April 28, 2014
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Magic wants to buy Clippers

Perhaps, in the midst of the dispiriting revelations, a more uplifting way out does exist. There's a way out for the most hated man in Los Angeles now, a way out for the commissioner's office and the owners responsible for long legitimizing and harboring a bigot and slumlord. Magic Johnson and his billionaire backers, the Guggenheim Partners, want a chance to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. "Magic's absolutely interested," one source closely connected to Johnson's business interests told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night. To bail themselves out of the NBA's worst crisis of credibility since the Tim Donaghy officiating scandal, the easy part for the NBA will be enlisting the eagerness and financial muscle of Magic Johnson and Mark Walter of the Guggenheim Partners. (Yahoo Sports) Comment

Nats' worst fear for Bryce Harper?

While the extent of his left thumb injury remains unclear, left fielder Bryce Harper is now on the shelf for a bit. [The Nationals placed Harper] on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb sprain after he visited a hand specialist and received an MRI on Saturday. Harper will see another specialist -- Dr. Thomas Graham of the Cleveland Clinic -- for a second opinion on either Monday or Tuesday, which should determine the complete nature of Harper's injury and how long it will keep him out. The Nationals' worst fear is ligament damage of the kind that shelved Los Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton for six to eight weeks. "Doesn't look good," one person familiar with the situation said. Harper stayed upbeat, if disappointed. (The Washington Post) Comment

Caps will consider trading Ovechkin

For the first time during his tenure as Caps owner, Ted Leonsis hosted exit interviews at the end of this season -- a sign of the times as the franchise looks for a new coach and GM. One player who will most certainly come up during the Capitals' search for a new general manager is 28-year-old captain Alex Ovechkin, a future Hall of Famer whom by most accounts, is the most dynamic player ever to wear a Capitals jersey. ... It is worth noting that beginning July 1, a limited no-trade clause kicks in on Ovechkin's contract. It stipulates that on that date he can give the Capitals a list of 10 NHL teams to which he will not accept a trade, with Ovechkin holding the right to modify that list every September following the first year. (CSN Washington) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Los Angeles Clippers players wore their warmup shirts inside out Sunday, hiding the Clippers logo, in a silent protest of team owner Donald Sterling's alleged racist comments. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Must-See Video

After falling behind 2-0 in their series with the St. Louis Blues, the Chicago Blackhawks roared back to take the series in six games thanks for four third-period goals Sunday.

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SI Vault: More Muhammad Ali
  • 1930 -- Muskogee and Independence of the Western Association square off in the first night game in organized baseball history.
  • 1966 -- Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach wins his eighth straight and last NBA Finals as the Celtics hold off the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7. Auerbach retires from coaching after the win.
  • 1967 -- Muhammad Ali refuses to be drafted into the Army in protest of the Vietnam War and is stripped of his title as world heavyweight champion.
  • 1993 -- North Carolina State men's basketball coach Jim Valvano loses his bout with cancer and dies at age 47.

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