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Ex-Warriors coach had no key allies

The Mark Jackson era has now become part of history at Golden State, where the franchise chose to part ways with him. Here's how one source within the Warriors organization described [Jackson], who became the team's ex-coach on Tuesday: "He has a way of talking right past you, honestly. You can talk to him 100 days in a row, and on the 101st day, he still won't know your name. That's something that everyone picks up on. He didn't have any allies." And that boils down the issue with Jackson and the Warriors to its essence -- Jackson was not well-liked around the team's front office and even among his own coaching staff, which is certainly cause for a team to move on and find a new coach. Except that, at the same time, Jackson is immensely popular in the Warriors' locker room. (Sporting News) Comment

Yankees icon ranks Pedroia over Cano

Credit Mariano Rivera for his honesty when it comes to Robinson Cano. [Rivera] reveals in his new book that his former teammate isn't his favorite second baseman in baseball -- or even in the American League East. In his new autobiography, "The Closer," Rivera writes about how much affection he has for his former teammate, but adds, "This guy has so much talent I don't know where to start... There is no doubt that he is a Hall-of-Fame caliber (player). It's just a question of whether he finds the drive you need to get there. I don't think Robby burns to be the best." ... As for his favorite second baseman, Rivera says Red Sox Dustin Pedroia is "at the top of the list" of players he admires, adding: "Nobody plays harder, gives more, wants to win more. He comes at you hard for twenty-seven outs." (New York Daily News) Comment

Group to play longest hockey game ever

Soon, there will be a very, very tired lot of skaters. Forty hockey players will skate for more than 10 days (248 hours) in an attempt to break the record for longest marathon hockey game ever played. The Hockey Marathon puck dropped Sunday at the Chestermere Recreation Centre outside Calgary and will run through May 14. Players are currently taking the ice in rotations of four and six hours, Global News reported. The current record, held by many of those currently involved in the attempt, stands at 246 hours and 2 minutes. The group hopes to raise $2 million in support of Alberta Children's Hospital, Alberta flood relief and Samuel's Ride for Rescue. "The kids get you through the game," participant and organizing chair Alex Halat told Global. (Toronto Sun) Comment

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A's rightfielder Craig Gentry soars at the wall to snare a drive by Corey Hart of the Seattle Mariners in the top of the first inning at Coliseum in Oakland. Even so, the Mariners got off to a fast start, scoring three runs en route to an 8-3 win. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban puts on a clinic as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Bruins, 4-2, to grab a 2-1 second round series lead over rival Boston.

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SI Vault: More Seve Ballesteros
  • 1940 -- The Brooklyn Dodgers become the first N.L. team to fly (in a plane, not on their own) when they travel by air to Chicago from St. Louis.
  • 1959 -- The largest crowd in major league history (93,103) attends Roy Campanella Night at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Yankees beat the Dodgers in an exhibition game, 6-2.
  • 1999 -- In the biggest comeback in Jacobs Field history, the Cleveland Indians scored 18 runs in the last three innings to erase a 9-1 deficit and sink the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 20-11.
  • 2006 -- Barbaro, ridden by Edgar Prado, wins the Kentucky Derby.
  • 2011 -- Seve Ballesteros, the five-time PGA majors winner, dies at 54 after a long battle with brain cancer.

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