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Danica in another spat?
Danica Patrick's season got off to a tough start after she crashed out early in the season-opening Honda Grand Prix. She was running ninth in the 22-car field on Sunday when rookie Raphael Matos tried to pass as the two went into one of the tightest turns on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit. Both cars crashed, with Patrick's Andretti Green Racing entry slamming hard, rear end first into a tire barrier. As the uninjured drivers walked away, Patrick patted Matos on the helmet as if to say, "Use your head." The two then waited for a ride back to the pits, with a lively discussion taking place as Matos sat on a wall and Patrick stood in front of him. Patrick, who has been known to blow up at other drivers in similar circumstances, was calm after she got back to the team's pit. "It's not exactly the ideal spot to pass," she said. "We were going into the fast chicane there and there's no room, there's no room for two people. -- I was looking in my mirrors and I saw him. He just wasn't all the way up next to me." Matos, making his IndyCar debut with the Luczo Dragon team, wasn't ready to take the blame. (Associated Press)
CBA fallout from Plax ruling?
This just doesn't make sense to the Giants. "To think that a player could carry a loaded gun into a night club, shoot himself and miss the rest of the season but get to keep his entire signing bonus illustrates one of the serious flaws in the current system," co-owner John Mara said yesterday. Yup, that's the way things roll for Plaxico Burress, who won the grievance against the Giants filed by the NFL Players Association on his behalf. The Giants were "very disappointed" and almost incredulous with the decision. "This ruling represents yet another example of why we need a new and improved CBA," Mara said. "We will have an opportunity in the upcoming negotiations to prevent such illogical results in the future." According to reports, Burress -- now a free agent -- has attracted interest from several teams. Burress, though, faces two felony gun charges that could land him in jail.(New York Post)
Hansbrough swamped by crank calls
Tyler Hansbrough's phone won't stop ringing. But he sure wishes it would. The North Carolina senior said he has received so many prank phone calls that he has changed his cell phone number at least five times. Hansbrough doesn't understand it. "Some people need better things to do than call a college kid at 2 or 3 in the morning," he said. Hansbrough said it is "just part of the game" and it doesn't bother him. But Hansbrough knows he's targeted by fans, those who love him and those who don't. (Associated Press)
Must-See Photo
Manny Ramirez of the Dodgers cuts an iconic silhouette as he prepares to bat against the Padres on Opening Day at Petco Park in San Diego. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
An entertaining look at mighty Marlins third baseman Emilio Bonifacio's first career home run, struck against the Nationals on Monday. It was also the first Opening Day inside-the-park round-tripper in the major leagues since 1968.

Game To Watch
Louisville vs. Connecticut, 8:30 PM ET -- Upstart Louisville will try to deny the top dog Huskies an undefeated season in the women's NCAA Championship Game.
Louisville Cardinals
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Rangers
1928 -- New York Rangers coach Lester Patrick, 44, takes over for injured goaltender Lorne Chabot in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final and beats the Montreal Maroons 2-1.
1943 -- NFL adopts free substitution rule.
1969 -- Reliever Bill Singer of the Dodgers is credited with the first official save in MLB history, against the Reds.
1995 -- Baseball's exhibition season begins just a little late due to the players strike.

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