Not So Shocking
As should be no surprise, Wichita State won the Missouri Valley tournament. Now it will enter the NCAA tourney undefeated. Should the Shockers get the No. 1 overall seed? How will they fare? Vote! »Scott Kane/USA TODAY Sports
For a long time, Johan Santana was perhaps the finest pitcher in baseball -- he led the majors in total ERA and strikeouts from 2004 to 2010 and was a threat to win the Cy Young Award every year. Injuries and age caught up with him, however, and he missed the entire 2013 season with a shoulder injury. Santana is attempting to make a comeback with the Orioles, signing a minor league deal with the team after the Mets bought out his contract in the offseason. Santana still could be a force if he's healthy -- he threw a no-hitter with the Mets in 2012 -- but relying on a pitcher to be 100 percent rarely works out well for anyone.
Points after touchdown are generally pretty easy to get. Save for the occasional botched snap or slippery patch of grass, they're pretty much automatic. The NFL competition committee seems to see this as a problem, as it is in preliminary talks to dramatically increase the length of PATs. Currently, teams take PATs from the 2-yard line, but the committee is looking to place them on the 25-yard line. Kickers are against the idea, but something like that would mean a lot more drama after a game-tying touchdown in the final minutes, as what used to be a given will suddenly become that much more difficult.
We might have ourselves an NBA MVP race after all. Long considered a firm second behind the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, LeBron James poured in a career-high and Miami Heat-record 61 points on Monday night against the Charlotte Bobcats -- Miami's eighth straight win. James still trails Durant in scoring and player efficiency rating, but the Heat (43-14) now sit above the Thunder (45-15) in the overall standings. Who gets your vote today? Who will win it in the end?
An NBA player attending a friend and former teammate's jersey retirement ceremony isn't often news, but it sure would be if LeBron James -- as he hopes -- were to join the Cleveland Cavaliers in celebrating Zydrunas Ilgauskas this weekend. James, who spent eight seasons as Z's teammate (seven in Cleveland, one with the Miami Heat), calls the Cavs' career games played and rebounding leader "a dear friend" and hopes his presence wouldn't distract from the big man's No. 11 being raised to the rafters. But James' history with Northern Ohio needs little explanation â?¦