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oma Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford throws a pass against the Florida Gators during the second quarter in the NCAA's BCS National Championship football game in Miami, January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CARLOS BARRIA)
oma Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford throws a pass against the Florida Gators during the second quarter in the NCAA's BCS National Championship football game in Miami, January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CARLOS BARRIA)

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After months of seemingly endless prognostication and mock drafts, the Mel Kipers of this world can fade into the background once again on Thursday night, as the NFL hosts its annual entry draft in New York City. Former Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford looks odds on to go to the St. Louis Rams with the first overall pick, though that could all change in the next three days, with the Cleveland Browns possibly looking for a quarterback.



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Old friends will lock horns once again - Icelandic volcano ash permitting - tomorrow as Inter Milan and Barcelona meet for the third time this season. Inter's Samuel Eto'o and coach Jose Mourinho will have the "pleasure" of hosting their former team at the San Siro, while for Barca striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic it will be a walk down memory lane, having helped the Nerazzurri capture three straight Italian championships prior to this season.



Homecoming Habs tear up form book





Having defied expectation - and a little bit of logic - in coming home from Washington with a split in the series, the Montreal Canadiens will rely on a fever-pitch crowd at the Bell Centre tonight as they attempt to take the upper hand once again. Nicklas Backstrom's Saturday night hat trick averted near-disaster for the Capitals, who will need to play better defence for the rest of the series and justify their No. 1 seeding.





Wells cementing place in Jays history





Though the three-game sweep by the Los Angeles Angels has brought Toronto down to earth with a bump, Vernon Wells's ascension through the Blue Jays career list can't be so easily derailed. Two shy of 200 home runs for his career, the centre fielder needs just four more to tie George Bell for third on the career list with 202, and his sixth home run of the season last Friday gave him 736 runs batted in, pulling him level with Joe Carter for third all-time.

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