June 18, 2014
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The root of Verlander's troubles

The simple question -- What's wrong with Justin Verlander? -- doesn't come with a simple answer. But one hunch that can officially be crossed off the list of possible explanations behind the six-time All-Star's sudden downfall is an undisclosed injury. "Unequivocally, no," said Verlander, who maintained he's healthy. "I feel great." But is it possible Verlander may have developed a few bad habits from an injury last year that forced him to undergo core-muscle repair surgery this past winter? Tigers manager Brad Ausmus didn't entirely rule out the possibility Tuesday. ... [Ausmus] didn't believe the former AL MVP was "out of shape." "Now, could some bad habits -- because of the injury -- have crept into his mechanics and caused the issues?" he said. "Now, that I think is a possibility." (MLive.com) Comment

The best offer for Love?

Not all that long ago, Kevin Love, long the subject of speculation that he wants out of Minnesota, landed in Boston for what became a very public visit. [I continue] to get strong signals that the Celtics are trying hard to use pick No. 6 and 17 along with future No. 1s and young players such as Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk to persuade the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade them Kevin Love. One source close to the Wolves said that while Flip Saunders does not want to trade Love, he realizes the team likely will lose him this summer and the package the Celtics are offering is probably the best he's going to get. Given the strength of the draft, picks 6, 13 and 17 could land them three young starters to help them rebuild their roster quickly. (ESPN.com) Comment

Penn State AD hire doomed from the start?

Dave Joyner can count among his achievements a good number of successes in Happy Valley. Yet seemingly every positive was countered by a negative. From his controversial appointment to athletic director to a recent lawsuit filed against him, Joyner faced detractors from the Penn State fan base and even from the coaches working for him. Now, he's out. ... In his tenure, the rest of Penn State's athletic department also has thrived. The wrestling team, women's volleyball team and fencing teams won national titles, and Penn State's academic reputation remained strong. But Joyner could never escape scrutiny. He, along with president Rodney Erickson, was memorably booed at halftime of the 2012 Penn State-Ohio State football game, and he was often criticized at public comment sessions at board of trustee meetings. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Goalie Guillermo Ochoa dives for a ball during the Mexico-Brazil World Cup match, which ended in a draw on the strength of Ochoa's keeping. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

A GIF will have to suffice for this excellent clip of Johnny Cueto failing to break a bat over his knee.

Game To Watch

The Royals look to maintain hold of the lead in the AL Central against the Tigers, 1:08 p.m. ET

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Derek Jeter
  • 2005 -- After 155 plate appearances with the bases loaded, Derek Jeter hits the first grand slam of his career.
  • 1986 -- Angels' hurler Don Sutton becomes the 19th major league pitcher to win 300 games.
  • 1975 -- Fred Lynn of the Red Sox gets 10 RBIs in a 15-1 win.

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