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NFL: Texans may take Clowney ... for someone else


07:30 AM ET 04.23 | As of today, Houston, you are on the clock. [The Texans] hold the best card in the 2014 NFL Draft with the No. 1 overall pick, but according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, the club just might want to play a different hand. As in, trading down with a team with a bad case of Jadeveon Clowney Fever. Brandt conducted a Q&A with fans on his Twitter feed Tuesday, and had this to say about the possibility: "Good chance #Texans move down. Trade similar to Giants-Chargers trade, preaarnged to take Clowney for some other team." ... Given Houston's need at the quarterback position, a trade down could give the club one of the draft's top quarterbacks later in the first round, plus additional picks to strengthen a roster that could also use help at the linebacker and right tackle positions.

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NCAAB: Missouri considering UTEP's Floyd


07:41 AM ET 04.23 | With many eyes on Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall, the list of possibilities may be growing. UTEP's Tim Floyd has emerged as a strong candidate for the Missouri opening, a source close to the situation told ESPN. Floyd, 60, has spent the past four seasons with the Miners and has a team that is expected to compete for the Conference USA title next season. Floyd also spent four seasons at USC and led the Trojans to three NCAA tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 in 2007. Floyd was also the coach of the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets in the NBA. ESPN's Andy Katz previously reported that Central Missouri coach Kim Anderson, a Missouri alum, was also in the mix to replace Frank Haith -- who left last week for Tulsa.

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MLB: D-Backs playing to lose bosses' jobs


07:36 AM ET 04.23 | These Arizona Diamondbacks were supposed to be different -- they were supposed to lead the league in true grit. The swashbuckling leadership team of Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson wanted their guys to play hard, drill opposing hitters when necessary and teach Yasiel Puig a few lessons in major league decorum. Now they have the worst record in baseball, 5-18. With a 9-2 loss to the nearly-as-woeful Cubs on Tuesday, Arizona dropped to 1-4 on a road trip that could determine the fates of Towers and/or Gibson. And if the Diamondbacks are resolved to save their bosses' jobs, they aren't playing -- or even talking -- like it. ... [Eric Chavez] said the team didn't hold a meeting after the loss Tuesday. "Can't," he said. "We've had so many meetings. Talk is really cheap at this point."

FOX Sports

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NBA: Love's deal clouds T-Wolves' hiring


07:33 AM ET 04.23 | Flip Saunders, a former coach himself, knows how coveted an NBA post can be, and he's now into the process of trying to fill the opening left by Rick Adelman's retirement. Hanging over the process is Kevin Love's uncertain future in Minnesota. Love can opt out of his contract after next season. The possibility of losing the face of the franchise, one of the best power forwards in the game and a relentless worker who has improved every summer could give some coaches pause when considering Minnesota. ... [Saunders] also coached in Detroit and Washington, and many believe he would like to return to the bench with the Wolves. "I'm not going to answer that," Saunders said when asked if he could do both jobs. "You never know."

Star Tribune

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NHL: Philly's latest mess


07:45 AM ET 04.23 | The protocol this time of year is to remain mum about the health of Steve Mason and the nature of his "upper-body injury," which doesn't help matters much as the Flyers are backed closer to the wall for Game 4. If Mason is completely healthy, he should start. This is not about his being a savior, stepping back into the lineup, and playing as if he were superhuman to rescue the Flyers in this series. This is about a course of action that only makes sense. Mason is the team's No. 1 goaltender. He was better than [Ray Emery] this season by every measure. In fact, if Mason really is completely healthy -- and [Craig Berube] said less than two hours before Game 3 that he was -- then he should have started Tuesday night. These are the playoffs. You play your best players when they are able to play.

Philadelphia Inquirer

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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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