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NFL: Will NFL owners blackball Donald Trump?


09:29 AM ET 04.20 | The Donald has the money but may not have the votes. Donald Trump, whose fortune has been listed at $3.9 billion by Forbes, can probably pay cash for the Bills, listed as the 30th most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes last summer with a value of $870 million. Trump has set himself up as a potential hero by saying he is serious about buying the Bills and is committed to keeping them in Buffalo. One small problem: NFL owners have long memories. Trump, who was the owner of the New Jersey Generals, is considered by the NFL as the driving force behind the USFL's $1.69 billion antitrust lawsuit against the league in 1986, which ultimately earned the USFL an award of $1 trebled to $3. Can Trump get the required 24 of 32 votes -- 75% -- to be accepted into this very exclusive club? "It's very hard to answer that question. He did try to bring the NFL down," one NFL owner told the Daily News. "Let's put it this way: I don't think his confirmation would be a slam dunk."

New York Daily News

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NCAAB: Report: Tennessee focused on La Tech's Michael White


10:16 AM ET 04.20 | Tennessee's search to replace Cuonzo Martin as its men's basketball coach is now focused on Louisiana Tech's Michael White, multiple sources told on Saturday. Martin left UT last week to coach at California. A source told that UT has informally contacted some "A-list" candidates but that the interest hasn't been mutual. Another source told that at least one potential candidate expressed no interest mostly because Tennessee's roster is in bad shape given that the Vols are losing four of their top five players from a Sweet 16 team.

CBS Sports

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MLB: Bryce Harper benched for 'lack of hustle'


08:35 AM ET 04.20 | Manager Matt Williams yanked Bryce Harper from the Nationals' 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday afternoon for "lack of hustle" and "the inability to run 90 feet" after Harper failed to reach first base on a groundball back to the pitcher in the sixth inning. The rookie manager stood behind his decision even after Harper's spot in the lineup came up during a ninth-inning rally that fell one run short.

Washington Post

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NBA: Andrei Kirilenko's wife rips Jason Kidd


08:57 AM ET 04.20 | One of the big surprises to come out of the Nets' 94-87 victory over the Raptors in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first round series was the fact super sub Andrei Kirilenko never got off the bench for Brooklyn. It appears his wife, Russian pop singer Masha Lopatova, was just as surprised as everyone else. On her Instagram account after the game, Lopatova tweeted out a picture of her husband sitting on the bench with the comment, "And you are Kidding like Jason" which appeared to be a reference to Nelly's song, "Hot in Herre" which includes the line, "I'm just kiddin' like Jason."

New York Post

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NHL: Time to penalize NHL's perennial losers?


08:47 AM ET 04.20 | It's time to revamp the Entry Draft. Time to end the league-sponsored charity that rewards perennial failures. Two or three straight years in the top seven should be enough to lay the groundwork for making the playoffs. Four or five straight years out of the playoffs should be enough to incur a penalty. Sabres. Panthers. Oilers. Islanders. Flames, Canes. Jets. The Welfare Class of an NHL whose administration promised the cap would mean anyone could win. Well not quite, no more so than the introduction of the cap meant ticket prices would become more affordable.

New York Post

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MMA: UFC 171 weigh-ins set for March 14


01:57 PM ET 03.06 | UFC 171 will take place on March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and the weigh-ins have officially been set. With a Dallas Stars game taking place in the arena that will host Saturday's fight card, weigh-ins will be held at The Gilley's Jack Daniel's Saloon. Doors open to the public at 3 p.m. CT, and the first fighter will weigh in at 4 p.m. CT. Prior to the official weigh-ins, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will host a fan Q&A with UFC Fight Club members. Doors for the Q&A will open at 1 p.m. CT local time, with Pettis taking questions beginning at 2 p.m. CT.

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Golf: Tiger Woods might make rare Texas start


07:23 AM ET 03.18 | ...if Tiger Woods doesn't regain his once-customary form this week at Arnie's Place, where he's won only eight times, I suspect he might play in the Shell Houston Open -- the week before the Masters. The last time Woods played in Texas was 2005. It's the last time Woods won the Masters, but the Lone Star State has nothing to do with it. The man needs another start, and besides, the long-prescribed, pre-major routine hasn't exactly shortened his climb up Mount Nicklaus in recent years.

Golf Channel

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Auto Racing: NASCAR planning to reduce Cup horsepower


10:55 AM ET 03.23 | NASCAR is planning on making significant engine package changes in 2015 to extend the life of Sprint Cup powerplants and reduce horsepower. And along with engine changes, there likely will be aerodynamic and tire changes for the Cup cars in 2015 as well. That's the word from NASCAR Vice President of Competition and Racing Development Robin Pemberton. In an exclusive interview with Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway, Pemberton said the sanctioning body has had four meetings so far with representatives from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota and race teams about how to implement those changes. No consensus has been reached yet, according to Pemberton, but discussions are ongoing in advance of making the changes for next year. Although Pemberton declined to specify how many horsepower NASCAR is looking to cut, sources familiar with the discussions said the reduction would be in the neighborhood of 75 to 100 horsepower. Currently, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series engines make about 860-900 horsepower at most tracks.

FOX Sports

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Soccer: MLS fines Timbers' Caleb Porter for criticizing officials


10:50 AM ET 04.05 | Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has fined Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter an undisclosed amount for public criticism of the officials, the league announed Friday afternoon. The incident in question occurred after Porter criticized the officiating in Portland's 2-1 loss to FC Dallas last Saturday, singling out an incident that saw the Timbers' Michael Harrington and Dallas' JeVaughn Watson both issued red cards. Both cards were later rescinded by an independent review panel. In his remarks, Porter also questioned the lack of protection for forward Darlington Nagbe, who left the Dallas game with a knock at halftime and is in doubt for Saturday's rivalry clash with the Seattle Sounders.

MLS Soccer

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Tennis: Rafael Nadal advances to ATP World Tour finals


11:14 PM ET 11.10 | You can add another great win for Rafael Nadal, and another tough loss for Roger Federer. Nadal beat Federer in a semifinal match of the ATP World Tour Finals in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. After Federer lost the first set, you could tell he knew his time was up against Nadal. Roger had some critical errors late in the second set that ultimately led to his loss.

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