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.

Controversial former major league Jose Canseco made his debut with the Worcester Tornadoes of the independent Can-Am League, going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and two walks in Thursday night's 9-2 loss to the Newark Bears in New Jersey.

"I'm in spring training mode out there," said Canseco, who participated in four of the team's seven preseason practices. "I'm trying to find my rhythm."

Canseco received a mix of cheers and boos when he was introduced as the cleanup hitter prior to the game. During batting practice, he hit one home run.

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who we last heard from ripping Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as "disrespectful," feels quite the opposite about new teammate Tim Tebow.

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee revealed Tuesday that he has called the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation to an emergency meeting Wednesday morning to discuss financial problems at former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company.

Two years after relocating from Massachusetts to Rhode Island to take advantage of a $75 million taxpayer-backed loan, Schilling's company missed a loan-guarantee payment of $1.125 million, setting off red flags.