April 17, 2014
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Woodson wants answer about future

Mike Woodson has one year left on his deal -- from there, not a whole lot is known about his future. [Woodson] said he still hopes to talk to Phil Jackson about remaining as head coach next season, but wouldn't say if he will help the Knicks team president conduct exit meetings Thursday and Friday with the players. Woodson said he'd like to find out his status "soon" and he likely will in the next 48 hours. Woodson is not expected to be retained to finish the final year of his contract. ... Despite guiding the Knicks to a 37-45 record this season, Woodson showed his swashbuckling side when he said, before Wednesday's game, he still thinks he's "the only guy" for this job. "If they bring me back, I'm going to make [darn] sure this doesn't happen again," Woodson said. (New York Post) Comment

Manning eager to get started once again

Peyton Manning was back in Denver Wednesday, and, after a trip to Oklahoma, will return in time to get back to work with the Broncos on Monday. Manning already has worked with new receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who will account for another $6 million this season, along with returning targets Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker and Andre Caldwell, as part of his private workouts last week at Duke University. The new talent comes at the expense of departing standouts. ... "We lost many players and some great friends," Manning said. "That's the worst part about football. When you form some friendships with these guys and really put a lot of hard work in -- the business side comes into play. We added some great players. I'm excited about working with them starting on Monday. (The Denver Post) Comment

Ohio State courting RB controversy?

Even if Ezekiel Elliott spent the spring taking the majority of first-team reps, Urban Meyer insists there is no established pecking order at running back in Columbus. So after Ohio State's spring game Saturday -- one in which only two offensive touchdowns were scored on short runs by Bri'onte Dunn and Warren Ball -- a reporter asked Dunn if he felt like he was atop the depth chart. "That's my goal," he said. It's a lofty one, but that it's even worth the discussion proves that Dunn has grown tremendously since last year, a season in which he took a mid-career redshirt during a time running backs coach Stan Drayton said he felt he lost heart. Now a redshirt sophomore, Dunn likely won't unseat Elliott as Ohio State's starter ... but he could find a spot in the running back rotation. (The Plain Dealer) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

A fan ran onto the field in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's game between the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners. A security guard quickly addressed the situation. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Gareth Bale came through with an incredible goal to lift Real Madrid to a 2-1 win over Barcelona (playing without Cristiano Ronaldo) in the Copa del Rey final. For more on his 85th-minute winner, click here.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Barry Bonds
  • 1964 -- The New York Mets play their first game in Shea Stadium. They lose to Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell and the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3.
  • 2001 -- Barry Bonds belts his 500th career home run as the San Francisco Giants knock off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. Bonds would finish the 2001 campaign with a single-season record 73 home runs.
  • 2009 -- Gary Sheffield hits his 500th career home run as the Mets defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4. He becomes the 25th player reach that mark.
  • 2010 -- Ubaldo Jimenez throws the first no-hitter in Colorado Rockies history. He strikes out seven as the Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0.

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