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Price set for Kolb and Cards

Kevin Kolb finds himself in much the same position as Matt Schaub before he was traded by the Falcons for a flip-flopped first-rounder (two spots) and a pair of second-round choices. Like Schaub, Kolb's team wants to trade him. Like Schaub, Kolb is unproven. ... There is no question the Cardinals are interested, and I get the feeling Kolb is their first choice to be their starter in 2011. The Cardinals liked Kolb when he was coming out of the University of Houston, and he has the type of personality (gym rat) that Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt likes in a quarterback. The Cardinals are leery, however, of what the Eagles might want for Kolb. If the Eagles want to use the Schaub trade as a template, I think the Cardinals would be interested. (Arizona Republic) Comment

Kobe's absence led to weak practices

Seems Andrew Bynum's Tuesday suggestion that practices weren't intense enough this season wasn't unfounded. Kobe Bryant, for his part, acknowledged that something was missing because he mostly wasn't able to practice because of his troublesome right knee. "I think it played a part in the fact that guys felt like they could take days off because I'm not there," Bryant said. "It's like your big brother not being around." ... "Next season will be different. I have this whole off-season to get strong, and this way I can get out there and kick their [butt] in practice and they'll have no excuses." (The Press-Enterprise) Comment

Colon finds fountain of youth?

Bartolo Colon may have found a fountain of youth, one that could raise eyebrows. The Yankees signed Colon in January after he pitched during the off-season in the Dominican Republic. ... The 37-year-old Colon has gone 2-0, with an earned run average of 3.81, since being inserted into the club's starting rotation. A doctor in Florida would like to take some of the credit. Joseph R. Purita, an orthopedic surgeon who runs a regenerative medicine clinic in Boca Raton, said he and a team of Dominican doctors that he led treated Colon in April 2010. Purita said he employed what he regards as one of his more pioneering techniques: he used fat and bone marrow stem cells from Colon, injecting them back into Colon's elbow and shoulder to help repair ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff. (New York Times) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

The Thunder bench reacts to a play against the Grizzlies in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Wednesday. Oklahoma City won in a laugher, 99-72, to take a 3-2 series lead. (Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Dwyane Wade gets the amazing shot to drop while falling to the floor during last night's series-clinching win for the Heat over the Cetlics.

Game To Watch

Western Conference Semifinals, Game 7: Red Wings at Sharks, 9 p.m. ET, Versus (Series tied 3-3)

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Larry Bird
  • 1955 -- Sam Jones (Chicago Cubs) became the first black player to pitch a no-hitter. The game was against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • 1970 -- Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs) hit his 500th home run.
  • 1985 -- The New York Knicks won the first NBA Draft Lottery. They would go on to select Patrick Ewing with the No. 1 overall pick.
  • 1997 -- Larry Bird was announced as the new head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Exactly one year later, Bird became only the third rookie head coach to win the NBA Coach of the Year award.
  • Today's Birthdays -- Yogi Berra (1925)

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