In one of the strangest NBA ejections ever, normally mild-mannered Raptors forward Amir Johnson was thrown out of Monday night's game against the Trail Blazers when he tried to take the ball from referee David Jones after a Portland free throw and wouldn't let go. After his ejection, an incensed Johnson fired his mouthguard at Jones and hit him in the back.

At least seven NFL players have surrendered their guns to team personnel in the wake of last week's murder-suicide in Kansas City, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King.

King, who revealed the information on NBC's "Football Night in America" pregame show Sunday night, reported that one player turned in multiple weapons, saying that he didn't trust himself with the guns.

Following last week's incident involving Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, it's been speculated that about 70 percent of NFL players own at least one gun, with many owning more than one.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman in the history of the Heisman Trophy to take home the award Saturday, beating fellow finalists Collin Klein of Kansas State and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o. Manziel led A&M to a 10-2 season that included an upset of No. 1-ranked Alabama. He amassed 43 touchdowns and set the SEC single-season record with 4,600 combined yards.

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has made his share of enemies around the league for his dirty play, and now it seems his own team is fed up with his selfish behavior.

The Lions, expected to contend for a playoff berth this season, are 4-8 following Sunday's 35-33 loss to the Colts, and one anonymous Detroit player told Yahoo! Sports that Suh and others are hurting the team.

Chiefs players and staff attended a private memorial service Wednesday for Jovan Belcher, the linebacker who killed his girlfriend and then himself over the weekend.

General manager Scott Pioli gave a eulogy for Belcher during the one-hour service. Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel had tried to calm Belcher before the player shot himself in the stadium parking lot on Saturday.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum revealed Tuesday at baseball's winter meetings that he was shot in the right ear and back during a recent hunting trip with Hall of Famer Robin Yount. The former Brewers teammates were hunting quail in Arizona when Yount fired a shot and Sveum was hit by the spray pattern from a six-shot.

"The bird got up in front of him, and he lost track of where I was and pulled the trigger," Sveum said. "I was just looking for birds myself. It was behind me, so I got drilled with pellets in the back one stuck in the ear."

Honestly, it's not the intention here to write about the Jets' miseries every day. But it's impossible to ignore the daily foolishness emanating from New York. Actually, the latest Jets item originates from Seattle, where former Jets (and current Seahawks) receiver Braylon Edwards weighed in on his old team's quarterback controversy.

Edwards isn't happy with the treatment former teammate Mark Sanchez is getting, and he let the fans know they should direct their anger elsewhere.

The Jets put up another offensive stinker Sunday, but they managed to pull out a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals that kept their slim playoff hopes alive. Quarterback Mark Sanchez was brutally heckled by Jets fans for his brutal play -- even after backup Greg McElroy entered the game late in the third quarter to loud cheers and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass.

"Well, you can definitely tell that the stadium was happy about it," defensive back Yeremiah Bell said.

There are three subjects that really struck me this week. On the surface they seem completely and entirely unrelated.



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Spurs coach Greg Popovich sent home four of the team's top players before Thursday's night's game against the Heat in Miami. Popovich acknowledged the decision was so that the players could rest as the team played its sixth road game in nine nights (and fourth in five).

It didn't sit well with NBA commissioner David Stern.

"I apologize to all NBA fans," Stern said in a statement. "This was an unacceptable decision by the San Antonio Spurs and substantial sanctions will be forthcoming."