Pro Football Talk "The league continues to huff and puff about the Pro Bowl, even as the TV audience blows the doors off the numbers generated by the World Series. More huffing and puffing is expected this week in Boston, at the quarterly league meetings. Yes, it’s become fashionable to wring hands and gnash..." May 20
On Rob Gronkowski's surgery, doctors believe the forearm infection is gone, per source. They put the new plates in. Good news for Gronk.
NFL.com "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are paying Darrelle Revis a lot of money to be a shutdown corner. Can he make an immediate return to his prior form? In the latest installment of her series documenting Revis' recovery process from reconstructive knee surgery, NFL Network's Andrea Kremer asked Revis if..." May 20
ESPN Dallas "There was this interesting story regarding Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick recently. Vick has taken exception from the notion that he doesn't read defenses well and that he holds the ball too long, which leads to sacks and poor decisions. Vick was sacked 28 times last year, 22..." May 20
Tacoma News Tribune "Bruce Irvin’s four-game suspension, presumably for testing positive for the banned substance Adderall, finds Seattle Seahawks fans taking extreme sides on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs. One camp fears whatever accomplishments await the Seahawks in 2013 will be mocked by national..." May 20
Howard has change in meniscus and inflammation in knee. Had shot yesterday. Day to day for now.
Toronto Star "R.A. Dickey has said the stat he cares most about is quality starts — the recognition given to a starter who pitches at least six innings while allowing no more than three runs. He says he’s not aiming for another sparkling Cy Young season — he just wants to give the Blue Jays a chance to win..." May 20
Ruiz has grade two strain, probably out 3-4 weeks.
ESPN Los Angeles "For a moment, let’s forget about how Don Mattingly’s players feel about him and ponder how he feels about them. When the Dodgers left San Francisco early this month, having been swept in a bitter, hard fought series, Mattingly told reporters he felt better about his team walking out than he..." May 20
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "After a day to let it sink in, Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty seemed a little more resigned to the fact that he’s likely headed for season-ending surgery on his pitching elbow. An MRI revealed a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and he has an appointment to see noted orthopedic surgeon Dr...." May 20
David West was limited in practice due to a strained right calf. When asked if it’d be an issue, he said “Nahh.”
Growing tiresome of health questions, Dwyane Wade said today he has no plans of missing any more practice time during postseason.
Sports Business Daily "The Bobcats will hold a press conference tomorrow at 6:00pm ET at Time Warner Cable Arena, a source said. It is expected that Bobcats Owner Michael Jordan will announce that the team will change its name to the Hornets, likely for the '14-15 season. Bobcats officials declined to comment. " May 20
SportingNews.com "Knicks guard J.R. Smith is expected to opt out of his contract and sign a four-year deal to remain in New York, according to a New York Post report. The deal would pay Smith about $5 million per season because the Knicks hold his early Larry Bird rights. Also playing into Smith’s decision is..." May 20
Fox Sports West "Plenty of teams would envy them. Plenty of good teams. Plenty of teams that made it past the first round of the playoffs this spring. The situations, of course, being Chris Paul and Dwight Howard and the Clippers’ and Lakers’ waiting games, respectively. Don’t get me wrong, having the..." May 20
NHL.com "Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza was his usual smiling self Monday, seemingly suffering no ill effects after Ottawa's grinding double-overtime victory Sunday. The Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, breathing new hope into the..." May 20
ESPN Boston "Injured Boston Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden participated in the team’s practice Monday morning at TD Garden and both will make the trip to New York in advance of Tuesday’s Game 3 against the Rangers. Bruins coach Claude Julien said Seidenberg (lower body) and Redden..." May 20
Logan Couture not taking part in practice today. He said yesterday he expected to play Game 4. So likely just extra rest today.
Detroit News "In the middle of March 2012, the wheels were coming off for the Red Wings. After several weeks with the most points in the NHL, Jimmy Howard, Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom were injured. Other players were nicked up and struggling to get back into the lineup. What was unknown to fans and..." May 20
New York Post "It is difficult enough for the Rangers to win even when Henrik Lundqvist is at the top of his game. It is all but impossible for the Blueshirts to even come close when The King plays as if he’s a plebeian. Which goes a long way in explaining yesterday, when it appeared as if the Bruins were..." May 20