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Monday, May 12
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Teddy Bridgewater

So much for easing the kid into the spotlight in Minnesota. With a rookie head coach and a general manager who is desperate to reverse the fortunes of the franchise after a last-place season, it might prove difficult for the Vikings to remain patient with their two first-round picks, especially if they get off to another poor start in 2014 and the walls of Winter Park reverberate from the calls for change. ... The Vikings re-signed Matt Cassel to be their bridge to [Teddy Bridgewater], and the team continues to mention 2011 first-round pick Christian Ponder as a possible option, too. "Teddy will play when we feel like he's ready, if he's the best guy, which we hope that he will be," [Mike Zimmer] said. "We always want to have competition." (Minneapolis Star Tribune) Comment

Steve Kerr

How long is a New York minute? Steve Kerr is inching closer to finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Knicks, according to a source close to the TNT broadcaster. Kerr's agent, Mike Tannenbaum, is still negotiating with the Knicks but the two sides are optimistic that a deal would be in place early this week. The plan is to have Kerr accompany Knicks president Phil Jackson to Chicago for the NBA Draft combine which begins Thursday. Kerr has been Jackson's one and only choice since Jackson agreed to run the Knicks two months ago. Jackson and Kerr met face-to- face in New York two weeks ago and have been in daily contact over the telephone. Although Kerr, a former GM of the Phoenix Suns, has no previous coaching experience making the jump from the booth to the sidelines is not unprecedented. (New York Daily News) Comment

Jameis Winston

A week after landing in the headlines after not paying for crab legs, Jameis Winston sent a lengthy text message to his father. In short, he told Antonor Winston he was fine and ready to return to the baseball team after being banned for four days. ... Antonor Winston says he feels comfortable with his son's blunder. His only advice would be that Jameis Winston should have called the store when he realized he'd forgotten to pay. But he also says he is working with the school on how to manage his son's notoriety. "He's supposed to have somebody around him 24/7," says Antonor Winston. "He a Heisman Trophy winner so (he's) definitely not supposed to be by (himself)." Since Winston won the Heisman in December, FSU has provided additional security on athletics trips and road baseball games. (USA Today) Comment

Must-See Photo

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City lifts the Premier League trophy at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United. (Shaun Botterill/Getty)

Must-See Video

Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. The St. Louis Rams selected him with a seventh-round pick.

Game To Watch

NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets (Miami leads 2-1)

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  • 2012 --LeBron James earned his third NBA MVP honors.
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