Clearly, it's not working in Anaheim -- not at the moment, anyway. Watching the Angels this season, I keep thinking, "Why does Mike Scioscia need this?" [If] the Angels fail to recover, something will have to give. Scioscia could take a year off like [Terry Francona], but that would require him to renounce his contract. Better Scioscia should sit down with Moreno with the two agreeing to part amicably through a John Farrell-type trade -- only with a bigger return. The Dodgers, Scioscia's former team, would be the most obvious possibility. ... The Angels could hire a new manager with new energy. And they would be better for it. Fourteen years is a long time for a manager to stay in one place. Especially when everything is no longer the same. (FOX Sports) Comment
Beyond a statement, the University of Kansas didn't have much to say, and coach Bill Self has added little more. [Self] said at his camp on Sunday he had "no comment" regarding any aspects of the USA Today story in which Ben McLemore's AAU coach, Darius Cobb, said he was paid $10,000 and travel expenses from a middleman. ... Cobb said McLemore knew "little to none" about the middleman's financial involvement in the player's life. McLemore's amateur status may be at risk because of payments Cobb said he accepted from [Rodney Blackstock]. An athlete's family members, friends and coaches cannot accept money or gifts from agents or anyone working for them. (KUSports.com) Comment
At long last for Patriots fans, some good news for star tight end Rob Gronkowski. Patriots owner Robert Kraft remained hopeful [Sunday] the worst-case scenario would not play out for [Gronkowski], who is in a holding pattern with respect to a decision regarding a potential fourth surgery on his fractured left forearm. Kraft [Sunday] sought an update on Gronkowski, who has been taking part in the team's offseason program, and received what he perceived as positive news. "Everything I've heard is good," said Kraft, who was at the Putnam East Club [Sunday], helping judge the fifth annual Science of Sports science fair. ... "I asked about it this morning and everything is good. He's working hard." (Boston Herald) Comment
Kevin Durant stretches to save a ball during Game 1 of the Thunder-Grizzlies series. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
The gloves came off during the Senators-Canadiens game last night.