Wednesday, April 15
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Truth & Rumors
Sources: Paulus may play football at Michigan
The Green Bay Packers aren't the only ones who are interested in Greg Paulus. According to sources close to the situation, the former Duke point guard was in Ann Arbor on Tuesday meeting with Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez about the possibility of playing this season for the Wolverines. The 6-foot-1 Paulus, who was the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a standout quarterback at Christian Brothers Academy in New York, has one year of eligibility left for football after playing four years of basketball at Duke. He watched Michigan practice Tuesday afternoon and could fit in with Rodriguez's spread offense. The Wolverines don't have a clear-cut starting quarterback, and Paulus could come in and play immediately.(FoxSports.com)
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Beckett shocked by suspension
Fallout from the Red Sox-Angels fracas in Anaheim on Sunday emerged yesterday, as well as a deep, vast difference in opinions about what happened and why. On one side are the Angels and Bob Watson, vice president of discipline for Major League Baseball, who suspended Josh Beckett six games for throwing a pitch with intent at the head of Bobby Abreu and also "aggressive actions." Disputing that take are Beckett, the Sox and the umpires, whose actions and words Sunday were overruled by Watson. Beckett appealed the ruling, and because of that process, Watson declined to comment. Beckett did not decline. "We were all pretty shocked by (the suspension)," said Beckett, who again said he did not intentionally throw at Abreu but did not want to stop his delivery after the hitter called time. When Abreu and Beckett's stare down evolved into the pitcher approaching the hitter, both benches emptied. The Angels were highly agitated, and Torii Hunter and Justin Speier were ejected. When things settled down, Beckett and Angels manager Mike Scioscia engaged in an exchange of ideas that sparked another war of words.(Boston Globe)
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Possible Pistons off-season targets
Money shouldn't be an issue for Detroit, not with the salaries of Allen Iverson ($21 million) and Rasheed Wallace ($13.68 million) coming off the books this summer. Detroit also should benefit from a shift in the mind-set of NBA teams, many of which have struggled financially more so than in past years due to the wobbly U.S. economy. We've already seen teams looking to make trades that have nothing to do with improving the product, and everything to do with shedding long-term salaries. New Orleans tried trading Tyson Chandler this year to Oklahoma City as a cost-cutting measure, but Chandler didn't pass the physical and the deal was killed. Look for the Hornets to shop Chandler again this summer. Utah's Paul Millsap will be a restricted free agent and his fellow Jazz teammate Carlos Boozer is expected to opt-out and become a free agent as well. Utah will be hard-pressed to keep both players, along with high-salaried players like ex-Piston Mehmet Okur, Andrei Kirilenko and Deron Williams who collectively will make about $39 million next season. There are many others, including Chicago's Ben Gordon, who will show up on the Pistons' radar this summer as free agent targets. (MLive.com)
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Must-See Photo
 
Mickey Rourke, who came back from an amateur boxing career to star in "The Wrestler", attends Oscar De La Hoya's press conference.(AP)
 
Must-See Video
There's no better way to welcome in baseball season than with a dancing Tampa Bay banana.

 
Game To Watch
Rangers at Capitals, 7 p.m. -- Can the Caps continue their breakout season with a first-round playoff sweep? The drive starts tonight.
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This Day In Sports History
 
 

SI Vault: More Jackie Robinson
1910 -- William Howard Taft is the first president to throw out the first ball at a baseball game.
1991 -- Magic Johnson sets an NBA record for career assists with 9,898.
1991 -- The Sacramento Kings set an NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road
1997 -- Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring No. 42 for all teams.
 
 

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