Bench coaches don't often make headlines, but this is different. The Los Angeles Dodgers have fired bench coach Trey Hillman, a move that could lead to further tension between the organization and manager Don Mattingly. Hillman confirmed he has been fired in a phone conversation Tuesday with ESPNLosAngeles.com, saying that he appreciated and enjoyed his time with the Dodgers and harbored no ill will toward the organization. ... Mattingly put pressure on the Dodgers' front office during a news conference Monday to either extend him a multiyear contract offer or to move on without him. Mattingly also said Monday that he hoped his entire coaching staff would return next season, suggesting that the decision to fire Hillman was made by someone else in the Dodgers' front office. (ESPN Los Angeles) Comment
Some stories are just bizarre enough not to diffuse themselves, and the Push Heard 'Round the World certainly qualifies. Bill Belichick is the latest to prod the fire, apparently claiming that the Jets were just as guilty of pushing teammates on field goal block attempts as the Patriots. Belichick was asked Tuesday what he thought of the Jets alerting the officials to look out for the Patriots' maneuver. "Well, I mean, since they were using the play themselves I don't even know about all that," Belichick said. "But basically we're just moving on here." Belichick was almost certainly referring to the Jets' block attempt on Stephen Gostkowski's 44-yard field goal that tied the game late in the fourth quarter. On the play, Quinton Coples moved behind Muhammad Wilkerson, and may have given him a push. (New York Daily News) Comment
Dallas fans, consider this a challenge. The Mavericks, who currently have the world's longest-active streak of sellouts at 477 games, may be in danger of soon losing that record. During an interview with ESPN 103.3 Tuesday, owner Mark Cuban revealed that there are "about a thousand tickets left for the home opener," which takes place Oct. 30 against Atlanta. The Mavericks' streak goes back to Dec. 15, 2001, and they took the reigns as the longest-active streak in sports when the previous record-holding Boston Red Sox failed to sell out a game this past April. During the course of the Mavericks' streak, they had been perennial 50-game winners and serious title contenders, but a mediocre 2011-12 season followed up by last year's playoff-less 2012-13 campaign may have subdued fan interest. (The Dallas Morning News) Comment
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford has company in his net -- Jonathan Huberdeau of the Panthers -- during the second period of Chicago's 3-2 shootout win in Sunrise, Florida. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim and B.J. Schecter discuss the NCAA's ineptitude as revealed by its sanctions on the University of Miami.