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FGCU's NCAA tournament run has introduced a wider audience to Andy Enfield, and it has also introduced Enfield to an enviable position. [The team's success] could be earning the FGCU head coach a hefty raise -- maybe with the Eagles, or maybe elsewhere. NBC 2 Sports Director Brian Colleran has learned that the university wants to re-structure Enfield's original 5-year deal, with the goal of making the 43-year old Enfield the highest paid coach in the Atlantic Sun Conference, nearly doubling his current salary to $300,000 per season. Right now, FGCU doesn't have the money to make that happen. The school is hoping to have donations come forward to help keep Enfield with the Eagles. (WBBH)Comment
Whether the world of professional sports, particularly the NFL, is ready or not, the time may be coming soon. Based on interviews over the past several weeks with current and former players, I'm told that a current gay NFL player is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months -- and after doing so, the player would attempt to continue his career. I'm told this player feels the time is now for someone to take this step. ... This player's true concern, I'm told, is not the reaction inside an NFL locker room but outside of it. The player fears he will suffer serious harm from homophobic fans, and that is the only thing preventing him from coming out. (CBS Sports)Comment
What a ride this has been for Alex Ovechkin, who has played in different positions this season, taken considerable heat and, on Monday, was named the NHL's first star for the previous week. If he scores against the New York Islanders Tuesday at Verizon Center, it would mark his first six-game goal-scoring streak since January 2008. "Right now I'm scoring goals and I'm the king of the world," Ovechkin said Monday. "And a couple weeks ago I was almost in the toilet. So maybe you just forget to flush me. It's kind of situation when I don't care right now what happens." Before this outburst of offense, Ovechkin was coming under considerable fire from various NHL pundits and talking heads. (The Washington Post)Comment
Tiger Woods celebrates his eighth Bay Hill title with Arnold Palmer. (David Cannon/Getty Images)
Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward throws his earpiece into a fan's drink cup.
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Knicks at Celtics, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
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SI Vault: Magic Johnson
This Day in Sports
- 1979 -- Magic Johnson leads Michigan State past Larry Bird and Indiana State 75-64 in the national championship game, the highest-rated basketball game ever.
- 1972 -- The Lakers set an NBA record for wins, finishing 69-13. It would stand until the 1995-96 Bulls recorded 72 wins.
- 2005 -- The University of Illinois pulls off one of the best comebacks in tournament history, overcoming a 15-point deficit with four minutes left to beat Arizona 90-89 in overtime in the Elite Eight.