What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): There are three baseball games on the national schedule tonight: Giants-Phillies or Mariners-Yankees on MLB Network (both at 7 p.m.), plus Cubs-Brewers on WGN at 8 p.m. There's also a soccer friendly on ESPN2, with Italy's Juventus taking on Mexico's Club America at Citi Field in New York, which starts at 8 p.m.
Ken Rosenthal throws some shit against the wall: "The White Sox do not figure to become outright sellers, not when they're only 31/2 games out of first place in the AL Central. But owner Jerry Reinsdorf wants to trim payroll, according to a major-league source." [Yardbarker]
Breaking: Nothing has changed. "They are just rumors" [@JimBowdenESPNxm]
Alex Anthopoulos is talking to a lot of people: "As usual..." [@Buster_ESPN]
"How could a woman go missing inside her own home?": "The call to the Sheriff's Office came on Nov. 18, 2010, just before noon. The townhouse, deputies learned, had belonged to a woman named Kathryn Norris, and the 1987 silver Chevy Nova was registered to her, too. She had used a normal amount of electricity in July 2009 and much less in August and none after that. She had paid her mortgage in August and then stopped. Her head was on the floor and her feet were on the seat. The corpse, deputies wrote in their report, was wearing a dress. Television trucks showed up. Local reporters talked to her neighbors. The neighbors said that they seldom saw her but that for more than a year they hadn't seen her at all. One called her 'a little strange.' Another said she 'just disappeared.'" [TampaBay.com]
July 26, 2008: What Do You Mean My Buds Don't Play? Deal The Damn Cards
Erin Brockovitch's lawyer takes on the NFL: "The basic factual outline of the claim is that the NFL neither informed its players about the possible long-term effects from concussions, nor protected them from the risk of head injuries. The lawsuit includes some high-profile players-Mark Duper, Otis Anderson, and Mike Richardson-and the injuries chronicled in the complaint are clear and dramatic. They range from memory loss and cognitive impairment to intermittent rage, depression, inability to concentrate, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, seizures, dementia, and early-onset Alzheimer's. The complaint also repeats the conclusion of Dr. Bennet Omalu that the deaths of players including Mike Webster, Terry Long, and Andre Waters were at least in part caused bychronic traumatic encephalopathy, triggered by multiple football concussions. (This suit, though, is limited to living players.)" [Slate]
Giants give Mark Herzlich his chance: "Herzlich once was considered one of the top linebackers in college football. However, he missed the entire 2009 season due to Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He recovered in time to return for Boston College's 2010 season, when he recorded 65 tackles and four interceptions and started in all 13 games. He is driven to prove to doubters that he can play, after teams passed on him in April's draft. ‘My health is great right now,' he said. ‘I had my checkup yesterday actually ... and everything was cleared and everything was fine.'" [ESPN New York]
Maybe the lockout wasn't long enough for DeSean Jackson, after all: "Jackson has been, and no doubt still is, upset with his contract he signed as a rookie and like us all, wants more money. The multitalented player is in the fourth and final year of his deal. He'll make about $600,000 in base salary this season, meaning he is vastly underpaid. ‘I'm just being realistic about the situation,' Vick said. ‘It's all in what DeSean wants. We're moving forward and hopefully he'll be here. I think he will.'" [PhillyBurbs.com]
Mongolian beer commerical interlude:
Mankins to report on time this time: "If franchise tags are calculated like last year, he'll earn $10.1 million to do so, unless the team signs him to a long-term deal. That's all possible now, if both sides want to make it happen. When I talked with agent Frank Bauer this morning, he was just getting things together on this front. ‘I have no comment to any of that, to be honest with you," Bauer told me earlier. "This (labor) thing just hit, everybody thought it may not get done, may get done and it's done. So, everybody's going to move forward and we'll see what goes on from there.'" [Boston Herald]
Contador's case can wait: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced that Contador's final hearing about his positive test for the banned drug clenbuterol will not happen Aug. 1 to 3, as planned. It will occur ‘probably in November,' the court said in a statement, to allow the parties to submit further written documents that would ‘complete their evidence and arguments relating to some specific scientific issues.' The court said the World Anti-Doping Agency made the request to postpone the hearing, which had been postponed from June, and all parties agreed to it." [New York Times]
Baron Davis goes back to school: "It's especially a good time to hit the books since the NBA is involved in a lockout, which may go on for months. But this has more to do with the recent death of his grandmother than spending his extra time in a classroom." [Cleveland.com]
South Carolina assistant coach arrested, suspended for pissing in the street: "The police incident report states two officers saw Mangus urinating on the street curb and the road as they drove north on Main Street in an unmarked car. The officer writes he 'observed him to be unsteady on his feet and he had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person.' The officer adds his 'speech was slurred and was uncooperative in providing straight answers' when questioned by GPD officers. ... Head coach Steve Spurrier announced Tuesday that Magnus is suspended indefinitely." [WSPA.com]
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