Auburn QB is the hottest player on the NFL Draft
board, especially with rumors the Redskins traded into
the first round to pick him.
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Two Words For You:
The NBA Playoffs start early:
If the Nets win tonight, they're in.
LeBron's Cavs need help: They need a win in Toronto
AND a Nets loss in Boston. (If both teams lose, New
Jersey backs in.)
That's a tough break for LeBron, given that the Nets
are motivated (beat the Wiz Tuesday night) and 3-seed
Boston is playing not to get hurt.
The tougher break is that the NBA playoffs are
likely to begin this weekend without LeBron, its
There's more star power out than in: No LeBron, no Kobe, no KG. Abd two biggest media markets, L.A.
and New York, are out as well.
Here's an idea: Don't leave these valuable assets on
the sidelines. There's a great way to fill the
interminable days between first-round games:
Put the Cavs and the 13 other non-playoff teams in a
single-elimination "Losers' Bracket."
Call it "N.I.T. for the NBA."
It would take five nights: Barely more time than it
will take the Heat to sweep the Nets (yes, or
Does it diminish the playoffs? Only if you think being
crowned "Best Loser" is some kind of threat to the
legitimacy of an NBA title.
Otherwise, it's fun AND fans get more LeBron.
NFL Draft Watch
Draft Week is about momentum.
Compare QB Jason Campbell to QB Aaron Rodgers.
Campbell spent his undefeated senior season in the
shadow of USC's Matt Leinart at his position and eclipsed
by RBs Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams on his own team.
Now, after solid workouts and all-important buzz from
the media, he's THE hot player on the board.
The best rumor is the Redskins traded next
year's first-rounder to Denver to move up to No. 25 to take him.
And another team may still jump the Skins to
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Dodgers: 6-run rally + 10th-inning clutch = 7th W in row
Mavericks: Beat Sonics, win 8th straight (Dirk had 21)
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New York/London: IOC rips them for sketchy 2012 OLY bids
Hearing that type of talk about Alex Smith or Rodgers?
Hardly: It's all about trading down, not up. (But
there are no takers; what does THAT say?)
What a huge difference for a team to seek out a
player, rather than feel compelled to take
him, based on some idiotic form of conventional draft
wisdom (see 49ers).
Brian Roberts, AL MVP?! Previous season-high in home runs for Orioles 2B? Five in 2003.
Light-hitting was an understatement.
After hitting *another* HR last night, he has 6 -- in
April, clinching him as MLB's No. 1 '05 breakout. (See
Big 5 for more.)
Meanwhile, the O's are rumored to be looking to
make a deal for the Rockies' Todd Helton. Isn't
Balto's lineup nasty enough already?
Eduardo Perez, Yankee-Killer?
Bad omens come 2-for-1 in NY: Randy Johnson got
shelled (Perez: 2 HR!) and the D-Rays snapped an
11-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium. Last time Unit gave up 5 runs in three straight games? 1992.
One more ominous sign: 13 games into their season, the
Yankees are still in last place in the AL
Can another high-priced offseason starter, Carl
Pavano, stop the bleeding tonight? The Blue Jays (9-6)
ain't the D-Rays, that's for sure.
NBA Draft Update
UNC exodus continues: PG Raymond Felton
is expected to announce later this week. Could Sean
May be next up?
Top prep declares: His name is Gerald Green,
he's from Oklahoma and he's 6-8 in the Tracy McGrady
mold. Should be a Lottery pick.
Deron Williams in, too: Illinois PG, who had as
good an NCAA Tournament as any guard, will enter as expected. Top 5 pick?
Chris Paul hired an agent, so he's not even
THINKING about returning to Wake Forest (Beefy
teammate Eric Williams leaving option open.)
With the first pick of Congress'
ongoing hearings on steroids in sports, the House
Committee members select ...
Paul Tagliabue of the NFL!
Don't expect Tags to get the "Selig Treatment." The
NFL has a more aggressive policy than any other pro
But without the chance for sparks, why should fans
bother watching? (Well, unless they're going to call
the Panthers punter to testify.)
Tuesday's fun party game became: "How far will he
slide down the draft?" From presumptive No. 1 overall
pick to ... KC at 15? Dallas at 20? (Even lower?)
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More NBA playoffs: Pacers can clinch 6th spot over Philly
(and series vs. Boston) with a win tonight; 7th is no
place you want to be (vs. the Pistons).
Santana watch: Johan pitches against Lima and the
BCS to meet next week: New formula is on the table.
"Committee" (a la NCAA Tourney) makes sense, but won't
keep media from crowning own champ.
Documentary watch: "Ring of Fire," about boxer Emile
Griffith, who killed his rival, Kid Paret, on live TV
in 1962. Great reviews, on USA tonight.