Morning Jolt: April 19, 2011
There may be a spark near the smoke that is Donovan-McNabb-to-the-Vikings. The Vikings are indeed one of the teams interested in McNabb, according to two people with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity. But obviously, no deal could be made until there is a new collective bargaining agreement. ... If McNabb is still on Washington???s roster the day after the first regular season game, the Redskins would have to decide whether to pick up the $10 million option on his contract. His base salary for 2011 would be $1.75 million, but if he is on the 53-man squad the entire season, McNabb could receive a total of $12.75 million. It is believed that McNabb would be willing to give back the $3.5 signing bonus he received last fall in exchange for his release. (The Washington Post) Comment
A no-hitter or a hole-in-one ... Josh Johnson may have the stuff for both. Johnson, who towers on the mound at 6-7, is not ready to abandon baseball, not when he's in the second year of a four-year contract, has flirted with no-hitters in two of his three starts this season and is coming off a season in which he led the National League with a 2.30 ERA. But, when asked how often he has thought about joining the PGA Tour one day -- after his baseball career is over -- he replied, "All the time." ... Johnson said his drives average 300 to 310 yards, or about 20 yards longer than the typical pro. He moved to Las Vegas last offseason for one reason: the golf. (The Miami Herald) Comment
Bryan Colangelo took the occasion of his end-of-season press conference to put one of his best players on notice. [Colangelo] referred to Andrea Bargnani, the club's starting centre, as "the enigma of enigmas, to you and many." ... Colangelo's Monday message, coming as it did with his contract set to expire and his franchise in a midst of a painful rebuilding process, went something like this: From this day forward, Bargnani, the jump-shooting 7-footer who was once the franchise's coddled sacred cow, is going to be held to account along with the rest of the replaceable schleps. And if he doesn't come to grips with defensive desire? Colangelo spent Monday pointing out, among many things, that no Raptor is untradeable. (Toronto Star) Comment
Golfers Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington pose for photos with a baby Panda during a visit to the Chengdu Research on the eve of the Volvo China Open.
Highlights of the Chicago Bull's Derrick Rose in the 2011 playoffs.
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- 1920 -- 7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium
- 1939 -- Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double
- 1967 --NY Met Tom Seaver's 1st victory, beats Cubs, 6-1
- 1986 -- Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game
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