March 05, 2013
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L.A. NFL plan on life support

Of course, the final decision will come down to money. As people in Los Angeles await word on the sale of the Anschutz Entertainment Group, the NFL doesn't sound too enthusiastic about the firm's plan to build a downtown stadium. Less than six months after the L.A. city council voted unanimously to support AEG's plan, the concept is essentially dead to the NFL, according to two sources. The problems with the plan are numerous, but the most essential one is the economics. "The numbers just don't work, no matter how you look at the deal," a league source said in February. ... Officially, a league spokesman said Monday that the NFL is still tracking what AEG is trying to do. (Yahoo! Sports) Comment

Bryant 'would have smacked' Ibaka

Yes, Kobe Bryant saw Serge Ibaka's below-the-belt hit Sunday on Blake Griffin, and he thought a different response was in order. "I probably would have smacked [Ibaka] in the mouth," Bryant said after the Los Angeles Lakers practiced Monday. "I would have dealt with the pain after." The Lakers head on the road to play Ibaka and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. The NBA has not stated whether Ibaka, who received a flagrant foul 1 for his punch of Griffin, will be suspended. Ibaka was not ejected and stayed in the game Sunday as the Thunder held on to beat Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers, 108-104. "It doesn't matter," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said when asked if he would plan for Ibaka to play. (ESPN Los Angeles) Comment

Cano's dad wants son in pinstripes forever

Robinson Cano may not want to talk much about any contract negotiations with the Yankees or his potential free agency after this season, but his dad might. [Jose], who will be on the coaching staff of his son's Dominican Republic squad for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, made it clear he hopes the All-Star second baseman remains in pinstripes for the remainder of his career. "We're still waiting to see what's going on with the Yankees. But the Yankees, I don't think are going to let him go," the elder Cano said Monday during the DR's workout at George Steinbrenner Field. "I wish he can be here forever. I don't think he'll feel comfortable going to another city ... I hope he can be a Yankee forever." (New York Daily News) Comment

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China's Ray Chang dives for the ball during the World Baseball Classic against Brazil at Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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After a chest bump-induced foul, things got very heated between Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea and the Heat's Ray Allen.

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SI Vault: Mike Bossy
  • 1991 -- Indiana Pacer's star Reggie Miller begins NBA free throw streak of 52 games.
  • 1985 -- New York Islander Mike Bossy becomes the first player to score 50 goals in eight straight seasons.
  • 1973 -- Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich announce they swapped wives

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