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Daily Jolt: Ginobili nearly quit: 'I felt negative, fed up

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Wednesday, August 21

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Ginobili nearly quit: 'I felt negative, fed up'

In a wide-ranging interview with Argentine newspaper La Nacion, Manu Ginobili was asked just how close he came to retiring. "By the end of the season -- and I mean the regular season and not the playoffs -- I thought about it a lot. I was so tired of it. I hadn't suffered a muscle strain in my whole life and I went through three in four months. I felt negative, fed up. And I thought about retiring. I hadn't come close to making up my mind but I thought it was something I had to discuss with my wife, 'what if ... ?' She told me that it was my decision and she was fine either way. But when I recovered physically I started to feel better about it all. When the season ended I grieved for 48, 72 hours and I didn't feel retired. I knew something was missing, that I still wanted to play." (San Antonio Express-News)Comment

A-Rod has standing offer of 150-game ban

Clearly, whatever the future holds for Major League Baseball and Alex Rodriguez, extra innings of back-and-forth seem to be in store. Rodriguez, who has already apologized to Yankees teammates, plans to adopt a stance that he no longer will answer any questions, or address any issues, beyond the playing field. ... [It's] hard to know what to believe these days. A person close to Rodriguez, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the topic, told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that Rodriguez rejected a 100-game ban from MLB days before the announcement of his 211-game suspension and has a standing offer of 150 games. Joe Tacopina, one of Rodriguez's attorneys, reiterated Tuesday that Rodriguez "wants his day in court." MLB denies there is an active offer. (USA TODAY Sports)Comment

NFL wanted to dock Miller more games

A series of bad decisions, as he learned on Tuesday, will cost Broncos linebacker Von Miller six games on the shelf. Per a league source, the NFL wanted to impose a suspension of more than six games on Miller under Section I.C.3.f of the substance-abuse policy, which permits "additional discipline" where a player engages in a "deliberate effort to substitute or adulterate a specimen or to alter a Test result." Others have reported that the first sample collected from Miller was spilled and the second sample was determined to be diluted. The league, we're told, believes that the spillage occurred as part of an effort to alter the result, possibly through the adulteration or substitution of the sample. The NFL agreed to suspend Miller only six games via negotiation with the union. (Pro Football Talk)Comment

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