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The Fighting Irish have found a home away from home. Notre Dame may be coming to Chicago as soon as 2012. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick confirmed on Monday what has long been in the works: Soldier Field is the target venue for an off-site home game slot yet to be filled two seasons down the line. "We were solely focused on getting (2011) closed out, but having now achieved that we will turn in earnest to nailing down the off-site game for '12," Swarbrick said. "Our starting point for that effort is to see if we can find the right opponent and date for a game in Chicago." (Chicago Tribune)Comment
Once friends, then foes, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter appear to be getting along famously these days. They drove here together yesterday from Tampa for the Yankees' split-squad 6-0 win over the Pirates. And they left together. Before the game they played catch and long toss together, ran together in the outfield and even walked into the clubhouse together along the right-field line at 12:01 after they were done with their early work while a group of Yankees were still taking batting practice. "They've definitely grown closer," one Yankee official said. (New York Post)Comment
The honeymoon ended a while ago for the defending champions. Kobe Bryant described the Lakers as "upset" and "a little edgy," supporting his descriptors with a series of curt answers to reporters' questions. Asked if he was feeling better a day after stomach issues forced him to miss the team bus to Amway Arena in Orlando, Bryant said, "I'm getting a stomach virus now with all these questions." The Lakers all seemed a bit queasy after losing three consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 23-27, 2008. (Los Angeles Times)Comment
One-legged golfer Manuel De Los Santos tees off on the 10th hole during the Laureus World Sports Awards Golf Challenge at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
Highlights from Allen Iverson's career in the NBA
Game To Watch
Raptors at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET
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SI Vault: Gordie Howe
This Day in Sports
- 1958 -- George Yardley (Detroit Pistons) became the first NBA player to score 2,000 points in a season. He did it in 72 games.
- 1980 -- Gordie Howe and his two sons skated on a line together for the Hartford Whalers. National Hockey League history was made when the event occurred about midway through a game against the Boston Bruins.
- 1983 - U.S. men's national team soccer player Clint Dempsey was born.
- 1995 -- Major Leage Baseball awards a franchise to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.