Rivera suffering from blood clot in leg
May 10, 2012
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BaseballMariano Rivera, 42, has a blood clot in his right calf, the latest health problem for the longtime New York Yankees closer who tore a knee ligament last week while shagging fly balls during batting practice. Rivera is on blood-thinning medication intended to dissolve the clot and says he is OK, though he was scared when he received the diagnosis. He needs to spend at least a week or two strengthening his knee before he has surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament - but he says that would have been the case regardless of the blood clot. Rivera, baseball’s career saves leader, said he will do whatever it takes to return next season . . . The Toronto Blue Jays demoted struggling closer Francisco Cordero, a day after he surrendered a game-ending grand slam to Brandon Inge in a 7-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Cordero has 329 career saves but has blown his last three opportunities and has only converted two of five chances this season . . . White Sox closer Chris Sale will undergo an MRI on his sore left elbow Thursday. Manager Robin Ventura recently named Sale his closer after the lefthander made five starts but had tenderness in his elbow. He went 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA.
Hargrove says NFL distorted statement
NFLSuspended former Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove said he’s disappointed his sworn statement regarding the NFL’s bounty investigation was leaked. Hargrove said in a statement e-mailed to the Associated Press by his agent Phil Williams that he hoped the NFL would not discuss the signed declaration publicly. Hargrove said the NFL “grossly mischaracterized’’ his words, which made the declaration a “hot item’’ that was subsequently leaked to media. Hargrove’s sworn declaration explains how ex-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and current assistant head coach Joe Vitt told him to deny the existence of a bounty program when he was interviewed by NFL investigators in March of 2010 . . . The Pittsburgh Steelers signed second-round draft pick Mike Adams, an offensive tackle, to a four-year contract. Terms were not disclosed . . . A person familiar with the decision said Jets vice president of college scouting Joey Clinkscales is leaving New York to take a position with the Oakland Raiders . . . The Chicago Bears signed sixth-round draft pick Isaiah Frey, a cornerback from Nevada, to a four-year contract.
Bailey believes Big East in sound shape
CollegesThe Big East’s interim commissioner, Joseph Bailey III, said the conference is working to dispel any perception that it is unraveling following the ouster of John Marinatto. Bailey, a former chief executive with the Miami Dolphins, held a conference call two days after Marinatto resigned amid pressure from Big East presidents. Bailey said he does not want the job permanently, and believes it will take about three to four months to find a replacement. In the meantime, he said he’s seen no split between football and basketball schools, and said the conference is focused on making sure the public doesn’t think it is falling apart. “It’s a very cohesive, very focused group,’’ he said . . . John Cleland, the judge in Jerry Sandusky’s criminal child sexual abuse case, did not immediately resolve remaining disputes over what information the defense is entitled to but he said he wanted to swiftly resolve the disagreements and push the case toward trial. Cleland also did not rule on lawyer Joe Amendola’s new request to delay the start of trial, currently scheduled for June 5, but he did open a pretrial hearing Wednesday by noting the “trial is approaching’’ for the former Penn State assistant football coach. Sandusky, 68, is facing 52 criminal counts involving 10 boys over 15 years, and was not in the courtroom for the proceeding, which lasted less than two hours.
Knicks’ Lin is continuing his recovery
BasketballKnicks guard Jeremy Lin said he tried to play at 100 percent this week, and knew right away that his surgically repaired left knee was not ready. Lin says he’s about 85 percent healed from the surgery. He said he had no setbacks, but that the final stages of the healing process are simply taking longer than he anticipated. The Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday night by the Heat in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference series . . . Paul Allen insists he’s not going to sell the Portland Trail Blazers, but said this season is the most disappointing he’s had in 24 years as the team’s owner. The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft has posted an open letter to fans on the Blazers’ team website . . . Two-time All-America center Brittney Griner is recovering from a broken right wrist sustained in a longboard accident. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey expects Griner to be in a cast for four weeks. As a junior, Griner helped the Lady Bears to the first 40-win season in NCAA history with their second national championship.
NHL approves the sale of St. Louis Blues
MiscellanyThe NHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group headed by St. Louis beer distributor Tom Stillman. The sale price is believed to be about $130 million. The Stillman group become the eighth owner in franchise history . . . Center Saku Koivu, 37, and the Anaheim Ducks agreed on a one-year deal worth $3 million . . . Union Rags, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby, will skip the Preakness on May 19 to rest up for the Belmont Stakes on June 9 . . . Eric McClure will miss Friday night’s Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway because of injuries suffered in a crash at Talladega Saturday.
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