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Wednesday, March 2

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Palmer vows not to return to Cincy

Can we all agree now that Carson Palmer isn't joking? "I will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again," he is said to have told a "confidant," according to WCPO-TV's Denny Janson. Who the confidant is, is anyone's guess, though we're guessing it wasn't Mike Brown or Chad Insert-Current-Surname-Here. "I have $80 million in the bank," Number Nine continued. "I don't have to play football for money. I'll play it for the love of the game, but that would have to be elsewhere." (Cincinnati Enquirer)Comment

Source: Giants may buy out Zito

Barry Zito took the mound for his first spring training start Monday and walked the ballpark. It wasn't exactly what the Giants had in mind, and here's a message to all those fans who have seen enough of Zito: He's walking a very fine line within the organization. A source close to the team indicated Tuesday that there is "exasperation" with Zito, that his status as the No. 5 starter is "definitely not safe," and that the team would even consider buying out his expensive contract before Opening Day if that's what it takes to say farewell. (San Francisco Chronicle)Comment

Staying in Orlando 'attractive' to Howard

The Record newspaper, which is based in Bergen County, N.J., reported that New Jersey Nets Principal Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and General Manager Billy King recently spoke with point guard Deron Williams and told Williams that Dwight Howard tops the list of free agents the Nets plan to pursue. Understandably, a group of writers from New York area news outlets asked Howard before the Magic's game against the New York Knicks if the Nets are any more "attractive" now with Williams. "Orlando's the most attractive place for me right now," Howard answered, a smile on his face. "They have a sexy new arena, a beautiful franchise, nice banners around here and been in the top four in the Eastern Conference for the past four years. Yes, Orlando's the most attractive place right now." (Orlando Sentinel)Comment

Must-See Photo

Former Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara answered the critics with a sub-4.4 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday -- and showed some serious hops for good measure (AP).

Must-See Video

Attention quarterbacks Alex Tanney and Johnny Mac: Long-snapper and NFL draft hopeful Zach Enyeart sees your trick-shot videos and raises you this:

Game To Watch

No. 24 Texas A&M faces No. 2 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse -- 9:00 p.m. ET

  1. Texas A&M Aggies
  2. Kansas Jayhawks

SI Vault: More Bruins

This Day in Sports

  • 1969 -- Boston's Phil Esposito becomes the first NHL player to score 100 points in a season.
  • 1962 -- The Warriors defeat the Knicks 169-147, thanks to an otherworldly 100-point performance from Wilt Chamberlain.
  • 1927 -- Babe Ruth becomes the highest paid baseball player at $70,000 per year and out-gains then-commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis by $5,000.
  • 1874 -- The line is drawn when Major League Baseball officially adopts the batter's box.