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Turns out that Jared Allen took less to go to Chicago. The former Vikings pass rusher, who signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Bears, reportedly had a bigger offer on the table from the Raiders. Oakland was allegedly willing to go as high as $9 million a year for an unspecified number of years. Allen instead chose to go with Chicago. Allen also had an offer from the Seahawks for less money than the Bears' deal, and had been in touch with the Jets. (NFL.com)Comment
Syracuse's season is over after a third-round NCAA tournament loss to Dayton. But is point guard Tyler Ennis' career with the Orange done as well? Ennis' father said that their son is considering declaring for this year's NBA draft. "He's sitting in a good position," said Tony McIntyre. "He's loved his time at Syracuse. ... He can continue that for another year or he can pursue his dream of playing in the NBA." A freshman, Ennis averaged 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game this season. (Syracuse.com)Comment
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge isn't convinced that this year's NBA draft will produce a star. That's what he told fans in a live stream video along with Celtics coach Brad Stevens and team president Rich Gotham. "There aren't any game-changers in the draft," Ainge said. "There are a lot of nice players ... but they're not going to come in and turn our team around in one year or two years." At 23-48, the Celtics have the fourth-worst winning percentage in the league and will be part of the draft lottery. (CSNNE.com)Comment
Indiana's Paul George dunks on Miami's LeBron James during Wednesday's Heat-Pacers game. In a chippy contest, George and the Pacers squeaked by LeBron and the Heat, 84-83, to take a three-game lead in the Eastern Conference's race for the No. 1 seed. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)
The Rangers extended their winning streak to five games by downing the Flyers, 3-1.
Game To Watch
No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 1 Florida, 9:45 p.m. ET, CBS
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This Day in Sports
- 1939 -- Oregon defeated Ohio State, 46-33, to win the first NCAA college basketball tournament.
- 1972 -- Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years as Kentucky's head basketball coach.
- 1983 -- Larry Holmes keeps his world heavyweight title by beating Lucien Rodriguez in a 12-round decision.
- 2010 -- Gordon Hayward's 22 points help Butler down Kentucky to reach its first ever Final Four.
- 2013 -- Miami's 27-game winning streak, the second-longest in NBA history, is stopped by the Chicago Bulls in a 101-97 loss.