March 05, 2014
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Barkley's unique solution for tanking

No stranger to making headlines with his sports takes, Charles Barkley has a solution for the elimination of tanking in the NBA. Don't reward teams who tank. Give every team in the lottery one ping pong ball, instead of rewarding teams based on who has the worst record. "My suggestion -- the NBA is too stupid to listen to me -- I said just give teams one ball," Barkley said Tuesday on ESPN's Mike & Mike Show. "Don't give teams extra ping polls by the more they lose. I think only twice in the 20 years has the team with the worst record and the most balls got the No. 1 pick. Only twice in like 25 years. So don't give teams extra balls because they're losing games. Just give every team in the lottery one ball. That would be the easiest way to handle it." ( Comment

Kesler nixed move to New York

The deadline dealing kicked off a day early in the NHL. [A] flurry of moves were made on Tuesday including the stunner that sent Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo to Florida. Luongo has long been seeking a trade out of Vancouver. Though the Rangers expressed interest in Vancouver's Ryan Kesler, a source confirmed to that Kesler would not waive his no-trade clause to come to New York. Even with deals that included the likes of Andrew MacDonald, Stephane Robidas, Dustin Penner, Ilya Bryzgalov, Viktor Fasth, the biggest names on the market have yet to be moved. Players like Thomas Vanek, Ryan Kesler, Marty St. Louis, Mike Cammalleri, and Matt Moulson are still with their respective clubs, meaning that Wednesday's action could be even more exciting. Buckle up! ( Comment

Cowboys drop a hammer on Ware

They're no strangers to cap issues in Irving, and they may be flaring up again. As the Cowboys try to create more and more cap space, the organization's attention finally has turned to the dilemma presented by defensive end DeMarcus Ware. Per a league source, the Cowboys have advised Ware that they definitely want to keep Ware, but not at his current salary of $12.25 million and cap number of $16 million. It's unclear where it all will go from here. Absent a deal that the Cowboys deem acceptable, Ware could indeed be cut -- as owner/G.M. Jerry Jones publicly suggested last month. So stay tuned, teams with 3-4 defenses (cough ... Saints ... cough). DeMarcus Ware could soon be available. (Pro Football Talk) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Syracuse freshman Tyler Roberson (left) dives for a ball during the team's 67-62 home loss to Georgia Tech. (Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Already playing with a broken nose, LeBron James was knocked to the floor by an elbow to the face from Dwight Howard last night.

Game To Watch

One of the nation's best offenses will face one of the best defenses when the No. 11 Louisville Cardinals face the No. 18 SMU Mustangs.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Ben Johnson
  • 1993 -- Sprinter Ben Johnson is banned from racing for life after testing positive for PEDs for a second time.
  • 1985 -- Mike Bossy becomes first NHL player to score 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons.
  • 1973 -- Yankee teammates Fritz Peterson, Mike Kekich announce they have traded families, including wives, children, dogs.

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