More than $300 million remains due to Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, and the issues extend beyond the field in Anaheim. As ugly as the Angels' season has turned on the field, behind-the-scenes cattiness is adding to the grim sense that continues to pervade the organization. Perhaps nothing illustrates it as well as [GM Jerry Dipoto's meetings, which, sources told Yahoo! Sports, scouts have actively tried to duck as this season careens toward another massive disappointment that could end with Dipoto's ouster. However much Angels manager Mike Scioscia tries to deny a rift between he and Dipoto, as he did Sunday, sources said one does indeed exist. And a simple assessment of the situation -- Scioscia's contract runs through 2018 and Dipoto's 2014 -- places the GM far closer to the guillotine than the manager. (Yahoo! Sports) Comment
Just what didn't Dwight Howard want to return to Los Angeles? Talks with various people close to the situation make it clear there were two prerequisites for Dwight Howard to remain a Laker: fire Mike D'Antoni and amnesty, or at the very least muzzle, Kobe Bryant. As audacious as that might sound, it doesn't come without precedent in Lakers' history. When Kobe re-upped in 2004, it coincided with Shaq being shipped to Miami and Phil Jackson being let go. Of course, Kobe didn't have to pressure the team braintrust -- Mitch Kupchak and Jerry and Jim Buss -- to make those moves, since Dr. Buss, in particular, was done with both Shaq and Phil at the time. The Lakers apparently asked Dwight to be patient on both fronts for at least another season. (Sulia.com) Comment
This wound isn't self-inflicted, but it isn't helping the Jets start with a drama-free regular season slate in 2013. After hemming and hawing for weeks over the competition that will determine their starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Bucs, the Jets have to find out if Mark Sanchez's injured right shoulder will even give them a choice. An X-ray Saturday night revealed no fractures, according to a source. Sanchez has a sore right shoulder, though the severity is unknown. The team declared Sanchez "day-to-day" Sunday, announcing that he will miss the last preseason game against the Eagles on Thursday night. The Jets are still "still figuring out" how seriously Sanchez is injured, according to a source. (New York Daily News) Comment
Pitcher Kyousuke Kobayashi leaps for joy after the final out of Japan's 6-4 win over Chula Vista, Calif., in the Little League World Series Championship Game in Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Tiger Woods is brought to his knees by a shot on the par-5 13th hole during the final round of The Barclays.