Johnny Damon's return to Yankee Stadium as a Detroit Tiger this week turned ugly. In the ninth inning of Monday night's game, Yankee Brett Gardner slid into Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen on a double play and sent Guillen to the disabled list. Wednesday night, Gardner was one of three players hit by a pitch, and Damon called Gardner's play "dirty" and accused the Yankees of throwing at Miguel Cabrera, which led to Tigers manager Jim Leyland's ejection.

Eli Manning's head gash Monday night was a brutal reminder just how disturbing sports injuries can be. With that in mind, we looked around the web for evidence of the most horrifying injuries in sports history. If you get queasy easily, you'll want to avoid the videos we've compiled at the LEEInks blog.

The Mets placed controversial closer Francisco Rodriguez on the disqualified list, meaning they don't plan to pay him. K-Rod's season was ended due to a hand injury he suffered following an altercation with his girlfriend's father last week that led to his arrest. The players association already indicated it plans to contest the move, which would cost the pitcher about $3 million this season and could allow the Mets to terminate his contract next spring for minimal penalty.

A radio reporter in Arkansas who was sent to a press conference to interview University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino after a Razorbacks scrimmage wore a Florida Gators hat to the session, and it didn't go well. Not only did Petrino make a disparaging comment, the reporter, Renee Gork, tweeted that she was fired by Hog Sports Radio for her fashion faux pas. Gork also was the victim of online harassment when Arkansas fans found her Facebook page, on which she displays her affection for Florida and makes some critical comments of the school she was covering.

PGA Tour player and golf analyst Brad Faxon joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Monday morning to recap the unusual finish to the PGA Championship and Tiger Woods' chances of making the Ryder Cup team. Regarding Dustin Johnson's penalty for grounding his club in a bunker, Faxon admitted it was more memorable than Martin Kaymer winning the tournament. "I can't remember anything like this," he said. "With that, nobody is going to remember the tournament winner. Do you guys remember who won?"

 

It's a big day in New York, with the trash-talking Jets and Giants prepared to settle their differences on the field as they open the New Meadowlands Stadium with a preseason clash. Also Monday night, Johnny Damon makes his return to the Bronx when his Tigers play the Yankees. He undoubtedly will get a friendlier reception than when he first returned to Fenway Park in pinstripes.

The predictable fallout has begun from the Jets' appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks." Coach Rex Ryan's mother was not pleased with her son's foul mouth and said it was "excruciating" to watch him swear so much. Most members of the Giants said they didn't watch the show, but cornerback Terrell Thomas admitted he was surprised by the Jets' "arrogance" as the teams prepare to meet in their preseason opener Monday night at the stadium they share.

With the Patriots' first preseason game Thursday night, we decided to look back and dig up the most memorable moments in Patriots preseason history. We've got the good and the bad, the historic and the tragic. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin got into a heated confrontation with Golf Channel reporter Jim Gray Wednesday afternoon after denying Gray’s report that he guaranteed Tiger Woods a spot on the U.S. team. Following a press conference at which Pavin called Gray’s report “incorrect,” the two reportedly stood nose-to-nose and Gray called Pavin a liar, saying, “You’re going down.” Responded Pavin: “You’re full of it.”

 

The Darrelle Revis situation is starting to get ugly in New York. Revis' representatives accused the Jets front office of lying about them denying an invitation for owner Woody Johnson to join a recent meeting. And the two sides presented different versions of negotiations, with agent Neil Schwartz insisting: "The Jets have never given us a proposal with one dollar in signing bonus or one dollar in fully guaranteed money." Meanwhile, Jets coach Rex Ryan insists his defense will be fine without the All-Pro cornerback.