The NFL e-mailed to each team a second memo Saturday that detailed players that have had multiple infractions for unnecessary roughness, according to a league source. Each team received the list and was told which players on that particular team were repeat offenders. One team's list had roughly 10 players that have been penalized multiple times for unnecessary roughness. Extrapolating that list over 32 teams means that hundreds of players are under the league's watch. Of course these days everyone is. The league sent out its first memo Wednesday, spelling out increased discipline for illegal hits to the head or neck area.
The Red Sox are losing pitching coach John Farrell to the Toronto Blue Jays in a well-deserved promotion, according to Boston's owner. Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale and former Indians catcher and current coach Sandy Alomar Jr. were also reportedly in the running for the Blue Jays' manager vacancy. But Farrell's experience apparently won out. "The Jays are getting a great baseball man and a great person,'' John Henry wrote in an e-mail to the Boston Globe of Farrell. "We were able to keep John as a part of our organization longer than a couple of other teams would have wanted, but it really is time for John to step up to the next level."
Pittsburgh Panthers coach Jamie Dixon did what some other drivers did not do on a busy stretch of interstate on Saturday night -- he pulled over to help trapped passengers in a car that had turned over against a guard rail. The vehicle had flipped over while on I-279 North near the McKnight Road exit in Pittsburgh and was on its side when Dixon, who was driving on the same highway, pulled over to help. "[Dixon] assisted in removing at least one of the two occupants," Pennsylvania state trooper Erik Fisher told ESPN.com on Sunday morning. "He sustained some injuries to his hands in assisting in getting them out through the windshield of the vehicle on the passenger side."