April 21, 2014
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All signs point to Rams drafting QB

The countdown is on. With less than three weeks remaining before the draft, the Rams are strongly considering taking a quarterback, and in doing so are casting a wide net at the position. Tom Savage of the University of Pittsburgh has made a "top 30 visit" to Rams Park. The team has spent a lot of time with Connor Shaw of South Carolina, you know, the guy who prevented Missouri from having a perfect regular season. On Wednesday, the Rams dispatched quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti and director of player personnel Taylor Morton to Athens, Ga., where Aaron Murray took part in Georgia's pro day. ... "I don't think there's any question the Rams are taking a quarterback," said Gil Brandt, the longtime NFL draft guru. "(General manager) Les Snead has been around looking at those guys." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Comment

Kirilenko's wife takes offense to benching

Yes, Andrei Kirilenko was "a little bit surprised" he didn't play in Game 1 -- but a loved one took things a step further. Kirilenko's wife, Masha Lopatova, did not appear to be too happy that her husband was not playing. She posted an Instagram photo of Kirilenko sitting on the bench accompanied by the comment " ... And you are Kidding like Jason ..." That could be a reference to a lyric in the song "Hot in Herre" by Nelly, where the rapper says, "I'm just kiddin' like Jason." She later wrote to fans: "I don't want to say anything bad, but just think about 350 million Russian fans back in Russia cheering for the one Russian player in the playoffs (not to mention Russian community and Russian ownership) that hurts!!!" Asked about his wife's comments, Kirilenko said, "She wanted me to play." (ESPN New York) Comment

Kershaw ready in early May?

This past weekend brought some good news to the Dodgers as it relates to their ace. Clayton Kershaw, the defending National League Cy Young award winner, said Sunday he expects to embark on a minor league rehabilitation assignment this week. The Dodgers offered no timetable for his return to the major leagues, but one source said he believed Kershaw could rejoin the Dodgers on their next trip, which extends from April 29 through May 7. Kershaw pitched a three-inning simulated game Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Manager Don Mattingly said Kershaw reached 90 mph and has been cleared to pitch without restrictions. ... Kershaw said he expects a rehabilitation assignment comes next, assuming he reports no discomfort Monday. Mattingly said the Dodgers' training staff has not informed him of a next step. (Los Angeles Times) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

The Red Wings' Luke Glendening gets knocked into the glass during the first period of Game 2 of Detroit's game against the Boston Bruins in Boston Sunday. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Must-See Video

Bobcats F Josh McRoberts throws down a poster dunk over Heat F/C Chris "Birdman" Andersen during Miami's 99-88 home victory in Game 1 on Sunday.

Game To Watch

The Clippers look to bounce back from a disappointing Game 1 loss against the Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Michael Jordan
  • 1996 -- Chicago's Michael Jordan sets an NBA record by winning his eighth NBA scoring title.
  • 1994 -- Cleveland's Eddie Murray knocked a HR from both sides of the plate. It was the 11th time Murray accomplished the feat in the same game, breaking a 1964 record.
  • 1980 -- Rosie Ruiz was crowned the winner of the Boston Marathon -- she was later disqualified when it was discovered she rode the subway instead of running much of the race.

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