Obama's brother-in-law too pricey for Oregon State
It was only on March 28 that Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis, donning his proverbial "orange-colored glasses," issued a statement reaffirming support for Craig Robinson. The lenses' color changed over the past five or so weeks. Attrition within the program and dwindling fan support made the glasses transparent, more capable of seeing a harsh reality: The Beavers, fresh off yet another disappointing season, needed a change in leadership. De Carolis called Robinson last Thursday. He told OSU's six-year headman, "I changed my mind." ... Reluctance to stomach Robinson's contract, a $4.2 million sum that runs through 2017 and could deflate a budget-strapped athletic department, significantly contributed to the March 28 decision. After all, De Carolis said, "it's always about the money." (The Oregonian) Comment
Are the Eagles really in the mix for Johnny Manziel? There is reportedly a buzz making the rounds in league circles that Philadelphia is interested in Manziel. Manziel originally committed to play for coach Chip Kelly at Oregon before backing out and going to Texas A&M. Acknowledging that Manziel is "tailor made" for his offense, Kelly recently said the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner "broke my heart." ... If the Rams are serious about Manziel and the Browns won't let Johnny Football get past them at No. 4 overall, the Eagles would have to surrender a mountain of draft picks to move up to top of the draft. As if that wasn't enough of a deterrent, Kelly would also have to throw in the towel on Nick Foles, who ran the Eagles' offense to perfection after taking over for Michael Vick last season. (NFL.com) Comment
Yankees fans are likely to be seeing more of backup shortstop Brendan Ryan. Ryan has been working back into game shape with Double-A Trenton. He also worked with High A Tampa and at the club's minor-league complex. The backup shortstop has nursed the injured back since early March. ... Ryan signed a two-year, $5-million contract with the Yankees in the offseason. [Joe Girardi] said he could use Ryan at second and third base, too, and that he hasn't considered possibly using the 31-year-old as a late-inning defensive replacement for the aging and currently slumping Derek Jeter. "I haven't really tossed that around yet because he hasn't been here," Girardi said. "But I'll look at everything. If I play him at second or I play him at third a day, I'll look at everything when he gets here. You gotta see how he's doing too." (NJ.com) Comment
L.A.'s Blake Griffin battles for two of his 23 points as the Clippers steamroll the Oklahoma City Thunder, 122-105, in Game 1 of the second round NBA playoff series. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Kings grab a 2-0 lead in their second round series vs. the Anaheim Ducks as their goaltender flashes his Conn Smythe Trophy-winning form of 2012.
- SI Vault: More Gaylord Perry
- 1885 -- African American jockey James 'Soup' Perkins goes wire to wire on favorite Halma to win Kentucky Derby.
- 1982 -- Notorious spitballer Gaylord Perry, 43, of the Mariners beats the Yankees, 7-3, to become the 15th and oldest 300-game winner in major league history.
- 1998 -- Cubs rookie Kerry Wood ties major league record with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game while one-hitting the Houston Astros, 2-0.
- 2007 -- Oh, my goodness! Yankees sign Roger Clemens to a one-year contract.
- 2008 -- Kobe Bryant of the Lakers named NBA's MVP.
- 2010 -- Oakland Raiders release QB JaMarcus Russell, the first pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.