By Sam Page
February 17, 2016

Happy Birthday, Michael Jordan!

The greatest basketball player of all time — and the first SI Kids cover model — turns 53 today. Celebrate his Airness's big day by checking out SI's 100 greatest photos from his career. Or you can check out some decidedly goofier shots from his second issue on the SI Kids cover: 

Puck meets pup

Remember Cam Atkinson's puppy-goal hat trick last month? If you don't here's what you missed: A day after fan held up a sign saying his dad would buy him a puppy if Bobby Ryan scored, a little girl in Columbus did the same, but for the Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson. Well Atkinson did score — three times, in fact — and just two days ago got to meet his namesake:

Speaking of dogs named after athletes...

Among the "Best of Breed" winners at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday was a dog named Manny Machado, after the Oriolers' star third baseman. The dog is of the Xoloitzcuintli breed (or Xolo, for short). Among the canine's fans? Human Manny Machado's teammate, Adam Jones

Breaking backboards

Here are two very different versions of pulling the rim down:


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Derek Carr calls his son


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Today's Peanuts

The pots for Sunday’s 2016 Copa America Centenario draw have been announced.

The four previously announced seeded countries—the USA, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina—will occupy the first pot. The other four CONCACAF nations and eight CONMEBOL countries will fall into the next three pots. Here’s how they’ll look:

Pot 1 (Seeded Nations): United States, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina
Pot 2 (CONMEBOL - higher ranked nations): Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay
Pot 3 (CONCACAF - qualified nations): Costa Rica, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama
Pot 4 (CONMEBOL - remaining nations): Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela

The four group pots will contain one nation from each of the four groups, as follows:

Pot 5: A1, B1, C1, D1
Pot 6: A2, B2, C2, D2
Pot 7: A3, B3, C3, D3
Pot 8: A4, B4, C4, D4

The draw for the tournament, which the United States is set to host, will take place in New York City at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos and his team are doing everything in their power to get a stadium deal done in San Diego, he told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“Whatever we need to do, we’re going to do what we need to do to get this done,” Spanos said. “We’re trying as hard as we can. I can’t do it myself. It’s going to take the effort of the mayor; politically we need support. The business community needs to step up. I think once we have a definitive plan in place they’ll get behind us and support us. It has to economically make sense for the voters, and I think (the business community) will help make that case down the line and they’ll support us.”

The statement is a big change for Spanos, who had bashed the city’s effort to keep the team and questioned its ability to complete an environmental impact report in a reasonable time frame. Now, it seems Spanos is willing to work with city officials in San Diego.

Spanos also talked about having the offer to share a stadium in Inglewood with the Los Angeles Rams already in hand, pointing to how this could aid plans to stay in San Diego. As part of the offer, the NFL will provide $100 million to help build a stadium if the Chargers stay in San Diego.

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“Obviously, having options was important, and $100 million from the league is significant. It’s a great starting point.”

Spanos did not say how much his family would provide in private funds, but called the number “significant.” Unlike with the Los Angeles project, Spanos will need to secure public funds to complete a stadium in San Diego.

The Chargers and the city are currently discussing stadium locations in downtown and the Mission Valley.

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