Is the clock ticking on Philip Rivers? U-T columnist Kevin Acee created headlines this week, and not only in San Diego. "No one will say it," Acee told the NFL Network, "but I think that 2013 is the final audition of Philip Rivers." NFL.com followed with a story: "Philip Rivers facing last shot with the San Diego Chargers?" ESPN spun off a similar piece. Rivers has been quarterbacking the Chargers for so long, it's odd to think he'd be doing something else as soon as 2014. Only 31, he's not missed a start since opening the 2006 season behind center. I expect Rivers to be quarterbacking the Chargers after this year. But I think Acee is right that it's an urgent time, for Rivers and the team. (U-T San Diego) Comment
It wasn't long ago -- last week, in fact -- that Ray Emery was telling everyone that Corey Crawford was the No. 1 guy in Chicago and he was playing the role of a No. 2. But after earning his second shutout in his last three outings Saturday afternoon, Emery again got the start Sunday. ... [Joel Quenneville] hinted last week that Crawford was his No. 1 guy, citing the fact that he's played more games (23 to Emery's 17). But he's been reluctant to flat-out anoint anyone. ... And asked for the umpteenth time this season if he'd be open to playing both goalies in the playoffs, Quenneville again demurred. "You never know," he said. "I don't want to say no. We'll see. I'm not worried about it right now." (Chicago Sun-Times) Comment
Given the opportunity, one of the Cavs' most important players declined. Asked whether he supports his embattled coach and would be disappointed if he were fired, Kyrie Irving said little about the topic before Sunday's game at The Q. "Until that time comes I'm not really worried about it," Irving said. "To even imagine that, I'm not going down that road. I'm focused on finishing the season with him and that's all that matters right now." It's believed [Byron Scott] still has the support of the Cavs' best player despite a brutal stretch. ... Irving often has credited the coach for helping him through a first season that culminated with Rookie of the Year honors. (The Plain-Dealer) Comment
Players from California and Louisville battle under the basket at the Women's Final Four in New Orleans. The Cardinals beat the Golden Bears to advance to Tuesday's final.
Seth Davis previews Monday's national championship game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Michigan Wolverines.