Month: February 2015

A-Rod reports early to spring training and puts on a show (Yahoo Sports)

The circus came to town early. Alex Rodriguez walked into New York Yankees spring camp Monday, somewhat announced, decked out in University of Miami gear, turning baseball writers into would-be paparazzi with their “Look! A-Rod-is-here pictures.” Rodriguez did what a guy who hasn’t played professional baseball in a year should have done: showed up three days early, reported to the field with the Yankees minor leaguers, worked out, took grounders, took batting practice and even hit a few over the fence. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Our man Jeff Passan was on the…

Panthers part ways with franchise rushing leader DeAngelo Williams (Yahoo Sports)

The Carolina Panthers have released DeAngelo Williams, according to Molly Grantham of WBTV in Charlotte. D’Angelo Williams has been released by the #Panthers , per @MollyGrantham . End of an era. pic.twitter.com/V9zkvosXRv — Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 23, 2015 When Williams later retweeted Grantham’s report, that would appear to be a confirmation of the news. It would mark the end of an era during which Williams became the franchise’s all-time leading rusher with a career that started with the team as a first-round pick in 2006. Williams has rushed 1,432 times for 6,846 yards and 46 touchdowns — all franchise bests…

Cardinals lock up coach Bruce Arians, GM Steve Keim to extensions (Yahoo Sports)

The Arizona Cardinals believe that good times are here to stay. So are their head coach and general manager. The team has signed head coach Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim to contract extensions that will last through the 2018 season, according to the Cardinals’ official website . “Two years ago we hired Steve and Bruce a few days apart and believed we had something really special,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. “Every day since then they have validated that belief. The team’s performance over the last two seasons certainly reflects how talented they are in their…

Yankees will retire Andy Pettitte’s No. 46, despite his PED past (Yahoo Sports)

The New York Yankees will honor pitcher Andy Pettitte this summer, retiring his number and giving him a plaque in the team’s prestigious monument park. And while Pettitte’s career hit many of the hallmarks for such a thing — 15 years with the Yankees, five World Series wins, beloved status as a member of the “Core Four” — make no mistake this is a tricky situation. The Yankees announced Monday that Pettitte, along with Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams, will have their numbers retired this season. In the case of Pettitte, the Yankees have to know this is a little awkward. Pettitte’s…

Packers cut Brandon Bostick, who misplayed NFC title game onside kick (Yahoo Sports)

It’s hard to believe that the Green Bay Packers would cut a player just for misplaying an onside kick, basically scapegoating him publicly for a loss. But when Brandon Bostick was cut on Monday, it was easy to wonder what role his NFC championship game mistake had to do with it. Bostick announced on Twitter that the Packers had cut him. Thankful To Spend The First 3 Years Of My Career In GB. Unfortunately My Time There Has Ended. I Appreciate The Support From Everyone In GB! — Brandon Bostick (@Bostick11) February 16, 2015 While it isn’t totally fair, Bostick…

Lance Armstrong loses $10 million arbitration ruling (Yahoo Sports)

An arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company for what it called an ”unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy” that covered up his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Dallas-based SCA Promotions announced the 2-1 decision against the former cyclist when its lawyers said Monday they had asked Texas’ 116th Civil District Court in Dallas to confirm the arbitration ruling, dated Feb. 4. The panel included a neutral chairman, who ruled in favor of SCA, and one person selected by each side.