Tuesday, March 19
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West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has another team interested. Browns CEO Joe Banner reiterated at the NFL owners meetings on Monday that quarterback is still not the team's focus at their first-round pick next month, but that won't stop them from taking a good, long look at West Virginia's Geno Smith. The Browns, who are seeking competition for Brandon Weeden, will conduct a private workout with Smith, a source said Monday. They sent a representative to Smith's pro day last week, and Banner said that they'll study Smith and the other top quarterbacks in depth. ... The Browns reportedly considered former Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on Monday for the 30 seconds between being released by Tennessee and entered into negotiations with the Colts. (The Plain Dealer)Comment
Thanks in some part to the WBC, we're seeing Robinson Cano emerging leadership qualities. [And] it is time for Cano to take over leadership duties with the Yankees, who need to be his team. Cano is the undisputed leader of the Dominican Republic squad that will face off against Puerto Rico [Tuesday] in the World Baseball Classic version of the Caribbean World Series at AT&T Park. ... Derek Jeter remains the Yankees' leader. Cano will always give The Captain ultimate respect, but there is a void that must be filled. Mariano Rivera is in his last season. Alex Rodriguez is a shell of his former self. Clearly, the time is ripe for Cano, 30, to move into a lead role with the Yankees. (New York Post)Comment
Just days before "Plan A" came crashing down for Andrew Bynum, Spencer Hawes turned in the type of performance -- 18 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and seven block -- that makes it that much more unfortunate the two may not play together. So, if "Plan A" doesn't work out for the Sixers, what is the best possible option at center? The more I think about it, the more I tend to agree with the targeting of Utah soon-to-be-unrestricted free-agent Al Jefferson. Jefferson is not going to give you what a healthy Bynum would/will. But Jefferson, whom the Sixers will see at the end of their upcoming West Coast road trip, would fit nicely alongside Hawes and Thaddeus Young on the Sixers frontline in 2013. (Philadelphia Inquirer)Comment
Nuggets' guard Wilson Chandler soars between Joakim Noah and Luol Deng as part of his 35-point performance against the Bulls. Denver won its 12th straight game after a controversial offensive basket interference call wiped out a Noah putback in overtime. (AP)
LeBron James posterized Jason Terry during the second quarter of Tuesday night's Heat-Celtics matchup. Though Boston led for much of the game, Miami won 105-103, its 23rd consecutive victory.
Game To Watch
Saint Mary's (11) vs. Middle Tennessee State (11), 9 p.m. ET
- Saint Mary's Gaels
- Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
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This Day in Sports
- 1966 -- Texas Western becomes the first team to win the NCAA tournament with an all-black starting lineup.
- 1991 -- Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues becomes the third NHL player to score 80 goals in a single season.
- 2006 -- Tennessee's Candace Parker becomes the first woman ever to dunk in an NCAA tournament game.
- 2011 -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski earns his 900th career victory with the Blue Devils' 73-71 win over Michigan.