According to a report in USA Today that details the final days of Junior Seau's life, the former Patriots linebacker suffered from insomnia and regularly took a sleeping pill before he shot and killed himself May 2 at his San Diego-area home.

Wally Szczerbiak, who played six-plus seasons with Kevin Garnett on the Timberwolves and briefly played for the Celtics as part of his 10-year career, did not pull any punches in his criticism of the Big Ticket on Wednesday night. Despite Garnett's stellar performance this postseason -- including 18 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday night's Game 2 loss -- Szczerbiak, now a CBS Sports analyst, pointed to Garnett's late-game struggles in a series of tweets.

Terrell Owens had hopes of returning to the NFL, but now the 38-year-old wide receiver is not even playing in the Indoor Football League following his release from the Allen (Texas) Wranglers. Owens, who caught 35 passes for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games this season, told the Wranglers he would not play in two upcoming away games and then missed an appearance at a children's hospital, the team said. That led to his departure from the squad, as both a player and part-owner.

Manny Ramirez is eligible to return from his 50-game suspension Wednesday, his 40th birthday, but the Athletics announced Monday night that the former Red Sox slugger will instead continue to play for Triple-A Sacramento.

Assistant general manager David Forst said the A's "will continue to monitor Manny's progress on a day-to-day basis in hopes of bringing him to Oakland just as soon as he is ready to contribute at the major league level."

Jets linebacker Bart Scott, never one to shy away from voicing his opinion, joined the youth football safety discussion by saying he would prefer that his son not play the game. Scott's son, B.J., is 7 years old, and his father said he wants to keep him from getting concussions, fearful of the effect it would have on him later in life.

"I don’t want my son to play football,” Scott told the New York Daily News. “I play football so he won’t have to. With what is going on, I don’t know if it’s really worth it.”

The University of Connecticut hockey team is taking a public stand against homophobia. The Huskies released a video in which players proclaim they would support "any teammate, gay or straight, that can help us win games."

“We thought it was a great idea to show the community how we feel about homosexuality in sports, and let people know that anyone can play on our team,” UConn captain Sean Ambrosie told the Hartford Courant.

According to the New York Daily News, "rumors are flying in Major League Baseball and New York banking circles" that the Yankees could soon be put up for sale by the Steinbrenner family. The report indicates the family is considering its options following the April sale of the Dodgers for a record $2.175 billion.

Yankees president Randy Levine denied the report. "I can say to you there is absolutely, positively nothing to this," he said. "The Steinbrenners are not selling the team."

Not only did the Heat rout the Pacers in Tuesday night's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, they got in a couple of vicious hacks in the process. Following a hard foul from Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough on Dwyane Wade in the second quarter, Heat forward Udonis Haslem responded moments later with a two-handed foul to Hansbrough's face. Then, in the closing seconds, Heat sub Dexter Pittman threw an elbow to the throat of Pacers loudmouth Dwight Stephenson, and Pittman gave a little wink for good measure. All three fouls were ruled flagrant-1.

Rangers coach John Tortorella and Devils bench boss Pete DeBoer traded barbs through the media over the weekend, and they ramped up their burgeoning feud in Monday night's Game 4 in New Jersey. In the third period of the Devils' 4-1 victory that evened the Eastern Conference finals, Rangers forward Mike Rupp drew a penalty for leaving his feet on a hit, and then he gave goalie Martin Brodeur a left to the face as he skated by. That led to the coaches screaming at each other from their benches.

Rangers coach John Tortorella is not happy with what he perceives to be embellishing on the part of the Devils in the Eastern Conference finals. Tortorella was attempting to defend Rangers forward Brandon Prust, who received a one-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Anton Volchenkov during New York's 3-0 victory in Saturday's Game 3. The Devils defenseman went down the ice clutching his head but eventually got up and did not miss a shift.