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A.J. Ellis haunted by Greinke's injury

A.J. Ellis concedes he's "taken a beating publicly" in the aftermath of Zack Greinke's injury, and it weighs on him. [Ellis] is hauling around a heavy dose of guilt along with a mask and shin guards in his Dodgers equipment bag. "That's probably the hardest thing I've had to live with since the incident," Ellis said during a quiet moment before the Dodgers and Padres tangled again Tuesday evening. "Could I have done something different?" ... [Greinke] and Ellis have spoken a couple of times on the telephone. "He actually apologized to me for not telling me ahead of time that there was potential for a personal vendetta," Ellis says. "Everything I heard from the Padres players afterward was that this was destined to happen." (CBS Sports) Comment

Kobe checks himself in at will

A day after Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon, GM Mitch Kupchak said the star had already moved on and that his spirits were soaring -- making him a unique competitor in more ways than one. Kupchak said Kobe has a history of checking himself back in a game without his coaches telling him to, but those are the perks of a 5-time champion. "There are times during the game when Mike (D'Antoni) or Phil (Jackson) or Mike Brown or Rudy Tomjanovich have taken Kobe out of a game," said Kupchak. "Then Kobe, at some point, says 'Well, it's time for me to go back in.'" Kupchak was pleased with the performance from the team Sunday in their first game without Bryant, particularly what he saw from Dwight Howard. (JimRome.com) Comment

RichRod's 'game-changer' facility

My, how times have changed. For most of his 14 years as the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats, Dick Tomey worked out of a small, windowless office. ... Second-year coach Rich Rodriguez is going to have a view of the Santa Catalina Mountains on the third floor of a football-only facility in the north end zone of Arizona Stadium, sitting amid spacious accommodations that very much look like the "game-changer" he says it will be for the program. And, oh yeah, he has his own personal bathroom and shower. The athletic department took the local media on a tour of the $72 million Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. It???s still a work in progress, but the team is on pace to move into the posh digs in July. (The Arizona Republic) Comment

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A note of support from a young Cleveland fan hangs in the Red Sox' dugout before their game against the Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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SI Vault: More Celtics
  • 1963 -- Paul Hornung of Packers and Alex Karras of Lions suspended by NFL for allegedly gambling on games
  • 1997 -- Martin Brodeur of the Devils becomes second NHL goalie to score a goal in the playoffs
  • 2004 -- UConn's Diana Taurasi taken by Phoenix Mercury with top pick in WNBA Draft
  • 2005 -- Boston Celtics win Atlantic Division for first time since 1991-92
  • 2012 -- Jamie Moyer of the Rockies becomes the oldest pitcher (49 years 141 days) in Major League history to win a game
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