The Buccaneers are signing paralyzed former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand to a free agent contract, allowing him to fulfill his dream of joining the NFL. Bucs coach Greg Schiano coached LeGrand at Rutgers, and he surprised LeGrand with the honor.

"I always wanted to go to the NFL," LeGrand said. "It may not be the circumstances that I wanted, but I'm there.

"I had no idea, no idea this was going to happen. Honestly, it's amazing. It is. It really is."

Oil Can Boyd said during an interview with ESPN's Buster Olney that he used crack cocaine every day of the 1986 season with the Red Sox, and that the team was aware of his problem.

"I would come into the ballpark, [team doctor Arthur Pappas] would call me in the back and he ask me, 'How you feel? Did you do some last night?' And I was honest with him, 'Yes I did,' " Boyd said in the interview, which aired on ESPN's "E:60" program Tuesday.

Following the Knicks' 104-94 loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first-round series Monday night in Miami, Amar'e Stoudemire took out his frustration on a glass case housing a fire extinguisher. The result was a cut on Stoudemire's left hand that might prevent the forward from playing in Game 3.

Tweeted Stoudemire after he left the arena with his hand wrapped and his arm in a sling: I am so mad at myself right now, I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start.

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is not happy with the way general manager Jerry Reese  has been handling negotiations for a contract extension, claiming that the GM is trying to make him look like a "greedy pig."

The individuals who chose to publish racially offensive tweets following Capitals forward Joel Ward's goal that knocked out the Bruins from the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night have been criticized nationwide. A high school junior hockey player from Cumberland, R.I., faces possible sanctions, according to the school superintendent, and a student at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire also faces discipline.

When Joel Ward, one of the few black players in the NHL, scored for the Capitals to knock out the Bruins in Game 7 Wednesday night, B's fans took to Twitter to express their frustration. Some fans directed their anger at Ward, and the racially charged comments came fast and furious. A number of websites published the most offensive of the tweets, which are sure to rekindle accusations that Boston has lingering racial problems.

Metta World Peace was suspended seven games by the NBA Tuesday for his elbow to the head of Thunder guard James Harden in Sunday's game. The Lakers will be without their defensive specialist for the final regular-season game and the first six games of the postseason. This means he would at most miss two games of a potential second-round series between the teams.

Although World Peace insisted the elbow was accidental, even his own teammates didn't appear to be convinced.

The Saints' nightmarish offseason got a little worse Monday as the team denied an ESPN report that claimed general manager Mickey Loomis' booth in the Superdome was wired so he could listen to opposing coaches' radio communications during games.

The "Outside the Lines" report said the system was in place from 2002 until it was disabled following damage to the stadium from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. There was no determination if it was ever used.

Lakers guard Metta World Peace claims it was an accident, but even he acknowledges that the video makes him look bad delivering a vicious elbow to the head of Thunder guard James Harden during Sunday's game in Los Angeles.

World Peace was celebrating a dunk when he brushed up against Harden and then knocked him to the floor. World Peace was ejected from the game. Harden, who was on the floor for about a minute, also did not return to action. The Lakers went on to rally from an 18-point second-half deficit and win in double overtime, 114-106.

Dwight Howard will have back surgery and miss the remainder of the Magic's season as well as this summer's Olympics. Howard, who has missed his team's last six games, is scheduled to have the procedure to repair a herniated disk Friday in Los Angeles.

"It hurts [emotionally]," Howard told ESPN. "That's the first thing -- it hurts. And then with people saying and thinking I'm quitting on my team. This is a real issue. I tried to play through it and it just made my back worse."