April 30, 2014
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Falcons moving up for Clowney?

At some point, it seems clear, the Texans are going to take a quarterback. The question is when. As it stands, I believe the Texans are trying to decide between defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and quarterback Johnny Manziel with the first overall pick. I believe general manager Rick Smith will trade -- but not too far down -- if he gets an overwhelming offer from a team that believes the extraordinarily talented Clowney is the missing piece. I believe if the Texans trade down a few spots and Manziel is there, they'll take him. I think if he's gone, it'll come down to outside linebacker Khalil Mack or quarterback Blake Bortles. There's been speculation that Atlanta might try to entice Smith to swap first-round spots so the Falcons can select Clowney. (Houston Chronicle) Comment

Bulls' Noah reveals knee injury

On the surface, a six-point, 18-rebound, seven-assist effort wasn't an atypical one for Joakim Noah, but all was not well. Visibly hobbled while running the floor, Noah gutted out the contest. ... [Noah] would later acknowledge that he wasn't at full strength, albeit reluctantly. "There's really no excuses right now. It's been a long year and yeah, I've got things I've got to take care of," Noah said. "My knee. My knee is bothering me. My left knee. I'm not sure what it is, but I was able to play today. I think I was limited a little bit. But it's no excuses. I'll check it out, find out what's wrong and take care of it. And now, we've got a lot of time to take care of it." Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau revealed that Noah had been playing with the publicly undiagnosed ailment since the regular season. (CSN Chicago) Comment

McLellan tells both Sharks goalie to be ready for Game 7

Todd McLellan decided to address the elephant in the room without being prompted Tuesday. The Sharks coach said only that he told both goalies to be ready and after that we knew enough not to even ask whether Antti Niemi or Alex Stalock would be in net. Sometimes you ask questions you know will go unanswered. This time did not seem to be one of them. ... The Sharks have seen more than their share of Game 7s in recent years, and amazingly, were in exactly this same position in 2011 when they won the first three games and dropped the next three to the Detroit Red Wings. San Jose won the finale 3-2 on a goal by Patrick Marleau. "It would be nice to get another one, that's for sure," said Marleau, whose OT goal won Game 3 for the Sharks against the Kings. (Mercury News) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

The scoreboard at the Staples Center displays "We are one" before Game 5 of the Los Angeles Clippers' series against the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers won 113-103 hours after NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned owner Donald Sterling from the league for life. (Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Must-See Video

SI's Sarah Kwak previews two of Wednesday's Game 7 hockey matchups as the Avalanche and Wild and Sharks and Kings battle with everything on the line.

Game To Watch

Brewers at Cardinals, 1:45 p.m. ET, MLB Network, Fox Sports Wisconsin and Fox Sports Midwest

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Monica Seles
  • 1922 -- Rookie Charlie Robinson, making his fourth career start, becomes the third pitcher of the modern era to toss a perfect game.
  • 1939 -- Lou Gehrig plays the final game of his 2,130 consecutive games streak. He would never play again.
  • 1956 -- The Boston Celtics send Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan to the St. Louis Hawks in exchange for Bill Russell, who later leads the Celtics to 11 NBA titles.
  • 1993 -- An obsessed fan of Steffi Graf stabs Monica Seles in the back during a Citizen Cup match in an attempt to help Graf regain her No. 1 ranking.

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