April 19, 2010
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Rams in no rush to sign anyone

The Rams, who seem to be "entertaining trade-down possibilities," are in no hurry to sign a potential No. 1. "I don't think it's important to have the first pick signed before the draft," [Kevin] Demoff told the Post-Dispatch on Sunday. "That doesn't mean it's not worth trying. And it doesn't mean we haven't talked to people -- all four candidates -- about the numbers they would want as the first pick. But it's not a priority for us to have the deal done before the draft. ... When Demoff made reference to the "four candidates," he was talking about the players identified by general manager Billy Devaney at the NFL scouting combine as "finalists" for the No. 1 overall pick. Namely, quarterback Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, quarterback Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Comment

Recipe for shutting down Amar'e

Amar'e Stoudemire played well below most of his season averages, and he fouled out, which happened only twice in the regular season. "We tried to front him," Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge said. "We're trying to not give him easy looks. Double team. We just try to make every look he got tough so he couldn't get a rhythm going." A lot of it had to do with Marcus Camby and Portland's length, the one quality in an opposing front line that can bother Stoudemire offensively. Little of it had to do with Stoudemire. This one is on the Suns to get him going in the right spots on the floor and hit more shots on the perimeter to open the lane that the Blazers clogged well. "We'll improve making the game easier or more advantageous for Amar'e instead of just throwing the ball and making him fight the zone," Suns guard Steve Nash said of a Portland man defense that zones the interior. (The Arizona Republic) Comment

Pettitte sees this Yanks edition as 'special'

Saying afterward he could "see great things" for the Yankees in 2010, Andy Pettitte moved to 2-0 Sunday. As for Pettitte, at 231 wins and counting, he insists he's not looking beyond anything more than adding another ring to his collection. He says he can't think about the Hall of Fame or any other milestones that can put him squarely into that conversation. But when I suggested to him Sunday that he's already won plenty of championships and that, in truth, he's pitching on house money, he smiled. "You're right about that," he said. "The pressure's off." It would seem the way these Yankees are taking charge of this season so quickly, they all feel the same way. (New York Daily News) Comment

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Jameer Nelson's shot gets pinned by Tyson Chandler. (Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

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SI Vault: Michael Jordan
  • 1982 -- Alberto Salazaar breaks the 2:09 mark with a record 2:08:51 clocking in the Boston Marathon.
  • 1991 -- Evander Holyfield retains the heavyweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision over 42-year-old challenger George Foreman in Atlantic City, N.J.
  • 1992 -- Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls wins his sixth straight NBA scoring title with a 30.1 average.

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