Monday, Feb. 24
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So much for a peaceful offseason in San Francisco. Things are not getting better behind the scenes for the [49ers]. There was a persistent rumble throughout the combine about the extent of the rift between coach Jim Harbaugh and the team's front office. It doesn't seem like it will go away, and there is increasing buzz that the team might have to decide between Harbaugh or GM Trent Baalke. The men are barely speaking, I'm told, and almost all communication is through email. Harbaugh also has a strained relationship with team president Paraag Marathe, sources said, and he has clashed with many within the organization. It could prove untenable. If anything, the impression I got this week was that the situation there is actually much worse than how it has been portrayed in the media. (CBS Sports)Comment
In one of the great traditions of college football, Alabama and Auburn will continue to recruit the same elite players. [One] battle could center around one of the Crimson Tide's early commitments. Tucker, Georgia defensive lineman and current Alabama commit Jonathan Ledbetter revealed via social media on Saturday that he visited Auburn for the Tigers' big junior day event. The elite Crimson Tide commit even posed for a photo in an Auburn jersey. ... Ledbetter, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound star from Tucker High School, committed to Alabama in January, choosing the Tide over offers from more than a dozen other schools. Ledbetter has continued to visit other schools, including Georgia last weekend, and could take more visits throughout the spring. (AL.com)Comment
In terms of how things will go the rest of the way in Philadelphia, we have a pretty good sense it will end with ping-pong balls and draft lottery. Nevertheless, a degree of intrigue surrounded Sunday's practice as the basketball world awaited word on whether Danny Granger would suit up for the Sixers. It's a question that is just as important to the playoff contenders rumored to have interest in the former all-star as it is the Sixers, who host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. The answer wasn't coming Sunday. When the curtain lifted on a two-hour practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Granger was nowhere to be found. Sixers coach Brett Brown said Granger didn't attended practice because he was concluding his physicals. (Philadelphia Inquirer)Comment
After a record-setting rain delay of six hours and 22 minutes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 for the first time in a decade. Denny Hamlin came in second, Jeff Gordon in third. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Jason Collins became the first openly gay player to take the court in an NBA game during the Nets' 108-102 victory over the Lakers on Sunday night. Collins played 11 minutes and recorded two blocks and one steal.
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This Day in Sports
- 1980 -- The U.S. men's hockey team defeated Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.
- 1987 -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar nets the first and only three-point shot of his NBA career.
- 1993 -- Detroit Red Wings' star Steve Yzerman scored his 1,000th career point.