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New York may be safe. While Knicks fans fret about the possibility of Isiah Thomas returning to New York, the Detroit Pistons are considering Thomas for their vacant head coaching position, according to league sources. Thomas is not the leading candidate, sources say, but he is on Detroit's short list along with Mike Woodson, Kelvin Sampson and his former Pistons teammate Bill Laimbeer. ... Thomas served as the New York's president in a controversial reign from 2003-2008 that left him among the most hated sports figures in recent New York history. That is not the case, however, in Detroit, where Thomas led the Pistons to back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. Widely regarded as the greatest player in franchise history, the Hall of Famer could return to a club that has suffered through three straight losing seasons. (ESPN.com)Comment
Rachel McCoy made a few headlines during a Tuesday radio appearance. McCoy, wife of former Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy, dialed up a national radio program unprompted and suggested players at Texas had accepted improper benefits while in Austin. ... "Regularly it's just dinner. People in Texas are just being friendly, they don't mean anything by it at all. They don't realize realize most of the time it's a violation. At Texas you're taught to take absolutely nothing, I don't care if it's a hot dog or soda. But you've got guys, grown adult men with law degrees -- educated men -- what are they going to gain out of this? It's to say, 'Hey, I bought so and so dinner, hey I took so and so to do this' ... It's grown men and their pride. You cannot expect 19-20 year old kids to say no to free stuff when they're in college." (The Kansas City Star)Comment
The lockout, apparently, still hasn't freed Reggie Bush up to find the Heisman he planned to return. According to a source at the Heisman Trust, as of Monday Reggie Bush has still not returned his Heisman Trophy, just short of nine months after the decision came down that he had to give up the honor. ... According to a person in management at the San Diego Hall of Champions, the Heisman Trophy was displayed there until just after the Heisman Trust's decision to strip Bush of the trophy. " Reggie Bush's dad came in right after and took it. That's the last we saw of it." The source at the Heisman Trophy Trust told us that there was no specific agreement with Reggie Bush to return the trophy, but that it was "alluded to in Reggie's statement and the whole world reasonably expected him to return it." (DanPatrick.com)Comment
Freshman Dallas Escobedo's clutch pitching performance (7.0 innings, two earned runs, four hits) lifted Arizona State to its second NCAA softball title in four years. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade connected on another epic alley-oop last night. Here's the video:
Game To Watch
The Bruins will look to even up the series in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals, 8 p.m. ET, VS.
- Vancouver Canucks
- Boston Bruins
SI Vault: More Mickey Mantle
This Day in Sports
- 1969 -- The Yankees retired Mickey Mantle's No. 7 in front of a crowd of 60,096 at the ballpark in the Bronx.
- 1982 -- Jamaal Wilkes scored 27 points and Magic Johnson posted a triple-double as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 114-104 in Game 6 of the NBA finals.
- 1986 -- Larry Bird's triple double helped Boston beat Houston 114-97 in Game 6 to wrap up the Celtics' 16th NBA title.