March 20, 2014
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Pitino irked by tourney selection title=

When it comes to Louisville's NCAA tournament placement, much of the talk centers on its seed, a No. 4, but that's not Rick Pitino's beef. [Pitino's] bigger complaint was the matchup. In one of those tournament coincidences that don't seem much like coincidences, the Cardinals were matched against No. 13 seed Manhattan, coached by Pitino protege Steve Masiello. And Pitino isn't happy about it. "(The seed) doesn't bother me, it really doesn't, but I'll tell you what does bother me is playing Manhattan," Pitino said. "I think that sometimes committees make poor decisions in who they put you against. I happened to work with the young man for six years, coached him at Kentucky. He was my ball boy at the Knicks. And I don't think that's right for either one of us." (USA Today) Comment

Jets want Vick to push Geno

Michael Vick has looked good in green before, and he may be trading one shade for another soon. The former Eagles quarterback will visit the Jets on Friday, according to sources. Jets brass, which has told people around the league for weeks that it is looking for a backup quarterback, believes that Vick fits the profile of what it needs right now: A viable veteran who will push Geno Smith and win games if called on. Mark Sanchez, meanwhile, remains on the roster until general manager John Idzik lands another quarterback. Although Sanchez, who missed last season with a shoulder injury, has said that he hopes to revive his career with the team that drafted him in 2009, the Jets are expected to release (or trade) him before a $2 million roster bonus is due on Tuesday. (New York Daily News) Comment

Rose to play for U.S. before Bulls? title=

Derrick Rose may not be close to returning to practice for his NBA team, but the injured star still has something to look forward to on his basketball horizon: playing for his country. On Tuesday, during the Bulls' morning shootaround at the Wells Fargo Center, Chicago head coach and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau said that he "absolutely" would want Rose to play Team USA this summer in preparation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain from Aug. 30-Sept. 14. "I thought it was a great experience for him before," Thibodeau said. "I know he'd like to do it. I know how USA basketball feels about him. If he's cleared to do it, I'd love to see him do it." ... [Rose] won a gold medal with Team USA in the 2010 World Championship. Despite the injury, Rose was selected as one of Team USA's pool players in January. (CSN Philly) Comment

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New Knicks president Phil Jackson received a standing ovation during the team's 92-86 win over the Pacers on Wednesday. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

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March Madness is here! SI's Seth Davis breaks down the South region and offers his sleeper and Final Four picks. For more preview coverage of the NCAA tournament, click here.

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SI Vault: Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1934 -- Babe Didrickson pitches a hitless inning for the Phila A's in an exhibition game aganst the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1968 -- Wilt Chamberlain became the first center in NBA history to lead the league in assists with 8.6 per game.
  • 1973 -- Roberto Clemente was elected to the Hall of Fame 11 weeks after he died in a plane crash. The traditional five-year waiting period was waived.

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