May 11, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Knicks covet Curry in draft
A rumor that has been gaining steam is that the Knicks will select Stephen Curry with their 8th pick. We've received word that there could be truth to this from inside sources claiming that Curry chose to put his name into the draft this year based on the Knicks assuring Curry that they would use their lottery selection to draft him. Obviously a lot could happen between now and the draft. The Knicks could always win the lottery (they're not using a top 3 pick on him) or trade their pick. But it appears to be a legitimate possibility that if the Knicks have the 8th pick on draft night they will use it on Curry. Curry's game would fit extremely well in Mike D'Antoni's wide open style and his scoring ability would be enhanced. (
Cowboys interested in McAlister
Chris McAlister, 31, is rehabbing from arthroscopic knee surgery in Los Angeles and is expected to be cleared for all football activities by late June. He'd like to stay near his native California. The Seahawks and Chargers have shown interest, as have the Cowboys, who intrigue McAlister very much. (Sporting News)
Dodgers owner not looking to void Manny contract
Four days into Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt broke his silence. McCourt acknowledged during the Dodgers' 7-5, 13-inning loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday that he spoke to Ramirez on the phone the previous day, and also met with the troubled All-Star outfielder. McCourt wouldn't disclose the location of their meeting, but a source familiar with the situation said that it took place at Ramirez's Pasadena apartment. McCourt had demanded that Ramirez reach out to him, according to sources. Torre and General Manager Ned Colletti said they also spoke to Ramirez on Saturday. McCourt said he'd wanted to meet with Ramirez in part to see whether he was genuinely remorseful, and the owner said he came away convinced that he was. Then again, McCourt also met with Ramirez on the morning they agreed to terms on a two-year, $45-million contract and said at the time that he believed the reputed troublemaker wouldn't cause any problems. McCourt said he had no opinion on Ramirez's motives for using a banned substance. McCourt said he wasn't looking to void or alter Ramirez's contract, and claimed that he wouldn't want to even if he could. Ramirez has a $20-million player option for next season. (Los Angeles Times)
Must-See Photo
Ian Poulter of England gives the 'thumbs up' to some fans who painted his initials on their chests during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Poulter, whose middle name is James, finished second. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
Ohio State fans provide a humorous look at Michigan football, through the theme of the NBA's "Where Amazing Happens."
Game To Watch
NBA Playoffs, Round 2, Game 4: Cavaliers at Hawks, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT (Cavs lead, 3-0).
Cleveland Cavaliers
Atlanta Hawks
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Willie Mays
1928 -- Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Royal St George's to win 63rd British Open.
1972 -- Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams and cash.
1990 -- NY Yankees trade Dave Winfield to Angels for Mike Witt.

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