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The saga of DeSean Jackson took a new twist Tuesday, with the wide receiver reportedly telling fellow Eagles players that he's staying in Philadelphia. That comes after recent rumors that the Eagles were looking to trade or release their top wideout, and amid reports that the Jets, among others, were heavily pursuing Jackson. Jackson, however, told some of his teammates that he would not be moved after speaking with Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Jackson pulled down a career-high 82 catches and a career-best 1,332 yards for nine touchdowns in his first year in Kelly's offense. (Philadelphia Inquirer)Comment
Grady Sizemore's improbable comeback is nearly complete, as he's reportedly close to winning the starting centerfield job in Boston. Sizemore, who has not played a major league game since September 2011 and has been sidelined by an endless array of back and knee problems, has hit .303 with a .324 on-base percentage and two extra-base hits in 33 spring training at-bats for the Red Sox. His competition for the centerfield job, rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., has struggled, posting a .173 average with 16 strikeouts and only three walks in 17 spring games. Sizemore, 31, signed a one-year deal in the offseason worth up to $6 million. (ESPN Boston)Comment
The NFL's new rule on dunking the ball on the goal post won't slow down the league's most well-known dunker. The Saints' Jimmy Graham tweeted that he doesn't plan on stopping his touchdown dunk celebration despite the new penalty against it, saying, "I guess I'll have to lead the NFL in penalties next year!" The new rule imposes a 15-yard penalty on any player who dunks the ball on the goal post, as well as a fine. Graham should have plenty of chances to rack up the penalties; the tight end, who returned to the Saints after some contentious offseason negotiating, scored 16 touchdowns in 2013. (Pro Football Talk)Comment
The Lakers' Jodie Meeks goes around the Knicks' Pablo Prigioni on a shot attempt in Los Angeles' game against New York. Thanks to a 51-point third quarter, the Lakers handed the Knicks a 127-96 loss at the Staples Center, with new New York general manager Phil Jackson looking on. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
David Backes' hat trick helped the Blues down the Maple Leafs, 5-3.
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This Day in Sports
- 1952 -- Kansas wins its first-ever men's basketball national title by beating St. John's in the NCAA tournament final.
- 1973 -- Bill Walton's 44 points carry UCLA to an NCAA-record seventh national championship.
- 1974 -- George Foreman knocks out Ken Norton in the second round in Caracas to keep his heavyweight title.
- 1992 -- Mike Tyson is sentenced to six years in prison for raping Desiree Washington.
- 2006 -- No. 11 George Mason shocks No. 1 UConn in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.