In Brief: Mar. 26, 2001

AIR BALL Weekend b-ballers, beware: Spalding is removing "underinflated ball" from your arsenal of sorry excuses for missed free throws. Its engineers have concocted Infusion ($45), a basketball with a built-in pump. Thanks to clever designing, it meets NBA standards for balance and rebounding. Spalding is talking with the pro league in hopes that Infusion will become the NBA's ball of choice. Shaquille, are you listening?

WAKE-UP CALL There's nothing like radio luck in the morning--the first notes of your favorite song jostling you out of sleep. But why leave it to chance? The MP3 O'Clock ($55 at artistdirect.com...

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