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Wednesday, May 14
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Stan Van Gundy

Stan Van Gundy may be on the verge of quite the spring gift. The ultimate hammer. That's what the the Pistons are offering [Van Gundy], who is their choice to become their next head coach and to take over basketball operations, an NBA source told The Detroit News on Tuesday. It would be a unique setup for Van Gundy and one that would make him one of three NBA head coaches with that type of authority. Van Gundy, if he accepts the reported five-year, $35 million deal, would join Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers and Gregg Popovich in San Antonio as the other coaches with final say over player personnel. ... The source told The News that talks have progressed to the point where the two sides were "very close to a deal." (The Detroit News) Comment

Andre Johnson

With Andre Johnson pondering his place in Houston, fans around the league may be wondering whether he could be moving to an NFL city near them. After much spirited discussion factoring in talent, age, injury history, demonstrated production and salary, the Around The League crew has tentatively placed Johnson's trade value at a second-round draft pick. ... If the Texans were inclined to field offers for the NFL's second-most productive wide receiver over the past two seasons, salary cap repercussions still present a formidable hurdle. A Johnson trade would leave $11.96 million in dead money against the Texans' 2014 cap, per NFL Media's Albert Breer. Perhaps just as prohibitive, a prospective suitor would need the space to absorb Johnson's monstrous contract. (NFL.com) Comment

Brandon Sherrod

If Yale is going to take a run at its first NCAA tournament berth since 1962, it will have to do so without forward Brandon Sherrod. Faced with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, he decided to take a year off from basketball. Sherrod was one of 14 Yale juniors selected to join the Whiffenpoofs, an all-male a capella group that has been traveling the world singing since 1909. "It was an incredibly hard decision," Sherrod said. "But basketball is not my life. I have a lot of other interests and music is one of them." It is more than just a hobby. Music has been one of Sherrod's passions for most of his life. He taught himself to play several instruments and has been a fixture in his church choir for years. Established in 1909, the Whiffenpoofs are scheduled to sing on every continent except Antarctica next year. (New Haven Register) Comment

Must-See Photo

The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate a goal by Patrick Kane (No. 88) against the Minnesota Wild during overtime in Game Six of the second round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs . (Hannah Foslien/Getty)

Must-See Video

In the latest edition of "Hockey players are much tougher than you," the Flyers' Brayden Schenn got sliced by a skate to the stomach ... and returned to ice, hitting the game-winning shot in overtime.

Game To Watch

NHL playoffs: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins (series tied 3-3)

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Mickey Mantle
  • 1920 -- Pitcher Walter Johnson notches his 300th career win as the Washington Senators defeat the Detroit Tigers 9-8.
  • 1967 -- Yankees' legend Mickey Mantle hits his 500th career home run in the seventh inning of 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
  • 1977 -- The Montreal Canadiens top the Boston Bruins 2-1 to sweep the Stanley Cup Finals in four games.
  • 1981 -- Fueled by a 27-point performance from Larry Bird, the Celtics beat the Rockets 102-91 to capture Game 6 of the NBA Finals and win the series four games to two.
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