March 27, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Jets safety: Cutler has big head
For Kellen Clemens, the Jay Cutler-to-the-Jets speculation has created a sense of deja vu. For Kerry Rhodes, it's more like a case of deja boo. Rhodes isn't a fan of the Broncos' disgruntled quarterback, who wants out of Denver. According to the popular safety, Cutler has a big head to match that big right arm. If the Jets end up trading for Cutler - they already have placed an inquiring call to the Broncos - it could cause an uneasy tension in the locker room. "Me and Jay just don't get along too well right now," Rhodes said Thursday at the Florham Park, N.J., headquarters, where the Jets opened their doors to the media during a break in the offseason program. Rhodes' dislike for Cutler surfaced in last November's 34-17 loss to the Broncos. In the midst of a 357-yard, two-touchdown shredding of the Jets, Cutler turned off Rhodes and several of his teammates by chirping in their faces. One player described it as childish behavior. (New York Daily News)
Boss to attend new Stadium opener
George Steinbrenner is expected to be at the new Yankee Stadium for the season opener on April 16, a person with knowledge of the situation told New York Newsday on Thursday. Steinbrenner, who is 78 and thought to be in frail health, has not been seen in New York since he attended last summer's All-Star Game at the old Yankee Stadium. "I spoke with him and he said he is going to be there," the person said. "I doubt he will be at the welcome-home dinner. But he said he is coming to the opener." The person said he recently sat with Steinbrenner at two exhibition games in Tampa and found him "very enthusiastic, fully engaged in the game, his players, his manager. To me, he was really terrific." Steinbrenner is essentially confined to a wheelchair. "He can't walk; he has two football knees," the person said. "He can barely stand."(New York Newsday)
LeBron sinks 50-footer for 60 Minutes
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James tells the CBS news magazine show "60 Minutes" that he didn't understand the magnitude of the event when his face first made the cover of Sports Illustrated on Feb. 18, 2002. That comment -- and a 50-foot underhand shot James made during his talk with CBS correspondent Steve Kroft -- highlight the interview that will be broadcast on 60 Minutes this Sunday. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Must-See Photo
It was a hairy time in Philadelphia as the Flyers hosted the Florida Panthers on "Scott Hartnell Wig Night" at the Wachovia Center on March 26. Hartnell scored a goal in the game, but his Flyers were trimmed, 4-2. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
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Game To Watch
Syracuse (3) vs. Oklahoma (2), 7:27 PM ET -- Orange coach Jim Boeheim goes for his 800th win tonight in the South Regional semifinal. Standing in the way: Blake Griffin, the nation's best player, who will be asked to carry the Sooners to their first 30-win season since 2002.
Syracuse Orange
Oklahoma Sooners
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Pete Rose
1989 -- Sports Illustrated exposed Pete Rose's gambling activities.
1994 -- Magic Johnson became head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers for the final 16 games of the season.
2007 -- NFL owners voted 30-2 to make the video replay system a permanent officiating tool.

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