April 03, 2014
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How Durant helped lure DeSean to 'Skins

From Kevin Durant to Dale Earnhardt Jr., celebrity Redskins fans were already urging DeSean Jackson to choose Washington. Turns out Durant's involvement went a bit beyond just typing out a tweet. Jackson, talking about his recruiting process on ESPN 980's Inside the Locker Room Wednesday afternoon, said all these special entreaties played a role in his choice. "I'm gonna put it like this: Wale is a good friend of mine as well," Jackson said. "He's a good rapper, he does his thing out here in D.C., puts on for the city. It was a little influenced by Wale. Another influence was my boy Durant. Kevin Durant been calling me, he been calling and saying man you know how I'd go crazy for you to be in D.C. I mean, what better place is there for me to be? I'm happy to be here. I'm glad, man, honestly I can say that." (The Washington Post) Comment

MWP: NYK miss Kidd's on-court presence

What's the biggest difference between the 54-win Knicks of 2012-13 and this edition, the one struggling to make the playoffs? To Metta World Peace, the answer to that question is simple. It's the guy who coaches the Nets. In an interview shortly after he was released by the Knicks, World Peace told ESPN New York that his teammates talked often about how much the club misses Jason Kidd this season. "I spoke to a lot of people and a lot of people are saying Jason Kidd was the reason [for the Knicks' poor play this year]," World Peace said in late February. "... I spoke to Tyson about it and Tyson said Jason Kidd used to do a lot of adjustments on the court. So that was an issue that we had this year with Jason Kidd becoming a coach. A lot of times they kept saying, 'We miss that presence of Jason Kidd.'" (ESPN New York) Comment

The 3 finalists to host 2018 Super Bowl

And then there were three. The New Orleans Sports Foundation submitted a bid for the the city to host the 2018 Super Bowl which included the nuts-and-bolts specifications of hosting the big game. Indianapolis and Minneapolis are the other finalists to host the event. Jay Cicero, president/CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, said it's a very competitive process as Minnesota will have a new stadium, and Indianapolis previously hosted a successful Super Bowl. League officials will review the bids over the next few weeks and evaluate the pros and cons. New Orleans organizers will meet with league officials later this month to receive feedback and make adjustments before submitting a final bid on May 7. Final presentations will be made and the game awarded at the NFL owners meetings in Atlanta. (The Times-Picayune) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

The Pittsburgh Pirates mob Tony Sanchez, center, after his RBI finished off a 16-inning, 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Must-See Video

SI's Grant Wahl and Brian Straus recap the U.S. men's national team's 2-2 draw with Mexico in the final friendly before the pre-World Cup training camp.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Florida basketball
  • 1987 -- The Chicago Cubs traded pitcher Dennis Eckersley and one other player to the Oakland A's for three minor leaguers.
  • 2000 -- Dallas Stars RW Brett Hull scored his 610th goal, tying father Bobby Hull for ninth place on the NHL all-time goal scoring list.
  • 2006 -- Florida won its first men's NCAA basketball title with a 73-57 victory over UCLA.
  • 2013 -- Baylor's women's basketball team completed the first 40-0 season in NCAA history by winning its second national title with an 80-61 win over Notre Dame.

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