March 10, 2010
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Rhodes: Jets betrayed me

Kerry Rhodes is no longer being quiet about his trade from the Jets. Rhodes, who clashed last season with defensive coaches Mike Pettine and Dennis Thurman, leading to the team unloading him, ripped the Jets. "Does [the trade] make sense? Evidently for them it did," Rhodes said sarcastically. "I can't say I agree with it and I'm not going to say I'm mad or sad about it." Rhodes accused the Jets' coaching staff of stripping him of a leadership role in favor of the former Ravens players Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard and Marques Douglas brought in by head coach Rex Ryan, calling it "a slap in the face." (New York Post) Comment

Phillies have best infield of modern era

The quartet of Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard is not only efficient but perhaps demands higher praise. It is potentially the greatest all-around infield of a modern era that began in 1947 when Jack Roosevelt Robinson kicked down the door that had barred players of color from the major leagues. Polanco hit just 10 homers for the Tigers last year, playing in one of baseball's toughest home-run parks. He has a chance to hit 15-plus in the friendly alleys of the Bank, particularly batting in front of Utley and Howard. J-Roll hit 21 homers last year in a season when he was MIA most of the first half. The Gold Glove shortstop has hit as many as 30. Utley is quite simply one of the great offensive second basemen of all time and has consistently put up Rogers Hornsby power numbers. (Philadelphia Daily News) Comment

Pac-10 to get just one NCAA bid

The new reality in the Pac-10 is that only one team playing in the NCAA tournament is more than likely. The working theory heading into Selection Sunday is the Pac-10 will have no more than two teams -- and maybe only one -- make a bracket. That may seem like real March Madness to those in the conference, but the Pac-10's demise could alter the tournament landscape, at least for this season. "Rather than look at the sub-par performance of another league, I think more about our strength," Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson said. But, he added, "the Pac-10 is not having a good season and that might open some doors." Those viewed as, but loathe to be called, "mid-majors" are lining up for their share. (Los Angeles Times) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Lance Stephenson of Cincinnati dives for a loose ball against Rutgers during the first round game of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. :: Getty Images

Must-See Video

Highlights of Derek Anderson, who was released by the Browns on Tuesday.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1941 -- The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that their players would begin wearing batting helmets during the 1941 season.
  • 1961 -- Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino was born. Other birthdays: Rod Woodson (1965), Matt Kenseth (1972) and Shannon Miller (1977).
  • 1993 -- Sherry Davis became the first woman to be the PA voice of a major league team. She was the public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants.

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