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UConn's game plan vs. Kentucky

When Kevin Ollie, then a bigtime scorer from Los Angeles, took his game to UConn, it was his defense that kept him in the lineup. That path is common for UConn guards and it's playing out during this year's run to the national championship game. In 2014, it's Ryan Boatright playing the role of the kid who's changing games on the defensive end. ... [Against the Huskies,] Florida shot 38.8 percent (19 of 49). "We just wanted to be relentless, make them uncomfortable," Ollie said. "We wanted to challenge every dribble, every pass." And that will be the game plan Monday night against Kentucky. The Wildcats have size and talent up front, led by 6-9 Julius Randle (15.1 points, 10.5 rebounds). But they also pose a challenge in the backcourt with the Harrison twins, Aaron (13.9 points) and Andrew (10.9). (The Courant) Comment

Yankees moving past Alex Rodriguez

What a difference a year makes. A year ago, the Yankees couldn't escape Alex Rodriguez's shadow. Whether it was his involvement in the Biogenesis investigation and ensuing suspension and appeal, his rehab from hip surgery or his midseason return, the third baseman was a seemingly never-ending distraction. That included Opening Day, when Rodriguez declined to be included in pregame introductions on the field. This season, he has no such decisions to make and to listen to the 2014 Yankees, the suspended third baseman isn't at the front of everyone's mind. When asked in Houston if he had "spoken to Alex recently," CC Sabathia said, "Who?" ... General manager Brian Cashman said he hadn't spoken with Rodriguez and added he was "focused on this team and moving forward." (New York Post) Comment

Browns prefer Carr over Manziel

With the draft now a month away, it seems more pertinent a time to consider the following: Would the Browns draft Derek Carr ahead of Johnny Manziel? At this point, I do think the Browns would draft Carr ahead of Manziel if both were available at No. 4, but the Browns haven't conducted their private workout with Manziel yet. That will happen in a couple of weeks. I think coaches have some durability concerns about Manziel because of his 5-11 height, but maybe he can blow them away in his private session. He's already won over NFL Network's Mike Mayock, who catapulted Johnny Football to the top of his quarterback list following his superb pro day. I think the Browns like Carr's big arm, and the fact he has experience in both a spread and pro style offense. (The Plain Dealer) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

19-year-old Lexi Thompson jumps into Poppie's Pond after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Which team has the edge, UConn or Kentucky? SI's Greg Bishop and Pete Thamel debate.

Game To Watch

Kentucky vs. UConn in the NCAA men's basketball national championship, 9:10 p.m. ET. on CBS

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Jack Nicklaus
  • 1963 -- At 23 years old, Jack Nicklaus becomes the youngest golfer to win the Green Jacket at the Masters.
  • 1959 -- Boston's Bob Cousy records 19 assists in a playoff game, tying an NBA record.
  • 1969 -- Ted Williams makes his managerial debut at Washington's RFK Stadium.
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