Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had an impressive game Sunday, making 12 catches for 145 yards, but Dallas fans showed that their patience is thin with the controversial and inconsistent pass-catcher. When Bryant caught a second-quarter pass and stepped out of bounds short of the first-down marker rather than take a hit while going for extra yards, the fans let him know what they thought. There were boos after the play, and more boos when the replay was shown on the scoreboard.

"I was hearing it," Bryant told USA Today. "Man, that hurt my heart."

Just when you thought it might be quiet in the Jets locker room following Sunday's win over the Rams that ended a three-game losing streak, linebacker Bart Scott provided the controversy this team seems unable to avoid. Scott, unhappy about unnamed players criticizing backup quarterback Tim Tebow in a New York Daily News story last week, ordered his fellow defensive players to say nothing but, "Both teams played hard -- anonymously," to reporters.

Stephanie McCaffrey, the second-leading scorer on the Boston College women's soccer team, was suspended from the team Thursday for sending out joking tweets about Penn State's sexual abuse scandal as the Eagles prepared for a Friday night game at Penn State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Manny Ramirez still is trying to get back into baseball, and the former Red Sox slugger made his case on Wednesday when he hit a home run on the first pitch he saw from Escogido Lions right-hander Daniel Cabrera in his debut for the Los Aguilas Eagles of the Dominican winter league.

A packed house estimated at 22,000 turned out to see Ramirez return to play in his home country for the first time since the winter of 1994-95, and the fans went wild when Ramirez drilled a fastball over the right-field fence to give his team a 1-0 lead.

Mark Sanchez is an easy target nowadays, considering how poorly he has played for the 3-6 Jets. But the other quarterbacks in New York aren't getting much respect, either.

Sanchez' backup, Tim Tebow, continues to see limited action, and that's just fine with some anonymous Jets players, who criticized Tebow to the New York Daily News.

"He's terrible," a defensive starter said.

"We don't look at him as a quarterback," another starter said. "He's the wildcat guy."

The Lakers reportedly had an abrupt change of heart when they hired former Suns and Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni to replace Mike Brown, and the news did not sit well with the legendary Phil Jackson, who many thought was headed back to the bench.

Antonio Cromartie is “still confident” about his playoff guarantee despite the Jets’ latest embarrassment, a 28-7 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle that dropped New York to 3-6. Rex Ryan, meanwhile, said he isn’t rethinking his quarterback situation. Despite an anemic offensive performance (the only touchdown came from the defense), the Jets will stick with Mark Sanchez.

It’s been a difficult season for the Jets, who sit at 3-5, but cornerback Antonio Cromartie remains confident in his team and his coach, who earlier this week was named most overrated coach in a poll of NFL players.

The Lakers are 1-4 after Wednesday's 95-86 loss to the Jazz in Salt Lake City, and Kobe Bryant, who only days ago was ripping impatient critics, is having trouble containing his frustration with everyone around him.

Bryant played Wednesday night with an anger he acknowledged he had not displayed in a while, although he wouldn't say the reason for his motivation.

"Nothing I care to share," said Bryant, who finished with 29 points and six turnovers.

Veteran Lakers guard Steve Blake was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for using inappropriate language toward one of the team’s front-row fans during Friday night’s loss to the Clippers at Staples Center.