March 05, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Terrell Owens to Oakland?
Terrell Owens, who drops too many passes for a player with such a high opinion of himself, becomes the best wide receiver on the market, but in a draft deep in wideouts, the Jets, picking 17th, and the Giants, at 29, may each take one in the first round. The Vikings, Bills, Colts, Jaguars, Chiefs, Dolphins, Chargers, Bears and 49ers are all teams that could use wide receiver help, but players with damaged reputations usually find a home in one place: Oakland. Terrell Owens and the Raiders appear to be a perfect match. (New York Daily News)
Big Unit's comments ruffle D'backs
In a session with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, ex-Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson complimented former teammate Miguel Montero, saying the young catcher was "eager to learn" and "listened to me." Johnson also said Montero could hit .265 or .270 with 25 home runs if he were to play every day. The comments came across to some as veiled criticism of catcher Chris Snyder, who did not have a good relationship with Johnson. Snyder declined to respond, but at least one teammate did not appreciate Johnson's remarks. "I didn't like the things that he said and I thought it was a shot at Snydes, without ever saying his name," pitcher Dan Haren said. "It was kind of surprising when I read that." (Arizona Republic)
Carmelo unhappy with suspension
Carmelo Anthony thought he never should have been suspended in the first place. However, blatant insubordination earns suspensions in the Nuggets' organization these days, and Anthony admitted as much Wednesday, three days after refusing to come out of a game against Indiana. But he wasn't happy with the punishment, being suspended for Tuesday's game at Detroit. "In my eyes, I thought the situation was minute," Anthony said in his first public comments about the suspension. "Nobody really knew what happened. I didn't think it was going to get as big as it got. "He (coach George Karl) took that stance. At that point in time it wasn't no need for me to even try to argue with it. He was already in the mode about a suspension. The suspension already took place. It happened." Anthony returns tonight for a key division game against Portland, the first of four games in five nights. "We need him," Karl said. "I'm excited." Karl and Anthony talked Wednesday about the incident and the suspension, to make sure they could move forward. (Denver Post)
Must-See Photo
Everton's Jo (left) and Blackburn's Ryan Nelson battle for the ball during their English Premier League match Wednesday. (AP)
Must-See Video
The best plays from Wednesday night around the NBA.
Game To Watch
Trail Blazers at Nuggets, 10:30 PM ET -- Portland can overtake Denver for the Northwest Division lead.
Portland Trail Blazers
Denver Nuggets
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Ben Johnson
1966 -- Marvin Miller is selected as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players' Association.
1993 -- Joe Gibbs retires as coach of the Washington Redskins.
1993 -- Sprinter Ben Johnson is banned for life after flunking a second drug test.


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