On the surface, Stephen Strasburg shanking out his right arm isn't out of the ordinary for Davey Johnson to see. He does it often during his starts, whether to stay loose or rid his hand of a little extra sweat. But what he saw on Monday night concerned the 70-year-old manager. Strasburg, who pitched six innings and allowed two runs in the Nationals' 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, was shaking his arm more than usual. He looked uncomfortable on the mound most of the night, and his command was lacking. ... Johnson said it was too soon to tell if Strasburg's next start, which is slated for Saturday in Pittsburgh, is in jeopardy. But the right-hander did not hesitate. "I'm not missing my next start," Strasburg said. (The Washington Times) Comment
Oh, hello, Canada? If Tim Tebow decides he wants to take his talents North of the border, the Montreal Alouettes would roll-out the welcome mat for him. But anyone hoping to see a rerun of Tebowmania that gripped the NFL two seasons ago may have to wait a while. The Alouettes plan for Tebow, at least initially, would be similar to the backup role he fulfilled with the New York Jets, rather than the starring role he had with the Denver Broncos. "If he wants to come to Canada he would be in the same situation as the one he was in with New York," said Montreal general manager Jim Popp. "He can come here and compete to be the backup to Anthony Calvillo and learn the game, just like Jeff Garcia did (behind Doug Flutie)." (TSN.ca) Comment
Once a fixture in sunny Los Angeles, Phil Jackson may have the chance to live through significantly harsher winters. The Toronto Raptors, emboldened by the news that the Sacramento Kings apparently won't be moving to Seattle, have ramped up their pursuit of Phil Jackson to be their new team president, according to sources close to the situation. ... [Sources told ESPN.com that the Raptors] regarded the Seattle group that was trying to buy the Kings as the biggest threat to preventing Jackson from seriously considering their pitch. But now that the Kings appear poised to stay in Sacramento instead of being sold to the consortium led by Jackson fan Chris Hansen, sources say that the Raptors will be pursuing Jackson aggressively this week. (ESPN.com) Comment
Trial biker Petr Kraus performs on the edge of the lebua Hotel in Bangkok to promote Red Bull. (Dean Treml/HO/Getty Images)
Four Rockets defenders were no match for Kevin Durant as he blew past them to sink a monster dunk in Game 4.