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Rex Ryan booted as New York Jets coach

The ax has fallen on three NFL head coaches and two general managers whose underachieving teams disappointed fans and the owners who pay their big salaries.<p>Getting their “Black Monday” pink slips were head coaches Rex Ryan of the New York Jets, Mike Smith of the Falcons and Marc Trestman of the …

Lane Kiffin on working for Nick Saban: 'I would have paid him'

Love him or hate him, Kiffin's first year at Alabama has been a huge success as he returns to simply coaching offense.<p>NEW ORLEANS -- Lane Kiffin was …

Jim Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers officially part ways

Head coach Jim Harbaugh will leave the San Francisco 49ers, the NFL team announced shortly after their regular season finale on Sunday.<p>Harbaugh is widely expected to return the American college ranks and accept the head coaching position at the University of Michigan, which according to multiple …

Manny Machado uncertain for opener

SARASOTA, Fla. -- It will be a few days before Manny Machado can run on his surgically repaired knee, and the Baltimore Orioles third baseman …

Kris Medlen awaits MRI, Braves explore market for starters, Zack Greinke throws bullpen

Today's roundup is brought to you by pitcher injuries. The Braves are falling like flies and the team is turning to the free-agent market for help. Zack Greinke could return to the mound this week. John Farrell builds his rotation with an eye on keeping Clay Buchholz healthy.<p>In the span of two …

Justin Smoak named Mariners first baseman by manager McClendon

Despite acquiring two potential replacements, Marniners manager Lloyd McLendon puts unequivocal support behind first baseman Justin Smoak.<p>Despite the pick ups of Twitter superstar Logan Morrison and "hilarious 80's reference waiting to happen" Corey Hart, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has made …

Rangers manager Ron Washington paid a $200 fine with 20,000 pennies

Two years ago, Rangers manager Ron Washington shipped over 100 lbs. of pennies to MLB to pay a fine.<p><b>MORE: Spring Training | Scoreboard | FA tracker:</b> …

Post-hype, Harper emerges as complete package

VIERA, Fla. -- Bryce Harper is about to have a monstrous season, and remember you heard it here first.<p>You haven't forgotten Bryce Harper, have …

Ike Davis injury: Mets place 1B in walking boot

The Mets are optimistic that Davis will be ready when they open the season in three weeks.<p>Ike Davis was "agitated" about reports that he hid injuries from the Mets in 2013 in order to stay on the field. He didn't want to use the injuries he sustained last season as an excuse for his disappointing …

Hanley Ramirez Hid In Juan Uribe's Locker And Scared The Hell Out Of Him (VIDEO)

https://scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.com/vp/7d957fb1ed21ebf19e6df37afd955ce3/5AF9D189/t50.2886-16/11725614_468578939976414_511543018_n.mp4<p>Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez pulled off a hilarious prank over the weekend when he hid in teammate Juan Uribe's locker and jumped out when he least expected …

Legend of Kris Bryant grows: One NL executive sees 50-homer power

The Cubs' prospect is wowing them in camp this spring.<p><b>MORE: Spring Training | Scoreboard | FA tracker: Position players | Pitchers</b><p>MESA, Ariz. -- The …

Ervin Santana rumors: Blue Jays have advantage, not a 'lock'

Santana is still expected to sign soon, but the list of teams pursuing him seems to be growing.<p>Ervin Santana's market has gone from woefully stagnant to electrified Frankenstein in the wake of his decision to begin considering one-year deals. The Blue Jays jumped in first, offering the 31-year-old …

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Yasiel Puig's reckless driving charge dropped

The State of Florida determined that Yasiel Puig's arrest for speeding didn't warrant a reckless driving charge.<p>The reckless driving charge given to Yasiel Puig stemming from an incident in late December has been dropped, according to a report from TMZ Sports.<p><b>More</b>: Matt Garza contract has 'complex' …

MLB approves padded cap for pitchers

Major League Baseball has approved a padded cap designed to protect pitchers from potentially dangerous line drives.<p>After testing a number of …

Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins not discussing contract extension

Miami avoided arbitration with Stanton on a one-year deal, but his future with the team is uncertain.<p>The Marlins have not discussed a long-term contract extension with outfielder Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.<p><b>More</b>: Arbitration roundup AL NL<p>Stanton, 24, came to …

Baseball's New Drug Problem: What to Do After Alex Rodriguez

The 162-game penalty meted out by baseball's arbitrator barely registered, but the <i>60 Minutes</i> piece with Tony Bosch seems to have shaken baseball fans. Seeing a snake-oil salesman telling his story made many wonder why several of baseball's biggest stars, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, …

Alex Rodriguez

Justin Verlander: Richard Sherman 'Would Get A High And Tight Fastball'

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander couldn't help but think about what would happen if Seahawks star Richard Sherman played baseball after the All-Pro cornerback delivered a loud postgame rant following Seattle's win in the NFC Championship Game.

Derek Jeter goes through workout

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has resumed on-field work for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short.<p>The Yankees …

Baseball

Masahiro Tanaka Rumors: Rakuten Golden Eagles Reportedly Won't Post Star Pitcher

A number of MLB teams are hoping to get a crack at star Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, but they may not get the chance this offseason if the Rakuten Golden Eagles' stance holds firm.<p>According to Ken Belson of <i>The New York Times</i>, the Eagles seem increasingly likely to keep Tanaka this season …

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Ervin Santana rumors: Mariners 'showing interest'

Seattle remains in play for the 31-year-old right hander.<p>The Seattle Mariners have shown interest in signing free agent starter Ervin Santana, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi.<p><b>More</b>: Diamondbacks targeting Santana, Garza, Tanaka<p>The Mariners have had a busy winter, having already signed Robinson …

Diamondbacks free agency: Targeting 2 of Ervin Santana, Matt Garza, Masahiro Tanaka

Arizona appears to be focused on adding a frontline starter.<p>Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers says his team is "in" on two of Masahiro Tanaka, Ervin Santana, and Matt Garza, as ESPN's Jim Bowden reports.<p><b>More</b>: State of play: Free agent middle infielders<p>The Diamondbacks have finished …