May 09, 2013
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Speeding through rehab, Greinke primed for early return

Good news, Dodgers fans. [Zack Greinke] said he would like to return from the disabled list by the next time the Dodgers play the Padres, which is June 3. "I don't know when that is, but probably," Greinke said. It sounds as if he could be back even before that. Greinke threw his second 60-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and the Dodgers have clocked his fastball as high as 90 mph, a good indication he won't need an extended minor-league rehab assignment to rebuild arm strength. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said it's possible Greinke's next trip to the mound could be in a minor-league game. That could have him returning within three weeks, more than two weeks earlier than the original timeline of eight weeks. (ESPN Los Angeles) Comment

Woodson ready to go away from J.R. Smith

Going forward, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson will have a quick hook for free-shooting J.R. Smith. Smith's jump shot is in the sewer ever since returning from a one-game suspension for elbowing the Celtics' Jason Terry in Game 3 of the first-round series. ... Woodson has shown more patience with Smith than any player on the roster but he is 15 of 57 since his suspension return. "I'm not going to kick him to the curb," Woodson said on his ESPN Radio Show on Wednesday. "He's a big part of what we've done this season." However, Woodson added, "I'll gauge J.R. as we go along. If I feel he's not giving me anything, I can always turn to other guys on that bench. I feel good about the guys that come in off the bench." (New York Post) Comment

Little support for shot clock change

Sorry, Tom Izzo. The NCAA men's basketball rules committee is meeting in Indianapolis, and a source told the shot clock is not expected to be reduced. "There's not a lot of momentum to change the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds," the source said. ... To try to improve the game and make it more free-flowing, there will be emphasis on the current rules (on pages 109 and 110 of the rule book) regarding hand-checking and cutting. This was the case a couple of years ago when the NCAA emphasized cutting down rough play in the post. The issue here is consistency since refs work different leagues and there is no one governing body that has any legitimate power over all the officials. (CBS Sports) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

A's manager Bob Melvin argues a blown home run call in the ninth inning of the A's 4-3 loss to the Indians. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Thierry Henry buries an amazing bicycle kick to put the Red Bulls up 2-0 on the Impact.

Game To Watch

The top-seeded Penguins look to hold off the eighth-seeded Islanders, 7:00 p.m., ET.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Orioles
  • 1961 -- Orioles' Jim Gentile becomes first player in history to hit two consecutive grand slams in a game.
  • 1984 -- White Sox, Brewers conclude longest game in MLB history by time (8:06, 25 innings)
  • 1995 -- Indians tie record, scoring 8 runs before making an out, beat Twins 10-0.

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