Wednesday, March 20
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The clock is ticking. Derek Jeter has less than two weeks to get ready for Opening Day and on Tuesday, his surgically repaired left ankle didn't cooperate. The Yankees shortstop was scratched from a game against the Phillies due to stiffness near the front of his ankle, although not where Jeter suffered the break in October. ... [As] for April 1, the Yankees still don't know who their shortstop will be and Girardi admitted Jeter's desire to return by that date might be counterproductive to getting completely healthy. "I'd like to have him at shortstop on Opening Day, but if we collectively feel he could use a few more days, we'll wait," Girardi said earlier on Tuesday. (New York Post)Comment
Turns out, it really was just this simple. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh called his brother, Jim, to see if he would be interested in a trade for veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin. So was Jim suspicious that his sibling would call to propose a trade? "Oh, I'm sure he probably was suspicious," John Harbaugh said Tuesday morning at the NFL owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. But 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was not skeptical enough from making the trade come together in a matter of minutes on Monday, March 11, on the eve of the new league year. ... John Harbaugh made the initial phone call at 3:30 p.m. (ET), and within 30 minutes Baalke and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome worked out the details. (CSN Bay Area)Comment
A bad loss came at a worse time Tuesday night for the Clippers, who were outscored, 38-18, during the fourth quarter against the Kings. [The] Clippers now have the fifth-best record (46-22) in the West, half a game behind the 47-22 Denver Nuggets. "We're not playing well enough right now," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We're not guarding hard enough right now. We're not physically and mentally tough enough, especially when we have to be, in the fourth quarter. And that's definitely a concern." ... Told that Del Negro wasn't happy with how the Clippers gave in, [Chris Paul] agreed. "He shouldn't be happy," Paul said. ... "[Right now], I don't think we have the confidence that we need defensively." (Los Angeles Times)Comment
Robert Morris players Mike McFadden (1) and Keith Armstrong (45) celebrate on the court with fans after their first-round NIT victory. RMU upset heavily favored Kentucky, 59-57. (Justin Berl/Cal Sport Media)
Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto swats the puck out of midair and past Devils goalie Johan Hedberg in the first period on Tuesday. The Rangers won 3-2 to pass the Devils in the Eastern Conference standings.
Game To Watch
La Salle (13) vs. Boise State (13), 9:10 p.m. ET
- La Salle Explorers
- Boise State Broncos
SI Vault: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
This Day in Sports
- 1989 -- The Lakers retire Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's No. 33, making him one of only seven players to have his number retired by the franchise.
- 1897 -- Yale plays Penn in the first known intercollegiate basketball game, with Yale emerging victorious, 32-10.
- 1965 -- UCLA defeats Michigan, 91-80, to capture the Bruins' second NCAA tournament championship.
- 1988 -- Mike Tyson knocks out Tony Tubbs in the second round of their bout to retain the world heavyweight boxing title.
- 2005 -- LeBron James, then 20, becomes the youngest player to score 50 points in an NBA game by netting 56 against the Toronto Raptors.