April 14, 2014
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49ers haven't decided on Smith's option

With the arrest of linebacker Aldon Smith, the 49ers now have a more difficult decision to make. It's extremely unlikely they'd cut him, because he'd be gobbled up on waivers -- possibly by another team in the division. Because Smith arrived via the first round of the 2011 draft, the 49ers have to decide by May 3 whether to exercise the fifth-year option on Smith's rookie contract. Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the 49ers haven't decided to exercise the option. ... The analysis will entail further homework regarding Smith's off-field issues, especially since the obvious question that arises from Smith's decision (allegedly) to joke about a bomb with a TSA agent is whether Smith was under the influence of alcohol, or something else. (Pro Football Talk) Comment

Lester rejects Boston's lowball offer?

It is looking more and more like left-hander Jon Lester's last season with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox's most recent offer to Lester was far below market value -- four years for between $70 million and $80 million, according to sources within the team's clubhouse. Lester, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, rejected the offer and will not resume negotiations with the club until the offseason, the sources said. The Red Sox will have an exclusive negotiating period with Lester between the end of the season and the start of free agency. They indicated a willingness to go higher, sources said, but are almost certain to lose Lester unless they dramatically increase their offer. (FOX Sports) Comment

Amar'e: Knicks can be NBA's best

Of course, the biggest question hovering over the Knicks has to do with the future of Carmelo Anthony. [Mike Woodson] said he expects Anthony to play these final games despite him battling a shoulder injury. "He hasn't indicated to me that he's going to sit down." ... Going forward under new President Phil Jackson, Amar'e Stoudemire said there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Anthony and other players. "There could be a lot of changes, that's the unknown factor," Stoudemire said. Stoudemire added with a straight face: "On paper we might be the best team in the league." He also said he expects to be back next season and helping the team reach the playoffs. "If I return healthy, I'm sure we'll make the playoffs," he said. (NBA.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Bubba Watson (right) shot a final round 69 to win The Masters for the second time in three years. He finished at -8, three strokes better than runners-up Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Ichiro Suzuki made an incredible leaping catch to rob David Ortiz of an extra-base hit in the eighth inning of Sunday night's game. The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 3-2 to take three out of four in the series.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Tiger Woods
  • 2002 -- Tiger Woods wins The Masters for the third time, posting a -12 to beat runner-up Retief Goosen by three strokes.
  • 2003 -- Roy Williams is announced as the head men's basketball coach at North Carolina 10 days after leading Kansas to the NCAA title game.
  • 2009 -- Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya announces his retirement. He won 10 world titles in six divisions in his career.
  • 2010 -- Kevin Durant becomes the youngest scoring champion in NBA history. He averaged 30.1 points during the 2009-10 campaign.

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