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Rex Ryan says there's a competition for the Jets' starting quarterback job. Just one problem: One of those prospective signal-callers doesn't think there is one at all. Asked by reporters on Wednesday about the fight to be the Jets' starter for Week 1, Michael Vick said, "It's not an open competition." That came just mere minutes after Ryan told the press that he planned on having Vick and last year's starter, Geno Smith, battle it out to be under center. "There is competition, there's no doubt." When asked why Vick thought otherwise, Ryan simply responded, "I don't know." Vick, who was brought in to New York on a one-year, $5 million deal this offseason, has been vocal about his abilities, saying earlier this week that he feels he can lead the Jets to a Super Bowl. (New York Daily News)Comment
Dan Uggla's days in Atlanta could be coming to an end. On Wednesday, the Braves called up second baseman Tommy La Stella from Triple-A, and the plan isn't to have the prospect sit on the bench and learn. Instead, manager Fredi Gonzalez said he plans to play La Stella regularly to evaluate him, leaving Uggla on the bench. It's hard to argue against Uggla losing his starter job, however, as he's hit just .177 with two homers this season. What complicates matters for the Braves, however, is the $21 million total they still owe Uggla for this season and next. Ideally, Atlanta would find another team to take a subsidized Uggla off their hands, but if no one steps up, there's a good chance the Braves will simply jettison the veteran second baseman. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Comment
So far, so good for Rob Gronkowski in his recovery from ACL surgery. The Patriots' tight end spent Wednesday working out at an NFL Play 60 event, looking every bit normal as he played around with the kids and teammate Julian Edelman. Said Edelman after, "Gronk looks like Gronk to me." Gronkowski, who tore the ACL and MCL in his knee in a game against the Cleveland Browns in December, is currently working out on his own and is not with the Patriots during their organized team activities. When asked by reporters about his OTA absence, Gronkowski said that he was "just getting healthy on the side." There's currently no set timetable for Gronkowski's return to the field. (Boston Herald)Comment
Serena Willams serves against Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the second round of the French Open. Williams, the defending champion and world's No. 1, was upset by Muguruza in straight sets. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Michael Handzus' winner in the second overtime led the Blackhawks over the Kings, 5-4, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.
Game To Watch
Thunder at Spurs, 9:00 p.m. ET, TNT
- Oklahoma City Thunder
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This Day in Sports
- 1977 -- A.J. Foyt won the Indianapolis 500 for a record fourth time in his career.
- 1989 -- Philadelphia Phillies star Mike Schmidt announces his retirement from baseball.
- 1990 -- Rickey Henderson steals career base No. 893, breaking Ty Cobb's 62-year-old American League record.
- 2010 -- Roy Halladay throws the second perfect game in Philadelphia Phillies franchise history, a 1-0 win over Florida.