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NFL: All signs point to Rams drafting QB


07:28 AM ET 04.21 | 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

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NCAAF: Huge recruiting haul for Alabama


07:40 AM ET 04.21 | While perhaps the on-the-field action didn't measure up, Alabama's A-Day weekend proved successful off it. [The Crimson Tide] enjoyed one of the most successful recruiting weekends of Nick Saban's tenure in Tuscaloosa. Alabama landed commitments from four of the nation's top prospects on Saturday following the A-Day spring game, including two players rated five-star prospects by the 247Composite rankings. The Tide's big day began with a commitment from New Jersey cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick. ... Next on board for the Tide were a pair of teammates from Pompano Beach, Florida when athlete Shawn Burgess-Becker and wide receiver Calvin Ridley both committed. ... Alabama next added a verbal pledge from one of the nation's top linebacker prospects, Brookhaven, Miss. star Leo Lewis.

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MLB: Girardi won't let Jeter get in the way


07:36 AM ET 04.21 | Having already gone on the record as saying he wasn't hired to manage a Derek Jeter farewell tour, Joe Girardi didn't let the iconic shortstop get in the way of a chance to win Sunday, either. After Jeter opened the 11th inning with a sharp single to right with the score knotted, 1-1, Girardi lifted the Yankees captain for pinch-runner Ichiro Suzuki. "I am taking a chance of getting a run there. Ich probably has a better chance of stealing a base," said Girardi, who watched Ichiro swipe second, but then had the steal voided by replay that showed he was out. "It's a hard decision to make, but with some of the inexperience I have in the bullpen, I went for it that inning." Doing anything with Jeter is scrutinized more than any move Girardi makes, but the manager was fixated on getting ahead and Ichiro runs better than Jeter.

New York Post

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NBA: Noah mum on a most trying week


07:32 AM ET 04.21 | If Joakim Noah was hurting -- and, under the circumstances, it would be understandable -- he didn't want to show it. The Bulls forward flew Friday to New York to honor his mentor Tyrone Green, who died of a heart attack. Green, who Noah said was "like a second father to me," helped teach a teenage Joakim the game as a New York program director. Noah practiced Saturday and, for the first time Sunday night, was asked about his hard week following the Bulls' 102-93 Game 1 loss to the Wizards. "I don't want to talk about that," he said. Minutes later, someone inquired: Did he feel like himself? "Yeah," he said bluntly. Noah's teammates reached out to him over the weekend. "Everybody made sure he was OK," forward Taj Gibson said. "Just one of those things where you just have to play through it."

Chicago Sun-Times

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NHL: Columbus crowd rooting for Pens?


07:44 AM ET 04.21 | Yes, technically, the Penguins have surrendered their home-ice advantage against Columbus by way of a split in Pittsburgh as the series shifts to Nationwide Arena. But just how much of an edge that will be for the Blue Jackets probably won't be clear until after the gates open, and it's possible to get a read on the loyalties of the crowd. Which, if regular-season precedent is any indication, could be pretty evenly split. Or maybe even slanted in the Penguins' favor. That's been the norm in recent seasons, especially on weekends, and there was a strong Penguins presence in the seats when they won all three games at Nationwide Arena in the regular season. "We've kind of laughed about it, playing road games at home," Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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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: Report: Danny Welbeck considers leaving Manchester United


10:31 AM ET 04.20 | Danny Welbeck is considering his future at Manchester United after becoming dismayed at his lack of opportunity as a striker under David Moyes and unsure of his relationship with the manager. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are two clubs interested in signing Welbeck whose pedigree as a Premier League winner and established international make him an attractive target in the close season. Welbeck is aware of the interest and is weighing up his options as he is intent on ensuring his career does not stall under Moyes.

The Guardian

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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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