At some point, the Packers will make quarterback Aaron Rodgers the highest-paid player in NFL history -- how soon is the question. [Recently], new details have emerged to illustrate just how close the two parties are to a deal. According to sources informed of the progress in the negotiations, the sides are roughly $2 million per year apart on their offers. The Packers' current contract offer is believed to average slightly more than $21 million per year, sources say, meaning Rodgers is a sure bet either way to eclipse the $20.6 million per year the Baltimore Ravens recently agreed to pay Joe Flacco. The two sides are also still haggling over how much money will come to Rodgers in the next two seasons. (NFL.com) Comment
How much more Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has in him remains to be determined. [Kobe Bryant], saying he does not want uncertainty over his future to drag through 2013-14 and with the possibility of being offered an extension this offseason, will "in all likelihood" make a decision in the summer over whether to retire after one more season. While re-affirming that he is leaning toward walking away after an 18th campaign, Bryant made it clear in an interview with NBA.com he expects to make a call before reporting to training camp and probably even long before that. ... "I'll talk to my family and stuff and really see if I want to continue to sacrifice as much as I'm sacrificing right now." ... Is your sense that next season will be your last? "As I sit here right now, yeah." (NBA.com) Comment
In a wide-ranging Q&A, Bobby Valentine talked about managing again and his early season comments about Kevin Youkilis, but saved some harsh remarks for the Boston media. "All the Boston ever wanted to do is prove that they were a tougher media than New York. And I don't paint everyone with the same brush, I think some of those guys are absolutely terrific people. And a good group of 'em are absolute horses a---- who are unprofessional, lazy and should not be in the business up here, in my opinion. I had one guy never talk to me the whole year because he said to me he didn't like the answer I gave him in spring training. He covered my team the whole year! I think the New York media knows more about baseball." (New York Post) Comment
Kevin Ware's teammates hoisted his jersey as they celebrated their Midwest Regional win over Duke. (David E. Klutho/SI)
Pistons rookie Andre Drummond airballs not one, but two free throws.