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A report surfaced last week that the Cleveland Browns proposed a trade with the San Francisco 49ers that would have brought 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to Cleveland. Harbaugh reportedly vetoed the idea when he found out that his new roster would, indeed, include Browns players.
Harbaugh refused to relent, even after the Browns offered a lifetime supply of $8 khakis.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 on Sunday to give NASCAR the kind of season-opening publicity blitz the sport could really use. There was no bigger sports story Sunday, even with competition such as Canada playing Sweden in Olympic hockey, Teddy Bridgewater not running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and baseball players jogging at spring training.
When questioned by the media at the Combine, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel couldn't come up with the name or title of the college counselor who met with him to help with some behavioral issues. It was a bit awkward, but in the future he plans to pay someone to remember stuff like that.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick made a rare appearance with the media at the Combine. The highlight came when Belichick refused to reveal the job title given to newly hired Michael Lombardi, saying the team had already released it. Translation: “Do I look like Google to you?”
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke irritated Australian officials with his less-than-enthusiastic opinion on opening the season in Sydney. “I can't think of one reason to be excited about it,” Greinke said. Apparently he doesn't know you can watch a good five movies on the 15-hour flight.
LeBron James missed the Miami Heat game Sunday because of a broken nose. I'm not sure of the details, but I assume it happened while he was trying to chisel his face for Mount Rushmore.