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Manny Ramirez wants back in. [Ramirez] batted .352 this season with eight home runs and 43 RBI for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. The Rhinos -- based in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan -- released Ramirez after he fulfilled a contractual commitment to play for them through June 15, when the first half of their season ended. "The reason he decided not to return for the second half was to free himself to be available to play in the United States," Barry Praver, Ramirez's agent, told FOXSports.com Wednesday. "This whole thing with Manny in Taiwan was a phenomenon. He invigorated the league. Attendance went through the roof. It was a very positive experience for both sides. Manny was so invigorated by his play there that he wants to return to the majors." (FOX Sports)Comment
In the unfolding story that is Aaron Hernandez's future, things went from bad to worse on Wednesday. Police confirmed Wednesday night that the body found near Hernandez's home Monday was that of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, of Dorchester. His death has been deemed a homicide. A law enforcement official tells FOX 25 Hernandez appears to be directly tied to the homicide which is why authorities executed a search warrant at his home Tuesday night. According to the same source, Hernandez, Lloyd, and two other men were at a bar in Boston the night of the homicide, and at some point, the four men left together in a car driven by Hernandez which was confirmed by a text Lloyd sent another friend, the source says. (FOX 25)Comment
While he may have no intention of coaching next season, Phil Jackson may yet return to the Lakers in some capacity. Jackson said Wednesday that he has had conversations with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently about the team and expects to have more moving forward. ... Jackson was careful not get into specifics of his conversation with Kupchak about the Lakers, but Kupchak said he does talk to Jackson about basketball and the Lakers since Jackson is at the Lakers' facility often to see his fiance, Jeanie Buss, the Lakers' governor and executive vice president of business operations. ... Kupchak did not rule out the possibility of Jackson's having a more official role with the team moving forward after Jackson has passed up several opportunities with other teams. (ESPN Los Angeles)Comment
The Blackhawks celebrate, while the Bruins commiserate, after Brent Seabrook's overtime goal gave Chicago a 6-5 win to tie the Stanley Cup Finals at 2-2. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
James Gandolfini, who passed away Wednesday at 51, was a big New York Jets fan. Here, in a scene from "The Sopranos," Gandolfini's Tony Soprano character meets Eric Mangini, the Jets coach at the time.
Game To Watch
Spurs at Heat, 9 p.m. ET
- San Antonio Spurs
- Miami Heat
SI Vault: Sammy Sosa
This Day in Sports
- 2007 -- Sammy Sosa hit his 600th career home run.
- 1994 -- O.J. Simpson pled innocent in the killing of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
- 2004 -- Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 500th career home run.
- 2008 -- The Tampa Bay Lightning selected Steven Stamkos first overall in the NHL draft.