Daily Jolt: Alabama trying to flip Notre Dame QB commit

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Wednesday, March 12

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'Bama out to flip Notre Dame QB commit

California star Ricky Town has left the Crimson Tide scrambling at the quarterback position heading into 2015. Alabama quickly extended several more offers to some of the nation's elite signal callers, including Texas star Jarrett Stidham and California five-star Josh Rosen. In the last week, Stidham committed to Texas Tech over the weekend while Rosen did not list Alabama in his recently released top five. ... Notre Dame-committed dual-threat signal caller Blake Barnett has continued to pick up interest from the Tide staff, despite his commitment to the Fighting Irish. At 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, the Corona, California native has picked up offers from Oregon, UCLA and Michigan among others and will likely take visits to several schools this fall. (AL.com)Comment

Kobe's done for the year

Don't call it a comeback. The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to declare [Kobe Bryant] out for the rest of the 2013-14 season later this week, according to team sources. Bryant is not accompanying the team on its trip to Oklahoma City and San Antonio, staying back to be reexamined by team doctor Steve Lombardo. And considering where Bryant's level of discomfort remains with the fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, barring an unforeseen change, the team will finalize the decision that Bryant will not play again this season. ... Bryant will still be expected to anchor the Lakers next season, when he will be 36. He signed a two-year, $48.5 million extension in November to remain the NBA's highest-paid player and continue through the 2015-16 season, at which time he will consider retirement. (Bleacher Report)Comment

Dumars is a goner

In terms of job security, life can be pretty good for a GM in the NBA -- but there are few forever jobs in sports. All that's left [in Detroit] is the anger that nearly six seasons of .375 basketball (with one playoff appearance, a four-game dispatch by Cleveland in '09), bad free-agent signings and a series of coaching mishires can bring. This raises a question that is on so many Detroit lips this morning: not if [Joe Dumars] -- who's been in the GM seat since 2000 -- should go, but how soon? ... It will be up to owner Tom Gores to decide what to do. The conventional wisdom is that Dumars is a goner, with Gores likely to replace both he and interim coach John Loyer at season's end. Current speculation is that another Pistons Hall of Famer, Isiah Thomas, was in line to replace Dumars. (NBA.com)Comment

Must-See Photo

Arsenal goalie Lukasz Fabianski saves a shot by Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller in a Champions League match Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Must-See Video

Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders discusses Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is reportedly on his way out of Tampa Bay and could wind up with a contender.

Game To Watch

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This Day in Sports

  • 1903 -- The New York Highlanders officially join the American League. A decade later, the team received approval to change its nickname to the Yankees.
  • 1966 -- Blackhawks star Bobby Hull becomes the first NHL player to surpass 50 goals in a season. He finished the year with 54.
  • 1972 -- The Celtics retire Bill Russell's No. 6 jersey.
  • 1997 -- NFL owners fall three votes short of passing a measure to use instant replay the following season. Replay was implemented two years later.