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Truth & Rumors
Papelbon sounds off on Manny
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon had strong words about former teammate Manny Ramirez in an interview in Esquire magazine's April issue. "It just takes one guy to bring an entire team down, and that's exactly what was happening," the right-hander told the magazine. "Once we saw that, we weren't afraid to get rid of him. ... He had to go. It (stunk), but that was the only scenario that was going to work. That was it for us." Papelbon detailed Ramirez's controversial acts last year before the Red Sox shipped him to the Dodgers in a three-way deal at the July 31 trade deadline, including Ramirez's suspicious injuries and physical confrontation with Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick. "He was on a different train!" Paplebon said. "And you saw what happened with that. We got rid of him, and we moved on without him. That comes from the manager, and it comes from guys like Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz." (
Raptors interested in Dalembert?
Big decisions await the Raptors as they play out the string on a season gone completely awry. There is no bigger question than the ongoing need to acquire a big, a franchise-elusive piece that was somewhat addressed with the presence of Jermaine O'Neal until the six-time all-star was dealt to the Miami Heat last month. What Samuel Dalembert brings to the table is precisely what the Raptors need, a legitimate big who will defend and rebound, block shots and at the very least alter heaves. There has been absolutely no link between Dalembert and the Raptors, but it's no secret the Seton Hall product asked to be traded earlier this season when he wasn't getting consistent minutes. The Sixers, turns out, tried in vain to ship out Dalembert prior to Feb. 19 trade deadline.(Toronto Sun)
Patriots in Taylor's future?
How would you feel about Jason Taylor lining up a Patriot? The Patriots have a history of signing aging stars (Rodney Harrison, Junior Seau, Fred Taylor). Patriots coach Bill Belichick openly respected Taylor in their Dolphins meetings, as did Tom Brady, for the simple reason Taylor was one of the few opponents to treat the quarterback like a throw pillow. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
Must-See Photo
The Notre Dame mascot cheers on the court during a game against West Virginia at the Big East Tournament yesterday. The Mountaineers would go on to win the game, 74-62. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
Alexander Ovechkin attempts to shoot a commercial.

Game To Watch
Lakers at Spurs, 8 PM ET -- The top two teams in the Western Conference collide
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More on Bobby Hull
1966 -- Chicago's Bobby Hull becomes the first player in the NHL to score more than 50 goals in a season.
1985 -- Boston's Larry Bird scores a franchise-record 60 points in a 126-115 victory over Atlanta.
1992 -- Milwaukee's Moses Malone scores 17 points in the Bucks' 106-100 loss to Phoenix, moving him into fourth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

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