Monday, April 20
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Truth & Rumors
Browns swapping Quinn for Sanchez?
A general manger told me that he expects Cleveland to trade Brady Quinn this week but he???s not sure what team he will be heading to. The prevailing feeling in the NFL is that the Browns like Mark Sanchez and have spent considerable time getting to know everything they can about him.(National Football Post)
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Piniella laughs off La Russa's criticism
Cubs manager Lou Piniella laughed off critical comments from St. Louis counterpart Tony La Russa, saying Sunday, "Tony is not the commissioner." La Russa had said he didn't "know how the Cubs get away with comments they make about umpires" after Derrek Lee questioned whether Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright had gotten the benefit of the doubt Thursday on his controversial strikeout of Milton Bradley. Piniella claimed ignorance of La Russa's comments but was told what his Tampa childhood pal had said. "He's a good friend and a heck of a manager," Piniella said. "But he's not the commissioner of baseball. Not yet, anyway."(Chicago Tribune)
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T-Wolves talked to Spurs exec
The revolving door in the Spurs' front office may be in for another spin. Spurs general manger R.C. Buford confirmed Sunday that the Minnesota Timberwolves have asked for permission to interview Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey for an opening atop the team's basketball operations department. Lindsey has been with the Spurs since the summer of 2007, when he replaced Sam Presti as Buford's top assistant after the then-Seattle SuperSonics hired Presti as general manager. Presti had moved up to a role as assistant general manager after the Cleveland Cavaliers hired Spurs assistant GM Danny Ferry as their general manager after the Spurs' 2005 playoff run. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor removed Kevin McHale from duties as vice-president of basketball operations when he named him as successor on the bench after Randy Wittman was fired as head coach on Dec. 8. The team's basketball operations now are being conducted by general manager Jim Stack and his two assistants, Fred Hoiberg and Rob Babcock. (San Antonio Express-News)
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Must-See Photo
 
Josh Smith knocks down two of his 23 points in the Hawks win over the Heat. Smith also had 10 rebounds in the Game 1 win. (Bob Rosato/SI)
 
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Game To Watch
NBA Playoffs, Round 1: Celtics vs. Bulls, 7:00 PM ET, TNT -- Can Boston (sans Kevin Garnett) avenge its Game 1 loss to Chicago?
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This Day In Sports History
 
 

SI Vault: More Michael Jordan
1912 -- Fenway Park opens in Boston with the Red Sox beating the New York Yankees 7-6 in 11 innings.
1997 -- Chicago's Michael Jordan wins an unprecedented ninth scoring title with an average of 29.6 points, the first time in those nine seasons that he fails to average at least 30 points.
2006 -- Julio Franco, 47, becomes the oldest player in major league history to hit a home run, helping the New York Mets rally for a 7-2 win over San Diego.
 
 

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