March 17, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
A-Rod in sexy photo spread
Nothing gets between A-Rod and his mirror! Troubled slugger Alex Rodriguez gets up close and personal - with himself - in a one-man love affair photographed and published in the upcoming Details magazine. The mag captures A-Rod's essence, with pictures of him smooching his own reflection, stretching his toned muscles on a bare mattress and brooding seductively for the camera. Rodriguez wore Calvin Klein T-shirts and tank tops for the spread, evocative of the designer's sexy, envelope-pushing ads. Despite being one of the most recognizable men in the city, A-Rod told Details - in an issue that hits newsstands a week from today - that he enjoys taking the subway to Yankee Stadium, usually on Fridays. (New York Post)
Three teams in line for Cutler?
Many teams will be interested in trading for Jay Cutler, but now that Cutler and his agent are involved, it will make it more difficult for the Broncos to get full market value. All I know from my sources is that once the deal was out there on Matt Cassel going to the Chiefs, the Broncos' front office became a little nervous and very disheartened. You'd have to believe that the Jets, Bucs and 49ers have all called and offered their first-round picks for Cutler. It's not too difficult to feel that the 49ers could improve by trading their 10th overall pick for him. The Jets have to be thinking they couldn't get a player who could do what Cutler could do for them with their 17th pick. The Bucs' defensive coordinator is Jim Bates, who knows Cutler well from his son Jeremy, who coached Cutler the past two years. The time is now for these teams to seize the moment and make the move to get him.(National Football Post)
Shaq: I'll post big numbers until I'm 40
Away from the locker room but in Oracle Arena's underbelly, Shaquille O'Neal worked out Sunday ... before the game. He said he did 200 sit-ups and 200 push-ups in a concrete corner, an area more suited for 200 crates. That does not even count the times the Suns center bench-pressed strength-and-conditioning coach Erik Phillips in the locker room before scoring 26 points in a 154-130 win at Golden State. O'Neal is doing more off and on the court than expected of the NBA's fifth-oldest player. He comes to US Airways Center on off-nights for workouts or free-throw practice and has joined Jared Dudley on "the (Steve) Nash diet - no meat, no sugar, no starch, no soda, no nothing." "I'm feeling good," he said. "I'm in shape." Even in the season's fastest game Sunday, O'Neal found chances to make 11 of 13 shots in 24 minutes, including an alley-oop slam that energized him to try a transition dribble drive two plays later. "I'm going to be putting up big numbers until I'm 40," O'Neal, 37, said. (NY Daily News)
Must-See Photo
Canadian musher Sebastian Schnuelle drives his team across Norton Bay Monday near the Shaktoolik, Alaska checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)
Must-See Video
Japanese bowler pulls off an impressive three-lane trick roll.
Game To Watch
Magic at Cavs, 8 PM ET -- Two Eastern Conference powers collide
Cleveland Cavs
Orlando Magic
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More on the Montreal Canadiens
1955 -- In Montreal, there is a seven-hour riot that caused more than $1 million in damage. Canadien fans are upset because NHL President Clarence Campbell suspended Rocket Richard for attacking an official during a fight in a game on March 13.
1984 -- Houston retired the No. 23 jersey worn by Calvin Murphy, only the second Rocket player (after Rudy Tomjanovich) to be so honored.
2007 -- Dallas' Mike Modano scores his 502nd and 503rd career goals, making him the all-time U.S. leader in goal-scoring.

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