An SNY employee who travels with the Mets has been stricken by an unidentified strain of the flu, prompting concerns about swine flu in a clubhouse that has had two players come down with a stomach virus in the past several days. The Mets would not identify the person, but a source close to the situation said it is a member of the network's technical staff. The employee has been isolated from the team since coming down with the flu Monday, and -- as with everyone who has the flu these days -- is being tested for swine flu. However, it could take up to a week before test results reveal whether it is swine flu. In the meantime, the Mets are taking every precaution possible. (Newark Star-Ledger) Comment
According to a source with knowledge of Rodney Harrison's plans, the 36-year-old safety will announce today that he is retiring after 15 seasons - the last six with the Patriots - to pursue a broadcast career as part of NBC Sports' NFL coverage. The team will hold a 9 a.m. conference call with Harrison, who joined the Patriots in 2003 and won a pair of Super Bowl rings. NBC Sports, which used Harrison during its Super Bowl coverage this past season, has scheduled a conference call for noon. Harrison has retained a broadcast agent, Mark Lepselter of Maxx Sports & Entertainment.
Don't be surprised if the Portland Trail Blazers trade into the lottery, looking to acquire Davidson's Stephen Curry. The way I hear it, the Blazers (currently picking 24th) are nosing around to trade up and have Curry in their sights. Enough teams are willing to deal down that this is a real possibility. And it would be great for Curry in this regard: A long-time NBA scout told me months ago that the ideal situation for Curry is to play point guard on a team with a shooting guard who can also handle the ball. That would allow Curry to spot up some, and maximize the impact of his shooting. (Charlotte Observer) Comment
Great Britain's Andy Murray serves during his match Tuesday against Chile's Fernando Gonzalez in the French Open quarterfinals. Gonzalez won 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Now that comedian Conan O'Brien is an Los Angeles celebrity after inheriting Tonight Show hosting duties from Jay Leno, he's got to start doing proper L.A. things -- like going to Lakers games.
1932 -- John McGraw, longtime manager of the New York Giants, abruptly resigns midway through the season. 1989 -- The Houston Astros need 22 innings and more than seven hours to secure a 5-4 victory over the L.A. Dodgers at the Astrodome. 2003 -- Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs is ejected from a game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for getting caught using a corked bat.
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