May 05, 2014
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Time to panic about Derek Jeter

April wasn't kind to Derek Jeter, and May hasn't started much better. The second day of the second month birthed one of the worst games of his career, an 0-for-7 stinker that personified much of his farewell tour: a lot of ground balls and weak contact, negligible ability to pull the ball. The distinct lack of pull is the most telling sign -- and the one that backs up the scouts' reports. It's not entirely a paucity of bat speed, they said, though that is a factor. ... It's grim when a right-handed hitter is almost incapable of shooting a ball to left field. It's worse when he's a No. 2 hitter. So begins the talk about when New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi will consider dropping Jeter in the lineup, where the proper place may be, how Jeter would handle it and whether it's too early to panic. (Yahoo Sports) Comment

Jim Brown rips 'reprehensible' NCAA

Not one given to sugarcoating things, Jim Brown turned his ire on college athletics over the weekend. [Brown] is not a fan of the NCAA, a truth he made more than evident Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest. "The NCAA is probably the most reprehensible organization God ever created," the Hall of Fame running back said at a roundtable discussion on the NFL with Barry Sanders and Harry Carson on his right and host Larry King on his left. "Total exploitation. The kind of money they make, the kind of life they live, it's embarrassing." The comment came in response to a question from a fan about why a player with a career-ending injury in college could not receive a payment to compensate for lost future income. Brown said the NCAA is pretentious when it says it is "doing things for the young people." ( Comment

No first-round RBs for anyone

About this time a year ago, not a single running back was drafted in the first round. In free agency this year, no running back hit the jackpot like some players at other positions. Let's face it, in the NFL world, the position has been devalued. It's not because running backs aren't important. It's more because of the short shelf life of a running back and the trend towards two back systems. With the draft next week, it looks as if for the second year in a row there won't be a running back drafted in the opening round. That's not to say there aren't some quality backs in the draft. There just isn't a special back. Until a truly special back comes along, the days of seeing a runner drafted in the first round are over. (National Football Post) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has some company in his crease in Game 2 of New York's second round playoff series vs. the Penguins. Lundqvist had a busy night, making 32 saves but surrendering three goals in Pittsburgh's 3-0 win that evened the series at one win apiece. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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The Brooklyn Nets take a Game 7 for the first time in franchise history and advance to the second round of the NBA Playoffs with a 104-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

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SI Vault: More Secretariat
  • 1912 -- Boston's Cy Young beats Philadelphia A's with first perfect game in AL history
  • 1969 -- Celtics defeat Lakers, 108-106, in Game 7 to win NBA Championship
  • 1973 -- Secretariat wins Kentucky Derby in track record time of 1:59-2/5
  • 2004 -- Mike Piazza hits 352nd home run, passing Carlton Fisk for Major League career record for dingers by a catcher
  • 2013 -- LeBron James wins NBA MVP award for fourth time

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