Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died Tuesday morning in Tampa after suffering a heart attack. Steinbrenner, 80, was the longest-tenured owner in MLB. “The Boss” bought the team in 1973 (for $8.7 million) and since then the Yankees had the highest win percentage (.566), most World Series titles (7) and most division titles (16) of any MLB franchise. Here's Jeremy Schaap on the life of George M. Steinbrenner III.
After the jump: Mike Tomlin's Extension, Tiger Switching Putters, Al Jefferson traded, Big Z in South Beach, Tyson Chandler to Utah, Lawrence Taylor Pleads Not Guilty, and Shaun Rogers Sentenced.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin agreed on a contract extension Tuesday that will keep him in Pittsburgh through 2014. He had one year and an option left on his old deal, which was worth an average of $2.5 million a year. The terms of the new deal have not been released.
After 12 years using the same putter, and 13 major championships, Tiger Woods is finally making a move. Woods said Tuesday that he will use a Nike Method putter at the Open Championship when he tries to become the first player to win the claret jug three times at St. Andrews. He did, however, bring his Scotty Cameron putter (made by Titleist) with him too.
The Timberwolves have traded for the future ... again. Tuesday they sent power forward Al Jefferson to the Jazz for two future 1st-round picks. Jefferson was the key player Minnesota got in return for Kevin Garnett three years ago. Now, he goes to the Jazz where he'll be asked to replace Carlos Boozer.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas is following LeBron James to the Miami Heat. The veteran center, who has played his entire 13-year career with the Cavaliers, agreed to a two-year contract with the Heat on Tuesday. The deal comes with a player option for the second season. Ilgauskas averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season.
Tyson Chandler was traded after all, just not to the team he thought. After Charlotte's potential deal with Toronto fell through, the Bobcats sent Chandler and fellow center Alexis Ajinca to the Dallas Mavericks for center Erick Dampier, forward Eduardo Najera, shooting guard Matt Carroll and cash considerations. The move adds a good rebounder and defender to the Mavs frontcourt while also clearing Matt Carroll’s contract from their books.
Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he had sex with a 16-year-old girl. The 10-time Pro Bowler is being charged with third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, and endangering a child. Taylor allegedly paid the girl $300 for their May 6 encounter in a hotel room in suburban Montebello.
Browns NT Shaun Rogers will be placed into a 12-month diversion program after a loaded handgun was found in Roger’s carry-on bag last April. The three-time pro bowler will be required to complete a 10-hour weapons course and 40 hours of community service. Upon completion, the charges will be dropped.