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If healthy, Bradford will be Rams' pick

Forget the rest of the prospects coming out. The St. Louis Rams need to select quarterback Sam Bradford with the first selection in April's draft. The Rams are eyeing Bradford as a strong possibility for No. 1 overall. As they should be -- provided Bradford passes inspection when doctors examine his surgically repaired right shoulder. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Comment

Trading Mauer may be best for Twins

Once unthinkable, the Twins may now be in the position to have to trade Joe Mauer. A deal between the All-Star catcher and the Twins is still more likely than not, and at any moment Mauer's agent, Ron Shapiro, could call the team and make it happen, prompting a combination press conference/Minnesota Mardi Gras. But a combination of modern baseball logic and Twins history suggests that if the Twins' decision-makers can't sign Mauer, they will be obligated to trade him. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Comment

Lakers nowhere near as consistent as last year

Last season is fading into the background more and more each day for the Lakers. The current edition of the roster does not appear ready to battle for another title run. Based on their current attitude and work ethic, the Lakers are not a championship team. If they can't summon the consistent urgency of last season, they are not even a Finals team. Can they beat a Cleveland team that just keeps getting better? Not without home-court advantage, they can't. (Los Angeles Times) Comment

Must-See Photo
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Marco Buechel of Liechtenstein holds a celebratory beer as he makes a toast to mark his last appearance in an alpine ski World Cup race in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany. :: AP

Must-See Video

Nomar Garciaparra, who officially retired as a member of the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, had a unique batting stance, as demonstrated in this video.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Jennifer Capriati
  • 1892 -- The first organized women's basketball game was played. The game was at Smith College between students and faculty members.
  • 1979 -- Sixers forward Elton Brand was born. Other birthdays: Marlins third baseman Dan Uggla (1980) and Bills wide receiver Lee Evans (1981)
  • 1990 -- Jennifer Capriati, 13 years old, played her first professional tennis match.

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