|Report: Alex Rodriguez likely finished with Yankees||01.31.13 at 8:55 am ET|
According to a report in the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to ever play for the Yankees again.
Numerous baseball sources tell the Daily News that Rodriguez, still owed $114 million over five years on his contract, will not recover from the hip surgery he had earlier this month. It is the second hip surgery for the 37-year-old Rodriguez, and sources familiar with the situation believe the surgery will leave the third baseman in such a diminished role that he may consider a settlement or an outright retirement.
“I don’t know why he would want to go through the pain of rehabbing and trying to play up to the caliber of player he was, and come back to a game where nobody wants him,” a baseball official told the Daily News.
A Miami New Times story published Tuesday links Rodriguez to an anti-aging clinic in Miami that distributed performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez, according to the New Times story, was a client of Anthony Bosch and purchased HGH as recently as 2012. Rodriguez has admitted steroid use in the past but claims he has been clean since 2003. The Yankees had already been privately readying for the likelihood that Rodriguez wouldn’t complete his contract even before the newest allegations surfaced.
Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $275 million deal in December of 2007. He played in 99 games in 2011, 122 in 2012 and is expected to miss at least half of the 2013 season as he recovers from hip surgery. He set career lows in slugging percentage and OPS in 2012 and had just three hits in 25 at-bats during the 2012 playoffs.
|Rasheed Wallace wants to return to Celtics||01.11.11 at 11:46 am ET|
Stephen A. Smith appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday and reported that Rasheed Wallace told him that he wants to rejoin the Celtics. Smith told Patrick that Wallace would like to come out of retirement for another chance at an NBA title, specifically against the Lakers.
Wallace averaged 9.0 points with the Celtics in a disappointing 2009-10 regular season, but the 15-year veteran was a significant contributor in the postseason, including an 11-point, eight-rebound effort against the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
However, WEEI.com’s Paul Flannery notes that a return by Wallace is improbable.
|New York Jets suspend Sal Alosi indefinitely||12.15.10 at 3:01 pm ET|
The New York Jets on Wednesday suspended strength coach Sal Alosi indefinitely after learning that he instructed five players to form a wall before Alosi tripped Miami gunner Nolan Carroll.
“Over the last day as we continued our investigation we discovered some new information,” said New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum. “The players at the Miami game were instructed by Sal to stand where they were forcing the gunner in the game to run around them. Based on that new information we’ve suspended Sal indefinitely, pending further review.”
Tannenbaum told reporters Wednesday that Alosi – who was fined $25,000 on Monday – acted alone and could lose his job for his actions.
“All options are certainly on the table we’re going to complete the review and get all the information,” Tannenbaum said. “Mike Westhoff was not involved, Rex Ryan was not involved, but we just want to be thorough and get all the information.”
|Report: Rick Pitino to coach Puerto Rico national team||12.14.10 at 1:44 pm ET|
According to a tweet from FIBA Americas, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has agreed to coach the national basketball team of Puerto Rico. Reports suggest that Pitino will coach Puerto Rico in Olympic qualifying next summer in Argentina and in the 2012 London Games (should Puerto Rico qualify).
|Report: Yankees sign Russell Martin||12.14.10 at 11:00 am ET|
According to a tweet from MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the Yankees have agreed to terms with free-agent catcher Russell Martin.
A two-time All-Star with the Dodgers, Martin slipped in 2010, batting just .248 with a slugging percentage of just .332. It is believed that the Red Sox were also interested in Martin.
|Report: Percy Harvin to dress Sunday||11.07.10 at 12:32 pm ET|
Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network reported that Percy Harvin (ankle) will be active for the Vikings vs. the Cardinals on Sunday. After suffering a sprained ankle at New England last Sunday, Harvin did not practice until Friday, where he had a heated confrontation with head coach Brad Childress.
|Colts suspend Pat McAfee||10.20.10 at 5:51 pm ET|
The Indianapolis Colts suspended punter Pat McAfee for one game Wednesday, the same day he was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct after local police found him swimming in a canal. The team issued the following statement:
“After verifying the relevant facts, we today have suspended Pat McAfee for one game for conduct detrimental to the club. The suspension will take effect on Monday, October 25 and will run through the Houston game on Monday, November 1. We will have no further comment at this time.”
McAfee apparently went for a swim in a canal near the nightlife district and was found shirtless and soaking wet by police Wednesday morning. Police say McAfee’s blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit for driving in most states, and that he admitted to being drunk before asking if he could walk home.
|Barkley on LeBron: ‘It gets more stupid’||10.01.10 at 3:23 pm ET|
Charles Barkley joined WIP in Philadelphia on Friday and was asked about the latest comments from LeBron James. The Heat forward told CNN Thursday that race played a role in the negative feedback he received following “The Decision.”
“It’s like watching a movie,” said Barkley of how James has handled himself. “Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid.”
Barkley later added, “”The only criticism I’ve heard about LeBron and it was my biggest criticism, that Decision thing was just stupid. It was stupid. The second thing when they all came out there dancing around on stage, that was silly. That’s the only thing I’ve heard LeBron get criticized about. That has nothing to do with race. That’s what makes this last thing so stupid. That’s stupid. The only criticism of LeBron has been The Decision and the one hour of our life that we can’t have back. And ESPN, oh my God. Oh my God. To go down to training camp and report everyday is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. I’m watching yesterday and one of the guys actually said LeBron looked fierce in practice. I’m like fierce in practice? What the hell does that mean? He was fierce in the second day of training camp. You’re like come on man, he really didn’t say that did he? This summer with LeBron and all the stuff that went on is like a bad movie. You just can’t make this stuff up.”
|Darrelle Revis out for Sunday||09.22.10 at 4:54 pm ET|
Jets head coach Rex Ryan told the assembled media Wednesday that All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis will miss Sunday’s key AFC East clash with the Dolphins.
Revis strained his left hamstring in the Jets win over the Patriots on Sunday. He will stay in New York for treatment and will not join the team in Miami.
|Report: NFL union leader feels ‘lockout is coming’||09.08.10 at 5:10 pm ET|
In an interview with Bloomberg.com, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith expressed doubt that a new collective bargaining agreement will be completed before the start of the 2011 regular season.
“I still feel that a lockout is coming in March,” Smith said to Bloomberg.
The key issues dividing the owners and players, according to Smith, are rookie salaries, a 16-game vs. 18-game regular season, health coverage and drug testing.
Smith told Bloomberg that the players are prepared in the event of a work stoppage, suggesting that the players union has over $200 million saved in a lockout fund.
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