The New York Yankees received more bad news this past week, as it was announced that future Hall of Fame SS Derek Jeter will not be back in the lineup until after the All-Star Game. Jeter originally broke his left ankle in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series against the Baltimore Orioles, and most expected him to be ready for the start of the season. However, a recent exam showed a second small break in his ankle, which effectively puts his rehab on hold for the foreseeable future. Jeter will now have to wear a boot for several weeks as this new fracture heals.
To read the full story by ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews, follow this link.
Just like that, most major league teams are 20 games into their seasons, and a number of unexpected players have gotten off to hot starts. On the flip side to that, however, several players that fans with MLB All-Star Game tickets will be seeing in New York this summer have not been performing well to open the 2013 season. There is no more obvious example of a star struggling than Josh Hamilton. The 2010 AL MVP signed a huge $125 million deal with the Angels in the offseason, raising expectations for both he and the Angels’ offense to stratospheric heights. While a four hit game in Monday’s loss to the Rangers did raise his average, he is still striking out far too often, limiting his ability to get pitches he can send over the outfield wall. Continue reading
Grantland’s Bill Barnwell takes an interesting look at the trade of superstar CB Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who subsequently signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract. On the Tampa side of the equation, the trade immediately makes the Bucs a Super Bowl contender in 2013. While the trade for Revis, who is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last season, is risky, it is also the kind of move that can change the trajectory of a franchise. The Bucs now field a roster as talented as any in the NFL, and should be able to immediately challenge the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South. The Jets had almost no leverage in their standoff with Revis, and were forced to trade their best player before he could leave in free agency next offseason. New York, which gained a 2013 first round pick and a 2014 third rounder, must now rebuild their secondary without the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year.
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Just found this article by ESPN college football writer Andrea Adelson about the decision of Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett to transfer after highly touted redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston dominated in FSU’s spring game. The Seminoles, despite numerous losses on the defensive side of the ball, look like early BCS contenders in 2013, and Winston appears ready to lead the offense in just his second season on campus. While Trickett has the decided edge on Winston in experience, he does not have nearly the physical talent that Winston possesses, so he decided to look for a starting job elsewhere.
To read the rest of Adelson’s article about Winston and FSU’s chances this year, click here.
The 2013 NCAA Tournament has come and gone, with Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals cutting down the nets in the Georgia Dome. East Regional tickets favorite Indiana wasn’t able to make it out of the Sweet Sixteen, falling to the Syracuse Orange. While next year’s March Madness is nearly a year away, it’s never too early to take a look ahead at some of the teams that could be in contention for the top seed in the East in 2014. It’s going to be hard for the Hoosiers to earn that No. 1 seed again next year, as Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo have both decided to enter the NBA Draft. However, Tom Crean has done a great job rebuilding the Indiana basketball program, so they should not be completely dismissed. Syracuse fell just short of the championship game this season, but should be right back in contention next year, despite the move to the new-look ACC. With leading scorer and rebounder C.J. Fair heading the charge, Jim Boeheim and the Orange should be just fine in their new conference. Continue reading
CBS Sports’ writer Chris Peters reports that details for the 2014 NHL Winter Classic have been released, and as expected, the Detroit Red Wings will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1. The two franchises were supposed to meet in 2013, but the league lockout forced their meeting back one year. The game should set several NHL attendance records, as “the Big House” holds well over 100,000 spectators. The league also revealed the jerseys that each team will wear, and both the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will be sporting fantastic looking sweaters for their New Year’s Day matchup. Coinciding with the Winter Classic will be the Hockeytown Winter Festival in downtown Detroit, which will feature various hockey games at Comerica Park.
To get the full scoop, read the rest of Peters’ article.
Adam Jude at the Oregonian writes that the NCAA and the University of Oregon agree that there was at least one major violation committed by football coaches sometime between 2008 and 2011 under the watch of former head coach Chip Kelly, which could potentially affect the Ducks’ run to the BCS Championship this season. However, the nature of that violation is still being debated, as Oregon believes the infraction to be more minor in nature than the NCAA does. The Ducks tried to self-impose sanctions in the past year, with penalties including a two-year probation and the loss of one scholarship per year for each of the next three seasons. It has been widely reported that Oregon hired known “street agent” Willie Lyles to help them in their recruiting efforts, particularly in Texas, and his involvement in their program has come under heavy scrutiny. Because the NCAA has nearly full power to impose whatever penalties it chooses to, Oregon fans should be somewhat concerned, but the sanctions should not be as severe as the ones levied against USC, Miami and Penn State in recent years.
Read more of Jude’s article in the Oregonian here.
The NFL has announced that it will be releasing its 2013 schedule this Thursday, giving fans a sneak peak at the upcoming football season. The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will be the rare team to open the season on the road, as a scheduling conflict with the neighboring Baltimore Orioles would have made hosting the season opener a logistical nightmare. The Ravens could potentially open the season in Denver, where Baltimore dramatically defeated the Broncos in the playoffs a season ago. Other big matchups to look forward to include the 49ers opening the season against the Falcons in a battle of two of the NFC’s elite teams, and Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis as a member of the Broncos. Several of this year’s free agents will be returning home to face their former teams, including Denver’s Wes Welker, Miami’s Mike Wallace, Houston’s Ed Reed and Minnesota’s Greg Jennings.
To read the full story on ESPN.com, follow the link here.
As Augusta National Golf Course prepares for the sports’ biggest event this week, many fans with Masters golf tournament tickets are anxious to see whether or not Tiger Woods really has returned to his throne atop the golf world. Woods is once again ranked the No. 1 golfer on the planet, taking the title back from Rory McIlroy. McIlroy, of course, struggled mightily to open the 2013 season, but after a runner-up finish in last week’s Valero Texas Open, he appears to have figured out his swing. These two enter Masters’ week with the majority of the attention on them, and are widely considered the two favorites. But golf is one of the toughest sports to predict on a week-by-week basis, and it is almost always the safer bet to take the field, as opposed to the favorites, when picking a winner.