU's first four-time All-American, will have her number retired after the first big deal home match of the season, 6:30 against Western Kentucky. FIU's desire for an undefeated season at home gets perhaps its stiffest pre-Sun Belt tournament challenge here. Western's 15-1 and got five votes in the last Top 25 poll. Not only did this school spike FIU out of the 2010 Sun Belt tournament, 3-0, but it handed FIU its only home loss of the 2010 season, 3-2.
Western calls its women's teams, "Lady Toppers." I refuse to use a nickname that manages to be both archaically sexist and oxymoronic.
3. The Swimming & Diving team opens its season at 6 p.m. up on the Biscayne Boulevard Campus against Florida Gulf Coast. FIU's 2011 recruiting class ranked 23rd by collegeswimming.com.
4. Women's soccer, which opened Sun Belt conference play with a pair of wins last week and evened their overall record at 5-5, hosts Troy at 7:30. Senior defender Kelly Ann Hutchinson leads the team in scoring with three goals and two assists, but during FIU's current three-game winning streak, freshman Ashleigh Shim has two goals and an assist.