Monday, April 27
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Truth & Rumors
Did hometown refs benefit Bulls?
An NBA source pointed out before the Bulls-Celtics game that two of the referees were Chicago natives (Bill Kennedy and Dan Crawford). Kennedy also was involved in an incident with Rivers during the Bulls' St. Patrick's Day win in which both were fined by the league for jawing. The source also said that after the game family members of both referees departed wearing Bulls gear. (Boston Globe)
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Jets talking to Plaxico
The Jets added a big gun in quarterback Mark Sanchez this weekend. Now they're looking a player with a big gun problem. The team has talked to the agent for former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, though no signing is imminent. A source familiar with the discussions said the team "kicked the tires," but that's as far as it has gone. (New York Post)
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Webb out at least six more weeks
Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb, who will miss at least six more weeks with a strain in his right shoulder, is not concerned that the injury will affect him on a long-term basis. A much-quicker return was expected until Webb encountered problems Friday. He now will shut down for a week and then begin strengthening his arm. He will not throw for three weeks. He said he cannot recall any one pitch that caused the problem, saying it probably was something that occurred during spring training. Manager Bob Melvin said that during Webb's absence, Yusmeiro Petit will be in the rotation, although situations always are being evaluated. (Arizona Republic)
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Must-See Photo
 
Carl Edwards goes airborne as Ryan Newman (39) suffers damage and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) drives by on the final lap of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. (Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
 
Must-See Video
Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury steals home against the Yankees.

 
Game To Watch
NBA Playoffs, Round 1, Game 4: Hawks at Heat, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT.
Atlanta Hawks
Miami Heat
 
This Day In Sports History
 
 

SI Vault: More Rocky Marciano
1908 -- Fourth modern Olympic games opens in London.
1944 -- Boston Brave Jim Tobin no-hits Brooklyn Dodgers.
1956 -- Rocky Marciano retires as undefeated champion.
1961 -- NFL recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
1992 -- Mets trade David Cone to Blue Jays for Jeff Kent.
 
 

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