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Knicks eye Calipari as coach, prez

How would John Calipari play on Broadway? James Dolan's reluctance to pick up Knicks president Donnie Walsh's $5 million option for next season the moment the team qualified for the playoffs says it all about where this shadowy situation is headed. Instead of earning as little as that requisite reward from his boss (though a multi-year extension offer certainly wouldn't have been unreasonable), the person most responsible for reviving the franchise's relevance got the silent treatment and the cold shoulder, at least for public consumption. ... According to a team executive, who knows a thing or two about a thing or two regarding goings-on behind the screens, Dolan may have eyes for John Calipari ... to run the front office and coach. (New York Post) Comment

Palmer's not going anywhere

Sorry, Dolphans. Even when teams are eventually allowed to trade again, the Bengals are not going to ship [Carson] Palmer to the Dolphins or any other team. Bengals owner Mike Brown is entrenched in his position of refusing to give into Palmer's trade demands. And when Brown digs in, he stays there. Anyone who has ever dealt with him in a football or business situation will tell you as much. Could the Dolphins or another team make a ridiculous offer, such as a couple of premium picks, to force Brown to change his mind? Sure. But that offer isn't coming. Regardless of how desperate another team might be for a veteran quarterback -- and a bunch of them are -- giving up a first- and a third-round pick, or a second-round pick, or even a pair of seconds for Palmer is never going to happen. ( Comment

Harper puts on pregame show

By at least one account, Bryce Harper's season debut -- 2 for 4 with a pair of a singles, an RBI and a strikeout -- was a ho-hum affair, but the pregame included quite a show. Home Run Hill, the grass berm beyond the right-field fence at State Mutual Stadium, served more as a flyover area than landing spot for [Harper] batting practice home runs. In Harper's fourth turn through the BP cage, the left-handed hitting Harper cleared the Hill three times. Last year's No. 1 overall pick in baseball's First-Year Player Draft is here with the Hagerstown Suns, the Washington Nationals' low-Class A affiliate, for the season opener. ... Last fall he made his professional debut in the Arizona Fall League -- he hit .343 with a 1.039 OPS in nine games -- then made his spring training debut last March. (Sporting News) Comment

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While most were fixated on the Masters and the winless Red Sox, Norwegian curler Thomas Ulsrud wore those pants. (Andy Clark/Reuters)

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Crazy dunks, courtesy of college basketball's future stars.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Hank Aaron
  • 1974 -- Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th home run, breaks Babe Ruth's record.
  • 1975 -- Frank Robinson debuts as 1st black baseball manager (Cleveland, beats New York 5-3).
  • 1989 -- One-handed pitcher Jim Abbott makes his Major League debut but lasts only 4 2/3 innings.

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