March 23, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Shaq Twitters at halftime
Halftime "tweets" seem to be the latest NBA fad. Suns center Shaquille O'Neal posted a note on his Twitter feed before a home game against Washington on Saturday night, suggesting he planned to post to the popular social networking Web site during halftime. And sure enough, a brief message was posted on Shaq's feed before the third quarter. "Shhhhhhh," it read. It was the same message O'Neal delivered when asked about his Twitter plans before the game. When told Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry already knew about it, O'Neal bent over, leaned against the locker-room wall and groaned loudly, saying his plans were blown. "I was going to do it and not get in trouble, then brag about not getting in trouble," O'Neal said. Gentry, when asked about O'Neal's plans before the game, said he didn't care. "As long as he gets 25 (points) and 11 (rebounds), he can do whatever he wants. He can Twitter, Facebook, MySpace," said Gentry, who also has a Twitter account set up by his daughter. (Associated Press)
Lee: MLB pressured me to play WBC
Derrek Lee said Major League Baseball officials were "disrespectful" for pressuring him to replace Kevin Youkilis on Team USA's roster for the World Baseball Classic. After saying last week that he wouldn't be able to play in the WBC, Lee said: "They started calling me. They needed a first baseman. But I couldn't go, not being 100 percent." Lee returned Sunday after missing the last five games because of his injured right quadriceps. "I thought it was disrespectful, to be truthful," he said. "They knew I wasn't playing here [in camp]. How do they expect me to get off the trainer's table and start playing there?"(Chicago Tribune)
Lions to draft OT Smith No. 1?
Amid comments from Lions president Tom Lewand indicating that the team will talk to multiple possible candidates for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft before making a final decision, the folks at KFFL are reporting, with Salisbury-esque certainty, that Baylor tackle Jason Smith will be the pick. There's no ambiguity in the one-sentence report: "KFFL has learned the Detroit Lions will take Baylor OT Jason Smith with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft." (
Must-See Photo
A man wearing a tutu was among the more than 30,000 runners who took part in the Tokyo Marathon on March 22, 2009. The less unusually-attired Salim Kipsang of Kenya won with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, 27 seconds. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP Getty Images)
Must-See Video
Dice-K and Japan knock off Team USA 9-4 in the World Baseball Classic.
Game To Watch
Devils at Flyers, 7 PM ET -- The bruising Flyers will try to solve Martin Brodeur and avoid a fourth straight loss to their Atlantic Division rivals as the NHL's playoff stretch drive heats up.
New Jersey Devils
Philadelphia Flyers
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More on Wayne Gretzky
1946 -- Oklahoma State beats North Carolina, 43-40, to win the NCAA Mens' Basketball Championship
1991 -- The first World League of American Football game ais played as London beats Frankfurt 24-11.
1994 -- Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings breaks Gordie Howe's NHL career record of 801 goals with a tally against the Vancouver Canucks.

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