|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez amends lawsuit, says Bud Selig lacks ‘courage’||11.27.13 at 7:59 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NHL: Flyers at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Knicks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Minnesota at Chaminade, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arkansas vs. Gonzaga, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Drexel vs. Arizona, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Louis vs. Old Dominion, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California vs. Dayton, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alabama vs. Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wisconsin vs. West Virginia, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Syracuse vs. Baylor, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulsa vs. Indiana State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: TCU vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 2 a.m. Thursday (CBSSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester United at Bayer Leverkusen, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Alex Rodriguez, apparently not content with being out of the headlines for a couple of days, filed an amended lawsuit against Major League Baseball and Bud Selig on Tuesday, and took more shots at the commissioner for his decision to pass on testifying at the player’s hearing to appeal his 211-game suspension.
“Mr. Selig chose to hide in his office in Milwaukee rather than come testify at the grievance hearing in New York. In Mr. Selig’s world, apparently the ‘buck’ does not stop with Bud,” the lawsuit reads. “Mr. Selig lacked the courage of his convictions to explain under oath the reasons for the suspension and the conduct of his investigators. His silence on these issues speaks volumes and leads to only one logical conclusion — his actions, and those of the MLB personnel he controls, were aimed at destroying the reputation, career and business prospects of Alex Rodriguez.”
As part of the 33-page filing, Rodriguez’s lawyers included a photo of Selig next to a fan wearing a shirt with “A-ROID’” printed on it.
“Sadly, this cowardly stance by Mr. Selig is consistent with his past and highly inappropriate conduct in posing, smilingly, with a young fan wearing a T-shirt with a derogatory message directed at Mr. Rodriguez,” the complain reads. “One cannot imagine the commissioner of any other professional sport — or indeed the CEO of any business — doing something similar with respect to one of his or her players or employees.”
Rodriguez’s lawyers are trying to get the suit back in New York state court, where it originally was filed. MLB had it moved to federal court and plans to ask for it to be dismissed.
Sitton was asked whether he thought the Lions — Green Bay’s opponent on Thanksgiving — would take a penalty in exchange for a hard hit on the Packers quarterback.
“Absolutely,” Sitton said. “I don’t think there’s any question about that. They go after quarterbacks. Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time, that’s what they do, that’s who they are. They’re a bunch of dirtbags, or scumbags. I mean, that’s how they play.”
Two years ago on Thanksgiving, Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was ejected and later suspended two games for stomping on the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Sitton, who has been with Green Bay since 2008, put the blame for the Lions’ bad behavior on the coaching staff.
“It starts with their frickin’ coach,” he said. “Starts with the head coach. [Jim] Schwartz, he’s a [expletive], too, I wouldn’t want to play for him. … Starts with him, their D-coordinator and their D-line coach. They’re all just scumbags, and so are the D-line.”
• The Ravens mixed in the wildcat offense in Sunday’s win over the Jets, but it didn’t set well with the team’s regular quarterback. Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco was not pleased with the insertion of Tyrod Taylor behind center so that Baltimore could improve its running attack against the Jets.
“I don’t like that stuff,” Flacco said Tuesday. “I think it makes you look like a high school offense. That’s just my opinion.”
Added Flacco: I don’t care how we use it in the game, I’m just not a huge fan of it. I’m the quarterback. I want to be behind the line of scrimmage, I want to be taking the snaps. That’s really the only thing. I don’t necessarily take it personally. I just think it makes us look like not an NFL team.”
Flacco said he would rather see his team perfect its regular offense than go to trickery, which includes him sometimes lining up at wide receiver as a decoy.
“I’m all for us doing things to get better, but we’re not going to be good if we just can’t get good at the basics of what we do 90 percent of the time,” he said. “We have to be good at those things or we’re not going to be good no matter what. I just want to make sure that we’re focusing on getting good at those things.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 27, 1950, the Red Sox signed which future Hall of Famer from the Indians?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez hearing ends, player’s lawyers say they’ll take case to court||11.22.13 at 8:02 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Pacers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Spurs at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Warriors at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. Washington, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Northeastern vs. Charlotte, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UMass vs. New Mexico, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kansas State vs. Georgetown, noon (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marist vs. Maryland, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Providence at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Delaware at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (Tru)
College basketball: Indiana vs. UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Monmouth at St. John’s, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Virginia Tech, 9:30 p.m. (Tru)
College basketball: Clemson vs. Davidson, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Navy at San Jose State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: North Dakota at Boston University, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Alex Rodriguez was not there — a day after claiming to be so incensed about the unfairness of his grievance hearing that he could not stay — but his lawyers were, and the hearing about his 211-game suspension ended Thursday in New York as both sides rested their case.
A decision by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reportedly will come in January, and Rodriguez’s lawyers already are saying they plan to challenge the ruling in federal court.
“We’ll wait for the decision, which we all sort of expect, based on what’s gone on here,” said Rodriguez’s lead attorney, Joseph Tacopina. “And then we’ll take it to a different jurisdiction. A real jurisdiction. … We’ll head to another venue after this is done. We’ll be able to depose Mr. [Bud] Selig, one way or the other.”
A-Rod’s representatives also said they may continue their PR blitz Friday by releasing some evidence, although they seemed to back off their plan late Thursday, as Horowitz has issued a confidentiality order.
“It’s uncertain,” Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz said. “They’re still weighing their options of what they can and cannot release.”
As has been the case throughout the proceedings, the circus around the hearing continued. Outside MLB’s New York offices, representatives of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, including state Sen. Ruben Diaz, showed their support for the embattled player by holding a prayer vigil.
And Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons got himself in a little hot water with a comment about Rodriguez, when he said on ESPN Radio in New York: “He wants to blow up the world. He’s like the marathon bombers.”
Gammons later tweeted an apology.
• While the A-Rod mess continued Thursday, MLB Players Association union head Michael Weiner, who had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year, died at his home in New Jersey. He was 51.
Tweeted Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen: Michael Weiner worked even thru his sickness. He didn’t look at it as an excuse to quit. He never gave up on us even when at his worst.
Former Red Sox first baseman Tony Clark was named acting executive director Thursday and is expected to be named to the post on a permanent basis at a union board meeting Dec. 2-5.
“Words cannot describe the love and affection that the players have for Michael, nor can they describe the level of sadness we feel today,” Clark said in a statement. “Not only has the game lost one of its most important and influential leaders in this generation, all involved in the game have lost a true friend.”
Selig called Weiner “an extraordinarily talented professional who earned the trust of his membership and his peers.”
“Our strong professional relationship was built on a foundation of respect and a shared commitment to finding fair solutions for our industry,” the commissioner said in a statement. “I appreciated Michael’s tireless, thoughtful leadership of the players and his pivotal role in the prosperous state of baseball today. Michael was a courageous human being, and the final year of his remarkable life inspired so many people in our profession.”
• A group that promotes diversity and job equity in the NFL released a statement Thursday calling on players to stop using the N-word on the field.
Fritz Pollard Alliance executive director Harry Carson and chairman John Wooten said officials have heard the racially charged term regularly during games, and they called for ejections and fines.
“As former players (along with thousands of others) who have worked hard in different eras of the game to leave proud legacies for those who follow us, we are appalled and extremely disappointed to learn that the worst and most derogatory word ever spoken in our country is being used during games as well as casually in the locker room,” the statement reads.
“We are not asking players to point fingers or to report who said what when. We are simply asking that you respect the dignity of your teammates, fellow players, officials, coaches, fans, and yourselves. Most importantly, we ask that you respect every man who has worn the uniform but especially those men who helped make the National Football League what it is today and have made it possible for you to follow in their footsteps. Refusing to use the N-word will show that respect.”
The term allegedly was at the center of a dispute last weekend between Washington offensive lineman Trent Williams and umpire Roy Ellison, who was accused of berating Williams during the game. Williams denied inciting Ellison by using the N-word toward him.
Said Williams: “I didn’t say any derogatory statements to him. … I laugh at that statement.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 22, 1979, which Bruin recorded his eighth career hat trick in a 7-4 victory over the Nordiques?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez turns up at New York radio station, says Bud Selig ‘hates my guts’||11.21.13 at 8:33 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Blues at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Clippers at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Bulls at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Boston College vs. UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Northeastern vs. Georgetown, 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Charlotte vs. Kansas State, 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Alabama-Birmingham vs. New Mexico, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Long Beach State vs. Michigan, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia vs. Davidson, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida State at VCU, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Hampshire at Marquette, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Indiana vs. Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
NFL: Saints at Falcons, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Rutgers at Central Florida, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Rice at Alabama-Birmingham, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
College football: UNLV at Air Force, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Alex Rodriguez made a scene and stormed out of Wednesday’s suspension hearing in New York, claiming to be irate that commissioner Bud Selig would not be forced to testify. And the show didn’t stop there.
Rodriguez then turned up in the studio of New York sports radio station WFAN with his attorney and did an on-air interview with Mike Francesa in which he described his reaction to the arbitrator’s ruling the Selig did not have to appear.
“I lost my mind. I banged a table and kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room,” Rodriguez said. “I probably overreacted, but it came from the heart.”
Even though Selig has never testified in a similar PED-related hearing, and MLB was represented by COO Rob Manfred, A-Rod and his legal team chose to make this the centerpiece of their claim that the hearing is tainted. And Rodriguez, who professed his innocence and claimed he is fighting for his family and the people who support him, said it’s personal.
“My only message to the commissioner is, I know you don’t like New York, but come to New York and face the music,” Rodriguez said of the soon-to-be-retired Selig. “He hates my guts, there’s no question about it. One hundred percent it’s personal, and I think this is about his legacy, and it’s about my legacy, and he’s trying to destroy me.”
Rodriguez also said he would not change anything about the way has handled his appeal of his 211-game suspension.
“I have no regrets,” he said. “I would do it again. It’s the system that’s wrong.”
• With the Steelers having a surprisingly disappointing season, rumors are swirling that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wants out after the season. Roethlisberger has denied the reports, and on Wednesday he took it a step further, implying that he’ll make financial concessions in an effort to return.
“You know what? Obviously, I will do whatever I need to do,” said Roethlisberger, who is scheduled to cost the Steelers $17.89 million toward their salary cap next season. “That’s something that can be discussed when the time comes. It’s not really my thing. I play football. I have people to deal with all that stuff. I will do whatever it takes to stay here and be a part of this team and help this team win.”
The Steelers, who went a combined 24-8 during the 2010 and ’11 seasons and have won two Super Bowls with Roethlisberger under center, are 4-6 this year after going 8-8 in 2012. Roethlisberger has two more years on his contract.
“I love being in Pittsburgh,” he said. “I am extremely happy.”
• After being involved with the NFL for 43 years, Dan Dierdorf is ready to step away. The 64-year-old Hall of Fame offensive lineman announced Wednesday that he will retire from his analyst job with CBS after this season, as the physical demands of all the traveling is too much for his football-damaged body.
A six-time All-Pro with the Cardinals who played from 1971-83, Dierdorf moved to the broadcast booth right after his playing career ended and has been there for 30 years.
“I’ve just never done anything else in the fall other than be in an NFL stadium,” he said.
Dierdorf has two artificial knees, two artificial hips and back issues, which makes travel difficult. He said he might still work some games on a part-time basis, if there is no travel involved.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 21, 1992, with a 4-3 victory over the Flyers, which Bruin became the 20th goalie in NHL history to record 250 career victories?
|‘Disgusted’ Alex Rodriguez walks out on suspension hearing, ‘will not participate any further in this farce’||11.20.13 at 12:33 pm ET|
According to multiple reports, Alex Rodriguez lashed out at Major League Baseball COO Rob Manfred and stormed out of his grievance hearing Wednesday, upset that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled that commissioner Bud Selig did not have to testify before the player’s attorneys.
Rodriguez reportedly slammed his hand on a table and pointed at Manfred, telling him, ‘You know you’re full of [expletive],’ before leaving the hearing. It was the 11th day of hearings to decide Rodriguez’s appeal of his 211-game suspension for violating the league’s drug agreement and labor contract.
Rodriguez later issued a statement that read:
“I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails. I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face me.
“The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”
Yankees President Randy Levine took the stand on Tuesday during day 10 of Alex Rodriguez‘s grievance hearing and denied conspiring with Major League Baseball to suspend Rodriguez 211 games last summer.
A person with knowledge of the proceedings told The Associated Press that Levine spoke for 10-15 minutes and denied any personal or financial gain he would have received by conspiring to suspend Rodriguez. He also denied communicating with MLB commissioner Bud Selig regarding Rodriguez’s discipline, and telling Rodriguez’s surgeon, Dr. Bryan Kelly, or anyone else, that he wanted the Yankees third baseman off the field.
New York signed Rodriguez to a 10-year, $275 million contract extension in 2007. Four years and $86 million still remain, despite the fact that he may miss more than a season due to suspension, and that his production is diminishing at age 38.
The hearing began before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz on Sept. 30 and resumed Monday after one month of inactivity.
Rodriguez received a 211-game suspension from MLB for violating the league’s drug agreement and labor contract on Aug. 5, but the appeal process allowed him to play the remainder of the season.
|Report: Alex Rodriguez failed 2006 stimulant test||11.04.13 at 3:18 pm ET|
Add an alleged failed stimulant test in 2006 to Alex Rodriguez‘s already expansive list of connections to performance-enhancing drugs.
The New York Times reported Monday that the Yankees third baseman tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006. Lanny Davis, a spokesman for Rodriguez, denied the claim, and another Rodriguez spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, said he expected a comment from Rodriguez’s representatives on Monday.
The Times cited two anonymous sources from baseball’s drug-testing program in the story. Baseball’s joint drug agreement calls for six additional unannounced drug tests in response to the first positive test. A 25-game suspension would be the punishment for a second positive test.
Rodriguez received a 211-game suspension on Aug. 5 for his connection with the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic. Rodriguez played the rest of the season while the appeal process played out. He batted .243/.348/.423 in 181 plate appearances.
In 2009, Sports Illustrated reported that Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in a 2003 anonymous survey. Rodriguez substantiated that report by revealing just days later that he used banned substances as a member of the Rangers from 2001 to 2003.
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez revives attacks on MLB, accusing investigators of ‘gross, ongoing misconduct’||11.01.13 at 8:07 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bucks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Nets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Capitals at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College football: USC at Oregon State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: Northeastern at Boston College, 8 p.m. (NBCSN; WEEI-AM)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Now that the World Series is over, Alex Rodriguez is ready to turn the attention of the baseball world back to him.
The Yankees third baseman, who is fighting his suspension, continued his attack on Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig, issuing a statement Thursday in which he lambasted MLB for how it conducted its investigation into his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.
“I am deeply troubled by my team’s investigative findings with respect to MLB’s conduct,” Rodriguez said. “How can the gross, ongoing misconduct of the MLB investigations division not be relevant to my suspension, when my suspension supposedly results directly from that division’s work?”
Added Rodriguez: “It is sad that commissioner Selig once again is turning a blind eye, knowing that crimes are being committed under his regime. I have 100 percent faith in my legal team. To be sure, this fight is necessary to protect me, but it also serves the interests of the next 18-year-old coming into the league, to be sure he doesn’t step into the house of horrors that I am being forced to walk through.”
Responded MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred: “This latest, sad chapter in Mr. Rodriguez’s tarnished career is yet another example of this player trying to avoid taking responsibility for his poor choices. Given the disappointing acts that Mr. Rodriguez has repeatedly made throughout his career, his expressed concern for young people rings very hollow.
“Mr. Rodriguez’s use of PEDs was longer and more pervasive than any other player, and when this process is complete, the facts will prove that it is Mr. Rodriguez and his representatives who have engaged in ongoing, gross misconduct.”
• Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was released on bond and will rejoin the team after being charge with second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault following an incident with his girlfriend.
Russian model Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, 24, told investigators that Varlamov kicked her in the chest and knocked her down, stomped on her chest and dragged her by her hair before throwing her out of their Denver apartment. Her attorney said they have been dating for a year, and this is the fifth time Varlamov assaulted her.
“She wants the world to know that this famous star is a mean, nasty and hostile individual,” attorney Robert Abrams said.
In a press conference, Vavrinyuk said Varlamov had been drinking for 12 hours before he returned to the apartment and started beating her.
“He was having fun, he was laughing,” she said through an interpreter. “He has no concept of when to stop drinking, and when he drinks he turns into an animal.”
Varlamov, 25, was told that he cannot drink or possess firearms, but he will be allowed to travel with the team. His agent, Paul Theofanous, said Varlamov “is completely innocent of all of these charges.”
The Avalanche offered little other than a statement saying they are aware of the allegations. Varlamov’s lawyer, Jack Rotole, however, told the judge that Varlamov “has the full and total support of the Colorado Avalanche.”
Varlamov, acquired from the Capitals in 2011, is 7-1 with a 1.76 goals-against average for the 10-1 Avalanche.
“He’s a big part of what we’ve been doing so far, a huge part, obviously,” Avs forward P.A. Parenteau said. “So we’re behind him and hopefully it will take care of itself.”
Added forward Matt Duchene: “It’s tough. You’re concerned about your teammate. We all love Varly in here. I can’t say enough great things about him. I think we’re all pretty confident this is going to get resolved pretty quickly.”
• Coaches for the Assumption College football team are being hailed as heroes for breaking up a robbery Friday night, while on an overnight stopover in Stamford, Conn., en route to Saturday’s game against Pace University in New York.
According to a report at FootballScoop.com, eight assistant coaches were heading out for some pizza when they heard cries from a man who was being mugged. The coaches — Paul McGonagle, Anthony Barese, Chris Gratuski, Todd Parsons, Matt Sidebottom, Jonathan Jean-Louis, Todd Warmington and Mark Ledbetter — not only chased the attackers away, they continued the pursuit until they apprehended all three suspects. The coaches held the suspects until police arrived.
The coaches did not tell head coach Bob Chesney — who had stayed behind for a bedcheck at the team hotel — until after Saturday’s game. Players did not learn of the incident until Tuesday night.
“You hesitate to say they saved someone’s life, but they could have had a gun pulled on them,” Chesney said. “You never know.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 1, 2005, Jason Varitek became the first Red Sox player in 14 seasons to win a Gold Glove. Who was the team’s previous recipient, in 1991?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Texans players irate after Houston fans cheer Matt Schaub injury||10.14.13 at 7:58 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Red Wings at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Dodgers, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Colts at Chargers, 8:25 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Spurs at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
AROUND THE WEB:
• In the “be careful what you wish for” department: Fans in Houston cheered when struggling quarterback Matt Schaub left Sunday’s game against the Rams with what appeared to be a right ankle injury. Schaub, who had thrown a pick-six in three consecutive games, was 15-for-21 for 186 yards when he left amid calls for backup T.J. Yates.
Yates entered the game and threw two interceptions, including one that was returned 98 yards for a touchdown in St. Louis’ 38-13 rout.
Texans players were not amused by the home fans’ reaction to Schaub’s injury. Linebacker Brian Cushing called it “barbaric,” while cornerback Jonathan Joseph said: “They’re going to do that, don’t show the [expletive] up.”
Added receiver Andre Johnson: “For them to cheer about something like that, it just sows they have no class.”
Meanwhile, unemployed quarterback Vince Young saw an opportunity in his hometown and lobbied for a call.
Tweeted Young: Let them know VY is in shape and ready to go! I always loved by birth place and everyone who lives in it IM READY.
• Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, not frequently known as the voice of reason on anything, waded into the controversy over the ‘Redskins’ nickname prior to Sunday night’s game between the longtime rivals and awkwardly attempted to defend Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.
“It would be a real mistake — a real mistake — to think Dan, who is Jewish, has a lack of sensitivity regarding anyone’s feelings.” Jones said in a Q&A with his team’s season ticket-holders (via USA Today).
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose support for Snyder’s stance against changing the name has waned in recent weeks, also was in the room and said of Snyder: “I’m confident that he’s listening. I’m confident he feels strongly about that name, but he also wants to do the right thing.”
Added Goodell: “We want to make sure what we’re doing is not insulting in any way to anybody. Again, I think the Redskins have done this in a way that respects the honor and tradition and the history of Native Americans. And that’s something for them to be proud of.”
• Alex Rodriguez is suing the Yankees, but the team is taking the high road — at least publicly.
General manager Brian Cashman said in an interview Sunday with ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show” that the Yankees want Rodriguez back, despite previous reports that the team would prefer to not have to pay the third baseman’s exorbitant salary.
“If it comes down to, would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems? Absolutely, no question about that,” Cashman said. “I think if people think there’s some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can’t replace it. It’s not like, all right, well, Alex is gone. If he winds up getting suspended and it’s upheld, how do you replace that? It’s not easy.
“It’s not like, all right, we’ll take that money and go in this direction. I think … our fan base saw when we lost significant players at various positions, it was not easy to plug holes because the talent just doesn’t exist.”
Added Cashman: “It’s not like going down to a Home Depot and pulling something out that you need that’s broke and you’ve got to fix it. So, ultimately from a baseball operations standpoint, taking out all the areas of controversy, having Alex Rodriguez man third base is obviously by far the best option for the Yankees than what the alternatives would be in theory.”
Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball, hit .244/.348/.423 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 44 games this season after missing most of the campaign following offseason surgery on his hip.
Rodriguez is due to make $25 million in 2014, and he would get a $6 million bonus if he hits seven home runs to pass Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 14, 1975, the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the World Series to the Reds, 6-5, in 10 innings. The game is remembered in Boston for a controversial play in the 10th in which which Sox catcher Carlton Fisk made contact with which Reds player who had dropped a bunt in an effort to move the eventual winning run to second base?
|Alex Rodriguez files suit against MLB, alleging ‘witch hunt’||10.04.13 at 12:26 pm ET|
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, went on the attack this week, filing a lawsuit Thursday that accuses Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig of attempting to smear his character and cost him his livelihood.
Calling the investigation into Rodriguez’s alleged use of PEDs a “witch hunt,” A-Rod’s lawyers allege the league is attempting to “destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez.”
The suit claims Selig is trying to redeem himself as the “savior” of Major League Baseball after failing to reel in players during the game’s steroid era.
“Taking down Mr. Rodriguez would vividly demonstrate that Commissioner Selig had learned from the errors of his previous explicit or tacit tolerance of steroid use,” the lawsuit reads.
An MLB spokesman said the league had no comment.
|Yankees look to retain manager Joe Girardi amid reports of interest from Cubs||10.02.13 at 11:38 am ET|
Despite missing the playoffs for the first time since Joe Girardi took over the Yankees in 2008, New York wants its manager back.
The Yankees finished 85-77 and in third place in the AL East. But between injuries to key players like Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis; the departures of a number of vital players from the 2012 AL East winning team; and the intense battle between Alex Rodriguez, MLB and the Yankees, the fact that Girardi kept New York in contention for a wild card spot was an impressive accomplishment.
“He knows we’d like to have him stay and continue as manager of the New York Yankees as we move forward,” general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday. “I feel we hired a good one. He’s been a world champion player for us. He’s been a coach, a broadcaster and obviously a world champion manager. So we’ve benefited from having him and we’d like to do that going forward, but we’ll have to speak with him and see how it plays out.”
Girardi, 48, signed a three-year, $9 million extension at the end of the 2010 season, which expires on Oct. 31. New York may have to compete with the Cubs who recently fired coach Dale Sveum, and are believed to be interested in Girardi.
Girardi has posted a 564-408 record as the Yankees manager, and his team claimed the 2009 World Series.
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