March 18, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Pedro-to-Dodgers rumors persist
The longer the Dodgers go without a clear-cut No. 5 starter, the more conversation about Pedro Martinez occurs. Manny Ramirez said he called Martinez on Sunday morning after hearing media reports that Martinez might be coming to the Dodgers. "He said he has two options," said Ramirez. "I don't know what he's going to do. He has to do what's best for him." The two options most often speculated are the Dodgers, his original team, and the Mets, his most recent team. The Mets have said they won't sign him. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti left the door open slightly when he said "a lot of things would have to fall into place." (
Bengals eyeing Beanie?
The Cincinnati Bengals have the sixth overall selection in this year's NFL draft and will be in search of an impact player on either offense or defense. The prospect evaluation process has long begun and the franchise is beginning to narrow down its choices. One impact player ranked high on the team's list is Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells. The Bengals have a need for a playmaker at the running back position behind starter Cedric Benson and Wells is scheduled to visit the organization in Cincinnati the first week of April. Wells may have put himself back in the running as a potential Top 5 pick after an explosive performance at the school's pro day on March 13, rebounding from a so-so showing at the Scouting Combine last month.(Dayton Daily News)
McDyess may cost Pistons more
The plan all along was for Antonio McDyess to re-sign with the Pistons this summer and finish his career wearing the red, white and blue. That still might be the plan, but it might cost the Pistons more to keep him. McDyess, an unrestricted free agent this summer, will be 35 next season, but he's been playing like he did when he was 25. He had 10 points and nine rebounds in Tuesday's 103-101 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. McDyess said all he's looking for is one, maybe two more years. "I am not looking for anything longer than that," he said. And the Pistons are still his first option. The Pistons could be as much as $21 million under the salary cap this summer; no doubt a significant chunk of that will be earmarked for McDyess. (Detroit News)
Must-See Photo
United States' David Wright is congratulated by Kevin Youkilis, Derek Jeter and Shane Victorino after a 6-5 win over Puerto Rico at the World Classic Baseball game in Miami. Wright hit a base hit that drove in Brian Roberts and Jimmy Rollins. (AP Photo/Jeffrey M. Boan)
Must-See Video
David Wright's walk-off single gives US a victory over Puerto Rico.
Game To Watch
Nets at Knicks, 7:30 PM ET -- The battle for the final playoff spot continues.
New Jersey Nets
New York Knicks
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More on the Montreal Canadiens
1945 -- Maurice "Rocket" Richard becomes the first NHL player to score 50 goals in a season.
1988 -- The Golden State Warriors retire Rick Barry's No. 24 jersey, joining the numbers of only three other former Warriors (Al Attles, Tom Meschery, and Nate Thurmond).
2007 -- Utah's Jerry Sloan coaches his 1,000th game as head coach of the Jazz, becoming only the sixth coach in NBA history to coach 1,000 games with the same team.

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