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Friday, March 14
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Rockets will come after 'Melo

Not long after Dwight Howard said hello to Houston, might Carmelo Anthony? According to a league source, the Rockets will make a bid for Carmelo Anthony this summer, even though they probably won't have cap space and would have to orchestrate a creative sign-and-trade. The source said Houston asked the Knicks about Anthony before February's trade deadline. The Knicks have held discussions with the Rockets about power forward Omer Asik. Even though Rockets president Daryl Morey is the pioneer of advanced statistics and Anthony has never fared well in some efficiency categories, Morey's old-school instincts believe he could form a terrific Big 3 with [Howard] and James Harden. Rockets management also believes Anthony has made advancements in the grit department the past two seasons. (New York Post) Comment

Looming crisis for Yankees

At this very moment, at least, Mark Teixeira, Brian Roberts and Derek Jeter are merely injury risks, while Kelly Johnson is untested. There is arguably no greater risk-reward infield in the whole sport than the Yankees'. They can have a high-production unit or a high-wire disaster. ... And the Yankees simply have no answers coming. Eduardo Nunez, Yangervis Solarte and Dean Anna are even viewed internally by the Yankees as backups. Recent first-round picks, shortstop Cito Culver (2010) and third baseman Dante Bichette Jr. (2011), have lost prospect status. The Yankees have big hopes for last year's first pick, third baseman Eric Jagielo, but he is years away. "I am very aware of [the coming crisis]," Brian Cashman said. "But being aware of it and being able to address it are very different." (New York Post) Comment

Calipari feared he was the world's worst coach

Kentucky isn't the first team to fall flat after winning a title, but, of course, not all are saddled with John Calipari's expectations. There were times last season when [Calipari] wondered to himself, "Am I the worst coach in the world?" He strapped heart monitors to players to measure their effort. He read them every motivational script he knew. And the University of Kentucky's coach supposedly had four NBA draft lottery picks on a roster that wound up in the National Invitation Tournament. Still, as Calipari writes in his book out April 15, he never lost hope. It's safe to say the fifth-year UK coach is thinking the same this season as in "Players First: Coaching From the Inside Out" as the Wildcats enter this week's SEC Tournament in Atlanta. Preseason No. 1 UK fell out of the rankings this week. (The Courier-Journal) Comment

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The Phillie Phanatic gives home plate umpire Toby Basner a little pinch before Thursday's spring training game between the Phillies and Yankees. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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SI Vault: Drew Brees
  • 1960 -- Wilt Chamberlain scores an NBA playoff record 53 points for the Philadelphia Warriors.
  • 2006 -- The Saints sign quarterback Drew Brees, who was coming off a shoulder injury, to a six-year deal. The Dolphins, Brees' main other suitor, decided to trade for Daunte Culpepper of the Vikings.
  • 2012 -- Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni resigns. Mike Woodson is named interim coach.
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