May 08, 2014
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Does Clowney know he's going No. 1?

At first, the young man on the verge of his NFL career flashed a big smile -- and then he zipped his lips. If the Houston Texans have told Jadeveon Clowney that he will indeed become the first pick Thursday night on the stage at Radio City Music Hall, the defensive end who-might-be-a-linebacker would not spill the secret. "I'm not saying," Clowney told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday, while attending an NFL community event at a waterside park. "I'm just waiting." Clowney's waited long enough, and he knows it. He was among 30 top prospects invited to the draft, and might have the shortest wait in the green room. But after weeks of speculation, nitpicking, comparisons and projections, this whole draft process has gotten rather old. (USA TODAY Sports) Comment

NBA wild card: Shelly Sterling

Another layer to the saga playing out in Los Angeles involves Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling. [Sterling] said Wednesday that she believes she is legally entitled to maintain ownership of the NBA team and will attempt to do so, even as the pro basketball league pushes to remove her husband from the team he has owned for 33 years. Sterling described her long tenure as a "die-hard" fan of the Clippers and said she believes that the sanctions against Donald Sterling -- which included a lifetime ban and $2.5-million fine -- do not apply to "me or my family." Shelly Sterling's position presents a "wild card" for the pro basketball league as it faces its biggest crisis in memory, said a league official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. (Los Angeles Times) Comment

Minor leaguers torching Chapman

This week has not been kind to Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. For the second time in less than 24 hours, [Chapman] couldn't finish an inning during a rehab appearance for the Louisville Bats, the team's Triple-A affiliate. Chapman had better command of his pitches on Wednesday but still gave up three runs on three hits with one walk and one strikeout during Louisville's 8-6 win against the Norfolk Tides. After starting Tuesday night's game and failing to get out of the first inning, Chapman entered Wednesday's afternoon game with the Bats leading the Orioles' Triple-A club 8-3 in the ninth inning at Louisville Slugger Field. He was taken out after 21 pitches, replaced by Jumbo Diaz as the Bats held on for the two-run win. (FOX Sports) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby took a shot from the Rangers' Chris Kreider, but Pittsburgh ultimately laid the hurt on New York by winning Game 4 of their second round playoff series, 4-2, at Madison Square Garden to take a commanding 3-1 lead. Crosby finished with two assists. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Boomer Esiason ranks the top five players available in the NFL Draft.

Game To Watch

Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens, Game 4, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Muhammad Ali
  • 1866 -- Australian Rules Football created.
  • 1915 -- Regret becomes first filly to win the Kentucky Derby.
  • 1961 -- New Yorkers choose "Metropolitans" as the name for their new National League baseball team.
  • 1967 -- Muhammad Ali indicted for refusing induction into the U.S. Army.
  • 1971 -- Joe Frazier defeats Ali at Madison Square Garden.
  • 1984 -- Soviet Union announces it will boycott the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

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