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NFL: Niners table talks with Kaepernick


07:37 AM ET 04.18 | It seems contract talks between the San Francisco 49ers and Colin Kaepernick are on hold. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that the 49ers have tabled negotiations while police investigate an incident earlier this month at a Miami hotel. The Miami Police Department confirmed last week that Kaepernick, Niners wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette were named as persons involved in an incident report filed April 4. ... The goal for the Niners and Kaepernick remains getting a new deal done before the start of the 2014 season. According to Rapoport, negotiations were not going well and the sides are not close on a monster deal that is expected to exceed $18 million per year.

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NCAAB: Tops on Mizzou's wish list


07:53 AM ET 04.18 | In a way, Missouri fans' wishes have come true, as it appears Frank Haith may ride of to Tulsa -- so, now what? Top of the wish list ... Gregg Marshall, Wichita State: Tops nearly every list over the past two years by building the Shockers into a national power. Marshall seems satisfied in Wichita, and his bigger temptation may be when one of the blue-blood jobs open. ... Shaka Smart, VCU: Marshall may have taken from Smart the title of most coveted coaching candidate, but Smart has been seen as a coup hire since taking the Rams to the 2011 Final Four. ... Archie Miller, Dayton: Miller is hot, hot, hot after leading the Flyers to this year's Elite Eight. ... Chris Mack, Xavier: Mack, who has taken Xaiver to four NCAA Tournaments in five years, is often associated with job openings.

Kansas City Star

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MLB: Yankees, Mets, Red Sox among Hanrahan hopefuls


07:48 AM ET 04.18 | Go figure: Multiple teams are interested in a hard-throwing bullpen arm who's now available. Close to 20 teams showed up to watch veteran closer Joel Hanrahan throw in a showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday, and judging by the early reviews, don't be surprised if there's quite a bit of competition for the two-time All-Star. Scouts there say Hanrahan looked fit and healthy, and pitched at 87-93 mph, putting him possibly ahead of schedule for someone 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery. The Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Royals, Rockies and Indians are among the teams scouting Hanrahan, but that's only a fraction of those there to see the hard-throwing right-hander. Boston is an interesting entry in that Hanrahan was pitching for them when he went down with the elbow issue that led to the surgery.

The Record

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NBA: Kerr 'absolutely expects' Knicks offer


07:44 AM ET 04.18 | The most significant early impact Phil Jackson has on the Knicks will come by either retaining Mike Woodson or naming his successor. Among those waiting on the news is Steve Kerr, the former player and general manager turned broadcaster for TNT. According to a source close to the situation, Kerr "absolutely expects" to be offered the job. "And if he's offered the job he's definitely going to do it," the source told The Post. The Post has learned Kerr has had conversations with his bosses at Turner Sports about adjusting his schedule as an analyst during the upcoming playoffs should he be named the Knicks head coach. Kerr's name emerged as a top candidate based on his ties with Jackson. He was part of the Bulls' three straight championship teams from 1996-1998 and the two have remained close.

New York Post

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NHL: No return timetable for Lightning MVP


07:57 AM ET 04.18 | If Lightning fans are looking for a playoff hero, they might do well to avoid looking to Ben Bishop. The MVP of this season was seen at the Forum on Thursday with his left arm mummy wrapped in bandage. Bishop carried an elbow brace. Before Lightning practice, Bishop took the ice in pads and even stopped and caught a few pucks softly tossed his way. ... Lightning coach Jon Cooper said don't expect to see Bishop anytime soon. "But I don't know what 'soon' is," Cooper said. Thanks. Maybe this doesn't make Anders Lindback, Bishop's replacement, a fish in a barrel. Tough spot, though. ... No, Anders Lindback didn't lose the game. But he didn't win it, either. He might have to do that once or twice if the Lightning are to take this series. I'm not at all sure he can.

The Tampa Tribune

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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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    Kerr 'absolutely expects' Knicks offer
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    Bryant headed back to Germany
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    Shakeup looms for White Sox
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    Yankees, Mets, Red Sox among Hanrahan hopefuls
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    Lightning may be swept aside

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