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Morning Jolt: March 8, 2011

Monday, March 8

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Newton remains high on Panthers' radar

New Panthers head coach Ron Rivera may have raised some eyebrows with his effusive praise of Cam Newton at the Scouting Combine, and his attendance at Auburn's pro day will add to the intrigue. [Rivera will] see defensive tackle Nick Fairley, too, but Fairley seems to have fallen behind Alabama's Marcell Dareus as the top interior lineman to be drafted in April. Newton, meanwhile, remains front and center on the Panthers draft radar. During Rivera's news conference in Indianapolis, the words that echoed were constant references to "franchise quarterbacks." He insisted the Panthers would pursue all avenues to find one but made clear they're looking for something the Panthers haven't really had. (Charlotte Observer)Comment

Van Gundy tweaks Stern over Howard

Dwight Howard missed Monday night's game against Portland, before which Stan Van Gundy stood up for his suspended star. Van Gundy said he finds it "really incredible" that referees have not called a flagrant foul on an opponent for excessive contact against Howard this season. When a reporter asked Van Gundy if he expects anything to change in the way referees officiate Howard's games, Van Gundy responded that he expects no change from the NBA. "They like the way the game is being called," Van Gundy said. When another reporter asked if it's fair to fans who paid money to watch Howard play tonight but now won't be able to watch Howard, Van Gundy responded, "You'll have to ask [NBA Commissioner] David Stern about that. He obviously thinks it's better that he sits out." (Orlando Sentinel)Comment

Zumaya suffers setback

There may again be bad news for Joel Zumaya. There's never just smoke with a [Zumaya] injury. There's always fire. ... Zumaya's elbow soreness required an independent examination Monday. "We'll have specifics (Tuesday)," trainer Kevin Rand said. "He was followed up on (by outside doctors)." It's been eight days since Zumaya last pitched, and almost a week since the Tigers disclosed that he felt some soreness in the right elbow that was operated on last year. ... Zumaya, of course, has a long history of injuries with the Tigers. He's been prevented from lasting a complete season with them since his rookie year in 2006. He's had finger problems, shoulder trouble -- mostly from the box that fell on him at his parents' house -- and last year he broke a bone in his elbow. (The Detroit News)Comment

Must-See Photo

Fennville High School basketball team members stand together for a moment of silence for Wes Leonard before their game against Lawrence High School in Holland, Michigan. Leonard, age 16, a student and star athlete at Fennville High School, collapsed on a basketball court moments after making the winning shot in overtime to get his team into the Class C District Playoffs. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a Holland, Michigan hospital. The cause of death was cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

With several conference tournaments set to begin this afternoon, let's take a look back at 2010's 'One Shining Moment.'

Game To Watch

Blazers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET

  1. Portland Trail Blazers
  2. Miami Heat

SI Vault: More Joe Frazier

This Day in Sports

  • 1930 -- Yankee superstar Babe Ruth signs a two-year deal for $160,000, making him the highest paid player of all time.
  • 1971 -- Joe Frazier retains his world heavyweight championship by defeating Muhammad Ali in a 15-round decision. It was Ali's first loss in 32 professional fights.
  • 1986 -- Martina Navratilova becomes the first woman tennis player to win more than $10 million in her career.
  • 2004 -- Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi hits Colorado's Steve Moore in the side of the head from behind and drove his head into the ice. Moore landed face-first with Bertuzzi on top of him. Moore suffered a broken neck, a concussion and deep cuts on his face.