Morning Jolt: Reid, Eagles divided on McNabb

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Reid, Eagles divided on McNabb

Will he stay or will he be sent away? The Philadelphia Eagles are divided on a Donovan McNabb trade, with one very powerful Eagle blocking a potential deal. The NFL free agency period has officially begun and, as teams make offers and deals, reports say McNabb could be traded soon. There are many interested teams out there, but right now the Eagles are not accepting any offers yet. Sources tell Fox 29's sports department that the St. Louis Rams are not one of those teams, contrary to some reports. But we're also being told that trading McNabb is not going to be easy because internally the Eagles' brass wants to move him but Andy Reid does not. (

Storen wants Nationals' closer role

The Washington Nationals know the future is in Drew Storen's arm, but can he learn to be patient? Storen is the Nationals' closer of the future, and for him the future is always too far away. Equipped with a 97-mph fastball and four other pitches he can strike out a hitter with, Storen may be ready for the major leagues right now. In his spring training debut Thursday against Houston, Storen retired the side on nine pitches -- eight of which were strikes. First, though, he will probably have to do the one thing he least likes. Wait. (The Washington Post)Comment

Big East send eight teams to tourney

The Big East may be the most uncertain conference regarding number of teams heading to the NCAA Tournament. Five teams are locks: Syracuse (which might be the No. 1 overall seed), Villanova, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Georgetown. Then it's a jump ball among Louisville, Connecticut, Marquette and Notre Dame. Two of those probably will make it. Three is a real possibility. But they need to win games next week at the Big East tournament in New York. "More media requests than we have had in a while," said Big East associate commissioner John Paquette. "And I'm not sure why." One reason might be the uncertainty. (The Boston Globe)Comment

Must-See Photo

Pitt's Ashton Gibbs (right) launches the game-winning three-pointer in the Panthers' 73-71 win over Providence. (Charles LeClaire/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Surprise, surprise: Brett Favre tells Jay Leno he hasn't made a decision on whether he'll play next season.

Game To Watch

Hornets at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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SI Vault: Michael Irvin

This Day in Sports

  • 1965 -- Ernie Terrel beats Eddie Machen in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 1966 -- Hall of Famer Michael Irvin born.
  • 1982 -- Gaylord Perry (with 297 wins) signs with Seattle Mariners.
  • 1993 -- Celtics icon Larry Bird undergoes backfusion surgery.
  • 1993 -- Marlins beat Astros 12-8 in their first spring training game.