The San Antonio Spurs send some players home: Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich elects to send home Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to rest them from a long road stretch. This rendered them unavailable for Thursday night's game against the Miami Heat. NBA Commissioner David Stern took note of this and promised "substantial sanctions will be forthcoming." The Heat won 105-100.
Amare Stoudamire out after postgame injury: After last night's Game 2 in Miami, New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudamire punches a fire extinguisher case, lacerating his left hand badly enough to require stitches. The Knicks lost to the Heat, 104-94 and are down 2-0 heading back to New York for Game 3 Thursday night.
"I'd hide it if I had a concussion": In a recent poll of a few NFL players conducted by the Associated Press, slightly more than half said that they'd try to play through injuries, including head injuries, than take themselves out. However, more than two-thirds also favored being shielded from their own instincts: they favor having independent neurologists on the sidelines of games making decisions to remove players they think have sustained a head injury of some degree.
Who wants to bet Tiger never set a golf course on fire like this?: Over the weekend, a golfer at Shady Canyon Golf Course caused a fire when he inadvertently struck a rock while swinging his club in the rough. Ground and air units responded to the blaze, which scorched 12 acres before being put out.
Stafon Johnson dislocates ankle: Tennessee Titans rookie RB Stafon Johnson suffered a major setback in the third quarter of last night's pre-season game against the Seahawks, being carted off the field after dislocating his ankle following a short reception. Johnson was signed as an undrafted free agent out of USC; this is the guy who had 275 lbs. of weights crush his larynx requiring emergency surgery to save his life last year.
Lifetime ban from Dominican Winter baseball for Offerman: Jose Offerman was suspended for life from Dominican Winter League baseball for throwing a punch at American umpire Daniel Rayburn while arguing balls and strikes during a game on Saturday. In a related story, Rayburn and three other American umpires working the league resigned and left the country, fearing for their safety.
Brett Favre Retires: Brett Favre has told the Packers and coach Mike McCarthy Tuesday morning he's planning on retiring after 17 seasons.
Patriots to Honor Booed Teenager: Patriots owner Robert Kraft extended an invitation to Anna Grant and her parents to be on the field during the coin flip at this weekend's playoff game against the San Diego Chargers. The 14-year-old girl was booed after being introduced as her age-group champion of the Punt-Pass-Kick competition before the 4th quarter of the Colts-Chargers game because she was wearing a Patriots jersey.
Technical foul called on referee: Did an NBA referee bet on games, and make calls affecting the point spreads of those games he worked? The FBI is checking on this one.
2006 Retrospective: Tis the season to honor the accomplishments of Big Ben, A-Rod, Barry, Bode, Floyd Landis, and many other deserving athletes.