By Sam Page
March 23, 2016

Buckeyes and Wolverines trade barbs on social media

When asked about Michigan football's decisions to hold camp in Florida during spring break, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith made a seemingly innocuous remark that I guess could be read as disparaging:

Well, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh, never one to back down from a fight, shot back with a good burn referencing the Ohio State players suspended in 2010 for receiving discount tattoos (among other perks):

For now, though, it seems NFL-bound Buckeye alum Ezekial Elliott had the last laugh (as Gene Smith apologized for accidentally starting the whole fracas):

MLB goes to Cuba

As a sign of thawing U.S.-Cuban relations, the Rays became the first MLB team since the Orioles in 1999 to play a baseball game in the island country. Tampa Bay defeated the Cuban national team, 4–1. President Obama was in attendance, sitting next to Cuban head of state Raul Castro. They even did the wave together!

The First Lady is not having it

Spin-O-Rama

NHL fan jersey/logo redesigns

These are always fun. I like the Sens jerseys in particular:

Mime leads Cubs warm-ups

Today's Peanuts

(Photo credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez will retire when his current contract expires after the 2017 season, he told ESPN’s Andrew Marchand on Wednesday.

Rodriguez is due $42 million over the next two seasons. He will be 42 years old at the end of the 2017 season. 

After making a few appearances in the field last season, the Yankees have said that Rodriguez will only play as a designated hitter this season. 

Rodriguez batted .250 with a team-high 33 home runs and an .842 OPS last season, his first year back after serving a season-long suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis controversy. 

Rodriguez, the top pick in the 1993 draft, broke into the majors with the Mariners at age 18 in 1994. When he became a free agent after the 2000 season, Rodriguez signed a record 10-year, $252 million contract with the Rangers. He was traded to the Yankees three years later and won a World Series ring with New York in 2009.

In 2007, Rodriguez opted out of his contract and re-signed on a 10-year, $275 million deal. 

Steroid scandals made Rodriguez a divisive character earlier in his career but he has rehabilitated his image in recent years. His appearances as an analyst for Fox’s playoff coverage earned positive reviews and he has served as a mentor for younger teammates

- Dan Gartland

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The NFL will host a game in China during the 2018 season and the home team will be the Los Angeles Rams, reports Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.

Commissioner Roger Goodell did not confirm the Rams’ participation in the game at his press conference on Wednesday, instead saying that multiple teams are interested in making the trip.

The NFL’s interest in expanding to more international markets has been widely publicized over the last week, with multiple reports that countries such as China, Germany and Brazil are being looked at as possible destinations. 

The league is already planning to play in Mexico City in 2016, where the Houston Texans will play the Oakland Raiders. 

Los Angeles Rams to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks

There is no word yet who the Rams opponent will be or which Chinese city the game will take place in. 

Los Angeles is already scheduled to play two games in London before it heads to China, taking on the New York Giants in 2016 and an unscheduled opponent in 2017. 

 

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