Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Posada wanted out...of New York

The news cycle spins quickly in New York, where Jorge Posada's "back injury" pulled a GM, a coach and an icon into the vortex. In the heat of his anger and frustration Saturday night, Yankee icon Jorge Posada told general manager Brian Cashman amid a flood of F-bombs that he not only wanted out of the No. 9 spot in the Yankee batting order -- he wanted out of the Yankees, too, according to team sources. ... After a day of apologies and reconciliation on both sides, it appeared the fences were mended Monday, at least until Posada and the Yankees disagreed on another matter: Whether Posada refused to catch during spring training. (New York Daily News) Comment

Doc Rivers: I couldn't coach Lakers

Doc Rivers hit the airwaves early Monday morning, and he managed to make a few headlines, not least of which was his take on the Kendrick Perkins trade, but there was more, including talk about coaching the Lakers. "Once you take a year off, you pretty much can coach anywhere. But that would have been strange." Q: Ethically, would you have a problem with that, them being the Celtics' archenemy? "I did have a problem with that if I had, let's say, did it this year. I had a philosophical, a big problem with that. If I had said, 'You know what, I'm going to let my contract expire at the end of this year,' and then go take actually any other team. But especially them and a couple of other teams. I couldn't do it." (WEEI.com) Comment

Fight over for NFL players?

In a battle of attrition, the writing may be on the wall for the players. The bad news is all there on Page 11, clear as can be for NFL players to read. It's the most depressing page of the most depressing ruling on the most depressing day of their two-month labor dispute with the league. The United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals didn't just grant NFL owners a stay, which keeps the lockout going. It all but assured that it's next ruling in June would be even more crushing for the players, who had gotten their hopes up after Judge Susan Nelson's initial decision last month. Suddenly it's well-past time for the players to consider how far they are willing to take this battle. (Yahoo! Sports) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Mayor Boris Johnson (left) and Lord Coe (right) show a pair of friendly space aliens (ok, they're actually official mascots) the finer points of table tennis during a visit to London's Compton School for the purpose of drumming up interest in the 2012 Summer and Paralympic Games. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Oh, dear. LeBron James is threatening to take his talent elsewhere again...

Game To Watch

Lightning vs. Bruins, Game 2, Eastern Conference Final, 8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN, RDS

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Hank Aaron
  • 1969 -- Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers agree to move from the NFC to the AFC
  • 1970 -- Hank Aaron becomes ninth MLB player with 3,000 career hits
  • 1987 -- Eric "Sleepy" Floyd of the Golden State Warriors sets NBA playoff record of 29 points in one quarter
  • 1998 -- David Wells of the Yankees throws the 13th perfect game in major league history

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