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February 26, 2010 | Sam Farmer
There are more coveted offensive tackles in this NFL draft class, but none with a more compelling story than California's Mike Tepper. By Tepper's count, he told the story 40 times Thursday, the first day of the scouting combine. Most intrigued were NFL team doctors, who snapped to attention when he explained the surgery scars on his lower right leg. "When you do these medical exams downstairs with five or six doctors, they hear you broke your leg and say, 'How'd it happen?
February 24, 2010 | Sam Farmer
The No. 1 question heading into this week's NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis is just that -- the No. 1 question. Who will emerge from the combine with the inside track on becoming the top pick in April's draft? Defense is likely to dominate the top of this draft (April 22-24), and the next step in the evaluation process begins Thursday when coaches, scouts and general managers gather at Lucas Oil Stadium to test players. The three top players heading into the combine come from that side of the ball: defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska and Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma, and safety Eric Berry of Tennessee.
June 26, 2009 | David Wharton
Not that DeMar DeRozan is an expert on the city of Toronto, but a recent visit left him impressed. "I was up there about a day and a half, great town, ate, saw the city and it was beautiful," he said. "It reminded me of a mini-New York." Now he'll get a chance to know it a lot better.
June 26, 2009 | HELENE ELLIOTT
With today's NHL entry draft hours away, the Kings were holding on to the fifth pick, the Ducks' plans were on hold while Scott Niedermayer decided his future, and New York Islanders fans held on to hope their downtrodden team could rebuild around consensus No. 1 pick John Tavares. Tavares, a prolific center from the Ontario Hockey League, has long been projected as the top choice in this year's draft, which begins today in Montreal and continues Saturday with the second through seventh rounds.
June 25, 2009 | Broderick Turner
The Lakers just won the NBA championship with a deep, young and talented team that could remain that way if they sign their three free agents. The Lakers also have three picks in today's NBA draft, but the players available are not likely to make their roster next season, so they'd rather make a deal to have the money available to sign Lamar Odom, Trevor Ariza and Shannon Brown, who become unrestricted free agents next month.
June 25, 2009 | MARK HEISLER
Remember the NBA draft of 2009 . . . as in "What draft?" On the eve of the event, the ground trembled under the NBA amid reports from myriad sources that the Phoenix Suns are close to a deal with the Cavaliers, sending Shaquille O'Neal to Cleveland. If the deal is done today, it will be remembered as the day the Clippers got Blake Griffin (that's nice) and the Cavaliers got Shaquille O'Neal (HOLY MT. OLYMPUS, SHAQ AND LEBRON JAMES TOGETHER!).
June 25, 2009 | Lisa Dillman
Jimmy Fallon executed a neat spin move in the bustling hallway outside the various green rooms at his show at NBC and looked up at the future of a basketball franchise. "Oh my God, you're the tallest dude," Fallon said, craning his head to see Blake Griffin. That established, he moved on to another physical point. They compared the size of their hands, at Fallon's request.
June 18, 2009 | MICHAEL HILTZIK
In the great circle of life known as the professional sports league calendar, we're about to follow up the crowning of the NBA champions with the ritual of the NBA draft.
May 19, 2009 | Lisa Dillman
Mike Dunleavy, the Clippers' general manager and coach, settled into his seat to watch a potential Clipper of the future. Good passer, he thought. Dunleavy also liked the way the player shot during the pre-game warmups. Then, Ricky Rubio got hurt. Twelve minutes in. Wait a minute. Isn't the Clippers curse supposed to hit players after they get drafted by the organization, not beforehand? And so much for Dunleavy's long scouting mission to Spain to check out 18-year-old Rubio.
April 27, 2009 | SAM FARMER
It was an NFL draft of traders and Raiders. It was a weekend of easy street (first-round picks are projected to receive a guaranteed $400 million), Madison Avenue (has Mark Sanchez mentioned he loves New York?) and tackle Michael Oher, the road (grader) not taken. Actually, Oher was taken -- selected 23rd by the Baltimore Ravens -- but it was a lot later than he had hoped. Many people expected him to be a top-10 pick.
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