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Concern For LeBron?
Cavaliers forward LeBron James and his bum elbow underwent further evaluation. After looking at his elbow, X-rays and an MRI, doctors decided LeBron has a strain of his right elbow and a bone bruise of his olecranon. He will undergo daily treatments and rehab. Another MRI will be performed next week. It is not anticipated that he would miss any playing time.
Good news for the Nuggets ... Center Nene hyperextended his left knee and didn't tear his ACL as feared. Nene went down, Wednesday night, in the Denver's Game 5 win over the Jazz. An MRI Thursday revealed no ligament or meniscus damage in his sprained knee. However, Nene didn't make the team's trip to Salt Lake City for Friday's Game 6 ... But if the Nuggets win, there's a possibility he could return Sunday night back in Denver.
Woods Struggles In First Round Of Quail Hollow
This is more of what we might have expected from Tiger Woods after nearly five months away from tournament golf. Wayward drives, inconsistent irons, shaky putting -- all of that was apparent Thursday during the opening round of the Quail Hollow Championship, Woods' second tournament of the year.
After the jump ... Kevin Kolb gets an extension, Cliff Lee get's first start, the NBA names their rookie of the year, the Redskins sign 2 receivers, Walter Jones retires and, it's official, the NCAA tournament goes to 68 teams.
Eagles' QB Kolb Gets 1-Year Contract Extension
The Philadelphia Eagles have given quarterback Kevin Kolb another vote of confidence, extending his contract by one year. The deal is worth $12.26 million, all of it guaranteed, over the next two seasons. Kolb will receive a signing bonus of $10.7 million, a source close to the player told ESPN's Matt Mosley.
Cliff Lee To Debut For Mariners
The big off-season acquisition for the Seattle Mariners is finally ready to lace up the cleats for his new team. Starting pitcher Cliff Lee will come off the 15-Day DL and pitch for the Mariners, Friday night at Safeco Field. Lee was traded to the Mariners as part of the three-team deal that brought Roy Halladay to the Phillies. His last start on the mound came in Game 5 of the World Series in which he helped the Phillies beat the New York Yankees.
NBA's Top Rookie
As expected, Sacramento's Tyreke Evans has been named Rookie of the Year in the NBA. He became just the 4th player to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in his first season, joining LeBron, MJ, and the "Big O", Oscar Robertson. Good news for the Kings ... those 3 all went on to win at least 1 MVP ... and MJ and Oscar are, of course, in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Evans was the fourth pick in last year's NBA draft after spending one season at the University of Memphis.
Doug Collins Talking In Philly?
The 76ers are likely to reach out to potential-coaching candidates this week, including TNT's Doug Collins, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Team president and GM Ed Stefanski contacted John Langel, Collin's agent, to gauge any possible interest in the job Wednesday, according to an NBA source. Eddie Jordan was fired as the team's coach April 15. Collins, 58, has coached three NBA teams during his career, and played for the Sixers from 1973-81.
Redskins Sign WRs Joey Galloway and Bobby Wade
The Washington Redskins signed two new receivers, and neither has the initials T.O. The team signed a one-year deal with Joey Galloway Wednesday, a league source told ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Galloway, 38, played for the Patriots and Steelers last year, and will be competing for a roster spot for what would be his 16th NFL season. The team also signed 29-year-old WR Bobby Wade, who spent last season with the Chiefs.
Seahawks' Four-Time All-Pro Tackle Walter Jones Retires
Seattle's "Big Walt" is finally saying goodbye. 36-year-old Walter Jones has retired after 13 years in which he became the standard to which all left tackles aspired -- and most defensive linemen succumbed. The Seahawks are immediately retiring Jones' #71 jersey.
Tourney Expanding To 68
It's official ... the men's NCAA basketball tournament will expand to 68 teams. The NCAA's Board of Directors has approved the move that will begin next season. It's the first expansion since 2001 when the tourney went from 64 to 65 teams. How the new format will work will likely be determined when the men's basketball issues committee meets this summer. It is believed the tourney will include four play-in games, instead of the one that is now in use.
Hart Trophy Nominees
Although he was just bounced from the playoffs, the Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin joins Sidney Crosby, and the NHL's leading point scorer, Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks as finalists for the NHL's Hart Trophy. Sedin led the league with 112 points during the regular season for the Canucks. The award that recognizes the regular-season's MVP will be announced June 23rd in Las Vegas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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