May 16, 2014
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Perhaps the notion of a silent or detached owner is merely that -- a notion. Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said in a radio interview Thursday that a text from Johnny Manziel during the draft helped inspire owner Jimmy Haslam to trade up for him. "We're sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on T.V. and Johnny and I are texting and he shoots me a text and he says, 'I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.' When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach (Mike Pettine)," Loggains said Thursday on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Arkansas ESPN. "I'm like 'this guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.' As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, 'pull the trigger.'" (Cleveland Plain Dealer) Comment


Yes, says Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, the lines of communication with Kobe Bryant are open. [But] that doesn't mean the star guard will get a say in whom the team hires as its next coach. "From time to time we ask his advice," Kupchak told ESPN's Andy Katz at the NBA draft combine Thursday in Chicago. "He really won't weigh in on something like this. I'm not even sure that we'll talk to him prior to interviews. But from time to time, he is in our facility, I'll go downstairs and I'll talk to him about a bunch of different things." During an appearance last week on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Bryant publicly pined for a seat at the table when it comes time to choose the replacement for Mike D'Antoni, who resigned last month. "On the last two they didn't," Bryant said. (ESPN Los Angeles) Comment


Already generous with salary, Los Angeles is poised to sign on for more. The Dodgers and star shortstop Hanley Ramirez have been discussing a potential mega contract for weeks, but even with the Dodgers' well-known love for Ramirez and clear intention to sign him, word seems to be that there's still a significant enough gap that it may take awhile to do a deal, assuming one will get done. Ramirez, eligible for free agency after this season, is seeking a contract in excess of $100 million, and probably well north of that figure. While no exact numbers have gotten out, it is thought that he is actually seeking something in excess of $130 million. With Jacoby Ellsbury getting $153 million and Shin-Soo Choo $130 million as free agents, the figure as an asking price for Ramirez wouldn't be a surprise. (CBS Sports) Comment

Must-See Photo

Steven Adams continued his impressive postseason performance in the Thunder's Game 6, series-clinching win against the Clippers Thursday night. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty)

Must-See Video

On Thursday, Aaron Hernandez was indicted on a double murder in Boston. SI's legal analyst Michael McCann breaks down the implications for Hernandez and the Patriots.

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SI Vault: Michael Jordan
  • 1965 -- Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer picks up his first MLB win in a relief effort vs. the Yankees. Palmer went 268-152 in his Hall of Fame career.
  • 1985 -- Michael Jordan is named the NBA's Rookie of the Year after averaging 28.2 points per game throughout the 1984-85 season.
  • 1996 -- Sammy Sosa becomes the first Chicago Cub player to hit two home runs in the same inning. Sosa belted two homers in the bottom of the seventh as part of the Cubs' 13-1 victory over the Astros.

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