April 08, 2014
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A new deal for Kevin Ollie?

UConn coach Kevin Ollie may be in line for more than congratulations from his program's leadership. Now that the Huskies have won the title, athletic director Warde Manuel plans to sit down with [Ollie] and talk about a new contract, which will include more years and dollars. "Right now, I'm going to go to [the women's championship] game tomorrow," Manuel said. "I'm going to enjoy this. And then we're going to sit down. Kevin knows how I feel about him. He knows I have a love for him, I know he has a love for this university. And when we sit down, I think it's going to be a great conversation." Ollie made $1.2 million base salary this season, the lowest among coaches in the Final Four, but he was only in his second year. He has four years to go, but he is likely to get a longer deal. (The Courant) Comment

Yankees scrambling for a closer

The beginning of the David Robertson era has an early bump in the road, and Yankees fans are again reminded of how spoiled they were with Mariano Rivera. "It's definitely a little frustrating," Robertson said. "It seems like something always happens to me." ... This year, at the very start of the post-Rivera era, Robertson made it six days as the Yankees' closer. Injuries happen, and the Yankees were spoiled with Rivera. But of all their concerns this season, Robertson was supposed to be a little lower on the list. And to lose him this early forces the team's decision-makers to scramble at the back end of the bullpen. ... Can the Yankees get lucky again with [Shawn Kelley]? Considering that Monday was career save No. 1 for the previously designated setup man, it's difficult to say. (Newsday) Comment

Under-the-radar team for CJ2K

Though he has been officially released by the Titans, Chris Johnson can't expect, say, the kind of treatment DeSean Jackson received from Washington. Appearing on Monday's edition of "NFL Total Access," NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport suggested Johnson won't generate the same enthusiasm that greeted Jackson once he hit the open market. The New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons are leading our CJ2K tracker. Rapoport has been told that the Buffalo Bills and possibly the Dallas Cowboys also will have some level of interest. Johnson passed his exit physical following January surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He's healthy and in line for a reasonable contract in a soft market for running backs. "It certainly does open the door up for an under-the-radar team to make a run at him," Rapoport explained. (NFL.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Confetti rains down on the Connecticut Huskies, who defeated the Kentucky Wildcats in the 2014 NCAA basketball national championship, 60-54. (Darren Carroll/SI)

Must-See Video

Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis discusses how the national champion Connecticut Huskies proves that no one can predict March Madness.

Game To Watch

The Detroit Tigers travel to L.A. to take on the Dodgers in a two-game series, 10:10 p.m. ET.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Hank Aaron
  • 1974 -- Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth's home run record.
  • 1975 -- Cleveland's Frank Robinson becomes the first black manager of a major league baseball team
  • 1992 -- Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, contracted from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.

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