March 16, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Isiah helping Knicks with draft?
Isiah Thomas says he's doing OK and helping the Knicks prepare for the NBA draft. Thomas said yesterday that everything has been going well for him personally. "I've still been very active, seeing a lot of games and doing a lot of scouting and looking forward to helping [Knicks president Donnie Walsh] with the draft," Thomas told The Associated Press. Thomas was fired late last season from his positions as coach and team president, but Walsh kept him on in a consulting and advising role. Thomas was in Las Vegas to tape a television appearance with Bob Knight, his former coach at Indiana, and sportscaster Billy Packer. Thomas said he was scouting at the Pac-10 Tournament last week in Los Angeles. (AP)
Red Sox, Bay halt extension talks
After recent "substantive" negotiations regarding a contract extension, the Red Sox and Jason Bay have postponed discussions for now because of the "unusual marketplace," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. Bay, who the Red Sox acquired last season from the Pittsburgh Pirates when they traded Manny Ramirez, is signed through the end of the 2009 season. "There's desire to get something done on both sides," Epstein said. "There's just a mutual recognition right now that it's going to be next to impossible to get something done. It really boils down to the nature of the market right now, more than anything else." Bay is entering the final year of a four-year, $18.25 million contract he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates prior to the 2006 season. He is slated to earn $7.5 million this season.(Boston Globe)
Giants willing to move up for WR?
The Giants are picking 29th and won't have a shot at Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree -- he should still be a top-seven pick despite needing foot surgery -- or Missouri's Jeremy Maclin, who has great speed and is a likely top 10 pick. And they will probably have to move up if they want Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey. The Giants have the ammunition to move into the middle of the first round if they want to give up one of their second-round picks, either their own (No. 60) or the pick they acquired from the Saints (No. 45) for Jeremy Shockey. (NY Daily News)
Must-See Photo
Manchester City's Elano shoots the ball as Chelsea players block him during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stamford Bridge ground in London on Sunday. Chelsea won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Must-See Video
Bon Jovi performs with special guests Bill Belichick and Charlie Weis.
Game To Watch
Rockets at Hornets, 8 PM ET -- A possible first-round playoff preview in New Orleans
Houston Rockets
New Orleans Hornets
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More on Babe Ruth
1932 -- New York Yankees OF Babe Ruth signs a deal for $75,000 and a percentage of the exhibition gate.
2000 -- The Los Angeles Lakers' 19-game winning streak ends with a 109-102 loss to Washington.
2006 -- Toronto pitcher Roy Halladay (12-4, 2.41) agrees to a $40 million, three-year contract extension with the Blue Jays.

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