April 17, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Ump claims Bradley bumped him
One of the umpires working Thursday's Cardinals-Cubs game reportedly said he intends to inform the Commissioner's Office there was physical contact involved in Milton Bradley's ejection, meaning Bradley could be subject to a suspension. The Chicago Tribune reported late Thursday night that second-base umpire Larry Iassogna said a report would be filed because it was a "contact" incident. Bradley was ejected in the sixth inning by home-plate umpire Larry Vanover after a called third strike and a brief but heated verbal exchange. Iassogna declined comment when asked how Bradley made contact with Vanover, the Tribune reported. (MLB.com)
Boldin: Warner worried about Cards
Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin was on the Michael Irvin Show Thursday talking about his charity and trade rumors. Boldin said he's open to getting traded to any team, especially to the NFC East, where the Eagles and Giants need a elite receiver. Boldin, who said he just has a player-coach relationship with former Cardinals coordinator Todd Haley, said he wouldn't mind playing for him in Kansas City. Boldin said quarterback Kurt Warner texted him last night and the two spoke about the future of the franchise. Warner, according to Boldin, is worried.(Dallas Morning News)
Vince Carter backs Nets coach
Vince Carter says he doesn't read newspapers and that he has no idea what's going on with his coach. But when Carter was informed Thursday that Lawrence Frank's job status is the No. 1 Net issue heading into the offseason, he did not hesitate to offer an endorsement. "He wants to win," Carter said. "He's an X's and O's guy. He works his butt off. "I think he's been great," Carter added. Carter's assessment, which came after the Nets met for the final time following a 34-48 season, could be helpful for Frank if team president Rod Thorn asks the team captain for input. But Carter isn't anticipating it. Still, if Thorn does ask, Carter is all for Frank being back next season. "I think he's been great in my development," Carter said. "He's given me an opportunity to show the world what I have to offer as a player. I think he's been great." Frank, who is scheduled to meet with Thorn sometime next week, may have had an even bigger impact on Devin Harris this season. Last summer, Frank implemented a new offense, giving the speedy point guard more control and more shots. Harris then had a breakout year, averaging a career-high 21.3 points and 6.9 assists. That is likely one reason why Harris also said Frank "was great." (New York Daily News)
Must-See Photo
Just in case Greg Oden doesn't make it as a basketball player, he's been testing out his rock star skills. (AP)
Must-See Video
Sean Miller may have a new job at Arizona, but we wonder if he still remembers this kid?
Game To Watch
Hurricanes vs. Devils, 7:30 p.m. -- The Devils made a statement with a 4-1 win on Wednesday -- will the 'Canes give up or make it a series?
North Carolina Hurricanes
New Jersey Devils
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Wayne Gretzky
1933 -- Chicago Bears win their first NFL Game, beating the NY Giants 23-21.
1934 -- A new Fenway Park opens in Boston.
1964 -- NY Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3, in their first game in Shea Stadium.
1983 -- Wayne Gretzky scores seven goals in one Stanley Cup playoff game.

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