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NFL: Geno insists he'll beat out Vick

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07:32 AM ET 04.22 | Though he may not have thrown a 2014 pass in earnest, Geno Smith has come out firing. The second-year signal caller said Monday he expects to beat Michael Vick out in the team's latest edition of a quarterback competition. Smith simply said, "Yes," when asked if he still expects to be the team's starter. He then gave his explanation why. "My belief in myself," Smith said. "Knowing that I'm going to take every action possible to get better and to come into this season a better player; having a second year in [offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's] system and with [quarterbacks] coach David Lee and with Rex [Ryan] as the head coach is going to do wonders for not just myself but everyone on the offense. A lot of it is going to come down to production on the field."

New York Post

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NCAAF: Strong: No title for Texas this season

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07:44 AM ET 04.22 | The Comin' On Strong bus tour rolled into Joe T. Garcia's on Monday, and football coach Charlie Strong made quite an impression. The bus, a huge inflatable Bevo mascot and the real four-legged man himself were all parked outside as Longhorns fans trickled in to meet [Strong]. The thing about Joe T.'s is that there's no menu. "How do you know what to order?," Strong asked. You get either fajitas or enchiladas. But on this night, truth was served with margaritas and beer. "We have everything available, and I don't know why we can't be successful," Strong said. "There's no reason for us not to be. Now, I can't tell you how soon it's going to be. Don't hold me to that. Don't say, 'Ooh, coach said next year we'll be in the national ...' We will not be in the national championship game."

Austin American-Statesman

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MLB: Lee on the Yankees' radar (Burnett, too)

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07:41 AM ET 04.22 | Coming out of the weekend, the Yankees enjoyed a day off Monday, which isn't to say things weren't happening at the executive level. Four years ago, the Yankees passed on trading for Seattle's Cliff Lee in part because the Mariners wanted Nova in a return package. Could Lee now replace Nova? OK, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Yet with 19 games down, we can assert this: The loss of Nova to a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, making season-ending Tommy John surgery a strong possibility, goes down as the most serious injury to date in this 2014 Yankees season. ... Other possible trade targets include Cleveland's Justin Masterson, the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija, Arizona's Bronson Arroyo and (yikes) Lee's Phillies teammate A.J. Burnett.

New York Post

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NBA: Woodson's next job

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07:38 AM ET 04.22 | Just how quickly, and where, will Mike Woodson land on his feet? Last time [Woodson] got dismissed as head coach, by Atlanta, he was unable to immediately land another head job. He instead joined the Knicks as Mike D'Antoni's defensive assistant for the 2012 lockout season, getting promoted to the head job when D'Antoni resigned with 24 games left in the season. While Woodson could take next season off as he's due $3.4 million on the final year of his contract, he may investigate current vacancies, specifically the one in Detroit. According to a source, before taking the job with D'Antoni, Woodson finished runner-up to Lawrence Frank during the Pistons' coaching search in 2011-12. Woodson won a title on Larry Brown's Detroit staff in 2004 and his .580 winning percentage in New York is a selling point.

New York Post

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NHL: Rangers pegged as unsportsmanlike divers

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07:48 AM ET 04.22 | The Rangers are now stuck with a mark on their record, and they're none too pleased. During Sunday afternoon's 4-2 loss to the Flyers in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series, the Blueshirts were called for two embellishment penalties, just the second time in league history a team has been called for more than one in the same game. Trying to rid themselves of the reputation as divers, they rebuked both calls after Monday's optional practice as they prepared for Game 3 in Philadelphia on Tuesday. "I'm not sure if [the referees] changed their mind after [the Flyers] started yelling," said Derek Dorsett, who was called for the second dive 11:41 into the second period when he was cross-checked from behind by Wayne Simmonds. ... "I watched the one replay, and I don't think there was any embellishment."

New York Post

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MMA: UFC 171 weigh-ins set for March 14

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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.

FanSided.com

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Golf: Tiger Woods might make rare Texas start

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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

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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 FOXSports.com 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

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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

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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.

FanSided.com

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