May 14, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Barkley: Kidd at end of the road
Jason Kidd will be looking for one last big payday and/or a chance to win a championship in free agency this summer. TNT's Charles Barkley, who called Kidd "the best leader in basketball" after last season's blockbuster trade, doesn't think the future Hall of Famer can be anything more than a bit player on a title team now. "Jason Kidd has been a great player," Barkley said. "He's been a Hall of Famer, but he's at the end of the road." Interrupted Kenny Smith, who won two titles as Hakeem Olajuwon's point guard: "He still can lead a team, run a team." But Barkley isn't buying that. (Dallas Morning News)
Notre Dame's Weis tweets on Michigan
The recent explosion of Twitter has helped open up the world of sports to the general public. And while Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez has drawn some attention for his hit-and-miss approach to tweeting, others have embraced the idea. Take Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis, who informed the Twitter world today that this is his week to scout Michigan for his team's Sept. 12 game in Ann Arbor. Those who have heard Weis' weekly pregame press conferences know he breaks down each opponent in great detail. That process apparently starts in May. Some of Weis' tweets on Michigan: "Today is Day 3 of Michigan week. While the assistant coaches cover the nation recruiting, I'm now on our second opponent...This preparation is different than preparation for Nevada for two reasons. Offensively, Michigan is in year two of a new system. ... Defensively, a new defensive coordinator causes you to study Michigan's personnel from last year, but Syracuse's scheme ...This is far less predictable. One big difference between Nevada & Michigan is that Michigan will have played 1 game prior to ours. Go Irish!"(Detroit Free Press)
Taylor passed on Pats, Jets, Packers
Jason Taylor returned to the Dolphins on Wednesday, a hero who turned down the temptations of more money and grander promises from those villainous New England Patriots and New York Jets. Taylor accepted a bargain-rate contract to play for the Dolphins. He basically forced his way out of Washington this offseason and forfeited his $8.5 million salary in the process. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder flew to South Florida and met with Taylor at Joe's Stone Crab to try to convince the player to stay with the Redskins. It didn't work. Taylor turned down promises of a bigger contract offer from the Patriots and didn't even let the Jets or Packers get deep enough in conversations to talk money.(Miami Herald)
Must-See Photo
Aritz Aranburu of Spain wipes out during the Billabong Pro Teahupp on Wednesday in Teahupo'o, French Polynesia. (Steve Robertson/ASP/CI via Getty Images)
Must-See Video
The best goals from the 2008-09 NHL season.
Game To Watch
NBA Playoffs, Round 2, Game 6: Celtics at Magic, 7:00 p.m. ET (Celtics lead series, 3-2).
Boston Celtics
Orlando Magic
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Kirby Puckett
1874 -- McGill University and Harvard met at Cambridge, MA, for the first college football game to charge admission.
1920 -- Walter Johnson (Washington Senators) won his 300th game against Detroit.
1967 -- Mickey Mantle (New York Yankees) hit his 500th career home run.
1989 -- Kirby Puckett (Minnesota Twins) hit his 6th consecutive double.

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