13) Looks like Denver Broncos are going to trade QB Case Keenum to the Redskins, which would put Keenum on his 4th NFL team in four years. Washington needs a QB because of Alex Smith’s broken leg. Keenum is expendable in Denver because they traded for Joe Flacco.
12) When NFL free agency starts next week, Indianapolis Colts will have the most cap room ($106.7M), followed by the Jets ($101.5M).
11) Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs are the only two Hall of Fame coaches from the Super Bowl era who didn’t coach a Hall of Fame QB. Technically, Tony Dungy didn’t either, but only because Peyton Manning isn’t eligible yet. Obviously, Manning is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
10) Oakland Raiders had only 13 sacks last year, least in NFL; next lowest were Giants/Patriots, with 30 sacks each. Chiefs/Steelers led the league, with 52.
9) Los Angeles Lakers mentioned something Thursday about scaling back Lebron James’ minutes over their last 17 games, seeing how they’re just about out of the playoff race.
8) Basketball budgets in the A-14:
1. Dayton $7.25M
2. Saint Louis $6.9M
3. VCU $6.15M
4. Rhode Island $5.45M
5. Duquesne $5.2M
6. Richmond $4.75M
7. Fordham $4.55M
8. UMass $4.35
9. St Joe’s $4.2M
10. George Mason $4.0M
11. St Bonaventure $3.8M
12. Davidson $3.35M
13. La Salle $3.27M
14. George Washington $3.2M
7) Cal Poly fired basketball coach Joe Callero after 10 years at the school; Callero was 65-95 in Big West games at Cal Poly, 6-24 the last two years. Mustangs won Big West tourney five years ago, after going 6-10 in regular season.
6) Oakland beat Youngstown State 88-84 in the Horizon tourney Wednesday; Grizzlies were 32-45 on the foul line, Youngstown was 6-10. Yikes.
5) Saint Peter’s 71, Marist 68 OT— John Dunne coached Saint Peter’s for 12 years, then bolted Jersey City last spring to coach at Marist. In his first year with the Red Foxes, Dunne went 0-3 against his old players- Marist led this game by 10 at the half.
4) Oregon State’s basketball games the last eight days:
— Feb 28, lost 74-72 at home to Arizona; led by 4 with 4:34 left.
— March 3, lost 74-71 at home to Arizona State; led by 4 with 8:08 left.
— March 6, lost 81-76 in OT at first-place Washington; tough week.
3) UCF 58, Cincinnati 55— These teams are likely to meet in AAC semi-finals. Cincinnati is now 10-2 this season in games decided by 5 or fewer points. Tacko Fall’s mom was at this game, visiting from Senegal; it was first time she has seen her son in seven years.
2) California 64, Stanford 59— Cardinal were favored by 11.5 in this rivalry game, but came out and quickly fell behind 19-2 to a lousy Cal team. Stanford PG Davis didn’t play, but he didn’t play in their last game either, when they damn near beat first-place Washington.
1) Easy to say spring training baseball doesn’t mean much, but Dodgers’ OF Joc Pederson went 1-21 in spring games, so he went and played in a “B” game to get some extra at-bats.