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NFL: Quarterback freefalling down draft boards


05:45 AM ET 04.19 | Teddy Bridgewater's stock is falling faster than a Jets fan's heart races the day of the draft. After a scintillating junior season in which he completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,970 yards, 31 touchdowns and four interceptions in leading Louisville to a 12-win season, Bridgewater was considered the top quarterback prospect in the NFL Draft and even the top overall prospect by some. But, boy, have things changed in recent weeks, with Bridgewater dropping rapidly in mock drafts. In fact, ESPN guru Mel Kiper Jr. projected him as a second-round pick in his latest mock, going to the Texans, and the NFL Network's Mike Mayock said he wouldn't be surprised if Bridgewater went in the second round.

New York Post

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NCAAF: Oklahoma State pays Peyton Manning $105K for speech


07:08 AM ET 04.19 | Peyton Manning, a five-time NFL MVP award winner, gave a speech to 4,250 people inside Oklahoma State's basketball gym, Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday night. Manning spoke for about 30 minutes and answered questions for another half hour. Manning started his prepared speech with a proclamation for the college students in the audience. "This is your world," Manning said. "Own it."OSU's Speakers Board paid Manning $105,000 for his time. There was debate on campus as to whether Manning was worth the price tag to bring him to Stillwater. Chairman Patrick Alland said the money was well spent and he would do it again.

Tulsa World

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MLB: Manny Ramirez only interested in MLB, Japan teams


06:36 AM ET 04.19 | Free agent slugger Manny Ramirez has drawn interest from several Major League teams and is only considering a return to the majors, minors or Japan, MLBTR's Zach Links reports. These are the only options Ramirez would consider in order to continue his career, Links hears, as rumors connecting Ramirez to independent league teams are "totally untrue." There isn't any timetable on when, or if, Ramirez could sign with a team.

MLB Trade Rumors

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NBA: Mike D'Antoni: Analysts aren't keeping up with changing game


06:27 AM ET 04.19 | The Lakers have yet to announce any coaching change. Mike D'Antoni could be back, despite a general lack of fan support. As far as public opinion, the Lakers coach pointed at television analysts as part of the issue. "I do think that the game is changing and has changed," said D'Antoni. "Some of the hard part of coaching is to be able to drag people over to the next side. People are comfortable doing business a certain way. When that business kind of shifts, to get people to change is not easy." "The problem is most people commenting on it, played a different way. And now you're shaping opinion a different way," he continued. "As soon as they embrace it a little bit more, I think they're better off. But basketball has changed. It's not the same basketball that your father played. It's just not it. Teams that adapt to it quicker are going to be more successful."

Los Angeles Times

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NHL: Joel Quenneville's Midnight Hawk favored to win Illinois Derby


05:57 AM ET 04.19 | Joel Quenneville will step off the Blackhawks' team charter Saturday night and meet his fellow Midnight Hawk owners for dinner. The coach hopes to celebrate two victories -- a road triumph by his Blackhawks over the Blues in Game 2 of their playoff series, and a win by Midnight Hawk in the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday afternoon. "Like Joel said, 'There'd be nothing like that Daily Double,' " co-owner Mike Tice said. The 3-year-old is the morning-line favorite among eight horses in the Grade III, $500,000 Derby, which spans 1-1/8 miles. Tice, who befriended Quenneville as a Bears assistant from 2010 to '12, is part of the ownership group that also includes Hawks assistant Mike Kitchen and Kentucky Derby-winning breeder Mike Pegram.

Chicago Sun Times

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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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