The Giants continue to battle the Jets for headlines — and not in a good way. The latest controversy involves Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who ripped his coaches and teammates in a radio interview on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Rolle apologized for the manner in which he complained, although he didn't apologize for what he said. His accusations included a lack of leadership from the players and an over-controlled environment by coach Tom Coughlin. Said Rolle: "I don't feel like I was talking out of turn. I feel like I said what needed to be said.

After learning that outgoing Dodgers manager Joe Torre publicly admitted to having interest in the Mets managerial job that undoubtedly will become open after this season, current Mets manager Jerry Manuel criticized Torre and questioned his integrity. It doesn't help Manuel that the underachieving Mets were eliminated from playoff contention on the same day he blasted the apologetic Torre.

 

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has taken over the spotlight in New York, and not for good reasons. He's been upset since losing his starting job in the preseason, and he's asked for a meeting with team officials following his helmet-throwing incident Sunday night in Indianapolis. There had been speculation that he would request a trade, but later reports indicated that's not the case.

The Yankees will unveil a monument of George Steinbrenner at Yankee Stadium's Monument Park before Monday night's game vs. the Rays. With the Dodgers having an off day, Los Angeles manager Joe Torre and his recently announced replacement for 2011, Don Mattingly, have indicated they plan to attend the ceremony. It will be Torre's first visit to the Bronx since he left the Yankees following the 2007 season after reportedly being offended at a low-ball offer from management. "There are no issues with Joe Torre and the Yankees," general manager Brian Cashman said.

The University of Massachusetts gave Michigan a scare Saturday, but the 20th-ranked Wolverines escaped with a 42-37 win. UMass jumped out to a 17-7 first-half lead, but Michigan scored two touchdowns just before the half and ran off 28 straight points to take a 35-17 advantage. The Minutemen rallied to within five with just over two minutes remaining, but couldn't come up with an onside kick. 

 

In Wednesday night's Yankees-Rays game, Derek Jeter gave an Oscar-worthy performance faking injury after a pitch hit his bat and not his arm as he indicated. At USA Today, Mike Lopresti continues the debate about whether Jeter is a cheater or a gamer. In the New York Post, Mike Vaccaro writes that it wouldn't have been that big a deal if Jeter hadn't oversold the call and accepted medical treatment.

Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was the subject of some critical comments from Joe Namath after New York's Monday night loss to the Ravens. The former quarterback said Edwards "can't catch the ball ... or rarely does. He has as many drops as he does catches." On Wednesday, Edwards responded. While he said he respected the Jets legend, Edwards was not pleased, saying: "Tell him next time he's here, stop by my locker and tell me that." And in other Jets news, coach Rex Ryan said he volunteered to speak to the NFL about the Ines Sainz incident.

On Wednesday, the Heisman Trophy Trust announced that the 2005 Heisman Trophy -- forfeited by former USC running back Reggie Bush on Tuesday -- will remain vacated.

 

CBS Sports NFL analyst Shannon Sharpe announced he will "step aside" from his broadcasting duties while a domestic situation is addressed. Last week, Sharpe had a restraining order taken out against him for allegedly forcing a woman to have sex with him, stalking her and making multiple threats on her life. A hearing has been scheduled Monday in an Atlanta court.

Columnist Jay Mariotti is being charged with seven misdemeanors in connection with an incident involving his girlfriend last month. The writer, suspended by AOL FanHouse after his arrest, will be arraigned Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom on two counts of domestic violence with injury, two counts of domestic violence, one count of grand theft, one count of false imprisonment and one count of vandalism for allegedly taking his girlfriend’s purse.