March 26, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Source: Isiah asked Clippers about job
Isiah Thomas had recent talks with Clippers owner Donald Sterling about a position in the organization, according to a Los Angeles source last night at the Garden. Thomas, who's in an untitled role with the Knicks and reports to team president Donnie Walsh, was with Walsh during the Pac-10 tournament two weeks ago. Walsh and Thomas spent the entire day together. The L.A. source said Thomas spoke with Sterling and Clippers coach/GM Mike Dunleavy about a potential personnel job. Thomas told them he would be in Los Angeles quite a bit next season because his daughter, Lauren, will be attending Loyola Marymount in L.A. The source said talks didn't go anywhere, because the club does not have a current position suited for Thomas, though it recently fired Elgin Baylor, who was vice president of basketball operations. (New York Post)
Peppers to Patriots "almost laughable"
Julius Peppers being traded to the Patriots did not happen at the NFL owners' meetings. New England doesn't have the cap room to absorb Peppers's $16.68 million franchise tag salary, and yesterday Carolina Panthers coach John Fox called the reported trade that would have sent Peppers to the Patriots for a second-round pick "almost laughable." Fox disputed the perception that the Panthers would have to dump Peppers from a cap standpoint.(Boston Globe)
Mets coach rips flabby Perez
Oliver Perez might want to hit the treadmill and eat a few more salads. After the $36 million lefty gave the Mets a putrid spring-training performance yesterday, pitching coach Dan Warthen suggested that Perez returned last week from the World Baseball Classic with extra flab and could use more energy on the mound. "He's out of shape," Warthen said after the Mets' 10-6 Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers. "He came into camp in good shape. I thought he was throwing the ball very well when he left camp. I was a little reticent when he left here [for the WBC], and my worries have come to fruition." (New York Post)
Must-See Photo
Multiple exposures render a ghostly Igor Macypura of Slovakia performing in the men's short program event of the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 25. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
Oh, those crazy college kids! Spring breakers on a mad quest: to put cricket on the map in America.
Game To Watch
Purdue (5) vs. UConn (1), 7:07 PM ET -- Can the top-seed Huskies ignore that recruiting violations storm cloud and stay focused on their pursuit of a third national title? The Boilermakers aren't pushovers.
Purdue Boilermakers
UConn Huskies
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More John Wooden
1917 -- Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) become the first team from the United States to win the Stanley Cup, beating the Montreal Canadiens (NHL) 3 games to 1.
1972 -- L.A. Lakers break the NBA single-season record with their 69th win. (Final mark: 69-13)
1973 -- UCLA wins its seventh straight NCAA mens' basketball championship.

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