April 04, 2014
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Titans appear set to release CJ2K

The days have dwindled down to one. Running back Chris Johnson's days with the Titans have been numbered since the end of the 2013 season. ... Johnson was headed to Nashville on Thursday night for a meeting with Titans general manager Ruston Webster at Saint Thomas Sports Park, according to sources familiar with the situation. The expectation is Johnson will undergo a physical before being released. Johnson could not be reached on Thursday night. Neither Webster nor agent Joe Segal could be reached for comment. The Titans begin their offseason workout program on Monday, and Johnson told The Tennessean recently he plans to be there. If he took part in the program and suffered a serious injury, the Titans would be on the hook for his $8 million salary. (The Tennessean) Comment

Will Gasol play for Lakers again?

Pau Gasol may very well already have played his final game in a Lakers uniform. The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo. He won't play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness. It was the latest downturn in a rough season for Gasol. In addition to various verbal tussles with Coach Mike D'Antoni about his role in the offense -- and the small-ball concept in general -- Gasol missed seven games in February because of a strained groin and three games in December because of a respiratory infection. (Los Angeles Times) Comment

Mauer not fretting over slow start

Until hitting a fifth-inning single on Thursday, Joe Mauer had no idea his season-opening hitless streak had reached 10 at-bats. Turns out that was twice the length of Mauer's previous longest season-opening drought. He went 0 for 5 at the start of 2006 in Toronto before his first base hit, a single to right off Josh Towers. "Is that what it was?" Mauer said after serving as designated hitter for the first time this season. ... Mauer, who later walked and struck out in a 10-9 win over the White Sox, is 1 for 12 (.083) but his on-base percentage has climbed to .267. In 48 spring at-bats, Mauer hit .271 with just one extra-base hit (a double); he slugged just .292 and had a .375 OBP. "I've been feeling great," Mauer said. "Hitting the ball hard, just not having much to show for it." (Pioneer Press) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

The Pittsburgh Pirates' Tony Sanchez breaks his bat and pops into a game-ending double play in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

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Michigan State's Adreian Payne gets some good luck from cancer-stricken 8-year-old super-fan Lacey Holsworth, throws down a massive jam and celebrates in style during the 2014 college dunk contest Thursday night.

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SI Vault: More Hank Aaron
  • 1974 -- Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home run record, hitting his 714th with his first swing of the season.
  • 1988 -- Danny Manning-led Kansas defeated Oklahoma 83-79 to win the NCAA men's basketball championship.
  • 2005 -- The Washington Nationals played their first game, losing to the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4
  • 2010 -- The Philadelphia Eagles traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a pair of draft picks.

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