April 22, 2014
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T-Wolves' short list includes Donovan, Izzo and ...

What's next in Minnesota? Billy Donovan is the hot new name to emerge as an inevitable target in the coaching search that officially began Monday for the Minnesota Timberwolves. NBA coaching sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves have Donovan prominent in their thoughts as they compile a list of potential successors to the retiring Rick Adelman that -- as covered here in March -- already includes college titans Tom Izzo and Fred Hoiberg. The challenge, of course, in pursuing any of those three is convincing one of them to leave their veritable college kingdoms to take over an NBA team whose franchise player has only a year to go on his contract. The coach Minnesota ultimately hires is supposed to help the Wolves sway Kevin Love to stay. (ESPN.com) Comment

Geno insists he'll beat out Vick

Though he may not have thrown a 2014 pass in earnest, Geno Smith has come out firing. The second-year signal caller said Monday he expects to beat Michael Vick out in the team's latest edition of a quarterback competition. Smith simply said, "Yes," when asked if he still expects to be the team's starter. He then gave his explanation why. "My belief in myself," Smith said. "Knowing that I'm going to take every action possible to get better and to come into this season a better player; having a second year in [offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's] system and with [quarterbacks] coach David Lee and with Rex [Ryan] as the head coach is going to do wonders for not just myself but everyone on the offense. A lot of it is going to come down to production on the field." (New York Post) Comment

Lee on the Yankees' radar (Burnett, too)

Coming out of the weekend, the Yankees enjoyed a day off Monday, which isn't to say things weren't happening at the executive level. Four years ago, the Yankees passed on trading for Seattle's Cliff Lee in part because the Mariners wanted Nova in a return package. Could Lee now replace Nova? OK, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Yet with 19 games down, we can assert this: The loss of Nova to a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, making season-ending Tommy John surgery a strong possibility, goes down as the most serious injury to date in this 2014 Yankees season. ... Other possible trade targets include Cleveland's Justin Masterson, the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija, Arizona's Bronson Arroyo and (yikes) Lee's Phillies teammate A.J. Burnett. (New York Post) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

April 22 marks the 10-year anniversary of Pat Tillman's death at the hands of friendly fire while serving with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. (Gene Lower/SI)

Must-See Video

Kevin Durant hit an amazing four-point play last night against the Grizzlies in Game 2.

Game To Watch

Can the No. 1-seeded Pacers bounce back from a disappointing Game 1 loss to the Hawks? 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Babe Ruth
  • 1914 -- Legendary slugger Babe Ruth makes his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles.
  • 2000 -- At 36 years, 273 days, Karl Malone becomes the oldest player in NBA history to score 50 points or more in a playoff game when he records 50 points in Game 1 of the first round against Seattle.
  • 2000 -- The White Sox and Tigers brawl throughout the game, resulting in 11 participants being ejected from the game. In the days after, 16 players and coaches were suspended -- the largest suspension in MLB history.

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