Thursday, February 28, 2013

Martellus Bennett 'not feeling the love' from Giants

Martellus Bennett wants to remain a New York Giant, after a productive first season in the Meadowlands, but all indications point to the tight end becoming a free agent this spring — joining a growing list of players including Osi Umenyiora and Ahmad Bradshaw who are on the verge of becoming  former Giants.

Bennett — a habitual tweeter — vented his disappointment over a lack of progress with the Giants front office via (how else?) Twitter.

"Not feeling the love," Bennett wrote in a long series of rambling tweets.

"They have other priorities that come before little ole me.  I'm just a small piece of what they're trying to do there.  I've come to the conclusion that we are just temporary investments to the owners.  Value money and growth over players. Just like any business, Employees aren't as valuable as we use to be. Everyone needs a job. Lol."

Suggs has no problem with Te'o joining Ravens team

Never mind being catfished, at least one NFL star doesn't even care if Manti Te'o floundered at the NFL Scouting Combine this week and would welcome the former Notre Dame star into his team's locker room.

Terrell Suggs of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens was in New York City when TMZ asked the former-Defensive Player of the Year if it would be alright if the Ravens drafted the linebacker — who ran a lumbering 4.80 40-yard dash at the NFL showcase.

Suggs had nothing but praise for Te'o and said, "Manti? Most definitely."

"He's got a future, man," he added. "He'll be alright."

Suggs wasn't so keen on the NFL Combine itself and claims he didn't exactly impress the coaches when he was showing off his skills.

"It's built for small school guys who don't get a look," said the man who hoisted the Lombardi Trophy earlier this month.

It looks like Te'o's — the guy with the fake girlfriend— draft stock might have dropped during his highly scrutinized trip to Indianapolis, but it sounds like Suggs' vote of confidence is the real deal.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Joe Maddon invites Pink to Rays camp for some BP

Joe Maddon may be the loosest manager in the majors, but he has parlayed his laid back rules into a tightness with his youthful Tampa Bay Rays players. Who even knew the 59-year-old Maddon had the singer Pink on his playlist?

Maddon tweeted his fellow transplanted Pennsylvanian regrets at not being able to make Pink's show while it makes a stop in Tampa but invited the singer to come by the Rays' camp and throw out the first pitch or at least take some batting practice while she was in town.

Now we know why Maddon has no dress or hair code for his players — so he can have a similar coif as Pink — or is that Justin Bieber?

Pistorius' reps name substance found in home as aid for 'muscle recovery'

Oscar Pistorius' representatives have named the substance found in his bedroom after the shooting death of his girlfriend as Testis compositum and claim it is a herbal remedy used "in aid of muscle recovery."

A product called Testis compositum is also marketed as a sexual enhancer, good for stamina.  Some online retailers advertise oral and injectable forms as testosterone boosters and say it can aid sexual performance and offer relief from nocturnal emissions.

South African police said during Pistorius' bail hearing that they found needles in Pistorius' bedroom along with the substance, which they initially named as testosterone. Prosecutors later withdrew that statement identifying the substance and said it had been sent for laboratory tests and couldn't be named until those tests were completed.

Pistorius family spokesperson Lunice Johnston said in an email to The Associated Press today that the athlete's lawyers had confirmed that the substance is Testis compositum. In court last week, Pistorius' defense lawyer Barry Roux said the substance was not banned by sports authorities, but it had been unclear what it was and what the exact name was.

A U.S. subsidiary, Heel USA Inc., says the product is sold in tablet form only and the firm's website claims it provides temporary relief for men's "sexual weakness" and lack of stamina.

The U.S.-sold tablets contains 23 ingredients including pig testicles, pig heart, pig embryo and pig adrenal gland.  It also includes cortisone, ginseng with other botanicals and minerals, said a spokeswoman.

Charles Yesalis, a Penn State professor emeritus and expert on steroid use in sports, said animal steroids likely wouldn't have an athletic performance-enhancing effect unless taken in huge quantities. Even so, he said many elite athletes would be wary of using such supplements because they can be laced with banned substances and few would want to risk it.

Pistorius — the double-amputee, Olympic sprinter known as Blade Runner — was charged with premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.  He claims he thought the 29-year-old model was an intruder in his home.

Pee-wee hockey coach gets 15 days in jail for tripping players

A Vancouver pee-wee hockey coach has been sentenced to 15 days for tripping a player during postgame handshake.

Martin Tremblay swept out the leg of an opposing player while the two teams lined up for the traditional handshake after the game.

A 10-year-old and 13-year-old fell to the ice while the move was captured on video.  Tremblay pleaded guilty to one count of assault in November.  Richmond provincial court Judge Patrick Chen gave the 48-year-old jail time, saying he wasn't satisfied that the time served in the community was enough to denounce or deter the bully for his actions.

Steinbrenners approve of A-Rod's portrayal in Yankees animated movie

While the New York Yankees played against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater Tuesday, the team's braintrust, Hal and Hank Steinbrenner took in an animated movie during an afternoon matinee.

The film called "Henry & Me" — which is nearly completed and had been six years in the making — serves as an homage to Yankees' history and includes a virtual Who's Who of Bronx Bombers past and present.

It had been so long in production the producers faced a possible conundrum with Alex Rodriguez playing a small but pivotal role in the uplifting film.  In it, A-Rod hits a big home run with the help of the movie's protagonist, Jack, who is battling cancer and is given life lessons by current and former pinstriped stars.

The dilemma for the Yankees and producers was whether nor not it was appropriate to portray the third baseman in such a positive light given A-Rod's reported PED link in the Biogenesis scandal.

After seeing the rough cut of the project, Hank Steinbrenner, who is the voice of his father George in the movie, gave it a thumbs up.

"I think it doesn’t matter," Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ co-chairperson with his brother, told The New York Post. "The move is about a child with cancer and his love of the Yankees. Everybody else is in it, too, Ruth and Gehrig and everybody else, so it’s really a small part of it.

"The focus really needs to be on what the movie is about. It’s really sad at the beginning and luckily a happy ending. It’s not about whether Alex is in it or not. Maybe it is to the baseball press, but it’s not going to be to anybody else."

The film’s producers, Joseph Avallone and Joe Castellano, and director Barrett Esposito presented the movie along with executive producer Ray Negron, the Yankees adviser who was personally hired by George Gteinbrenner as a Yankees batboy when he was a teenager.  Negron's Yankees-centric children’s books are the foundation of the story.

"This is my tribute to The Boss and the Steinbrenner family and [team president] Randy Levine for all the things they’ve done for me," said Negron.

The film has a star-studded voiceover cast including Yankees fans Richard Gere as Lou Gehrig, Chazz Palminteri as Babe Ruth and Paul Simon as Thurmond Munson.

Yogi Berra, Bob Sheppard, Bernie Williams, CC Sabathia, Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman play themselves as toons.

A-Rod himself met with the producers two times to record his lines, once in 2009 — a few months after he confessed to using illegal PEDs — and in 2010 after a great postseason.

On whether or not A-Rod's troubles off the field taint his role in the film, Avallone was practical and philanthropic.  

"We could change it," said the producer. "Give me another million, give me another year, we could change it. We don’t have a million. We don’t have a year. And you know what? It’s really bigger than Alex. It’s about giving back. It’s about the children."

The producers plan to donate $2 from each DVD purchase or download to the charities of the film's actors.

The Yankees next animated role for A-Rod might be in Spirited Away but that would have to be after he plays a Centaur in a remake of Beauty and the Beast. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pistorius will hold personal memorial service for slain girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius and his family will hold a personal memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp at his uncle's home Tuesday night.

Pistorius, who has been charged with premeditated murder of the 29-year-old Steenkamp on Valentine's Day, is out on bail since Friday and has been staying at his uncle Arnold's Pretoria, South Africa home.

The Pistorius family released a statement confirming the service.  "Oscar specifically requested the memorial service as he continues to grieve and remains in deep mourning for the loss of his partner Reeva," the statement read.

"Since it is such a sensitive issue, Oscar has asked for a private service with people who share his loss, including his family members who knew and loved Reeva as one of their own.

"The Pistorius family would like to make a personal request to the media, to please respect their privacy at their home in Pretoria tonight."

Steenkamp's family held a memorial service Feb. 19, the same day Pistorius first appeared in court for his bail hearing.  Her body has been cremated, the family said.

Pistorius' reputation management firm said Pistorius had specifically requested the service for Steenkamp — whom the Paralympic and Olympic star known as Blade Runner says he shot by accident assuming she was an intruder in his home.

Jets owner, GM & Rex ignore Revis' agents at NFL scouting combine

Revis Island just got a little lonelier if you believe the whispers coming out of the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis about Darrelle Revis — the New York Jets best player.

The New York Daily News is reporting that the Jets contingent — including head coach Rex Ryan, new general manager John Idzik and team owner Woody Johnson — didn't meet or contact Revis' representatives during the combine, fueling speculation that Johnson just doesn't want to pay the Pro Bowl cornerback as the team enters a rebuilding phase in 2013.

During a week when you would think Revis' reps and at least one member of the Jets brass would have rubbed elbows — they didn't even shake hands. Manish Mehta wrote:

One NFC executive told The News that there is a sentiment around the league that Johnson not only isn’t interested in making Revis the highest-paid defensive player in the league, which would mean a salary of around $16 million per year, but that the owner doesn’t want to sign the cornerback to a lucrative long-term deal at all given the dire state of the franchise.

The cap-strapped Jets do not figure to be in the playoff conversation entering the 2013 season. They aren’t likely to make a splash when free agency opens next month either, as they quietly try to rebuild with younger, cheaper players.

The Jets Big 3 did meet with representatives of Santonio Holmes, Dustin Keller, Jeff Cumberland, Austin Howard, Shonn Greene and LaRon Landry during the week but elected not to meet with Revis' guys.

The snub comes one month after reports surfaced that the Jets were shopping Revis — who is  a free agent at the end of the 2013 season — around and might even trade him.

Revis' agent, Neil Schwartz confirmed that he was in Indy for the week but would not say if he had talked with the Jets.

Idzik wouldn't reveal whether or not he had scheduled a meeting with Revis' people about the cornerback's future with the Jets or even contacted them.

The organization’s handling of the Revis situation is peculiar especially after only three years ago — when the Jets reworked his contract — the team said they wanted Revis to be a "Jet for Life."

A fruit fly's life maybe.

UK soccer stadium proposes installing adult slides at gates for quicker exits

Geniuses in England have come up with a plan to introduce slides at Newcastle's soccer stadium to help spectators speed up their exit from football matches.

Plans have been made up to install public slides for grown-ups at Newcastle's St. James Park which can be used on game days.

Fans will be able to ride down the slides from the stadium to St. James' train station and parking lot, instead of walking down the stairs.

If permission is granted, these "travel accelerators" will be ready for the rowdy Toon Army by late this year.

The slides are the brainchild of business improvement district company NE 1 Ltd. as party of their "Pocket Parks" program.  The idea is designed to help boost part of Newcastle's neglected city center and "boost some fun" into the area.

"We want people to ride the slide, then go up the stairs and do it again," said Tom Robinson, one of the designers of the "urban playground."

NE 1 and the police have worked with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents with regards to safety concerns.  Not an easy task considering the long-suffering Newcastle fan base.

Does that mean having a sort of playground monitor (Guv'nor) make sure fans don't empty their stout down the chute or (more likely) mistake it for a 10-meter urinal trough.

And what if a half-naked and fully-pissed lad gets his ample arse stuck mid-slide?  That could set off a lot of hooligan fun.

Just one word of advice for our soccer crazy friends — escalators. Or lifts or whatever you call them across the pond.

Let us know how well it goes.  Then we can try it at a Jets game.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lindsey Vonn says she'll be ready for 2014 Olympics

Skier Lindsey Vonn says she will be ready for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games despite undergoing major knee surgery just two weeks ago.

Vonn — the four-time World Cup Champion and gold medalist at the 2010 Olympics —tore her ACL, MCL and fractured her tibia in her right leg during a horrific crash February 5 at the Alpine skiing world championships in Austria.  She was airlifted from the slopes before having surgery in the U.S.

"Right now my goal is to be back for 2014 in Sochi," Vonn told Matt Lauer on the Today show Monday morning. "Honestly, in a worst case scenario, if I trained a week before the games, I'd be fine."

"I have have plenty of time to be ready for Sochi," she said in her first televised interview since the dramatic crash.

The 28-year-old Vonn told Lauer about the devastating injury during her super-G run, but said she knew she would get back on the slopes.

"I initially thought it was going to be worse," Vonn explained. "There was just so much pain that I couldn't quite tell where exactly it was coming from.

"I knew what was wrong with me within five minutes of getting there, so everything happened pretty quick. I didn’t think it was going to be the end of my career."

Vonn  revealed her personal pain only days after criticizing officials for their decision to let the race go on despite soft snow and foggy conditions.

"I don't think the jury made the right call," Vonn said in a teleconference with reporters Friday. "The fog came in and delayed the start of the race. When I was at the start, I was ready to go, but I had no idea what the course conditions were. I inspected the course at 8 a.m. and I ran the course at about 3:15."

Vonn said by the time she hit the slopes, the conditions had deteriorated so much that it was unbelievable that the race was allowed to be run.

"I skied aggressively, but when I was skiing, I couldn't believe the conditions,” Vonn said. “The snow was too soft. It had broken down. I didn't think it was safe."

One thing the pretty skier would not discuss were the rumors of being romantically linked with pro golfer Tiger Woods. Vonn told Lauer she would like to keep her personal life private.

She did say that despite the injury and the controversial crash, she will no doubt be in Sochi next winter.

"I know I can [return]," Vonn said.  "That's just who I am. I feel like I have a lot more left to do."

Cashman: Jeter slated to start March 10

Derek Jeter got off the treadmill and ran the basepaths for the first time Saturday since having ankle surgery last October.  Although the New York Yankees shortstop is far from full speed, general manager Brian Cashman expects Jeter to be ready to participate in his first exhibition game on March 10.

Jeter's first action will probably come as a designated hitter and leave the rehabbing Captain 18 spring games over the final 20 days to get ready for Opening Day against the Red Sox on April 1 at Yankee Stadium.

Is it enough time for the 38-year-old Jeter to return from a broken left ankle?

"Twenty days of Derek Jeter in spring training is still better than whatever the alternative we're going to run out there," Cashman said. "Physically he's capable of doing everything, it's just we're being very cautious about how we take him out of the gate."

The Yankees would use Eduardo Nunez or Jayson Nix at shortstop if Jeter can't make the Opening Day deadline.  But don't count on it.

"I don't see any reason why not," Jeter said.  "When I first got here I was a couple of weeks behind.  On that schedule, I don't see why not."

Last preseason Jeter played in only 15 games and had 44 at-bats so his theory isn't that far fetched.

"I think its more of a feel thing, you know when you feel as though you are ready," said Jeets.  "I have  left spring training not feeling good and gotten off to good starts and the opposite too. I don't think there is a number [of at-bats] that you necessarily need."

Asked about breaking in his cleats on the basepaths Saturday, Jeter sounded satisfied.

"My form was good," he said. "It wasn't an all-out sprint.  Like I said, I'm a couple of weeks behind, so it's what I would be doing two weeks ago."

Outrage over students wearing KKK hoods at high school hockey game

School administrators in North Dakota are looking into an incident involving three young fans wearing Ku Klux Klan-type white robes and hoods at a boys hockey game Friday night.

A photo of the hood-wearing trio was posted on Twitter by University of North Dakota student Shane Schuster — who was taking in the game at the university's Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks — during a state playoff game between North Forks (N.D.) Red River High and Fargo (N.D.) Davies High.

Schuster posted the photo with the message: " I guess the red river highschoolers are racist?"

The racist garb was apparently a knuckle headed attempt to join in on the Red River fans' whiteout — where the spectators flood the stands in white duds.

The three unnamed culprits are reportedly all freshmen who put on the offending hoods for about 30 seconds before they were angrily told to remove them by surrounding fans, said witnesses.

Red River principal Kris Arason has already identified the teens who donned the hoods, reaching out to their parents and telling the press that "appropriate action is being taken."

"We, as a school, are extremely disappointed with the behavior of these three students," Arason said in a statement. "This behavior is not a representation of our school or student body."

Red River defeated Davies 2-0.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Prokhorov shows his frustration from owner's box at Barclays Center

Mikhail Prokhorov just sold his share of a Russian gold business for $3.6 billion, but he may soon find himself showing his star point guard Deron Williams how to close a deal when a game is on the line.

The Brooklyn Nets owner could only watch, from his private box at Barclays Center Sunday night, when Williams  — who scored a game-high 24 points — couldn't come to terms when it counted and the Nets dropped a heartbreaking 76-72 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Old Prokie's reaction says it all after Williams drove the lane, with the Nets behind 74-72, and his sloppy pass to Mirza Teletovic was intercepted by Tayshun Prince allowing Memphis to get the win.


While Prohorov was dropping to his knees saying, "Nyet, nyet, nyet" in his luxury box, D-Will was seen limping on his bad ankle down the court.

The Grizzlies scored 11 straight points to finish the game while Brook Lopez was benched by Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo.  The Nets (33-24) were held to a season low 72 points and shot a miserable 37.7% from the field.

It must be hard waking up $3.6 billion richer and still helpless to do anything to help your million-dollar hobby win.

Kate Upton takes heat from other models for personal bodyguard

Model Kate Upton's curves have garnered her numerous modeling gigs and, most recently, the rare Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover two years in a row.  Now the hotter than hot cover girl has gotten herself a personal bodyguard to protect her assets.

To men it might seem like the greatest job in the world, but her model friends are giving her even more heat and calling it "ridiculous."

"She goes everywhere with her bodyguard.  And she's the only one who travels with one," a source told The New York Daily News Confident@l.  "The fame may have gone to her head a bit."

The visible 24-hour detail was uncovered when one of the hulking guardians was spotted filming Upton backstage at the "Late Night with David Letterman" show — when she was there for the SI swimsuit cover reveal a couple of weeks ago.  When CBS security told the man to "put it away," he replied,  "But I'm Kate Upton's bodyguard."

It sounds like the beefy bodyguards might be there to protect Upton from other "bitchy" bikini models.

"The other girls don't feel it's fair that she got the cover twice.  They think Kate thinks she's just too cool now," the source added.

2010's swimsuit cover girl, Brooklyn Decker, has come to Upton's defense.  She knows what it's like to be thrust into the limelight and tweeted her support.  She wrote, "Congratulations Ms.@kateupton !! making history!" after this year's cover girl was revealed.

Too bad some of the other models think they should have been the one getting frostbite on the  Antarctica shoot.

"It's hard, it's like a sorority with the girls.  When they say congrats to Kate, it's just fake," the source said. "Everyone thinks it's unfair and they're bummed. Every girl thinks it's their time."

The source said Upton knows some of her fellow catwalk strutters have their claws out and is hurt by the fact.

A spokesperson for Upton said, "She hired him because she has been on the road.  She's a sex icon now, there are crazy weirdos out there.  There are drunk men around.  He's not 24 hours for Kate, he's actually for all the girls.  He helps everyone."

Everyone except the drunk weirdos.

A-Rod's cousin selling World Series ring he got as gift

Alex Rodriguez's cousin, Yuri Sucart, whom A-Rod reportedly once said convinced the New York Yankees slugger into taking steroids — is taking the World Series ring A-Rod gave him as a gift and putting it on the auction block Monday.

The diamond-studded, 14-karat white gold 2009 World Series ring could fetch as much as $40,000, according to memorabilia auctioneer Ken Goldin.

"It's a unique item," Goldin said.  "There is not doubt that Alex is the greatest player of his generation, and this was his only World Series victory."

Goldin purchased the one-of-a-kind ring for an undisclosed sum and cosigned it to Goldin Auctions.  The opening bid is $5,000.

Sucart reportedly approached a South Miami memorabilia collector and asked him if he would be interested in the valuable bling that is the same as the rings issued to the Yankees players.  The collector passed it on to Goldin.

How's that for gratitude?

The size-16 ring is emblazoned with "Rodriguez" on one side above the Yankee logo, and "World Champions 2009 Unity" on the other.  It is accompanied by a notarized letter of authenticity and an affidavit from Sucart.

A-Rod's cousin Yuri made headlines after the Yankees banned him from the team's facilities — including the clubhouse, training rooms and nonpublic areas the Yankees frequented — after he was fingered as A-Rod's drug mule picking up substances known as boli for the Yankees star.

Bidding for the Rodriguez ring begin Monday at and end on April 5.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

NASCAR's Mike Stefanik gives grumpiest post-race interview ever

Take a look at really pissed-off NASCAR driver Mike Stefanik in a post-race interview. If that's smoke you think you see coming from his ears, you could be right.

Why so angry? After taking a white flag, he was bumped by Steve Park who went on to win the UNOH battle of the Beach the other night.

The 54-year-old driver looks to be stymied by the results and if looks could kill — these would.

You think he's headed off to congratulate Park.

"Yeah, right."

Judges rule Yankees officially hold the title of 'Evil Empire'

The term "Evil Empire" that started out as an insult to the New York Yankees — by Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino in 2002 — has now been ruled by judges to belong to the intended target.

Trademark judges ruled an entrepreneur cannot register the phrase "Baseballs Evil Empire," used to describe the Bronx Bombers, after Major League Baseball objected to the trademark application on behalf of the Yankees, saying the team had claims to the phrase.

"The record shows that there is only one EVIL EMPIRE in baseball and it is the New York Yankees," the judges wrote in their decision earlier this month.

A company registered as Evil Enterprises Inc. sought exclusive rights to sell clothing like hats, jackets, t-shirts and pants branded with the "Baseballs Evil Empire" slogan.

The business targeted customers looking for Yankees merchandise by claiming: "If you are passionate about the New York Yankees then you have come to the right place."

The term "Evil Empire" was widely used by fans and media to describe the Yankees stockpiling of superstars and dominance of the sport.

Lawyers for MLB used hundreds of news stories that used the term "evil empire" to talk about the Yankees.  The team even uses the "Star Wars" soundtrack at Yankee Stadium games.

Lucchino coined the phrase after the Yankees had acquired sought after Cuban pitcher Joe Contreras. At the time a sarcastic Lucchino said, "The evil empire extends its tentacles even into Latin America."

Evil Enterprises Inc. applied for the trademark in 2008, but the judges said allowing the company to use the phrase would cause confusion to those who mistakenly think the merchandise was endorsed by the Yankees.

The Yankees declined to comment on the case.  But is that Darth Vader's heavy breathing I hear coming from Yankee Stadium?

A-Rod gave Lady Gaga some pre-hip surgery reassurance

Alex Rodriguez and Lady Gaga don't seem to run in the same circles, but they do have a lot in common.

Besides both of them claiming they were Born This Way, dealing with Paparazzi and — just like A-Rod's reported drug mule cousin Yuri Sucart — the blond songstress has been banned from the Yankees clubhouse.

Now the injured pop star and the rehabbing New York Yankees third baseman are figuratively joined at the hip through their surgeon — Dr. Bryan Kelly.

The hobbled Gaga went into hip surgery this week with reassurance from Rodriguez, who recovering from the same medical procedure, reports Page Six of The New York Post.

She underwent surgery to repair a damaged hip that forced her to cancel the remainder of her Born This Way Ball world tour.

The Post reports that Gaga and A-Rod share Dr. Kelly, a top surgeon at New York Hospital for Special Surgery, and were spotted simultaneously at his Manhattan office this week.

"Alex was at Dr. Kelly's office for a follow-up, while Gaga was preparing for surgery," said a source close to the singer. "It's natural for anyone to be nervous ahead of this type of surgery, especially as a performer or athlete under tremendous pressure to make a quick recovery and be back at peak performance . . . Gaga was anxious, but Alex talked to her for a while and was able to reassure her."

She later tweeted to her Little Monsters that she was headed into surgery to treat a labral tear of her right hip — the same injury A-Rod suffered on his left side.  Gaga is expected to cancel dozens of shows.

Meanwhile the 37-year-old Rodriguez is expected to be out of action until at least midseason after the Jan. 16 operation.

"I am conducting two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to rejoin my Yankees teammates," he said through a spokesman this week.

That gives A-Rod plenty of time to work on his Poker Face before he has to answer questions about his reported links to Biogenesis.

Lenny Dykstra gets shaggy behind bars

It looks like Lenny Dykstra is going for that old Brian Wilson look while he is behind bars.

A mugshot of the gray-bearded Dykstra, once known as "Nails" for his all-out playing style, was obtained by TMZ and shows the former New York Mets centerfielder sporting a ZZ Top starter face.

It bears little resemblance to the "Dude" of old.

Dykstra, who was a key member of the the Mets 1986 World Series championship team, is in jail for a full roster of crimes — including bankruptcy fraud, grand theft auto and a couple of lewd Craigslist incidents.

The self-taught financial investor made a fortune while his stock-picking website became popular and his financial advice magazine, the Players Club, had investment advice exclusively for pro athletes to help them with money management.

Dykstra's jet-setting lifestyle fell apart during the housing crash a few years ago.

The 49-year-old Dykstra was facing 20 more years in prison last December but prosecutors recommended 2 1/2 years — for three felony counts of money laundering, bankruptcy fraud and concealing assets — on top of the three years he is already serving for grand theft auto.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Amazing 3-point buzzer-beater sends Oregon high school into playoffs

An Oregon high school basketball player found one way to become the most popular kid in school by sending his team into the playoffs with an amazing last second game-winning shot.

West Salem junior guard Chris Fedler made the incredible shot against the Sprague Olympians just as the buzzer sounded setting off a giant celebration on the court.

The half-court heave was his only shot of the game.

Hundreds of screaming fans stormed the hardwood after the 68-67 win.  Afterwards, an emotional Fedler said," It's a great feeling."

Mariano Rivera 'really happy' after throwing BP for first time

Andy Pettitte threw batting practice this morning before Mariano Rivera came to the mound and  — like he has so many times before — watched the closer breeze through batters in an important situation.

Unlike much of his career, Rivera wasn't sewing up a win for the Yankees, but baby-stepping his way back from knee surgery last season.

In front of GM Brian Cashman, manager Joe Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, Rivera threw his first batting practice of spring training and, according to Rivera, everything went as planned.

"It was the first batting practice I threw this year and I am really happy with the results," Rivera said following a 25-pitch batting practice session at George M. Steinbrenner Field Friday morning. "And it will get better."

While no date has been set when the 43-year-old will pitch in a game, all signs tell the Yankees everything is going according to schedule.

"I felt real good. The big thing will be to do the real thing, running to first base and fielding bunts,'' Rivera said. "I have done that on the back field but that's not the same as a real game."

Rivera even joked with the minor league batters he faced and told New Jersey native Rob Segedin, "You better swing," before tossing the first pitch in his direction.

"I wanted to see hitters. I didn't do nothing different than from the bullpen [workouts]," Rivera said. "It helped me to see how the ball was moving, location and how they are swinging."

The all-time saves leader realizes he is coming back from a serious knee injury and will take it one day at a time.

"I am excited to feel the mound and see hitters. It was great,'' said Rivera, who hadn't thrown to a batter since last April 30 when he secured a 2-1 win over the Orioles. "I always appreciate it, that's why I love the game of baseball. You don't know when the last day you play (comes)."

From the looks of things, that might be the biggest question surrounding Rivera this year.  So, when is the last day?

"I don't know, I will let you know,'' said Rivera, who has said he does know but, like his cutter, is hard to see coming.

Jeter: TV broadcast booth is not in my future

To New York Yankees fans it seems like life without seeing Derek Jeter will never become reality.

After finishing his Hall of Fame career in pinstripes, many people expect the popular player to make the logical jump into broadcasting like many of his former teammates and peers have done.

Not so fast, the Yankees shortstop said about seeing him up in the comfy confines of the YES Network someday.

On a recent episode of Brandon Steiner's "SteinerCast" podcast, Jeter immediately put the kibosh on the notion of him being up in the television broadcast booth.

"I would have a hard time criticizing people," Jeter said. "I know how difficult it is. A lot of times, ex-players come in and act like everything was so easy when they were playing.  I played against them. I couldn't criticize people. I think that would be difficult."

The 38-year-old Jeter — who consistently does his talking on the field — has always preferred the owner's box to the broadcasters' booth. The Yankees Captain has maintained all along that he would like to follow in the steps of his beloved George Steinbrenner as a team owner some day.  It might be the only way to keep his competitive fires burning long after his playing days flame out.

"I like to compete. I like to win," Jeter said. "I think there’s something wrong with me — I like to win in everything I do, regardless of what it is. You want to race down the street, I want to beat you. If we’re playing checkers, I want to win. You beat me, it’s going to bother me. I just enjoy competition."

Jeter addressed a number of topics during the 27-minute interview, which was recorded Feb. 9 in front of a live audience. When Steiner asked Jeter what keeps him motivated, the shortstop said his competitive nature is more than enough.

"I don’t care who I’m playing in anything. I could be playing my grandmother, and I want to win. I’ve got a competition problem."

Jeremy Lin tweets about heart-healthy fine

Jeremy Lin returns to New York City Friday night and — even though his Rockets will be playing the Nets in Brooklyn — the the former Madison Square Garden exile will make his appearance at Barclays Center in a foul mood — and with a healthier heart.

After receiving his first technical foul for arguing with a referee Wednesday, the former Knicks star  tweeted his anger about the $2000 fine and put it into terms most fans can relate to.

It could also buy 400 of the marked down "Linsanity" jerseys on the clearance rack at Modell's.

A-Rod: I can't wait to rejoin 'great' Yankees team

One day after being spotted outside a Manhattan restaurant for the first time since his name was linked to the Biogenesis scandal — an anti-aging clinic being investigated by MLB for performance-enhancing drugs — Alex Rodriguez issued a statement saying he is getting ready to rejoin his Yankees teammates but didn't address the PED accusations.

"Right now I’m dedicating 100% of my energy and focus on my rehabilitation. I am conducting two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to get back on the field and rejoin my Yankees teammates," Rodriguez said in his statement. "I think we have a great team and I want to be a part of it."

The 37-year-old A-Rod is expected to be out until midseason after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Some experts think his return could take longer.

Right after the Jan. 16 operation, The Miami News Times reported that records from the Biogenesis clinic were uncovered alleging that Rodriguez purchased PEDs over the course of four years.  The facility is under investigation by MLB.

A-Rod's statement didn't mention the PED controversy but his spokesman reiterated  that the Yankees third baseman is currently "working on rehabilitating his surgically repaired hip under the supervision of Dr. Brian (sic) Kelly and his trainer Pete Draovitch."

On Wednesday, A-Rod was photographed hobbling out of of the Atlantic Grill seafood eatery with his girlfriend Torrie Wilson, but clammed up when reporters approached. 

The Yankees $114 million hardball and chain has denied he got PEDs from Anthony Bosch — the clinic's owner — through his spokesman, but A-Rod still has not yet addressed the matter publicly himself.

Yankee manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez would not be joining his teammates in Tampa for spring training while he rehabs.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Nike suspends contract with Oscar Pistorius

In a not so surprising move, Nike suspended its contract with accused murderer Oscar Pistorius Wednesday.

The athletic apparel company released a statement on its website announcing a split with the South African double-amputee known as the "Blade Runner," after he was charged with premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

"We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely," Nike said in the statement.

Pistorius had previously appeared in a series of Nike ads showing him running in his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs.

One ad showed the obstacles the young Pistorius overcame during his childhood leading up to his much publicized appearance in the 2012 London Olympics.

The eyeglass manufacturer Oakley also suspended a deal with the sprinter.

This isn't the first time Nike has had to deal with disgraced athletes representing their products. Nike terminated their contract with cyclist Lance Armstrong after he admitted to using PEDs earlier this year and was criticized for using golfer Tiger Woods after his marriage infidelities emerged.

Dwight Freeney: Playing for Giants 'would be a dream'

Free agent Dwight Freeney said he can't see himself joining an NFL team that doesn't have a chance to win and yesterday couldn't contain his enthusiasm about hooking up with the New York Giants.

After 11 seasons and 107.5 sacks with the Indianapolis Colts, the defensive end said Wednesday on SiriusXM Radio that playing for Big Blue "would be a dream" given "I grew up a Giants fan, all my life."

Freeney, recently cut loose by the Colts, is looking for a new team and the Hartford, Conn native sounds like he might be a nice replacement for Osi Umenyiora if the Giants don't bring him back. A ready-set position and winning — two things Freeney thinks the Giants can offer him the 33-year-old, seven-time Pro Bowler.

"I think the biggest thing I’m looking for is a contender, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a Super Bowl team, at least it’s a team that is contending for the Super Bowl, in the playoffs and fits the things that I do," Freeney said yesterday. "I played 11 years and I want to continue to win."

Freeney's numbers were down in 2012 — as he adjusted to a 3-4 defensive front after excelling 10 years in a 4-3 — but if he doesn't try to break the Giants' payroll, Freeny might rejuvenate Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck after their own disappointing seasons.

If Freeney can't work it out with the Giants, could their stadium mates, the Jets, be in the running for his services.

"We’ll see, obviously Rex [Ryan] is a great guy, I actually know Rex, I met him a few times," Freeney said. "Obviously playing in New York is obviously something that’s very attractive. Scheme-wise, I’m sure Rex knows how to free guys up. That would be a good fit, but a lot of teams would be a good fit. I’m an East Coast guy. It makes sense, it feels good but we’ll see the next few weeks who’s actually interested."

Like the man said, "I can't see myself going to a non-winner."

Sorry Rex.

Pistorius left 9-mm gun out during magazine photo shoot

Oscar Pistorius apparently had a penchant for weapons and, besides keeping a Taurus 9mm handgun strewn about on his nightstand, the Olympic track star had applied for an arsenal of gun licenses only weeks before he was charged with murdering his girlfriend.

In a Paris Match magazine photo taken before the shooting, a silver Brazilian-made Taurus can be seen within arm's reach of his bed lying about with such mundane items as his keys, TV remote and his designer watch.  The gun wasn't even put away during the photo shoot.

Many believe this paints the picture of a disturbed, gun-crazy young man who committed premeditated murder.

The criminal case against the double-amputee known as the "Blade Runner" has taken on some surreal and O.J. Simpson-like turns — including Pistorius' claim that he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three times by accident and some shoddy police work by the authorities — and it's only in the bail hearing stage.

The prosecution contends Pistorius was not just a casual gun user but a gun nut trying to assemble an arsenal of weaponry just days before he killed the South African model.

A report from The Associated Press has sullied the one-time Olympic star's reputation. It claims Pistorius applied for firearms licenses for a Smith & Wesson model 500 revolver, a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, a Vector .223-caliber rifle and three shotguns only three weeks before the tragic Valentine's Day shooting.

Pistorius used a licensed 9-mm Parabellum pistol to shoot Steenkamp — a different gun than the Taurus in the photo shoot.

Pistorius does not deny shooting the 29-year-old model but claims he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he took four shots through the bathroom door.

The prosecution meanwhile had to admit to some sloppy police work including falsely identifying steroids in Pistorius' home, tramping through the crime scene in unprotected boots and lead investigator, Detective Hilton Botha, facing murder charges himself.

Pistorius' defense team is still trying to get the shamed 26-year-old athlete released on bail ahead of his trial, but has been denied.  He reportedly owns a house in Italy and prosecutors believe he is a flight risk.

"If he left, it would be difficult to get him back," said Botha.

Pistorius is facing life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

A-Rod spotted for first time since Biogenesis scandal

Alex Rodriguez was spotted leaving a popular Manhattan restaurant Wednesday afternoon for the first time since being linked to the Biogenesis PED scandal, but had nothing to say about the MLB investigation involving the New York Yankees star.

While A-Rod's teammates work out in the Yankees Tampa training camp, the third baseman had lunch at the Atlantic Grill with his girlfriend Torrie Wilson.  He was photographed hobbling out of the eatery and into a Cadillac SUV with Wilson and an unidentified man.

The Yankees third baseman — who is rehabbing his surgically-repaired hip — has been keeping a low profile since being linked to the anti-aging clinic in Miami. The 37-year-old slugger is expected to be out of action until at least the All-Star Break — if not the entire season.

It was the first look at A-Rod since he posted photos of himself right after having surgery Jan. 16.  The Biogenesis report broke soon after that.

The sighting of the casually dressed A-Rod comes on the heels of reports that he is being looked at in the MLB investigation of Dr. Anthony Galea as well.

A-Rod must have a fondness for seafood because he has clammed up about the probe and has been hitting the famous fish restaurant for the past three days, according to an Atlantic Grill source.

A parking attendant next to the high-end restaurant said he couldn't get the $114 million player to say anything.

"We tried to talk to him.  He rushed inside the restaurant quickly," said Marcel Jeudi.  "He didn't even acknowledge us."

"I wanted to ask him how we could get him out of his contract," said another employee.

Unless your name is Oprah, don't hold your breath waiting for an answer.

Through a spokesman, Rodriguez has denied any relationship with the now-closed clinic and its founder Anthony Bosch.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Brooklyn Nets go undefeated in ridiculous tweet

Joe Johnson just hit a couple of late game shots for the Brooklyn Nets to tie the game in regulation and win it at the buzzer in an exciting 113-111 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night.

Not completely content to enjoy the thrilling victory on it's own merit, the optimistic Nets public relations crew pulled this ridiculous statistic from its computer and posted it on Twitter right after the game.

Who knew?

It might be someone's idea of a prank tweet — but it is technically correct. 

Hate to break the news to them. The glass-half-empty Nets are also 0-22 when they are on the short end of a score.

MMA's Rousey won't reveal her 'cash and prizes' for Playboy

Ronda Rousey, the face of women's MMA, has already shown a little more skin than that when she appeared in last year's ESPN The Magazine's "The Body" issue, but is making it clear she has ruled out taking it all off for any publications like Playboy.

The 26-year-old claims no official offer has been made to the wildly popular UFC Women's champion, but Rousey recently told HBO Real Sports that even a huge payday couldn't get her to doff her clothes for the cameras.

"No one should be able to see my cash and prizes for $5, okay?" she said.  "I don't care how much money they gave me."

Rousey — the undefeated bantamweight with a trash-talking mouth and devastating armbar — said she did the ESPN shoot to help promote herself and women's MMA.

"It wasn't like it was Playboy," said Rousey of the artistic shots of her body. "If you want exposure, you have to expose yourself, to some extent."

Rousey's growing success in the octagon and loyal male fanbase have made her a odd sort of sex symbol — though she is reluctant to admit it.

"I don't really see myself as a sex symbol because ever since people have started calling me a sex symbol, I haven't had a lot of sex in my life," she revealed.  "Like, it's just, it's not really working out great for me."

I bet there are a lot of smitten fans who would disagree.

Yankees have talked to Cano about a 'significant long-term contract'

Are the New York Yankees suddenly caving in to the thought of Robinson Cano bolting the Bronx before the team's best all-around player hits the free agent market after this season.

Cano's agent, Scott Boras, has made it clear that he won't ignore lucrative offers from other clubs but, at the same time, informed the Yankees he won't ignore overtures from them.

The Yankees might have to shift away from their policy of not extending contracts before they are up if the team doesn't want to lose their Hall of Fame-caliber player still in his prime.

With the remnants of Alex Rodriguez's bloated 10-year contract and Boras' penchant for testing the free agent waters on his mind, Hal Steinbrenner sounds ready to break the Yankees' routine.

"We expressed to Scott what a great Yankee [Cano] has been and we hope he continues his career here for a long time to come. We indicated to him on a very preliminary basis that we were willing to consider a significant long-term contract," Steinbrenner told reporters after the team’s workout yesterday. The talks were held before camp opened. "Nothing has happened and there is nothing to report since then."

Boras reminded Steinbrenner that there will be plenty of money floating available outside the Bronx, but he will be listening to the Yankees jingle their pockets.

"I told Hal, Randy [Levine] and Cash [Brian Cashman] it's something we will have a conversation about," said Boras.

Two weeks ago, Steinbrenner said he hoped Cano would be in pinstripes "his entire career" but is still not committing to anything in stone. And he's done it before.

The Yankees didn't negotiate with Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera or Jorge Posada until they were free to go.  Even Derek Jeter went through contentious talks with Steinbrenner when the Captain was a free agent two years ago.

"The main purpose of the conversation was to let [Boras] know that we want Robby to continue to be a Yankee and we appreciate all of his contributions," he said yesterday.

The Yankees maintain they have enough cash to keep their All-Star but Boras doesn't want the constant whirl of contract rumors disrupting his client's focus during his take it or leave it season.

"If we do talk, it will be done very privately," said Boras. "There will not be something to report until it's reported.  Robbie wants to play without distractions."

Good luck with that, Scottie.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Howard put on Kobe's uniform and mocked teammate in All-Star locker room

If you thought relations between Kobe Bryant and Lakers' teammate Dwight Howard had reached a truce during the All-Star weekend in Houston — think again.

Despite some some recent light moments between the two adversaries, sources report that Howard mocked Bryant behind his back in the locker room where he "grabbed Kobe's uniform, put it on, and imitated him in front of all the other players on the West team.  He was joking and berating Kobe" to fellow NBA stars, including Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant, according to Page Six of The New York Post.

Big man in a little top.

The source said Bryant later arrived in the locker room, "said hello to everyone on the team except Howard, grabbed his stuff and moved as far away from Howard as he could."

Despite a recent clear-the-air meeting in Memphis, relations between the two Lakers' stars hasn't improved .

At the All-Star Game, Bryant said, "It doesn't matter" what his team does with Howard as the trade deadline nears.  Ouch.

Neither Bryant or Howard returned calls to The Post.

Cano denies any ties to Biogenesis clinic or PED use

Robinson Cano has acknowledged his close friendship with Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera, but the Yankees second baseman said he doesn't know anything about Biogenesis — the anti-aging clinic that had both players' names listed in its records.

Asked at the end of a press conference Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field if he ever used performance-enhancing drugs or was anyway linked to Biogenesis, Cano didn't answer the first question and only answered the second.

"I don't know where that place is at," said Cano. "The first time I heard about that was when the things came out."

The "things" he speaks of are reports that Rodriguez and Cabrera were linked to PEDs through the Miami clinic's records and is now being investigated by MLB.

Three reporters followed Cano out of the presser into the parking lot and — after he didn't answer the question regarding ever using PEDs — the Yankees slugger finally answered "No" to ever using the banned substances.

Since Cano is so close to Rodriguez and Cabrera, many consider him guilty just by association.

"It doesn't matter who you are hanging out [with], Cano said. "Everyone has their personal lives and they do what they want. Like I say, through the good and the bad times  they are always going to be my friends. I'll let them handle it."

The perennial All-Star has never tested positive for PEDs, despite false reports tweeted by a North Carolina TV station last summer, but the implication of guilty by association comes at a bad time for Cano as he plays out the season before becoming a highly desirable free agent.

Cano, who is represented by Scott Boras, may be seeking a 10-year, $275 million deal similar to A-Rod's — one that will pay Cano until he's 40-years-old.

The badgered ballplayer defended his deflection of the PED question.

"It's always going to bother you when somebody tries to say stuff like that," said a defiant Cano. "These kinds of things, sometimes as a player, you know what you do and what you're capable of doing you'll be fine.  It's more your family. Those are the kinds of things that really bother me."

Nine college golfers hole their putts simultaneously

Nine Campbell University PGA Golf Management students formed the longest putting conga line in history and broke the record for most balls dropped in a hole at the same time.

The remarkable feat was made as part of a competition sponsored by the North Carolina's university student association where each class had a shot at pulling off a simultaneous shot.

These guys lines up in a straight line with their golf balls in a row and, at the same time, hole each of their putts.

After their successful hole-in-nine, the golfers jump for joy.

The old record was reportedly a meager six golfers dropping their putts at the same time, so this Caddyshack exhibition of timing and accuracy is one for the ages.

The weird thing about this?  Finding out that there is actually a PGA Golf Management college program you can major in.

Pistorius charged with premeditated murder of girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp during a packed hearing in a Pretoria, South Africa courthouse Tuesday. The charge was upgraded after new details of the tragic shooting emerged and were laid out by the State.

The double-amputee Olympic sprinter, known as the "Blade Runner," took the time to put on his prosthetic limbs, picked up his 9mm pistol, walked over to a locked bathroom and fired four shots through the door fatally wounding the 29-year-old Steenkamp three times in the head, chest and arm during a Valentine's Day argument, according to prosecutors.

The disgraced Pistorius bowed his head and sobbed uncontrollably as his defense lawyer, Barry Roux, challenged the State's case.  The Paralympic champion is applying for bail. There was no decision on bail today and it seems unlikely, according to experts.

More than 200 photographers, reporters and TV camera men swarmed the Pretoria Regional Court for the high-profile hearing as prosecutors set up their case.

“Our case is that the applicant (Pistorius) shot and killed an unarmed, innocent woman in the early hours of February 14,” Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court, revealing details of the State’s case for the first time. “We say the only reasonable inference is that applicant armed himself, attached his prostheses, walked seven metres to the bathroom and shot the deceased while she was in the toilet. He fired four times and aimed at the basin...She was shot three times.

“The door to the toilet was broken open from the outside and we can infer that she was locked in there," added Nel. "He then carried the deceased down the stairs when he walked into a security guard who had come into the house. The front door was open.”

Pistorius subsequently told the security guard and friends that he had mistaken Steenkamp for a burglar.

It is a claim, that Nel believes was “all part of the pre-planning” of the murder. “It was what he would say if people arrived at the house...[But] Why would a burglar lock himself in the bathroom?”

Even if Pistorius’ story about mistaking Steenkamp for a burglar were plausible, Nel argued, Pistorius “walked to the bathroom with clear intention to kill the burglar and did so while the burglar was harmless in the toilet.

“If I take my gun and walk from the bedroom to toilet and shoot the burglar, this in itself constitutes premeditated murder of a defenseless burglar. Premeditation does not require months of planning. If I arm myself and walk a distance with intention to kill someone it is premeditated.”

Nel claims Steenkamp spent the night with Pistorius and an overnight bag was found in the bedroom of his home in an exclusive gated community in eastern Pretoria.

Roux challenged the State's case.

"All we really know is that she locked herself in the toilet, she was shot through the toilet door," he argued. "That is all we know.  If you scratch the veneer off (the State's case), where is the pre-meditation, where is the pre-planning?

"Do they have evidence this was not a very good relationship?" he asked. "Then they should put it before the court that there was a serious problem in this relationship.  But they cannot do that (because they don't have it)."

Monday, February 18, 2013

Drag racer walks away from spectacular 300 mph crash: VIDEO

Drag racer Antron Brown might be the luckiest man alive today — and when I say alive — I mean ALIVE!

The drag racer walked away from an astonishing crash after his rail's engine blew up, turning the rig on its side and send it scraping along the wall before coming to a stop in the sand pit at the end of the drag strip at Sunday's NHRA race in Pomona, Ca.

Amazingly, Brown walked away from the fiery wreck relatively unscathed before he was taken to a local medical center and released.

Brown just defeated Dave Grubnic in the second elimination round at the Auto Club Raceway when things went wrong at the finish line.

Officials suspect the driver's life was saved by the car's safety canopy in the cockpit —a new NHRA safety feature approved just last year.

Amar'e Stoudemire calls killer's manifesto a 'must read' via Twitter

Amar'e Stoudemire's literary recommendations may not have the reach of Oprah's Book Club but the New York Knicks forward stuck out his neck by hyping the crazed manifesto of ex-cop turned murderer Christopher Dorner as a "must read."

The Knicks star posted a link to the ex-LAPD cop's manifesto on his Twitter page Sunday with the words: "Interesting. This is a must read."

Dorner addressed his declaration of war on the LAPD "to America."

In his disturbing 20-page rant Dorner left on his Facebook page, the fired cop rails against police corruption in the LAPD, and paints himself as victim of racism for reporting a sergeant for brutality and crossing the thin blue line.

The disgraced cop killed himself inside a burning cabin on a California mountain after killing four people as revenge and becoming a fugitive for 10 days.

Stoudemire wasn't specific on his tweet but some of the player's 806,000 Twitter followers were a little  peeved by his nightstand recommendation.

"Really?! A murderer's hateful manifesto is worth reading?" one follower tweeted back.

Stoudemire is entitled to his own reading choices but he might want to leave this social media tome on the shelf.

Jeter: I kept stress fracture secret from Yankees higher ups

Derek Jeter claims he already knew he had a stress fracture in his left foot before he broke it in Game 1 of the ALCS last October — but kept it a secret from the Yankees.

Manager Joe Girardi said he never heard that term associated with Jeter's foot, which took a pounding by foul balls late last season, reported The New York Post.

General manager Brian Cashman was also kept in the dark about Jeter's "bone bruise" and said he doesn't know what happened between the bruise and the break which ended the shortstop's season and led to the operating table.

If you're looking for some dirt on the Yankees captain — this little white lie is probably as good as it gets.

"They told me it was a bone bruise and I am not going to ask them to look at it again, and eventually it turned into a stress fracture and broke in half," Jeter said about his left ankle. "If you play, you play. I don’t think you talk about injuries because then it’s an excuse. I was told I was able to play. Unfortunately it broke, but I would do the same thing over again if I had to."

The stress fracture was news to Girardi.

"I was not aware of it," Girardi said of Jeter talking about a stress fracture. "I am not aware of what he is talking about. I knew he had the bone bruise."

Girardi said if he knew the bone bruise could have led to a broken ankle, "We wouldn’t have been playing him if that was the case."

Cashman was also clueless.

"The bone bruise got worse and led to the break," he said. "What happened in between, I couldn't tell you."

Despite remnants of a limp and only light running on a treadmill, the 38-year-old Jeter is gearing up for Opening Day on April 1 and believes he'll be ready.

"Why wouldn’t it be realistic? I broke my ankle in October. It has been quite some time," Jeter said about making it back for the April 1 opener against the Red Sox. "I’m right where I’m supposed to be up until this point, the ankle has healed perfectly. Now it is just a matter of getting everything else in shape. I will have to push myself, but Opening Day is the goal."

If you can't trust Derek Jeter, who can you trust?  Oops, never mind.

Steroids, bloody bat found inside Pistorius' home after slaying: Report

Police found banned steroids inside the home of Oscar Pistorius and believe the Olympic track star may have killed his girlfriend in an alcohol-fueled, 'roid rage, according to reports.

The drugs were found during a search of Pistorius' Pretoria, South Africa estate along with a bloodied cricket bat, said police.

Investigators said the "Blade Runner" sprinter might have used the bat to smash model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's skull before shooting her to death in the brutal Valentine's Day attack.

"Steroid drugs were found at Pistorius' home together with evidence of heavy drinking," a source close to the investigation told The Sun of London.

"Police have specifically ordered that he be tested for steroids," the source said of the 26-year-old double amputee.

"There was lots of blood on the bat," said the source.  "Forensic tests will show whose blood it was."

The Sun claims the 29-year-old Steenkamp's skull was crushed and that Pistorius used the bat to beat her as she defended herself during a fight.  She was reportedly shot four times through a locked bathroom door.

Police had been at the Pistorius home two hours before the shooting because the couple had been fighting.

Investigators are looking into whether a late-night text from South African rugby star Francois Hougaard set Pistorius off.  Hougaard was a friend of both Pistorius and Steenkamp and they regularly exchanged tweets with each other.

After Steenkamp's death, Hougaard tweeted a photo of the three of them at dinner with friends.

Pretoria police have declined to comment on the reports of the steroids and bloody bat but have charged Pistorius with murder. Pistorius claims he mistook the model for an intruder.

He is due back in court Tuesday — the same day Steenkamp's friends and family will gather for a memorial service in Port Elizabeth.