The Minnesota Vikings will play the first half of the season -- or more -- without Pro Bowl receiver Sidney Rice, who had hip surgery Monday. Coach Brad Childress said that he couldn't give a specific timetable for Rice's return, but said typically it takes about eight weeks before a player can even get back to practice, let alone see game action. Rice told our Rachel Nichols in a text message that the surgery went well. He said he already has begun physical therapy -- riding a workout bike with some help -- and hopes to be ready before midseason.
Johnny Damon is staying in Detroit. The Tigers outfielder said he decided to pass up a chance to return to the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox claimed him on waivers this week, and it was up to him to approve the deal because of the no-trade clause in his contract. Damon said before Tuesday night's game against Kansas City that he turned down the move.
The expectation around baseball is that outfielder Manny Ramirez will be placed on waivers early this week. There remains a high probability that unless Ramirez exercises his no-trade clause, he will be with another team by Aug. 31 -- the deadline for postseason roster eligibility. Reports indicate that the White Sox will claim Manny with the intention of acquiring him, once he is put on waivers. The Rays and Rangers also are interested in Ramirez, sources say, but a claim by the White Sox would preclude either of these teams from getting a chance to obtain him.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed veteran WR Javon Walker. Walker, in his 9th year in the NFL, has played in 83 career games, including 46 starts, over the last eight seasons. Originally selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, Walker's most productive season was 2004, catching 89 passes and 12 touchdowns from current Vikings QB Brett Favre.
The Bengals' Chad Ochocinco has been fined $25,000 for violating two NFL game policies - possession of an electronic device and posting messages on a social media site - during the Bengals - Eagles game on August 20. Two messages appeared on his Twitter page during the prohibited period for players to be using social media, which begins 90 minutes prior to kickoff until post-game media obligations are fulfilled.
Larry Fitzgerald missed the Monday Night Football loss by the Cardinals in Tennessee. He's recovering from a sprained knee, but jogged through pass routes before the game and head coach Ken Whisenhunt liked what he saw. "The hardest thing with Larry is slowing him down," Whisenhunt said. "If Larry had his preference, he would be back playing next week. I don't think there's any question in any of our minds now, that he'll be ready for the first game. I think he'll be ready for the last preseason game, but obviously that's not something we're pushing to do. We'll see where he is next week."
Team USA finalized its roster for the World Championships after Celtics guard Rajon Rondo asked to withdraw his name from consideration. Rondo told USA chairman Jerry Colangelo that he had family matters to attend to. He started the team's 1st two exhibition games, but did not play in Sunday's game against Spain.
The Clark County (Nevada) coroner's office ruled Tuesday that 25-year-old professional golfer Erica Blasberg's death was a suicide. Blasberg died May 9 at her home in Henderson, about 15 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. She was found with a plastic bag over her head. Henderson police said that while no foul play is suspected they have issued a misdemeanor arrest warrant for Dr. Thomas Hess on obstruction charges. Police said Hess, who discovered Blasberg's body, removed items from the scene, including a suicide note.
Major League Baseball is narrowing down the search for who was behind the leaks of team financial reports that reveal how profitable the Pittsburgh Pirates are despite an 18-year string of losing records, and how much they, the Florida Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays receive in revenue-sharing from wealthier clubs, according to a baseball executive who was not authorized to speak publicly.
Marcus and Jeff Jordan are the sons of Michael Jordan and basketball players for the University of Central Florida. They visited Las Vegas with a teammate and left with their wallets considerably lighter, at least according to their Twitter feed. "Last night was stupid," wrote Marcus. "… 35k at Haze… Totals 50k something the whole day.. Damn!! Going to the pool again today.. Gotta relax!" And they were back in Orlando in time for classes to begin.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.