April 11, 2011
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Kobe shuns teammates after OKC loss

After a somewhat historic loss Sunday, Kobe Bryant was fuming, and he purposely avoided his teammates immediately afterward. [It's] a sign nonetheless that the Lakers' losses are more than just blips. "I didn't want to redecorate the walls in here so I made the effort to go in the training room and keep to myself," Bryant said 62 minutes after the game ended and then responded sarcastically to whether he was mad. "No, not at all." Bryant was uncertain on whether the Lakers can turn things around in the two remaining regular-season games -- Tuesday against San Antonio and Wednesday at Sacramento -- in time for the Lakers to be at their best once the playoffs start, offering a tepid, "I hope so." (Los Angeles Times) Comment

Gators leave fans worried

Ready, set ... worry? One quarterback led the scrimmage in passing yards. Another one threw the winning touchdown. Neither is the Gators' starter. That redshirt senior John Brantley was outdone in the Orange & Blue Debut by back-up Tyler Murphy and walk-on Christian Provancha on Saturday was enough to raise questions if not concern about the position. Brantley's role as the starter is worrisome depending how much can be gauged by one half of one scrimmage. For Will Muschamp, Brantley's 4-for-14 passing game for 45 yards wasn't reason to worry. The new coach said his quarterback has earned the starting spot with his play this spring, adding that Brantley has close to a 70 percent completion percentage since the start of practice. (Orlando Sentinel) Comment

Big Ben frustrated with Steelers offense

According to Ben Roethlisberger, both he offensive coordinator Bruce Arians wanted to pass more than they did in 2010, but something was holding them back: pressure from others to run more often. "If he were, I don't want to say 'allowed,' but his preference would be to throw the ball more, use the weapons we have and throw it," Roethlisberger said in an interview this past week with the Post-Gazette, his first since the Super Bowl. "Mine's the same way. But we both think the same in the no-huddle, that we call a lot more runs because we know that's what we're supposed to do. And I don't know if that's 'supposed to' from the fans, the media, the owner, who knows? But it's just a feeling that you have that we better run the ball some." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Tiger Woods flips his putter after missing a birdie putt on the 16th hole of The Masters Sunday afternoon. (AP)

Must-See Video

If you can sneak about 10 minutes, you might learn a lot about Albert Pujols, courtesy of 60 Minutes.

Game To Watch

The Dodgers and Giants renew their rivalry in San Francisso, 10:15 p.m. ET

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Jackie Robinson
  • 1947 -- Jackie Robinson makes his debut as the first African-American player to play Major League Baseball
  • 1989 -- The Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes the first goalie to score a goal in the playoffs
  • 1962 -- The Mets lose the first game in franchise history 11-4 to the Caridnal at St. Louis' Sportsman's Park

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