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Nearly as soon as Gary Williams abruptly stepped down, one name came up as his replacement. Maryland already has reached out to representatives for Notre Dame coach Mike Brey about its basketball coaching vacancy, but Brey has a contract extension in the works to remain with the Irish, a source told the Tribune. Although Gary Williams' retirement after 22 years on the Terrapins sideline has been official for only a few hours, Brey's deep ties to the Maryland area and his success in breathing life into the Irish program apparently caught the eye of athletic director Kevin Anderson. But after a 27-win season that at one point featured a top-five national ranking, Brey and Notre Dame are working on a contract extension, the source said. That may preempt any advances from the ACC school in the Irish coach's home state. (Chicagobreakingsports.com)Comment
The Knicks missed rebounding this season, and a rebounding machine just happens to have grown up nearby. He doesn't have center-size, but he exhibits the exact ballplayer traits Knicks president Donnie Walsh feels the Knicks desperately need. And better yet, Walsh would be stealing him right out of the Nets' backyard. Newark's own, Kenneth Faried, the rugged 6-foot-8 power-forward rebounding machine, has fascinated Knicks scouts, according to people in the know. The Morehead State bruiser, who ignited the small-school's first-round upset of Louisville, has seen his stock soar since the NCAA Tournament, when the Eagles got to the Round of 32. Likened to Dennis Rodman, Faried set an NCAA modern-day record of 1,673 career rebounds and averaged 13.4 this season. (New York Post)Comment
While it had been suggested already that Steve Smith wanted out, the idea of possible destinations has now been floated. Football News Now is reporting that Panthers receiver Steve Smith wants to be traded to either the Oakland Raiders or the San Diego Chargers. Carolina may be forced to trade him because the veteran has reportedly cleared out his locker and residence. Smith, 32, told a league source that "he does not want to spend another year rebuilding at his age." He is from Lynwood, Calif. and wants to return to the West Coast. Smith has played all nine seasons for the Panthers and has 8,884 receiving yards and 52 touchdowns. (San Francisco Chronicle)Comment
Boston's Kevin Youkilis takes a hard slide from L.A.'s Peter Bourjos while covering second base in the fifth inning. It was a painful all around day for the Red Sox, who suffered an 11-0 loss to the Angels. (AP)
Watch all 214 dunks from Blake Griffin's Rookie of the Year season with the Clippers.
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The Lakers look to stay alive against the Mavs, who lead the playoff series 2-0 (9:30 p.m. ET)
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This Day in Sports
- 1997 -- The NHL's Hartford Whalers become the Carolina Hurricanes.
- 1997 -- Rick Pitino becomes coach of the Boston Celtics.
- 1994 -- Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in eight rounds for the heavyweight title.
- 1982 -- Seattle's Gaylord Perry is the 15th pitcher to win 300 games.
- 1953 -- St. Louis' Bobo Holloman no-hits Philadelphia in his first major-league start.
- 1915 -- Babe Ruth makes his pitching debut for the Red Sox and also hits his first home run.