March 10, 2014
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Will Phil even want 'Melo?

In the event New York manages to land Phil Jackson, the move will, like nearly everything else this season, be viewed through the lens of what it means to Carmelo Anthony's future. Will Phil want Melo? If Jackson is given full autonomy to rebuild the Knicks, he may choose to blow up the roster and start over. That approach could include letting Carmelo walk as a free agent. Choosing not to re-sign Carmelo wouldn't necessarily help the Knicks in the short term. But next year, the Knicks would have the expiring contracts of Stoudemire ($23.4 million), Chandler ($14.6 million) and Bargnani ($11.5 million) coming off the books. So New York would have a lot of cap space and a first-round draft pick heading into the summer of 2015. That's not a bad place to be for a rebuilding team. (ESPN New York) Comment

Noel ready to launch ... in Boston

The Nerlens Noel era just may be ready to take off. [Noel] would like to make his 76ers debut in his hometown of Boston on April 4, according to sources. They confirmed that's why the rookie center tweeted "4-4-14" in reference to April 4, 2014 on Sunday afternoon. The Sixers (15-47) play at TD Bank that evening against the Boston Celtics. The sources said this is just a wish that he had not disclosed to the Sixers as of Sunday afternoon. Noel has been sidelined this season due to the anterior cruciate ligament tear he suffered in his left knee in February, 2013 during his lone season at Kentucky. The 6-foot-11, 228-pounder is slowly increasing his activity on the court and has yet to participate in five-on-five scrimmages. Minor back spasms held him out of Sunday's open practice. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment

Iglesias in danger of missing Opening Day

At first, the Tigers optimistically had estimated a week. Seven days surely would be enough time for Jose Iglesias to rest those legs, aching from shin splints, and return to his starting shortstop job. Now, the Tigers and manager Brad Ausmus aren't so sure. Iglesias has not played since Feb. 26 when the Tigers played their Grapefruit League opener. And if the inflammation in his lower legs doesn't allow him to run at full throttle and return to games soon, he could be in danger of missing Opening Day. "We're gonna hit that point where he won't have had enough at-bats to get ready for the season," Ausmus said Sunday before the Tigers beat the Marlins, 3-1, at Roger Dean Stadium. "There's a point when, if you can't get on the field because of injury, you have to make a decision." (The Detroit News) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Stephanie Jallen of the United States races to a bronze medal in the Super-G standing event at the 2014 Winter Paralympics. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Must-See Video

The Florida Gators have risen to the No. 1 ranking in college basketball and Sports Illustrated takes a look at the four seniors whose efforts on and off the court have put the Gators in this top spot.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Nomar Garciaparra
  • 1941 -- The Dodgers announce they will wear batting helmets during the season. The helmets are designed by surgeons at Johns Hopkins.
  • 1985 -- Dick Motta becomes the fourth NBA head coach to reach 700 wins.
  • 1993 -- The Giants hire Sherry Davis as their public address announcer, making her the first female to hold the job in Major League Baseball.
  • 2010 -- Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, best known for his time with the Red Sox, announces his retirement. He finishes with a .313 career batting average.

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