For an off weekend, it was a pretty eventful weekend in the sports world. Here’s a few quick hits from around the professional ranks.
- Longtime New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis added even more fuel to the Jets-Patriots rivalry when he jumped ship and signed a 1-year tender with the Pats.
- The NFL inducted members of the 2011 class into the Hall of Fame, headlined by Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe.
- Injuries were aplenty in the Big Apple as Jets’ wide receiver Plaxico Burress missed his 3rd straight practice with an ankle injury while the Giants’ top draft pick, cornerback Prince Amukamara, fractured a bone in his foot in only his second practice following a lengthy holdout. Amukamara’s foot will require surgery and he could miss 7-10 weeks.
- Aside from Ellis’ signing with the Patriots, a few other players officially changed home addresses over the weekend as free agency winds down: Ex-Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason signed a 1-year deal with the New York Jets, Reggie Bush signed his tender to join the Miami Dolphins, Donovan McNabb joined the Minnesota Vikings, and it is rumored that Jerricho Cotchery, released days ago by the New York Jets, will sign a deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
- The New York Yankees are 1-1 against the Boston Red Sox so far this weekend heading into tonight’s game. The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 3-2 Friday night and fell 10-4 last evening, as CC Sabathia continues to struggle against Boston this season.
- New York Mets’ all-star Jose Reyes exited this afternoon’s game with a tight left hamstring.
- Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Oswalt returns to action this evening as the Phillies take on the San Francisco Giants. The Phils will be looking to win their 10th straight game as they take on Tim Lincecum.
- Marlins’ shortstop Hanley Ramirez told reporters he will soon decide when he is ready to return from injury.
- As teams around the country open up camp, recruiting is in full swing and this past weekend saw several top prospects end their recruitment.
- The Florida Gators bolstered their offensive line for years to come as offensive tackle D.J. Humphries committed to the Gators. Humphries is rated as a five-star prospect by Rivals.com and the #1 OT in the country. He is also ranked the #3 prospect overall, regardless of position
- The Rutgers Scarlet Knights were big winners this weekend as Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) wide receiver Leonte Carroo committed to play for his home state school. Carroo is a four-star prospect and the #4 overall prospect in the state of New Jersey. The Knights have been on a tear recently collecting commitments from some of New Jersey’s top prospects and they appear to be in the driver’s seat for five-star defensive end Darius Hamilton, also of Don Bosco Prep.
- Wide receiver Chris Black, of Jacksonville Florida’s First Coast High School, committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide.