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It didn't take long for Reggie Bush to react to what he believed was a clear message from the Saints. Five years ago, he was the second overall pick in the draft. On Thursday night, [Bush] sounded like a player in search of a team for next season. The Saints running back tweeted: "It's been fun New Orleans" shortly after the team drafted Alabama's Mark Ingram in the first round. Bush, who like Ingram is a former Heisman Trophy winner, is scheduled to earn nearly $12 million next season. The Saints haven't said Bush is longer part of their plans, but it's doubtful they're willing to pay that steep of a price. Bush (broken fibula) was limited to eight games last season, rushing for 150 yards on 36 carries. (Sporting News)Comment
Wednesday's Bryce Harper bench-clearing stare-down had some remembering the knocks on the talented young hitter. He showed tendencies to yell at opposing players, teammates and umpires, and he was ejected from a game in the Junior College World Series in June after drawing a line in the dirt in the batter's box to show an umpire that a called strike was outside. It was his second ejection of the season and earned him a two-game suspension. There was this from Baseball Prospectus before Harper was drafted: "It's impossible to find any talent evaluator who isn't blown away by Harper's ability on the field, but it's equally difficult to find one who doesn't genuinely dislike the kid." ... "He's just a bad, bad guy," one front-office official told Baseball Prospectus. (Sporting News)Comment
A day after making a statement that made vague his insterest in playing in Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala reportedly did not show up for his exit meeting with Sixers officials on Thursday. Iguodala was the only player who did not have an individual meeting with coach Doug Collins, team president Rod Thorn and general manager Ed Stefanski a day after the Sixers were eliminated from the playoffs in five games by the Miami Heat. Iguodala was at the team's practice site at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for a team meeting and also to talk to reporters. ... In his meeting with reporters, Iguodala was asked about his comments made after Wednesday night's game about his future with the team. "I never said I didn't want to be here," Iguodala said [Thursday]. "Like I said, I just want to compete for titles. We made a lot of strides this year. I think we're heading in the right direction." (Philadelphia Daily News)Comment
Washington Redskins fans stand outside Radio City Music Hall for the 2011 NFL Draft. The 'Skins ultimately selected Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan as the 16th pick. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Commissioner Roger Goodell was booed and heckled by fans last night during the 2011 NFL Draft. Cheers of "we want football" were shouted as Goodell took to the podium.
Game To Watch
Spurs at Grizzlies, 9:00 p.m., ET, TNT
- San Antonio Spurs
- Memphis Grizzlies
SI Vault: Roger Clemens
This Day in Sports
- 1986 -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Seattle Mariners.
- 1981 -- Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton is the first lefty to strike out 3,000 batters.
- 1973 -- Golfer Gloria Ehret wins LPGA Birmingham Classic.