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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Jazz at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Magic at Knicks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Red Wings at Blue Jackets, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
Joba Chamberlain leaves a press conference Tuesday in Tampa after discussing his foot injury. (AP)
♦ Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain met the media Tuesday for the first time since suffering an open dislocation of the subtalar join in the heel area in a trampoline accident last week. Chamberlain claimed the injury was not as bad as reported, and he said he plans to return later this season.
“One of those things that bothered me, people calling me asking me if it was life-threatening and that I was going to lose my foot,” Chamberlain said. “There was no bone out of my ankle. It bothered me to have my family go through that. I broke no bones. I didn’t dislocate my ankle. Nothing was out of the skin. I didn’t lose a lot of blood, contrary to what people wrote. It wasn’t life-threatening and I wasn’t planning on losing my foot. Basically, when you rolled your ankle the skin just went.”
Chamberlain, who has been rehabbing after Tommy John surgery last year, was jumping on trampolines at a facility with his 5-year-old son when he was hurt. He insisted he was only trying to be a good father.
“I would never do anything considered reckless with my son,” he said. “There are certain elements of everyday life you do. I don’t second-guess anything.”
♦ Mets knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey reveals in a forthcoming autobiography that he was sexually abused as an 8-year-old, a secret he kept even from his wife until they were married for eight years. An excerpt from “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball” in this week’s Sports Illustrated detailed Dickey’s challenge to overcome the anger and shame he felt after the abuse at the hands of two teenagers.
“I have spent so much of my life running and hiding, and I wasn’t going to continue doing that in the book,” Dickey told the press Tuesday at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. “What would be the point in doing that — perpetuating untruth. It was important to me to tell the truth, to be completely authentic. Sharing the pain I went through is part of the healing for me, a catharsis in many ways.”
Dickey also wrote about finding a syringe in the clubhouse when he played for the Rangers in 2001, although he did not accuse any players of using performance-enhancing drugs.
♦ A representative for Dennis Rodman said in a court filing that the former NBA star is broke and cannot afford to pay more than $800,000 he owes in back child support for two children he had with his third wife, Michelle. Rodman also owes $51,000 in spousal support.
Rodman appeared in court Tuesday in Orange, Calif., to face charges that he has not paid the support in four months. His sentencing was moved to May 29.
Rodman’s financial adviser, Peggy Williams, told the court that the Hall of Famer is an alcoholic.
“His sickness impacts his ability to get work,” Williams said in the court documents, according to the Daily Pilot newspaper in Costa Mesa, Calif. “This case, especially his wife filling for divorce, has put him on a binge that I have never seen before. He is extremely hurt and extremely sick. He is often unable to obtain work because of this sickness. And his sickness is getting increasingly worse.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 28, 1986, the Red Sox made a trade with the Yankees to acquire designated hitter Don Baylor, who helped the Red Sox win the 1986 American League pennant. Which player did the Sox trade to New York?