On the upside, the Texans learned some good news over the weekend about safety Ed Reed, but the same can't be said for running back Arian Foster. [Foster] is still dealing with back soreness and will not return to action Monday, head coach Gary Kubiak said. Foster is receiving injections, has undergone MRIs and will be re-evaluated later this week. ... "We're trying to get through the injection process -- it's causing him some discomfort and it's going to take some time for him to get through it." Kubiak said "he's not there yet," regarding being concerned about Foster missing the regular-season opener Sept. 9 at San Diego. However, Kubiak is beginning to worry about Foster's lack of practice reps and the team's inexperience without him in the backfield. (Houston Chronicle) Comment
A new sort of chemistry experiment will open anew in Los Angeles, where a full season of Mike D'Antoni awaits. The Lakers finished seventh in the Western Conference last season and then lost Dwight Howard's 17 points and 12 rebounds a game to the "little town" of Houston. ... They also lost veteran free agent Antawn Jamison, who publicly criticized D'Antoni and has yet to sign with another team. Addition by subtraction? The Lakers can only hope, despite their very public courting of Howard that started a mere eight weeks ago and crashed and burned barely a week later. "We've definitely improved our shooting and I think the chemistry will be better just because the uncertainty has gone away," D'Antoni said. "A lot of people will know their roles better and what's going on on the floor better." (Los Angles Times) Comment
With Alex Rodriguez's return, the drama has come with it. Brian Cashman held court for nearly half an hour on Sunday afternoon, providing a lengthy outline of the Yankees' position in their feud with [Rodriguez]. Cashman defended his organization's medical staff, once again challenged Rodriguez to file a grievance -- a process the Yankees expect to occur -- and explained why he has limited his conversations with Rodriguez to "hello" and "goodbye." Cashman said he does not trust Rodriguez to tell the truth, and does not want their discussions to be "distorted." ... "I'm not comfortable talking to Alex on this stuff because I feel like we're in a litigious environment," Cashman said. "So I'm not comfortable anymore talking to him about it." (The Star-Ledger) Comment
Kelly Slater competes in the Billabong Pro Tahiti in French Polynesia. The surfer would win second place. (Kelly Cestari/ASP via Getty Images)
Things got very ugly between Ryan Dempster and Alex Rodriguez in Boston Sunday night.