Justin Blackmon faced the music, so to speak, on Monday. [Blackmon] was asked a simple, direct question on Monday: "Do you have a drinking problem or substance-abuse problem?" The question is fair. The 23-year-old Jaguars wide receiver was arrested for a DUI in college in 2010, and then for another DUI in 2012. Then, last month, he was given a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. ... Asked if he felt like this suspension is a "crossroad moment," Blackmon said, "I do." Yet he does not think he has a substance-abuse problem. "No, I would say I don't," the second-year receiver said Monday. "Out of this whole thing, one of the main things I would say that I had a problem with was just making a poor decision." (Yahoo! Sports) Comment
Danny Ainge held on to the Big Three longer than some expected, and he also kept what left it together, too -- which isn't to say the current roster can get comfortable. All parts are in play. And that means that no matter how much the Celtics personnel chief will again insist that he's not looking to trade Rajon Rondo, he will once again be on alert in case a deal makes sense. ... Rondo's surgically repaired knee means Ainge will receive trash offers. It should also be noted that dramatic advances have been made in ACL surgery. The fact that Rondo suffered only a partial tear means he should be ready for the start of training camp. He has more value than players who had similar procedures in the past. (Boston Herald) Comment
With Anthony Rizzo's contract set, many look at Jeff Samardzija as the next very expensive domino to fall for the Cubs. Samardzija's agent Mark Rogers told ESPNChicago.com there is nothing to report on a potential Samardzija deal at this point. It appears after the 2013 season both sides will re-evaluate their positions and see if a long-term deal makes sense for everyone involved. "It is not really important to me to tell the truth," Samardzija said. "I am the type of guy that his play speaks for itself. Most importantly you do the things you are supposed to do to win ballgames." ESPNChicago.com reported last November that the two sides had preliminary discussions about a three-year deal in the fall of 2012. (ESPN Chicago) Comment
Patrice Bergeron (37) and the Bruins celebrate after Bergeron's game-winning goal against the Maple Leafs. Boston rallied from a 4-1 third-period deficit to take out Toronto in Game 7. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Outfielder Aaron Hicks robbed Adam Dunn of a home run during the Twins' 10-3 win over the White Sox on Monday. He also helped with his bat: Hicks belted out homers in the fourth and sixth inning.