Phil Mickelson….Says he needs time away from golf after explosive week long comments ripping the PGA Tour and using obscene terms about Saudi Arabia all the while expressing interest in the Saudi-Super League…Mickelson has been ripped by fellow tour members since the weekend..He issued an extended apology citing the pressure he has been under and his own expectations-but yet critiquing the tour again:
..Regrets for what was said but it was taken out of context
..I will take time away from golf to make changes in my life
..It was reckless and offended people
..Respect what Greg Norman and Saudi International is attempting to do in golf
..I’ve always acted in the best interest of golf
Union-MLB..Met for 5-hours Tuesday…Union makes new proposals asking more money..Only 4-people at negotiating table..but little progress seen..Owners asked again that a 3rd party mediator be brought in-Union said no
..Union wants minimum salaries to start at 775,000-reach-895,000 by final year deal
..Union wants draft pick lottery for top 7-picks
..Union wants Arbitration for 75% of Super 2-players..rather than 80%
..No talks on Luxury Tax Issues..Increased Threshold..Taxes..Draft pick penalties
..No talks on Draft pick compensation
..No talks on International draft
Padres..Report trying to set up a 3-way trade with A’s and Yankees that would send 1B-Eric Hosmer to NY…1B-Matt Olson to Padres and group of young players to Athletics..once Trade embargo is lifted.
Dodgers..Sign FA-P-Rob Erlin-ex Padres..pitched for Nippon Ham Fighters last year-Japan (3.32-ERA)
Cardinals..Express interest in ex Pirates 1B-3B-Colin Moran
White Sox..Sign FA-OF-Dwight Smith-ex Blue Jays-Orioles-Toronto
Seattle..Sign FA-P-Pat Weigel-ex Brewers
Twins..Sign FA-2B-Elliot Soto-ex Angels-Dodgers
Tijuana Toros..Sign P-Oliver Perez..spent 19-years in majors with 8-teams..Career (4.24ERA)
Aztecs-L-Boise State (58-57)…Abu Kigab hits 2-free throws with (:01) left ending Aztecs fierce second half comeback…Kijab (21P) also locked down Matt Bradley…Boise built 12 point lead at halftime as SDSU had 1-basket in 13-possession stretch…Broncos had (18-2) run…State chipped away in 2nd half to actually take the lead with (:12) left…Nathan Mensah (13P)…Bradley (12P)….Boise shot only 34% from floor…but hit 17-free throws and had 32-rebounds in win…SDSU had 24-fouls in game…….Tuesday game…SDSU (17-7)..BSU (22-6)..Aztecs have now lost 6-games against teams with quality records… .State had won 5-in a row..Boise has won 11-of last 12 games.
UCLA-W-ASU (66-52)..Bruins blow 17P-lead..rally to win..UCLA (20-5)…Julian Bernard-David Singleton combine ()32P) in win..
Michigan State…Tom Izzo criticizes Juwan Howard for fight at end of Wisconsin game…’Players should Man Up and shake hands at end of the game’….’What are we teaching our players?’
Brooklyn…Says G-Ben Simmons still weeks away from playing because of conditioning issues
76ers…Players say Ben Simmons grew unhappy because he was not the ‘Alpha Dog’ in the lockeroom..Joel Embiid-Jimmy Butler took over that role on team.
Lakers..LeBron James says season this year ‘Hell Storm’
Lakers..Agent Rich Paul denies he tried to get Lakers to trade his client Russell Westbrook and #1 pick to Houston for G-John Wall.
New Orleans..Criticism from JJ Redick…’Zion Williamson has become detached from team’
Chargers…Roster decisions coming as team heads to free agency:
..WR-Mike Williams can be franchise tagged at 18.7M this week
..OT-Bryan Bulaga could be released..has 10M cap figure
..DT-Linval Joseph could be released..counts 8.5M against cap
..DE-Uchenna Nwosu becomes free agent-March 14th
..Chargers have 24-free agents and 56M-cap space
Chargers..Hire Chris Heistand-Asst Def Line coach..ex Broncos
Raiders..Hire Kennedy Polamalu..RB coach-ex Vikings
Broncos..Hire Andrew Carter-Def Line coach-ex UKansas
Patriots..Name Joe Judge-QB coach-ex Giants…Matt Patricia-OL coach-ex Lions
Rams..Hire Jake Peetz-Off assistant-ex LSU Off Coord
Green Bay..Deciding on Franchise Tag for WR-Davantae Adams
Dallas..Can’t Franchise Tag DE-Randy Gregory-team 20M over cap
Green Bay..QB-Aaron Rodgers say he had positive end of season meeting with GM-Brian Gutekunst-Coach Matt LaFleur
Houston..Judge says QB-Deshaun Watson can give depositions involving 9-of-22 lawsuits filed against him for Sexual misconduct
Pittsburgh…Brian Flores-LB coach..says he will give evidence to NFL into investigation Miami owner Steven Ross wanted to tank games to get higher draft picks…Flores says he will continue lawsuit against NFL for systemic racism.
Miami…Denies they tried to force a ‘Non Disclosure Agreement’ on fired coach Brian Flores
Kansas City..Release LB-Anthony Hitchens-had (8.5M) cap figure
Washington Post…says survey of fans shows dislike of new nickname-“Commanders”
..49%-Dislike name…42%-Like it…11%-undecided
NFL…Changes bubble rule for Combine-will allow draff picks to have personal doctors-physicians-nutrionists…but must be masked and in limited areas of Combine workouts.
USFL…Began weeklong draft of players for spring league:
Marshall…Hires Christian Spears as AD to guide Thundering Herd into the Sun Belt Conference was CEO of Athletics at Pitt
Georgia..Assistant Head coach-OL coach-Matt Luke resigns from program
Ducks-San Jose…Rikard Rackell 2-goals for Anaheim…..Game tied (3-3) going to 3rd period at Press Time Tuesday game…Anaheim (24-19-9)
Ducks..Call up D-Brendan Guhle from AHL-San Diego Gulls..send D-Greg Pattern to Gulls
Kings-Arizona..Wednesday game…LA (26-17-7)
Colorado..NHL does not suspend C-Nathan MacKinnon for slashing officials after lost face-off
Arizona..Coyotes lose F-Andrew Ladd-4W-knee injury
Maple Leafs..Lose D-Jake Muzzin-2nd concussion of season
Arizona-Toronto..Coyotes deal G-Carter Hutton to Maple Leafs
USSF…Reach out of court settlement…Will pay 24M-to-61 players from USA-Womens Team as part of ‘Equal Pay Lawsuit’…..USA Women will get equal pay in future for bonuses, tourney appearances and World Cup prize money-equal to USA men.
Soccer…UEFA…Soccer governing body meeting to discuss pulling the Champions League finals out of St-Petersburg-Russia because of Putin invasion of Ukraine
Team USA…F-Wes McKennie to miss 12-weeks with fractured foot
Pele..Soccer legend readmitted to hospital-urinary track infection…has been in chemo for Colon Cancer..Brazilian icon is (81Y)
Horse Racing…CHRB says it will abide with Bob Baffert 90-days suspension handed down over Kentucky Derby decision in Medina Spirit drug case…Baffert will be banned from running horses in the Derby and in Preakness State and races in California for 50-days.
Olympic…TV ratings all time low…NBC-Peacock Ratings were (11.4M) average…down from (19.8M) viewership in 2018 Winter games…and down from (15.5M) in Tokyo summer games.