With reports leaking out from New York that the Knicks might change course and let Jeremy Lin go to the Rockets, Carmelo Anthony called Lin's renegotiated offer from Houston -- which includes a $14.9 million salary in the third year of the three-year deal -- "ridiculous."

So often in the first half, as the Red Sox were putting up a so-so performance on their way to a 43-43 mark, people would ask me, "Trags, what do you think of Bobby Valentine?" or "What is the clubhouse like with Bobby V in



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Yankees special adviser Reggie Jackson, who was asked by the team to stay out of sight after his comments in a Sports Illustrated story disparaging a number of former and current major leaguers (including Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice), is expected to return soon following an apology he released Thursday.

"Nothing was done and Sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity." 

Freeh Report, July 12, 2012

Anyone still want to stand up for Joe Paterno?

OK, we see you, Matt Millen. Anyone else?



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Joe Paterno and other senior officials at Penn State, including former school president Graham Spanier, had "total disregard" for the safety of children abused by Jerry Sandusky, according to a report released by former FBI director Louis Freeh on Wednesday. 

Country singer Luke Bryan apologized for his performance of the national anthem at Tuesday's All-Star Game in Kansas City. Bryan acknowledged what many had suspected -- he wrote the lyrics on his hand and checked them while he sang. He also looked at his watch, which he said was because he was trying to time the finish of the song with a stealth bomber flyover.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Bryan wrote: I had a few key words written down to insure myself that I wouldn't mess up. I just wanted to do my best. I promise it was from the heart.

Former FBI director Louis Freeh announced that he would release his findings on the Penn State scandal Thursday morning, but after reports indicated Joe Paterno's legacy will be further tarnished, the late coach's family decided to make a preemptive strike. The family released a statement Tuesday insisting that the longtime Penn State coach "did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky."

New 49ers receiver Randy Moss has impressed coach Jim Harbaugh so much that Harbaugh has called Moss the team's "best receiver right now," according to SiriusXM NFL Radio host Rich Gannon, who recently spoke with the coach.

Gannon, a former NFL quarterback, said he learned that Harbaugh sat down with Moss before the former Patriots receiver signed with the team and the two men talked about expectations.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, arrested early Saturday morning after an incident with an off-duty police officer who was working security at a Houston nightclub, implied Sunday that he will be vindicated. Peterson was told to leave the nightclub because it was closing when he allegedly pushed the officer and then, when told he was under arrest, yelled and resisted.

Tweeted Peterson: Thank you for waiting for the facts. Truth will surface.

A couple of former Red Sox players are in the news for opposite results from Thursday night. In Chicago, Kevin Youkilis continued to deliver key hits for the first-place White Sox, while in New York, Jonathan Papelbon said, "This one's on me," after blowing a save for the last-place Phillies.

Youkilis completed a memorable first homestand at U.S. Cellular Field as a member of the White Sox, as he hit a game-winning home run in the sixth inning for a 2-1 victory and series sweep of the Rangers.