College Blog Blog Network

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Lamar Odom reportedly shows improvement in fight for life

10.15.15 at 7:55 am ET
By   |   Comments

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Mets at Dodgers, 8:07 p.m. (TBS)
NFL: Falcons at Saints, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Auburn at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Alabama State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Western Kentucky at North Texas, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: UCLA at Stanford, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Rockets at Warriors, 10 p.m. (TNT)


Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom

— Former NBA star Lamar Odom spent the night in a Las Vegas hospital fighting for his life, according to reports out of Nevada, and more information has emerged about what got him to that point.

Odom apparently told brothel employees that he used cocaine before his four-day stay at a legal Nevada brothel, and then took sexual enhancers while he was at the Love Ranch, where he was discovered unresponsive Tuesday afternoon.

One of Odom’s visitors at the hospital, Rev. Jesse Jackson, said Odom has improved while receiving treatment.

“Apparently from what the doctor said, he was much better off today than yesterday. He at least has some responsiveness now,” Jackson said Wednesday. “He’s got tubes in him now, but we felt inspired by his presence.”

Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Odom’s estranged wife, reality star Khloe Kardashian, were among those who visited Odom, while others around the league voiced their support for the troubled 35-year-old.

“I’m obviously hoping that he can pull through this, and that in some fortunate way this becomes the beginning of a different ending,” said Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who played alongside Odom on the Lakers.

— University of Florida defensive back Deiondre Porter was suspended indefinitely from the team after his arrest for allegedly holding a gun to his pregnant girlfriend’s head and later shooting in her direction because he thought she had an affair with one of his teammates.

Porter was arrested Wednesday and faces four felony charges, as well as property damage. Police said the incident occurred early in the morning of Sept. 29, but the woman did not report the incident until Monday.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Deiondre Porter, Lamar Odom, Steve Sarkisian,

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom found unresponsive at Nevada brothel

10.14.15 at 7:44 am ET
By   |   Comments

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Avalanche, 10 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Flyers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Hornets at Clippers, 8 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Spurs at Hawks, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA Finals: Fever at Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB playoffs: Rangers at Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: Astros at Royals, 8:07 p.m. (FS1)


Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom

— Former Lakers star Lamar Odom spent Tuesday night in a Las Vegas hospital after being found unresponsive at a legal Nevada brothel, authorities said.

Odom, who won NBA titles with the Lakers in 2009 and ’10 but crashed out of the league in 2013 — the same year his reality-star wife, Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce — checked into Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, on Saturday, the facility’s owner told The Associated Press.

“He just wanted to get away, have a good time and relax,” Dennis Hof said.

Hof said Odom was discovered face down and unconscious on Tuesday afternoon. When turned on his side, Odom threw up. Hof said Odom had taken excessive amounts of herbal Viagra and drunk part of a bottle of Cognac, but no one saw him use any drugs.

Current and former Lakers expressed their concern for Odom upon learning of his illness.

“Obviously, our hearts and our thoughts and our prayers are with Lamar and his family,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said before Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Kings. “It’s obviously something that you don’t want to hear before the game because I think the people that knew about it, we were all thinking about it. . . . I obviously feel for him and hope that he’ll be OK.”

Said a distraught Metta Word Peace: “I don’t even know what to say. There’s not one word that I can say right now that’s going to make sense. I don’t know what to say right now.”

Odom played one season at Rhode Island before being drafted fourth overall by the Clippers in 1999. He was suspended during the 2000-01 season for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy for the second time in eight months.

— An autopsy revealed that former Giants safety Tyler Sash died from an “accidental mixed drug toxicity involving methadone and hydrocodone,” a medical examiner announced Tuesday.

Sash, who was a rookie on the Giants team that beat the Patriots in the 2012 Super Bowl, was found dead Sept. 8 at his Iowa home. The autopsy revealed the presence of the two powerful pain medications that are highly addictive.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Lamar Odom, Rick Pitino, Tyler Sash,

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL escapes another controversy when Steelers beat Chargers on final play

10.13.15 at 7:59 am ET
By   |   Comments

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Cubs, 4:37 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Dodgers at Mets, 8:07 p.m. (TBS)
NHL: Lightning at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Arkansas State at South Alabama, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Costa Rica at United States, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Euro qualifier, Czech Republic at Netherlands, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Euro qualifier, Norway at Italy, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Had Monday’s clock controversy happened at Gillette Stadium, it would be added to the long list of accusations of cheating by the Patriots. Because it happened in San Diego, and because the Steelers managed to score the game-winning touchdown with no time remaining, it undoubtedly will go as a footnote and something blamed on the game officials.

In case you missed it, following a go-ahead 54-yard field goal by the Chargers, Pittsburgh received a kickoff with 2:56 remaining and the ball went out of the back of the end zone for a touchback. However, while the players jogged on and off the field, the game clock kept running. For 18 seconds. And no one on the field noticed — not the players nor the coaches nor the officials nor the ESPN announcers.

Fortunately for the Steelers, Le’Veon Bell scored on a 1-yard run as time expired, giving Pittsburgh a 24-20 victory.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who was incensed when his communication headset malfunctioned in Foxboro in the opening game of the season, leading to him implying the Patriots were habitual cheaters, apparently was in a much more forgiving mood Monday night.

“Didn’t change the outcome of the game,” Tomlin said.

The NFL had no immediate comment, declining a request from ESPN to address the issue.

It’s the second straight Monday night game in which the game-day staff made a major error, following a blown call in the closing minutes of the Seahawks’ win over the Lions last week.

— Steve Sarkisian’s leave of absence from the USC football team lasted one day, as athletic director Pat Haden elected to fire the coach Monday.

“After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately,” Haden said in a statement.

“I want to add how proud I am of our coaching staff and players and the way they are responding to this difficult situation. Through all of this we remain concerned for Steve and hope that it will give him the opportunity to focus on his personal well-being.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Mike Tomlin, Pete Carroll, Steve Sarkisian, Will Grier

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Man shot in AT&T Stadium parking lot after Patriots-Cowboys game

10.12.15 at 7:32 am ET
By   |   Comments

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Lightning at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Panthers at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
MLB playoffs: Royals at Astros, 1:07 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: Blue Jays at Rangers, 4:07 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Cubs, 6:07 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Dodgers at Mets, 8:37 p.m. (TBS)
NFL: Steelers at Chargers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
Soccer: UEFA Euro qualifier, Montenegro at Russia, 11:50 a.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Euro qualifier, Spain at Ukraine, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


— A man was fighting for his life overnight in a Texas hospital after being shot in an AT&T Stadium parking lot following Sunday’s Patriots-Cowboys game.

According to reports out of Arlington, Texas, two officers were on their way to Lot 10 at about 8:20 p.m. local time after being alerted to a fight there. They hear a gunshot and discovered a man in his early 40s with life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a hospital and later flown by helicopter to a different hospital in Fort Worth.

The suspected shooter attempted to flee and injured his leg when he tripped over a retaining wall. He was taken to a hospital and changed with assault with a deadly weapon.

The incident happened about 90 minutes after the game ended, and while a Major League Baseball playoff game between the Rangers and Blue Jays was going on on the other side of the grounds.

“There were still a lot of people who were tailgating after the game,” Arlington police spokesman Christopher Cook said.

Witnesses told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the suspect — encouraged by others to shoot the victim — put a gun to the victim’s head, then let him walk away before shooting him.

“I didn’t think he was going to pull the trigger,” witness Lester Peters said.

Giants tight end Daniel Fells, already on the season-ending injured reserve list, reportedly is in danger of losing his foot due to a staph infection.

Fells has had five surgeries on the foot and is scheduled for more as doctors continue to fight the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in an effort to save his foot, according to an report. Fells has been in the hospital for more than a week, spending part of that time in intensive care.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Daniel Fells, Steve Sarkisian,

Thinking Out Loud: Louisville scandal another black mark for Rick Pitino

10.09.15 at 5:39 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Irving Fryar?

— The latest in a seemingly long line of sordid collegiate scandals has surrounded Louisville in a spirit of “What’s next?” Former Providence and Boston Celtics coach Rick Pitino is in the spotlight again, with the release of a book alleging one of his former players and staff members arranged for prostitutes to help in recruiting players. Wow. All I ever saw when I was in school 30-plus years ago was a bunch of guys getting free pizza and beer, and the drinking age was 18 then.

— I really don’t mean to have fun at someone’s expense like this, but in reality here, we all know the answer is somewhere in the middle. Pitino says he had no idea this was going on, but when coaches are held to a standard of responsibility by the NCAA — if not by their own institutions — over governing their program, it’s hard to feel much sympathy here. You’re paid an ever-growing amount of money to coach, manage, instruct (i.e. RUN) a team, and you don’t know something like this is going on? I have some swampland in Florida I’d like to sell you.

— Think Pitino will step down as coach? Think again. He said in a radio interview this week it would be “the cowardly way out.” And why would he, when a sex scandal and extortion case in 2009 couldn’t bring him down? The Cardinals claimed a national title just a couple of years ago. No, he won’t run from this, and if he’s truly unaware of the misdeeds of those beneath him, he’ll regroup. But recruiting will take a hit — and not just because there won’t be any more hookers at the next party, either. Former UL recruit JaQuan Lyle, now at Ohio State, allegedly confirmed much of the tale is true.

— Is that the sound of crickets I’m hearing coming from Celtics rookie and former Louisville guard Terry Rozier? There is a passage in the book that refers to a recruit from Cleveland named Terry (Rozier did attend high school in a Cleveland suburb), and Rozier told The Boston Globe from Milan, Italy, “When that time comes to answer that, I will.” So, when is that time, Terry? The timing of training in Europe seems a bit fortuitous.

Read the rest of this entry »

Friday’s Morning Mashup: Cowboys ban filming of practice with Patriots heading to town

10.09.15 at 8:01 am ET
By   |   Comments

Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Rangers at Blue Jays, 12:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB playoffs: Astros at Royals, 3:45 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Southern Miss. at Marshall, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: N.C. State at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA Finals: Lynx at Fever, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Euro qualifier, Spain vs. Luxembourg, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Deflategate finally is dying down, but Spygate appears to be making a comeback.

According to a report out of Dallas, the Cowboys — who normally allow reporters to film their offensive work during the parts of practices that are open to the media — banned anyone from filming Thursday’s session in advance of Sunday’s game against the visiting Patriots.

Tweeted Dallas Morning News writer Jon Machota: Cowboys usually don’t care what cameras film during the open portion of practice. But this week, no filming the offense.

The Patriots, of course, were heavily penalized in 2007 after it was determined they were filming opposing coaches during games despite being warned to stop. And there have been unsubstantiated rumors that they filmed a Rams practice prior to the Super Bowl in 2002.

Meanwhile, while the Cowboys continue to tweak the Patriots, they have their own issues to worry about — first and foremost, how to justify the presence of domestic abuser Greg Hardy.

Jennifer Staubach Gates, a member of the Dallas City Council and the daughter of team legend Roger Staubach, said she will struggle with rationalizing supporting someone like Hardy.

“I’ve grown up a Cowboys fan, and it’s hard not to continue to root for them, but there will be a lot of mixed emotions when he takes the field on Sunday,” she said in a radio interview (via the Dallas Morning News). “It will be difficult to cheer for someone who has been accused of what he’s been accused of.”

Gates chairs the city’s Domestic Violence Taskforce, and she said someone like Hardy can’t be viewed as a hero no matter what he does on the field.

“If he makes an incredible tackle or makes a difference and we win the game … I don’t want to wish it doesn’t happen, but we need to make sure that we don’t make him the hero,” Gates said. “Hopefully they’re coaching him in a way that he’ll be a better person. I’ve heard [coach] Jason Garrett say that.

“We’re going to hold them accountable that they are going to make him a better man. We as a society need to stand up and say we’re not going to tolerate domestic violence and we’re not going to make heroes out of celebrities or athletes that engage in that kind of behavior. We can do that.”

Garrett said he spoke to Hardy about his comments referencing Tom Brady‘s wife this week, insisting, “That’s not how we want to operate as an organization.”

Said Gates: “I thought, like so many other, why is he talking about players’ wives, why is he going down that road?”

Hardy also showed no remorse for his off-field actions, but even if he did, Gates said she’d need to see more from him.

“I think he still needs to be held accountable, and the Cowboys still need to hold him accountable,” she said. “Words are not enough. It’s about actions over time.”

— Last year, when aging Lakers star Kobe Bryant was ranked 40th in ESPN’s list of the league’s top players, he dismissed the ratings as “silly” and “laughable,” adding: “I’ve known for a long time [that] they’re a bunch of idiots.

This year he’s dropped to 93, and he said Thursday, “I don’t need to defend that [ranking]. Nobody does, really.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Greg Hardy, Jennifer Staubach Gates, kobe bryant, Raffi Torres

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Bryant assistant Chris Burns first openly gay D1 men’s basketball coach

10.08.15 at 7:52 am ET
By   |   Comments

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Jets at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Rangers at Blue Jays, 3:37 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: Astros at Royals, 7:37 p.m. (FS1)
NFL: Colts at Texans, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: South Carolina State at Bethune-Cookman, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: SMU at Houston, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Washington at USC, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Real Madrid, 3 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Cavaliers at 76ers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Raptors at Lakers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Euro qualifying, Germany at Ireland, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)


Chris Burns

Chris Burns

— Bryant University assistant Chris Burns became the first openly gay Division 1 men’s basketball coach when he shared his story in a first-person account at

Wrote Burns: Sports was always a place I couldn’t be me. Basketball gave me a very secure identity at a young age, which was crucial, but as I grew older, it became a juxtaposition between the accolades of my on-court success and the fear created by being gay.

The more I achieved and excelled at my sport, the further I felt from myself. It made it extremely hard to fully enjoy the successes I achieved.

Burns, who played at the Rhode Island school from 2003-07, is in his third year as an assistant to Tim O’Shea. He told O’Shea last year and eventually shared his story with the team.

Senior forward Curtis Oakley said the team was supportive of Burns after an “initial shock factor.”

“Everyone was, like, ‘Yo, Burns, we rockin’ with you.’ It was all love,” Oakley said.

Wrote Burns: Since I started telling people in college basketball over the last few months, I’ve realized my fears were far worse than reality. I’ve realized that people, for the most part, are human beings first. For a guy who’s relatively cynical and can be negative, the reactions of people in my sport and in my life have shut me right up and reenergized my hope in the human spirit, in empathy.

You’ve got to give the majority of people credit for changing attitudes and credit to all the people who have worked to make that possible. Things have gone fairly well for me so far.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski also expressed his support for Burns. The legendary mentor reached out to Burns after being informed by a reporter.

“My message to him is, first off, congratulations, I’m very proud of you,” Krzyzewski told USA Today. “Next, please know you’ll be accepted by your brothers in the sport of men’s basketball. You’re included now in a very strong way. I think this will be something coaches in our sport will love.”

— Knicks coach Derek Fisher reportedly had an altercation with Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes, a former Lakers teammate, over the weekend, due to Fisher’s relationship with Barnes’ estranged wife.

The New York Post reports that Fisher, who filed for divorce in March, is dating Gloria Govan, who is estranged from Barnes. According to the Post, Fisher was at a party at Govan’s home Saturday night and Barnes drove there when he found out. That’s when the altercation occurred.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Chris Burns, Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes, Mike Krzyzewski

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Mets try to move on from latest Matt Harvey controversy

10.07.15 at 8:10 am ET
By   |   Comments

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Cubs at Pirates, 8 p.m. (TBS)
NHL: Rangers at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Sharks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Hawks at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Kings at Suns, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)


Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

— Tuesday began with optimism for New York’s two baseball teams as they prepared for the postseason. By the end of the day the feelings had changed dramatically.

The Yankees, with CC Sabathia at a rehab clinic and Jacoby Ellsbury starting on the bench, didn’t put up much of a fight in dropping a 3-0 decision to the Astros in the American League wild card game, ending their season. Adding to fans’ frustration, many of them missed the first two innings due to long security lines outside the stadium.

The Mets, meanwhile, had to deal with controversy after Matt Harvey missed a mandatory workout at Citi Field in preparation for the National League Division Series, New York’s first postseason appearance in nine years. The practice started at noon, and Harvey — scheduled to start Game 3 on Monday — arrived just before 2 p.m. and worked out alone.

While an apologetic Harvey held a press conference, he was vague about his reason for missing. The New York tabloids had a field day with it, reporting that Harvey was out drinking the night before while watching Monday Night Football.

The Mets made matters worse by first blaming traffic, then claiming Harvey was excused, only to have the pitcher suggest he just lost track of time.

“I told everybody and apologized to everybody and told them it’s not going to happen again, never happened before,” Harvey said. “Unfortunately it happened at a bad time, a mandatory time. I truly, I just screwed up.”

Team captain David Wright was not pleased with the distraction.

“I am concerned about the guys who are here and the guys who are here had a great workout, so you will have to talk to Matt about that,” Wright said.

“We’re rolling, we’re clicking,” Wright continued. “The guys who were here today took care of business and got ready for Friday [Game 1]. I am happy with that. Again. I thought it was a good workout. You can only worry about what you can control.”

Manager Terry Collins insisted he got a message that Harvey was stuck in tunnel traffic, and he did not enjoy discussing it.

“I’m going to tell you what: I don’t know where he was,” Collins told ESPN. “[Pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] came to me, and he said, ‘We just got a call from Harvey.’ Now who’s we? We just got a call? I don’t know who it was. ‘We just got a call from Harvey. He’s stuck in traffic.’ End of story. I don’t know where he was.”

Added Collins: “The day went on. I’m thinking, ‘Where the hell is this guy?’ I’ll just tell everybody that I told him to go home and I’ll deal with it tomorrow. So I don’t know where he was. He just told me he [expletive] up, ‘I was doing some stuff, looked up and it’s 1 o’clock, and said, oh, [expletive].’ I don’t know what it was. I don’t care.”

— Dodgers pitcher Bronson Arroyo‘s former personal assistant was arrested Monday and charged with grand theft and forgery for allegedly selling Arroyo’s yacht without his knowledge.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Bronson Arroyo, Dorial Green-Beckham, Matt Harvey,

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL acknowledges officials’ error as Seahawks beat Lions after crucial blown call

10.06.15 at 7:50 am ET
By   |   Comments

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Astros at Yankees, 8:08 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: Exhibition, Celtics vs. Olympia Milano, 2:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
WNBA Finals: Fever at Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright acknowledged he intentionally batted the fumbled ball out of the back of the end zone with 1:51 remaining, in case it wasn’t obvious enough to anyone who watched Monday night’s game on television (see the video here).

The on-field officials, however, got it wrong, and the league has a new controversy after Seattle escaped with a controversial 13-10 victory over the Lions.

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was reaching for the goal line and a go-ahead touchdown when he was hit and the ball bounced into the end zone. Wright, unaware that it’s illegal to hit a ball out, did just that. Yet instead of Detroit retaining possession at the 1-yard line, Seattle was awarded the ball at the 20 and went on to run out the clock.

“People do it all the time, though … is that illegal? Explain that to me,” Wright said in his postgame press conference when told his play was against the rules.

“I was just running to the ball, and the ball was right there. And I think they teach us to knock the ball out of bounds, so I wanted to make a smart play and it worked out for us.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows his team dodged a bullet.

“[Wright] was trying to knock it out. He did that,” Carroll said. “So it’s unfortunate the officials didn’t know … for their sake.”

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said the back judge — who was looking right at the play — felt the bat was unintentional, and the call is not reversible by replay. He said the missed call is unacceptable.

“It’s a foul,” he said. “We have to make that call.”

Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn’t want to discuss the issue, telling reporters to “talk to Blandino.”

Added Caldwell: “What can you do? You’re not going to cry about it, that’s for sure.”

— Donald Trump weighed in on the Washington Redskins nickname controversy and said the team should not be obligated to come up with a new name.

“Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to,” Trump said. “I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name. They think it’s a positive.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Donald Trump, K.J. Wright, Redskins,

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia to skip playoffs for alcohol rehab

10.05.15 at 1:48 pm ET
By   |   Comments

The Yankees‘ postseason hopes were dealt a blow Monday when pitcher CC Sabathia announced that he is checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center and will not participate in the playoffs.

“Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease,” Sabathia said in a statement released through the Yankees. “I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series.

“It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player.

“I want to thank the New York Yankees organization for their encouragement and understanding. Their support gives me great strength and has allowed me to move forward with this decision with a clear mind.”

The Yankees host the Astros on Tuesday in the American League wild card game. Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to start that game. Should New York win, Luis Severino and Michael Pineda are expected to pitch in the American League Division Series, with perhaps Adam Warren inserted into the rotation in place of Sabathia.

Sabathia, who was just 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA in 29 starts this season, said he plans to return to the team next season.

“As difficult as this decision is to share publicly, I don’t want to run and hide,” Sabathia said in the statement. “But for now please respect my family’s need for privacy as we work through this challenge together.

“Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you. I want my kids — and others who may have become fans of mine over the years — to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help. I want to hold my head up high, have a full heart and be the type of person again that I can be proud of. And that’s exactly what I am going to do.

“I am looking forward to being out on the field with my team next season playing the game that brings me so much happiness.”

Read More: cc sabathia,