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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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Wednesday, March 23

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Brown wanted The Answer in Charlotte

Larry Brown is back in the news, and he's taking Allen Iverson with him. If anyone knows the polarizing Iverson it would be Brown, who coached "The Answer" from 1997-2003. Brown would like to see Iverson finish his career in the NBA and hopes one team will provide one last opportunity for the guard to finish his career the right way after failing to make anything out of his stint in Turkey. ... "Before I got fired I went to the NBA coaches' meeting ... a lot of the NBA people, the executives that were there, talked to me about trying to figure out a way to get Allen to finish out his career in our league. He wanted to come with me [Allen Iverson], but Michael [Jordan] didn't think it the right thing to do because we had young guards and he wanted them to develop. I think for him to end his career in Turkey after what he did for our league is tragic." (Sports Radio Interviews)Comment

Tomlin: Lockout may help Steelers

Mike Tomlin, coaching where continuity is king, reportedly hasn't spent much time worrying about the lockout. As a matter of fact, even he believes a long, protracted lockout might give the Steelers a competitive edge, provided the NFL winds up playing football in 2011. How? He has a veteran team and a veteran coaching staff that played through the Super Bowl on Feb. 6 and would not be doing much anyway right now. ... While a division rival like Cleveland must contend with a new head coach and staff, and another in Cincinnati where the veteran quarterback has vowed never to play again for the Bengals, the Steelers remain consistent in both personnel and in coaching. That could provide a big edge if the NFL owners' lockout continues into the summer, along with it the inability of coaches to even speak with their players, never mind institute new systems. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Comment

Rangers to eat part of Young's contract?

The sentiment that Michael Young would be a good soldier has turned out to be true. Young has still hinted he'd like to be traded, and [Jon] Daniels has said that won't happen unless it benefits the Rangers, as he should say. Young has been tearing it up this spring. He's hitting .351 and is leading all Rangers regulars with a .468 on-base percentage. He's working a lot at first base, which he said is the position he needs most work at, and since camp began, he isn't complaining. Reports have come out in the last couple of days that the Rangers are willing to eat half of Young's remaining $48 million contract if they can find a willing, and fitting trade partner (Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies have been rumored), but it'll be tough to find a team to pay even half of Young's remaining chunk of change due his way. (NBC Dallas Fort Worth)Comment

Must-See Photo

Phoenix Coyotes fans help the on-ice officials make a holding call on the St. Louis Blues at Arena in Glendale, Arizona, on Tuesday night. The Coyotes won, 2-1, for their 40th victory of the season. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

Must-See Video

On this day in 1994, Wayne Gretzky became the NHL's all-time leading goal-scorer by breaking Gordie Howe's record of 801. Here it is, and the postgame ceremony.

Game To Watch

The west-leading Spurs, minus injured Tim Duncan, battle the Nuggets, 10-4 since trading Carmelo Anthony (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

  1. San Antonio Spurs
  2. Denver Nuggets

SI Vault: More Evel Knievel

This Day in Sports

  • 1952 -- Chicago's Bill Mosienko scores three goals in 21 seconds, the fastest hat trick in NHL history
  • 1972 -- Daredevil Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones while jumping over 35 cars on a motorcycle
  • 1991 -- London Monarchs beat Frankfurt Galaxy 24-11 in the World League of American Football's first game
  • 1994 -- Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe as the NHL's all-time leading goal-scorer (802)