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Thursday, April 18

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La Russa managing in L.A.?

Well, that didn't take long. Already there is industry speculation that Tony La Russa could be a candidate to manage the Angels if owner Arte Moreno dismisses Mike Scioscia. La Russa has heard the talk, which stems largely from his previous association with the Angels' Albert Pujols, his former first baseman with the Cardinals. And La Russa said he wants the chatter to stop -- immediately. "I'm not going to manage again," La Russa told FOXSports.com on Wednesday night. ... In fact, La Russa said he is so troubled by the talk that he might manage the Angels -- and the idea that Scioscia might be in jeopardy at this early stage of the season -- that he has considered backing out of a planned trip to Anaheim this weekend for the Tigers-Angels series. (FOX Sports) Comment

QB coach fixed Tebow's mechanics

Consider Steve Clarkson squarely in the young, somewhat embattled quarterback's corner. "I would hope wherever he ends up, they give him an opportunity to play, because if they do, they'll be pleasantly surprised," Clarkson said on Wednesday. "I think the guy can still play." Clarkson is in better position to know than most, especially after the independent quarterbacks coach spent three days with Tebow in early February in Arizona. ... [Clarkson] believes his work with Tebow will address what NFL coaches consider the major flaw in his game: an awkward throwing motion that limits his accuracy. Clarkson said he believes Tebow has corrected the problem, which actually has more to do with his feet than his arm. (Newsday) Comment

Why outdoor game glut is bad idea

Coming out of a year without a Winter Classic, the NHL appears aimed at six outdoor games in 2013-14. If you go to an outdoor game and don't get caught up in the excitement, you're kind of soulless. All of that said, there's one bad thing about next year's schedule, as reported by TSN's Darren Dreger: the last two games. They are Pittsburgh at Chicago on March 1 and Ottawa at Vancouver the next day. That's six and seven days, respectively, after the conclusion of the Sochi Olympics. Look at the rosters of those four teams. Things can change, but how many players are going to Russia? You could make a good argument for at least 30. It seems overly risky to send those players halfway across the world, bring them back and thrust them into unfamiliar surroundings. (CBC.ca) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

The TD Garden crowd observes a moment of silence for the Boston Marathon bombing victims before the Bruins take on the Buffalo Sabres in the city's first major sports event since the tragedy last Monday. (Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Go on a wild thrill ride with pro wing suit pilot and BASE athlete Alexander Polli through a cliff face in the Roca Foradada Mountains of Montserrat, Spain.

Game To Watch

Red Sox go for sweep vs. Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET, NESN, Sports Time Ohio

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Joe Montana
  • 1966 -- Hall of Famer Bill Russell becomes player/coach of the Celtics
  • 1987 -- Mike Schmidt of the Phillies hits his 500th home run
  • 1995 -- Joe Montana announces his retirement in San Francisco
  • 2005 -- Lance Armstrong announces retirement from cycling
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