Former Jets defensive end Vernon Gholston, who signed a one-year deal with the Bears last month after being released by New York, on Monday accused Rex Ryan of not giving him a fair shot. Despite benching Gholston in last season's playoffs and calling the player a "phony" in his book that came out in the offseason, Ryan expressed an interest in re-signing Gholston and defended his actions Tuesday. "I'm confused, because I think I'm fair," Ryan said. "I think I'm more than fair and I think I give plenty of opportunities.

Responding to the weekend violence during a preseason game against the Raiders, the 49ers decided to ban tailgating after kickoff and recommend a cancellation of the annual preseason rivalry with their Bay Area neighbors. There also are plans to beef up security and add DUI checkpoints outside the stadium. Two men were shot Saturday and another was found unconscious in a bathroom at Candlestick Park.

Timberwolves star Kevin Love is completing final practices as he prepares to compete in a professional beach volleyball tournament this week in Southern California. Said the 6-foot-10 Love: "I have the timing down with the hitting and my setting's pretty good. My blocking's decent just because it's like playing at the rim in the NBA, but my passing and my serving are subpar. I'm going to get out there a couple more times during the week and try to get it done."

The Georgetown basketball team's goodwill tour of China lacked goodwill Thursday night. A chippy game against the Bayi Rockets in Beijing ended with about 9½ minutes left when a huge brawl broke out. In a video of the incident, Chinese players appear to be the aggressors, throwing punches, swinging chairs and tossing water bottles. That led Georgetown coach John Thompson III to pull his team off the court. Thompson, who was berated by a Chinese player early in the game, did his best to downplay the incident after retreating to his hotel.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning received some attention for saying in a radio interview Tuesday that he considers himself in Tom Brady's class. On Wednesday, Manning tried to clarify his comments during an appearance on New York's WFAN radio: "It was kind of like, what am I supposed to say — no, I don't think so?" Manning said. "I’m trying to compete. I’m trying to be the best quarterback and trying to get to a championship. That’s what I’m trying to do every year."

Former Flyers forward Dan Carcillo, who does his best to torment opposing NHL players with his often-questionable behavior, had a few complaints about the way his old team was treated by the notorious Philadelphia media. Carcillo, who signed with the Blackhawks early this offseason, spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times and was asked if the Philly media is as tough as advertised. His response: "Yeah. It’s ridiculous. … If you lose, people look for excuses, and they nitpick. They make stories out of nothing. It’s unfortunate. That’s just the way it is.

New England golf standout Keegan Bradley joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about his victory at the PGA Championship over the weekend, when he rallied from five strokes down with three holes left and then edged Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff.

The 25-year-old Bradley, a Vermont native who moved to Massachusetts as a teenager and graduated from Hopkinton High School, won the first major tournament in which he appeared. He called it "a dream come true."

Rangers president Nolan Ryan announced Monday that the team will install a bronze statue outside Rangers Ballpark honoring Shannon Stone, the 39-year-old firefighter who fell to his death after catching a ball at a game last month. The statue will depict Stone and his 6-year-old son, Cooper, at the park.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, in an interview with GQ magazine, said he was furious at coach Rex Ryan last year when Ryan had backup Mark Brunell practice with the first team following Sanchez' struggles in consecutive games vs. the Patriots and Dolphins: "I wanted to fight him. I was really mad," Sanchez said. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer calmed down Sanchez, who said he still respects Ryan's honesty.

Ron Artest told The Los Angeles Times Thursday that he is "definitely going to play for the [Chesire] Jets" of the British Basketball League. Although the Jets can only pay him about $2,500 per month, Artest was lured with a promise that he will get to appear in a television soap opera and perform his music. "When they told me I had the opportunity and asked if I wanted to do a soap opera, I said, 'Of course, man.' I'm not going to run away. When I was a kid, I wanted to be on TV.