April 06, 2011
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Cowboys' Bennett backs Kitna at QB

Count Martellus Bennett among at least one member of the Cowboys who believes Tony Romo should earn back his starting job. The Cowboys went 1-5 when Romo started last season. They won four of nine games started by 38-year-old backup Jon Kitna after Romo suffered a broken collarbone, including a stretch of three wins in four games immediately after head coach Wade Phillips was fired and replaced by offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. "I loved playing with Kitna," [Bennett] said. ... "I hope there's a chance for a quarterback competition this year. Every position, I think we need to put more competition into it." Bennett, who has 68 catches for 702 yards and four touchdowns in three seasons since the Cowboys drafted him out of Texas A&M with a second-round pick, added that he thought Romo was "awesome." (ESPNDallas.com) Comment

LeBron, Spoelstra finding bromance?

Any tension between LeBron James and Erik Spoelstra seems lately to have cooled. The telling moments have been easy to miss. The quickly shared smiles on the court. These two men finishing each other's sentences, so much so that those around them lift their eyebrows in surprise. The coalescing -- the trust -- borne out of so much turmoil. Somehow, someway, [James] and [Spoelstra] have formed a sudden and important bond. Somehow, someway, the young head coach many doubted could coach LeBron and the young superstar many doubted could be coached by him have developed a rapport and comfort with one another well worth noting. ... "I think the last few weeks it's been a lot more comfortable," Spoelstra said when I asked him about their relationship. "We've been communicating a lot more." (FOXSportsFlorida.com) Comment

Stanton out longer than expected

Mike Stanton took batting practice Tuesday, reportedly smashing several balls into the stands, but he isn't likely to see so much as pinch hitting in the immediate future. Stanton, who was removed from Friday's opener after six innings, was dealing with some tightness in his left hamstring. After he got an MRI on Monday, the Marlins learned that Stanton suffered a mild strain to his left hamstring. Manager Edwin Rodriguez does not expect Stanton to rejoin the lineup until at least this weekend's series against the Astros. "He's going to be able to pinch hit but he's not going to be able to run," Rodriguez said. "He's at 65 or 70 percent right now, so for the next three or four days he might be able to pinch hit, and then probably for the weekend he might take the field." (FOXSportsFlorida.com) Comment

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Must-See Photo

So ... this is what NFL players do during a lockout. New York Giants Danny Ware and Ahmad Bradshaw walk in the 2011 "Dressed to Kilt" charity fashion show in Manhattan. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

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Dejan Stankovic's ridiculous goal couldn't save Inter Milan from a 5-2 loss to Schalke.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Gordie Howe
  • 1980 -- Four-time Stanley Cup champion and 23-time NHL All-Star Gordie Howe completes a record 26th season, at age 52.
  • 1992 -- Dubbed one of the greatest games of all time, Duke beat Michigan 71-51 to win the NCAA men's basketball championship.
  • 1996 -- Charlotte?s Robert Parish became the NBA?s all-time leader in games played. went on to play a record 1,611 games in his career.

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