As Aaron Hernandez awaits the next steps of a life behind bars, new details are being uncovered about his life before prison. In the new issue of Rolling Stone, contributing editor Paul Solotaroff delivers a detailed investigation into [Hernandez's] life, tracing his path from affable high school football star to deeply troubled NFL player to murder suspect. Solotaroff conducted interviews with family friends, high school teammates and NFL sources. ... * Hernandez had so infuriated his head coach, Bill Belichick, with missed practices and thug-life stunts, that he was one misstep from being cut. ... * In college his coach (then-University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer) may have helped cover up failed drug tests, along with two violent incidents -- an assault and a drive-by shootout outside a local bar. (RollingStone.com) Comment
Can you play nice, guys? That essentially was the directive given to owners James Dolan of the Knicks and Mikhail Prokhorov of the Nets this past season during a meeting orchestrated by NBA Commissioner David Stern, who wanted to snuff any lingering tension between the two and prevent a full-blown feud, multiple league sources told The Post. "There was such a meeting and the parties both said it was a very cordial and pleasant one," said one league official with knowledge of the sit-down, which happened early in the season. The official also confirmed Stern assisted in getting the pair together in an attempt to prevent a wave of spitballs going back and forth over the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. (New York Post) Comment
For now, there is no word on whether a former Pirate promo day is on the horizon in Queens. On the day the Mets were giving out 500 Marlon Byrd T-shirts as part of a promotion, the team traded the right fielder and catcher John Buck to the Pirates for an infield prospect, a player to be named later and cash considerations. In a span of about 24 hours, the Mets pretty much lost all that kept them interesting down the stretch of another losing season. On Monday, the team announced that ace Matt Harvey had a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. The team is not optimistic that he can avoid Tommy John surgery. ... Byrd -- the team leader in home runs (21) and RBI (71) -- and Buck (15 HR, 60 RBI) were the Mets' top two run producers. (New York Daily News) Comment
Wonder kid: Victoria Duval, 17, ranked 296 in the world, is in high spirits after upsetting defending champion Samantha Stosur, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round of the U.S. Open. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
One of the weirdest first pitches you'll ever see.