Add Erik Bedard to the growing list of pitchers who could be available at the trade deadline. But the Mariners could decide to hold onto him for 2009 because they paid such a high price (Adam Jones, George Sherrill) to get him from Baltimore. (Chicago Tribune) Comment
Rip Hamilton isn't an untouchable. The only "sacred cow," as Joe Dumars phrased it last week, who isn't on the trading block is rookie Rodney Stuckey. Hamilton will draw more in the open market than anybody else on that roster. He's 30 and a three-time All-Star, and it's always easier finding another scorer. The idea of Chauncey Billups being more expendable than Hamilton because there's already a replacement point guard in Stuckey is gravely flawed, because when Dumars drafted Stuckey with the 15th overall selection, he envisioned a future backcourt of two big hybrid guards, both capable of running the point or working for shots off the ball. (Detroit Free Press) Comment
Cedric Benson said the latest episode in his turbulent off-season will not prevent him from participating in organized team activities Monday. There is considerable speculation that the Halas Hall appearance might be his last as a Bear. Benson's football fate could be determined this week as facts are gathered pertaining to his Saturday morning arrest in Austin, Texas, on charges of driving while intoxicated. The arrest was the second in five weeks for the enigmatic running back; he was jailed on May 3 outside of Austin and charged with boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest. (Chicago Tribune) Comment
LSU center fielder Leon Landry makes a leaping catch to end the fifth inning of an NCAA Super Regional game against UC Irvine. UC Irvine defeated LSU 11-5 in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Tim Mueller)
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