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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Female kicker comes up short at NFL combine

03.04.13 at 8:05 am ET

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‘™¦ Things did not go well Sunday for the first female to participate in an NFL regional combine tryout. Lauren Silberman came up embarrassingly short on two kickoffs before seeking medical assistance and then leaving in tears.

The 28-year-old Silberman, who said she is a former University of Wisconsin club soccer player, kicked the ball about 19 yards on her first try and a few yards less on her next.

Silberman did not take any warmup kicks before the event, which featured 38 kicking prospects hoping to attract the attention of an NFL team. She later explained that she injured her quadriceps earlier in the week and was hoping she could kick through it.

“I suffered a quad injury. I tried staying off it and waited for today. I didn’€™t even take kicks in warmup,” she said, according to New York’s CBS TV affiliate. ‘€œIt’€™s pretty hard to know that you’€™d be in pain and wanted to work through it, and I certainly tried to, but I couldn’€™t do it today.”

Added Silberman: “I tried to work through the pain. The distance wasn’€™t there, but hopefully the scouts noticed my form.”

Silberman was not evaluated prior to the workout, signing up by paying a a $275 fee. She added to speculation that she was an unqualified publicity-seeker by being evasive when asked how far she kicked the ball in practices. “It’s hard to tell,” she said.

NFL regional combine director Stephen Austin offered no verification of Silberman’s ability.

“Our job is to evaluate talent and leave no stone unturned,” he said. “Until they get here, we don’t have any idea of how any of them are going to perform.”

‘™¦ LeBron James said Sunday that he’s considering an offer of $1 million by Magic Johnson to participate in the dunk contest during All-Star Weekend.

“I don’t have a response yet,” James told ESPN’s Lisa Salter, adding: “Tell [Johnson] I’ll get back to him.”

James has never taken part in the dunk contest, although he said Sunday, “I think about it every year.” He recently received some criticism for saving his highlight-reel dunks for pregame warmups and said he considered changing his warmup routine because of it. However, he decided to continue it.

‘™¦ Following a tweet from Randy Moss on Saturday night, there is speculation that the receiver will not return to the 49ers.

Tweeted Moss: Wished we could’ve finished the job!!thanks for the opportunity an good luck in the future 9ers.

Moss, 36, ended his brief retirement in 2012 and recorded 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns in helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl. He caught two passes for 41 yards in the Super Bowl loss to the Ravens.

The onetime Patriot has 982 catches for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns in his 14-year career.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 4, 1984, which standout Red Sox catcher from the 1930s was chosen for the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There was a lot of embellishment. That was embarrassing tonight. They have over 100 power plays and we all know why watching tonight. The embellishing is embarrassing for our game.” — Bruins coach Claude Julien, on the Canadiens after Sunday’s 4-3 B’s loss

STAT OF THE DAY: 22 — Games without a regulation loss for the Blackhawks, following Sunday’s 2-1 shootout victory over the Red Wings

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): We’ve got three memorable high school basketball buzzer-beaters. First, in the New York Section 1 Class AA championship game on Sunday, New Rochelle inbounds the ball with 2.9 seconds left, trailing by two points. A Mount Vernon defender steals the ball and throws it in the air, attempting to run out the clock. But New Rochelle’s Khalil Edney alertly grabs the ball and throws up a three-quarter-court heave that goes in for a 61-60 victory.

Second, in an Indiana sectional semifinal, McCutcheon beats Logansport, 56-53, on Tre’Shone Heard‘s full-court heave at the buzzer.

Third, in Oklahoma, Victory Christian get the win as Emmanuel Adesokan take a fullcourt pass from Keats Calhoon with 0.6 seconds left and hits an off-balance shot at the buzzer.

From an NBA D-League game, 6-foot-4 Chris Roberts of the Austin Toros dunks on 7-foot-5 Will Foster of the Sioux Falls Skyforce.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Chris Rea was born on this day in 1951.

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