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Tuesday, April 15
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Knicks nearing deal with Odom

Veteran free agent Lamar Odom may soon be reunited with his old boss, of sorts, in a new city. Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are progressing toward a deal to sign [Odom] before the NBA regular season ends Wednesday, according to sources briefed on the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Knicks are on course, barring an unforeseen snag, to formally sign Odom this week in a move that would put him on their roster immediately and, more importantly, include a team option for next season. Structuring the deal this way, after a tumultuous 12 months for one of Jackson's favorite players when they worked together with the Los Angeles Lakers, would give the Knicks two months before free agency begins July 1 to get the 34-year-old into their program and start working with him. (ESPN New York) Comment

Green-Beckham's next stop could be?

Even if he weren't in Springfield, Mo., Brenton Illum, the head coach at Evangel University, likely would have heard of a certain high-profile wide receiver who might be looking for a new football team. But while Illum won't say if there would be a place for now-former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham on his team, the Crusaders' head man won't rule out the possibility either. "I hate to speak directly about Dorial because I don't know him," Illum said in a phone interview Monday night. "But every year there's 100 Division I kids looking to transfer for one reason or another. And any time you have that opportunity (to add a Division I player) you have to look at it. But there's always a reason someone is transferring too, and in Dorial's case that reason is obvious." (Springfield News-Leader) Comment

Panthers could make a run at WR Rice

Sidney Rice, back in the Carolinas? [If Rice] wants a homecoming, he might have to take the hometown discount. A free-agent wide receiver from Gaffney, S.C., and most recently with the Seahawks, Rice has been cleared to resume football activities following an ACL tear. He has drawn interest from multiple teams including the Panthers, according to two league sources. But there are several hurdles that stand between the former Gamecocks receiver and the Panthers, and as of early Monday evening, no visit between the two had been scheduled. Along with the Panthers, the Giants, Saints and Seahawks also are interested, according to Pro Football Talk. Rice, 27, has a history of injuries and would have to pass a team's physical before signing. (Charlotte Observer) Comment

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Zach Randolph went 15-for-25 for 32 points as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Phoenix Suns 97-91. The Grizz clinched the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Trailing 6-5 in the top of the ninth inning, Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla belted a grand slam to lift his team to a 9-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Uggla also had a solo shot earlier in the game.

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