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Mavs could turn to Joe Johnson

If Dirk Nowitzki bolts Dallas, one might reasonably wonder how the Mavericks might actually be better in 2010-11. Depends on who they put around him, as always. Dirk is too valuable to trade. I don't think you could get his value in return. For all his perceived weaknesses -- poor defense, not tough enough -- he's still a top 10 player in the league. They simply have to add a player who's a marquee talent. I like Joe Johnson for the backcourt. But to get him, they'll have to let Dampier go, and that means they'll have to add another center to go with Haywood. With Dirk, you have to have big men who can play defense and rebound. It's a delicate mix. (Dallas Morning News) Comment

Time for turf at Soldier Field?

With a team that relies on speed and quickness more than ever, even the oldest stadium in the game might be ready to ditch the dirt. Mike Martz's precision passing game requires receivers to run to specific spots on the field. What if there's a pothole in that spot during a December game at Soldier Field? ... As much as it might repulse traditionalists, who rightly prefer the grass-stained version of the game, it may be time for the Bears to replace the often treacherous turf at Soldier Field with a clean, quick, artificial surface. Defensively and now offensively, Lovie Smith's team requires a fast track, and what it plays on now resembles a plowed field after late-season games. (Chicago Sun-Times) Comment

Griffey napping, on verge of release?

Ken Griffy's days in Seattle may be numbered. Last week, when some members of the press corps asked manager Don Wakamatsu why he hadn't used Griffey as a pinch hitter for Rob Johnson late in a game, Wakamatsu was vague. Two Mariners players, however, weren't. Both are younger players, fond of Griffey. Neither had an ax to grind. So why didn't Wakamatsu go to Junior off the bench? "He was asleep in the clubhouse," one player said. ... The other player, who knows Griffey a little better, tried to rationalize. "He doesn't sleep well at night, he's away from his family, he's comfortable in the clubhouse," he said. (Tacoma News Tribune) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Kobe Bryant celebrates with Andrew Bynum in the visitor locker room after the Lakers completed a four-game sweep of the Jazz in the Western Conference Semifinals on Monday night. :: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

Must-See Video

Tiger Woods swing coach, Hank Haney, resigned Monday after six years with the world's No. 1 golfer. Working with Woods was far from the biggest challenge for Haney, who tried to remake Charles Barkley's notorious swing in a Golf Channel reality show.

Game To Watch

Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 5: Celtics at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. ET (Series tied 2-2)

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Sandy Koufax
  • 1963 -- Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax threw the second no-hitter of his career in an 8-0 win over the N.Y. Giants.
  • 1977 -- Ted Turner managed an Atlanta Braves game.
  • 1983 -- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart was born.
  • 1996 -- Al Leiter threw the first no-hitter in Florida Marlins history.

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