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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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Ryan Howard
Philadelphia Phillies star Ryan Howard has plenty of reasons to smile today.

ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney says Ryan Howard has locked his career in Philadelphia because the size of his new contract makes him almost untradeable. Buster Olney senior MLB writer Jayson Stark says he never thought the Phillies would sign a player to a contract like Ryan Howard's new one. It is a risky move but one that the Phillies felt they needed to make to keep their team the way it is. Jayson Stark

ESPN's Dick Vitale talks about what Denver Nuggets coach George Karl is going through with cancer. Plus, Vitale weighs in on the NBA playoffs and Jimmy Clausen being drafted by the Carolina Panthers. Dick Vitale

ESPN NBA analyst Bruce Bowen says Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is always in foul trouble because he can not help but draw attention to himself. Plus, Bowen says the Nuggets would be the same even if coach George Karl were there. Bruce Bowen's Chris Forsberg says the Celtics are a threat to the big power teams of Cleveland and Orlando. The Celtics need to return to what they were doing in the first three games of the series with the Heat and shut down Dwyane Wade. Chris Forsberg's Nick Friedell says if the Bulls do not win the series with the Cavs, it will probably mark the end of Vinny Del Negro's time as coach in Chicago. Nick Friedell's Jeff Caplan says people fell in love with the Mavs before they had shown who they really were. There will most likely not be any big changes to their roster this summer and the core group will be back. Jeff Caplan