Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels sent a message to Nationals rookie Bryce Harper in the first inning of Sunday night's game, hitting him in the back with a fastball. In case the message wasn't received, Hamels admitted after the game that it was no accident.

"I was trying to hit him," Hamels said. "I'm not going to deny it."

According to a report in the New York Daily News, Junior Seau's family told a Chicago brain research institute that it plans to donate the former Patriots linebacker's brain to Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. The BU center has become well known for its work studying deceased players' brains for evidence of trauma.

"This specimen needs to be examined," said Dr. Julian Bailes, director of the Brain Injury Research Institute in Chicago. "It doesn't matter who does it. There are only two groups doing this kind of work."

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.