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Latest episode could finish Aceves in Boston

It's becoming harder to accept Alfredo being Alfredo. Until now, the Sox have decided that the positives -- his durability, his versatility -- have outweighed the negatives. But Tuesday night may represent a tipping point of sorts. It was bad enough that Aceves allowed eight runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. ... It was made worse by Aceves' actions in the third when he balked twice in the span of a few hitters, then failed to cover first base in time on a ground ball to the right side. And when Aceves offered a litany of excuses for his outing -- blaming the conditions and a shrinking strike zone -- and followed that by asking rhetorically of his teammates, "Why didn't we hit?" he may have crossed a line. (CSNNE.com) Comment

Robinson dials up the disdain for C.J. Watson

Bulls guard Nate Robinson may only be 5-foot-9, but he's no shrinking violet. [Robinson] doesn't hide his dislike for the Brooklyn Nets' C.J. Watson. In fact, Robinson views it as a positive. "We're just competitors," Robinson said Monday. ... "I don't like him, he don't like me. That's how it's going to be. There's animosity between the two of us, and for us, that's good." The cause of the animosity isn't certain. Robinson signed with the Bulls after Watson was waived last offseason. The animosity and chirping between the two hasn't negatively affected either on the court. ... "When you don't like somebody and you're playing against somebody, you want to destroy the other person," Robinson said. (ESPN Chicago) Comment

Chiefs preparing to shock the world?

Just what will the Chiefs do with their No. 1 pick? [Kansas City GM] John Dorsey called to check in on Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd on Monday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. Are the Chiefs preparing to shock the world with the No. 1 pick when most predict Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher will be selected? Does the organization plan to trade down to grab Floyd a few picks later? Is it all a smoke screen? Welcome to the NFL this week where rumors and predictions are all over the place. ... There are few sure bets early in this draft, so things can go in any direction. (NFL.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith celebrates with fans after scoring a basket to end the first quarter during Tuesday's game against the Celtics. New York dominated throughout in a 81-72 victory to take a 2-0 series lead. (UPI/Rich Kane /LANDOV)

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Warriors' Harrison Barnes throws down reverse dunk over Nuggets' Anthony Randolph.

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SI Vault: More Sandy Koufax
  • 1963 -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax struck out 18 batters to become the first major-league pitcher to do so in two different games.
  • 2003 -- The Mighty Ducks defeated the Dallas Stars, 4-3, in five overtime periods in Game 1 of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Petr Sykora scored 48 seconds into the fifth overtime to end the fourth longest game in NHL history. The final time was 140 minutes, 48 seconds.
  • 2003 -- Chase Utley scored his first major-league hit by blasting a third-inning grand slam off Rockies starter Dennis Cook.
  • 2008 -- A David Ortiz jersey, which was secretly buried in cement at the new Yankee Stadium in an attempt to curse the team, was acquired in a Jimmy Fund charity auction for $175,100.
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