Howard Bryant, a former Boston Herald columnist who now writes for ESPN.com, reached an agreement with authorities in Western Massachusetts to have charges of domestic assault and resisting arrest dropped after he serves six months of pretrial probation. Bryant had been arrested Feb. 26 in Buckland.

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber, who plans to make a comeback this fall, is taking some heat for a comment he made comparing himself to Holocaust victim Anne Frank.

Controversial Giants legend Barry Bonds apparently has formed a bond with the family of Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten after a game in Los Angeles. Bonds visited Stow in the hospital and wrote on his website: "I look forward to taking Bryan and his kids to a Giants game when he recovers." Bonds also indicated that he will be funding a college tuition fund for Stow's two children.

Dwight Gooden said that during a recent taping of the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab," former Mets teammate Lenny Dykstra made a surprise appearance in Gooden's room and tried to get talk him into leaving the facility.

NBA legend Charles Barkley continues to hog the spotlight with his inflammatory words and actions. The TNT analyst gave taunting Miami fans a double-middle-finger salute Sunday, and then he offered this comeback: "They were telling me I suck. They were telling me I never won a championship. Like, 'Come on, give me something better than that, dude.' I always laugh at that statement, 'You didn't get a ring.' I'm like, 'Dude, you work at McDonald's. My life's a lot better than yours. You relax.' "

Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized after apparently using a gay slur toward a fan in the first quarter of the Bulls' 96-85 loss to the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night in Miami. Noah had just picked up his second foul and shouted at the fan after sitting on the bench. "I apologize," Noah said. "The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said some things that I shouldn't have said. I was frustrated and I don't mean no disrespect to anybody.

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier apologized for making an obscene gesture at photographers during batting practice Monday. Ethier, who has been known to lose his cool, said he was annoyed with the constant coverage.

Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar does not have a statue in front of the Staples Center, and he's not happy about it. "I don't understand [it]," he told the Sporting News. It's either an oversight or they're taking me for granted. I'm not going to try to read people's minds, but it doesn't make me happy. It's definitely a slight. I feel slighted."

TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley said he admired LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh but called the Heat "a whiny bunch" in reference to the players getting defensive about criticism. During an appearance on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on Chicago radio, Barkley said: "[They say] we don't like the Miami Heat. First of all, that's not true at all. Those guys are actually a whiny bunch. They said a couple of times this year, 'Well the world is happy the Miami Heat [is losing].' Please don't flatter yourself. C'mon man."