- Free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony signed his one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Houston Rockets on Monday league sources tell ESPN.
Indians’ Martin Battles Life-Threatening Infection – Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin had a bacterial infection that attacked his organs and was life-threatening, but he is in stable condition and improving, Indians president Chris Antonetti said. Antonetti addressed the team Monday and said that Martin, who has been hospitalized at Cleveland Clinic for nearly a week, is recovering and his outlook is good, but that “progress will be measured in weeks, not days.” Antonetti said that Martin had a bacterial infection that entered his bloodstream and damaged his internal organs. Antonetti said the organs started to shut down, and it was “severe.” “Thankfully, he’s made a lot of progress in the last 24 to 36 hours,” Antonetti said. “He’s regained a lot of the organ function. We’re optimistic. He’s on a good path right now, and we’re hopeful that he’ll have a full recovery. But he’s got a long path to get back to full health in front of him. It’s going to take some time.”
Lynx’s Whalen To Retire After 15 WNBA Seasons – Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen, a four-time WNBA champion, announced Monday she will retire at season’s end after 15 years in the league. “I would like to thank the WNBA, the Connecticut Sun, and the Minnesota Lynx for believing in me all of these years,” Whalen said in a statement, referencing the two franchises she played for. “I look forward to the next chapter in my basketball career and wish my Lynx coaches and teammates all of the best in the future.” Whalen, 36, already has her next job: She was named women’s basketball coach at her alma mater, Minnesota, in April. She led the Gophers to the 2004 Women’s Final Four, after which she was the No. 4 overall pick in the WNBA draft by the Sun. Whalen played six seasons for Connecticut, helping the Sun reach the 2004 and 2005 WNBA Finals. But the Hutchinson, Minnesota, native always had a wish to return home, and that happened for 2010 as the Sun traded her to the Lynx in order to get the No. 1 draft pick (Tina Charles) that year.
Redskins Release Free Agent Addition Scandrick – The Washington Redskins released veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick on Tuesday. The move comes as a surprise, considering Scandrick signed with the team this offseason and had worked all training camp as a starter. It also signals the Redskins’ comfort level with the development of their young cornerbacks. Washington signed Scandrick in March to a two-year deal worth up to $7 million. The Redskins wanted him to start in the slot and perhaps on the outside; that’s how they used him throughout camp. The Redskins will save $2.093 million against the cap and have $500,000 of dead money in 2018 and ’19.
Dolphins Cut DL For Cheap Shot On RB Drake – A message was sent loud and clear at Miami Dolphins headquarters: No cheap shots are allowed against teammates, especially not at the team’s starting running back. Veteran defensive lineman Gabe Wright was waived by the Dolphins on Tuesday, one day after he charged at and blindsided Kenyan Drake while the running back’s helmet was off. The incident occurred toward the end of a fight involving multiple players during Monday’s practice. It was one of several incidents during a particularly physical and testy session. An angry Drake tossed Wright’s helmet to the sideline after the skirmish. Drake did not appear to be injured during the fight. The fight started when running back Senorise Perry was tackled to the ground unnecessarily for the third time of this particular series. His offensive teammates were fed up and several players on both sides of the ball, backups and starters, got involved in pushing and shoving. Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke wasn’t happy with the fights, saying that perceived intensity can be “sometimes misplaced.” “It’s got to be within the context of doing what we’re asking you to do and executing the scheme too,” Burke said. “Just coming out here, being a jackass and running around, that doesn’t help us either.”
Chicago White Sox 5 – Detroit Tigers 9
Highlights: Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire wasn’t going to accept the accolades for a move that made him look like a genius. Gardenhire gave Nicholas Castellanos a rare day off Sunday, and his best hitter rewarded him with the game of his life on Monday night. Castellanos had a career-high five hits, including a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning, and drove in five runs as the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 9-5. Castellanos had played in 113 of Detroit’s first 118 games, but a bruised foot earned him the rare rest. He hit .216 in his previous 32 games. Castellanos singled in the first, doubled and scored in the fourth, hit an RBI double in the fifth and hit a two-run home run off Jeanmar Gomez (0-1) in the seventh. He came up again in the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs, needing a triple for the cycle, but settled for a two-run single that put the Tigers ahead 9-5. Louis Coleman (4-1) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief. The Tigers are 9-1 against the White Sox this season. Detroit starter Artie Lewicki allowed three runs on six hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Chicago’s Reynaldo Lopez gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings.