Many NFL players weren't even born the last time the Giants last used their first-round pick on a linebacker. On Thursday night, that may begin to change. There are many people in the NFL who seem certain that the Giants will take a linebacker in the first round of the draft, 19th overall. If they do, it would be the first time they use their first-round pick on a player at that position since they took Carl Banks third overall way back in 1984. ... This year they should have a shot at several highly rated linebackers, including Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and Georgia's Alec Ogletree. Georgia's Jarvis Jones has an outside chance of sliding to 19. (New York Daily News) Comment
Jeremy Lin knew immediately something was wrong, but he insisted to trainer Keith Jones and Kevin McHale he could play. Moments later, just as the ball was about to be inbounded for the second half, he was done for the night, knocked out by a bruised chest muscle. X-rays were negative, and he is hopeful that he can return on Saturday for Game 3 against the Thunder, but as with his planned return on Wednesday, he knew it was too soon to say. "This is easily the most frustrating thing that's happened this entire season," Lin said. ... "I tried to run out of the tunnel and couldn't really run. When I did, it would go crazy. We're supposed to just see what happens [Thursday]." (Houston Chronicle) Comment
While Jay-Z probably wasn't intending to build his sports empire around a young hockey player, landing him would no doubt be a coup. The next target for Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports banner is potential No. 1 NHL draft pick Seth Jones, according to sources. The son of Nets assistant coach and former Nuggets player Popeye Jones is already repped by CAA, Roc Nation's partner. But sources said Jay-Z's organization wants to strike a deal to be involved in the star's marketing and branding, reports The Post's Kirsten Fleming. Jones would then benefit from both sides of the CAA and Roc Nation partnership. "When Seth comes to the NHL draft [in Newark, NJ] in June, his family, agents at CAA and Roc Nation are going to have a powwow to see if he'll sign with them," a source said. (New York Post) Comment
If this was the scene in the Borussia Dortmund crowd before its 4-1 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday, just imagine the scene after. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)
Home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck gets rung up by a pitch that gets by the batter and the catcher.