February 26, 2010
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Will Rams settle on Bradford at No. 1?

And the top pick in the draft will be ... Sam Bradford. ESPN analyst Adam Schefter went out on a limb when he said: Said Schefter: "I would like to record something here, on February 24th. Two months from the draft. And tell you who the number one pick is gonna be right now. On the basis of what I've talked to people around the league [about], everything I've heard. And at some point it's gonna shift to this guy, and I don't know whether it'll be now or late March. It'll probably be after his Pro Day, when he goes through his Pro Day and goes through his workout. Then all of a sudden -- it'll be about a month from now -- we'll start hearing, 'Wow. Would and could the Rams take with the number one overall pick Sam Bradford?" (Profootballtalk.com) Comment

Artest changes lifestyle to find energy

Lakers star Ron Artest is undergoing an extreme makeover of sorts. "I'm trying to get my defense back to what it was a couple of years ago," the Lakers forward said Wednesday. "I think I'm on the path. The second half of this season and then next year, I should be one of the best defenders." Artest was slowed this season by plantar fasciitis -- painful swelling on the underside of his feet -- but also took a look at something else: his diet. He weighed 266 two months ago. He kept thinking how he weighed 245 when he was the NBA's defensive player of the year in 2004. (Los Angeles Times) Comment

Corona ATP sponsorship a big deal

Beer as a corporate sponsor? Brilliant! This is (hiccup) a big deal. The men's tour lost its long-time global sponsor, Mercedes-Benz, in 2008 after a successful 12-year run. The luxury car company has since signed on to be a sponsor of the U.S. Open, while the ATP has been trying to replace a deal that paid it a reported $13 million annually in the last three years of the sponsorship. At a time when the global economy continues to teeter on the brink and the suits use nonsensical terms such as "jobless recovery," this deal is impressive: $70 million over 5 years. It might take some time getting used to seeing the Corona Extra logo on the nets -- about two-thirds of the tour's tournaments will have them by 2011 -- but if it bothers you, have a pint. (Tennis.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

South Koreans watch Kim Yu-na's gold-medal performance during the women's figure skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Suh Myung-gon)

Must-See Video

Stephen Curry offers a little razzle-dazzle with his Rookie of the Year credentials.

Game To Watch

Dirk Nowitzki and his Mavericks visit Atlanta to face the Hawks, 7 p.m. ET

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  • 1962 -- Wilt Chamberlain scores 67 points against the New York Knicks.
  • 1973 -- Triple Crown winner Secretariat purchased for for a then-record $5.7 million.
  • 1973 -- Former NFL running back Marshall Faulk born

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