Chad O'Shea, who was a Vikings offensive assistant for three years before joining the New England Patriots as their wide receivers coach in February, might have inadvertently helped Minnesota get Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft. The Patriots worked out Harvin the day after Vikings coach Brad Childress visited him and indicated to Harvin they would draft him. "New England was right in there. They were right behind us [with the 23rd pick]," Childress said. "No, they didn't think we'd take him [because of off-the-field] issues. Remember, they have our receivers coach there now. So they thought they could hold ... and he'd come to them. They were down there working him out the day after I was there. And [Harvin] wasn't supposed to tell anybody, and I was trying to pull that out of him, who that was. So, it was a little cat-and-mouse game that occurred." (Minneapolis Star Tribune) Comment
With Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce all in their 30s, the 23-year-old Rajon Rondo is expected to be the Celtics' centerpiece of the future. And they have an opportunity to ensure that happens by extending Rondo's contract this summer. Rondo is making $1.3 million this season, $2.05 million next season, and is expected to receive a major increase in 2010. While Celtics president Danny Ainge prefers to talk about such matters in the offseason, Rondo's agent, Bill Duffy, said it would be a "natural move for both parties" to talk extension this summer. If he isn't re-signed this summer, Boston could face stiff competition for Rondo in the free agent market in 2010, with a lot of thirsty teams projected to have money. (Boston Globe) Comment
The NFL draft is big. It could be getting bigger. Much bigger. The NFL inched its annual draft toward prime time last weekend. Next April, the NFL is considering giving the first round its own day -- and a prime-time television slot. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday the league was discussing the possibility of staging the first round of the 2010 draft on a Thursday evening, the second and third rounds Friday evening and the final four rounds Saturday. The event would remain the cable television domain of ESPN and the NFL Network. "We're more confident now, with the timing of the first round, that it can fit a 3 1/2-hour window," Goodell said. "We think it can be very appealing from a fan's standpoint and an audience standpoint." (Dallas Morning News) Comment
The Anaheim Ducks celebrate a goal during the Game 6 clincher of a stunning series upset over the top-seeded San Jose Sharks. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
New Lions QB Matthew Stafford presents David Letterman's Top 10.
Game To Watch
NBA Playoffs, Round 1, Game 5: Bulls at Celtics, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT.
1966 -- 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat L.A. Lakers, 4-3. 1967 -- Muhammad Ali refuses induction into army and is stripped of boxing title. 1988 -- New Jersey Devils set all-time playoff mark for penalty minutes. 1990 -- Boston Celtics score most points in a playoff, spanking New York Knicks, 157-128. 1993 -- Capitals' Dale Hunter attacks Islanders' Pierre Turgeon after goal in horrible cheap shot.
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