Perhaps it's best the Knicks are now overseas, though by the end of the week they will return with a number of questions facing them. With Garden boss James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan lurking around every corner, the potential for a Knicks soap opera, and a walk on the dysfunctional side, is just a moment away. ... The soft breeze of controversy stirring around the Knickerbockers reportedly turned into an ill wind when Dolan decided Carmelo Anthony is in need of a sound check. According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Dolan ordered two techies to hold courtside parabolic microphones Friday night (Bulls-Knicks) to pass Melo's chatter to a truck containing a recording device. (New York Daily News) Comment
After swinging and missing on a few occasions, the Eagles may finally have their man. The possibility that the Eagles' search for a head coach is near an end seemed to be growing Monday night when the Eagles confirmed a second interview Tuesday with Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, this one presumably in Philadelphia. Many people around the league, including some players, believe Bradley will be the Eagles' choice to succeed Andy Reid. As far as we know, he would be the first candidate to meet with Eagles officials a second time. Bradley is 46 and has been with Seattle since 2009. He came to the NFL as a Tampa Bay assistant in 2006 after spending the bulk of his coaching career as an assistant at North Dakota State. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment
The Nationals would like to see Stephen Strasburg pitch 200 innings next season following a year in which Washington's ace was shut down at just under 160 and missed the postseason. In an interview with USA TODAY Sports, Bob Boone, the Nationals' vice president of player development, was asked to elaborate on manager Davey Johnson's comment in December that he has "no restrictions" for next season. "To say there's no restrictions really means, 'Hey, we'd like him to pitch 200 innings,' " Boone said. "But, you're not gonna say no restrictions like you might have on Steve Carlton, who would throw 320 innings. You're not gonna do that. There's always restrictions, but the meaning is, 'We're not gonna shut him down after 160 innings.'" (USA Today Sports) Comment
Spectators find some shade in the summer heat while watching the first round at the Australian Open. (Aaron Favila/AP)
Orlando's Ish Smith jumped over John Wall Monday night in Washington, yet still was able to block Wall's shot.