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Why CBS said no to Tiger interview

CBS turned down Tiger Woods and showed tennis's Bryan brothers on "60 Minutes" instead. It's almost amazing anybody would turn down Woods' "first interview," as both ESPN and Golf Channel billed its sit-downs. The Golf Channel's Dan Higgins says Woods did not want interview footage to air until NBC's PGA Tour coverage had concluded. ESPN and Golf Channel got to pick their interviewers -- Tom Rinaldi and Kelly Tilghman, respectively -- and no subjects were off-limits. Asked whether it's unusual for subjects to dictate interview lengths and air times, ESPN's Mike Soltys said "it's not very common. But this circumstance isn't very common either." Said Golf Channel's Higgins: "I don't know if it's unusual. Every circumstance is different." (USA Today) Comment

Knicks may reach out to Raja Bell

Raja Bell may the next pursuit for the New York Knicks. There's a chance the Knicks could give Bell a late-season tryout. According to an Oakland Tribune report, the Warriors could waive Bell, who is recovering from left wrist surgery, because they need a roster spot. Bell probably wouldn't be healthy until the final four games. Asked if he would consider it, team president Donnie Walsh told The Post, "If we did do something like that, it would be to show we liked him." Walsh is close to Bell's agent, Herb Rudoy, and a summer match definitely looks to be in play if the Knicks still have some cap room. The Warriors, even if they waive him, also are interested in re-signing Bell, according to the report. (New York Post) Comment

Mauer's signing turning point for Twins

Joe Mauer's signing was a major statement for Minnesota. One hundred and eighty-four million dollars will buy a lot of cookies and milk for the Twins' Mr. Clean. About 30,107,536 gallons of one percent milk and 41,841,004 boxes of ginger snaps, as I figure it. Give or take a few crumbs. Teams like the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers, used to cherry picking players off of small-market teams, will have to turn their attentions elsewhere. The new, modern, financially solvent Twins clearly have set up an impenetrable cash force field around Target Field. (St. Paul Pioneer Press) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Kansas forward Marcus Morris, left, and center Markieff Morris react to their shocking loss to Northern Iowa Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. (AP)

Must-See Video

In case you didn't see it, enjoy perhaps the best 10 seconds of the NCAA tournament so far.

Game To Watch

The Hawks travel to Milwaukee in what could be a preview of one of the most intriguing first-round playoff matchups in the East, 8 pm ET

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  • 1974 -- Marcus Camby, Trail Blazers center and longime NBA veteran born
  • 1972 -- Yankees deal Danny Carter to the Red Sox for pitcher Sparky Lyle

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