One of the most closely watched position competitions in the NFL this coming camp season will take place when the Jets send Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith into the ring. The organization wants a fresh face at quarterback, but Smith has a lot to prove after a lackluster performance in the OTAs and minicamp. ... The coaches are toying with the idea of turning Smith into what Tebow was supposed to be last season -- a change-of-pace quarterback (assuming he doesn't win the starting job). Smith would have a package of plays, mainly read-option runs that could exploit his speed. The upside: It would give him some game experience, albeit in a gadget role, and add a wrinkle to the offense. The downside: He wasn't very productive when West Virginia called designed runs. (ESPN New York) Comment
Considering the headlines, SEC media days this week should be interesting for quarterback Johnny Manziel. [Manziel] has apologized to the Aggies coaching staff and is being advised to be honest about what led to his much-discussed departure last weekend from the Manning Academy, a source told ESPN. The Heisman Trophy winner did not finish his scheduled stay as a college coach/counselor at the camp in Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., because he missed assigned meetings and practice sessions, apparently due to illness. ... [Manziel] was "very upset" as he headed home from the academy and has privately conceded that he needs to continue to mature, the source said. He is preparing for an anticipated difficult line of questioning at media days. (ESPN.com) Comment
Clay Buchholz won't be returning to the rotation in Boston until he's fully healthy -- when, exactly, that is remains to be seen. Buchholz threw a bullpen session Sunday in Oakland and still felt soreness in his neck and shoulder area. The Red Sox were hopeful that Buchholz would be able to throw off a mound before the All-Star Game, but instead, he won't throw another bullpen session until Thursday after the All-Star break. "I'm not going to go out and do something that's going to cost me the rest of the season," said Buchholz, who hasn't pitched since June 8. ... Buchholz initially was not expected to miss an extended period of time, but he hasn't been able to get comfortable enough to return. (Boston Herald) Comment
Metta World Peace and Carmelo Anthony are set to join forces. The Knicks agreed to sign World Peace to a reported two-year, $3.2 million contract on Monday. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Oakland A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes put on a show in Monday's Home Run Derby. He belted 17 homers in the first round and finished with 32 overall. He hit nine blasts in the final round to beat Bryce Harper.