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For all the chatter about a head coaching search in Philadelphia, there may be a reaspon it sounds like so much bluster. The 76ers are good at revealing names, particularly the ones that should not really matter. They'll tell you they've talked to Avery Johnson about being their next coach one minute, then Doug Collins the next. Sam Mitchell is on their list as well as Portland assistant Monty Williams. What the Sixers won't tell anyone is perhaps the most important thing of all: that they are everyone's fallback plan and nothing more. (Philadephia Inquirer)Comment
In case you didn't know, Ubaldo Jimenez lives with his mom. Whether she's cooking rice in the LoDo loft, or roasting a goat at the family compound in the Dominican Republic, la mam?? calls the culinary pitches. Her big-league ballplayer son likes to have her with him, she says, to wash his clothes and cook the food he likes. "I know how to make lots of dishes, but I just cook plain food here," she says. "I think it helps my pitching," says the soft-spoken Jimenez. "It gives me energy and it makes me happy to eat my mom's food." (The Denver Post)Comment
Thanks to a quarterback who hasn't played a down, Denver led the league in NFLShop.com sales in April. Tim Tebow had only eight full days, yet somehow he managed to top all NFL players in jersey sales for the month of April. Tebow didn't become an NFL player until late on April 22, when the Broncos drafted him with the No. 25 pick in the first round. "I think it's an honor for people to want my jersey and want to have it and want to wear it," Tebow said Wednesday afternoon. "It is somewhat surreal to have it sell more than some of these people I grew up idolizing." (Denver Post)Comment
Chicago Goalie Antti Niemi looks on as Vancouver's Mikael Samuelsson checks Brent Seabrook during the Blackhawks' 5-2 victory over the Canucks last night. (Jeff Vinnick/NHL via Getty Images)
A video tribute to Ernie Harwell
Game To Watch
Hawks at Magic, 8 p.m. ET
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This Day in Sports
- 1946: The New York Yankees became the first major league baseball team to travel by plane.
- 1954: British runner Roger Banister broke the four-minute mile.
- 1992: Anthony Young (New York Mets) began a losing streak of 26 games.
- 1997: Rick Pitino became the head coach of the Boston Celtics.