It wouldn't be Alex Rodriguez if it weren't somehow just a little more dramatic. [Rodriguez] will be suspended through at least the 2014 season in an announcement Monday by Major League Baseball, but the New York Yankees third baseman plans to file an immediate appeal, enabling him to play Monday night against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, two people with direct knowledge of the plan told USA TODAY Sports. Rodriguez is one of about 10 major leaguers who will be suspended, but he is the only player that will be banned beyond this season. MLB officials informed Rodriguez's attorneys and the Major League Players Association of their decision to suspend the players, and told Rodriguez that he no longer is able to discuss a settlement. (USA TODAY Sports) Comment
Already Gang Green's fans are anxious -- and a little cranky in Cortland. An otherwise sleepy crowd at SUNY Cortland awoke, briefly, to rain boos on Mark Sanchez, a sound that does not bode well for the quarterback's future with the Jets. On the first play of a drive in the team's intrasquad Green & White scrimmage Saturday evening, Sanchez had just thrown an interception to Antonio Cromartie on a deep ball intended for Vidal Hazelton. Though he made the pick, Cromartie was none too pleased by the crowd's reaction. "I think that's bullcrap," Cromartie said. "My thing is, if you're going to be a fan, be a fan. You don't come out here and boo anybody." Sanchez was much less agitated, perhaps having gotten used to being the target of such venom. "Oh, shoot, I don't care," he said. "That's the way it goes." (New York Daily News) Comment
The Celtics have over the years whittled away at the Big Three, choosing to move on entirely this summer and leave the Celtics in the hands of Rajon Rondo. Just because the Pistons acquired Brandon Jennings in a sign-and-trade deal with the Bucks doesn't mean they've lost interest in [Rondo]. In fact, they could eventually use Jennings as a trade chip and seek to acquire Rondo. There are going to be several interested parties in Rondo, and that number could increase when he shows he's fully recovered from anterior cruciate ligament surgery. (The Boston Globe) Comment
Tiger Woods bested the field by seven strokes at Firestone Sunday. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Here's how the Mavericks tried to lure Dwight Howard to Dallas.