Alex Rodriguez remained stuck on 599 home runs for the 12th consecutive game, the Yankees dropped out of first place, but the big news out of New York Tuesday was that A-Rod missed the team photo. The slugger needed a team representative to stand in, with Rodriguez' face to be digitally inserted later. Also, Sports Illustrated's Peter King introduces a scenario in which Brett Favre could return to the Vikings in October, the Dodgers take some heat from a Los Angeles columnist for enabling Manny Ramirez, and the White Sox get some grief for failing to support manager Ozzie Guillen.

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Former teammates of LaDanian Tomlinson took some shots at the running back as he begins his stint with the Jets. Chargers players implied that Tomlinson had trouble handling his diminished role with San Diego last season. "Sometimes you would get the sense that people felt bigger than the team," tight end Antonio Gates said said. Tomlinson did not return the fire.

 

Last week we gave you the most memorable villains in Boston sports history. This week we offer the most hated teams in Boston sports history. Sure, the Yankees and Lakers have plenty of candidates, but there are many others. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

Ben Roethlisberger said he was "scared" anticipating the fan reaction to his first appearance at Steelers training camp, but teammate Hines Ward promised the quarterback, "We've got your back no matter what." No need, as the fans cheered the controversial player's appearance over the weekend. Read more about that, plus check out video of NBA star Tyreke Evans' 120 mph highway race and subsequent arrest, along with other stories, videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.

ESPN columnist Bill Simmons joined the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about his most recent column that indicates he's not as interested in the Red Sox this season. "I don't remember a Red Sox season like this, where I've never had less Red Sox conversations with my friends or my family or whatever," he said. "It's tough to get through the games," he added, complaining about how long the games last.

 

ESPN explained and defended its reasoning for pulling its story on LeBron James' exploits in Las Vegas.

With the recent deaths of George Steinbrenner and Jack Tatum, that got us thinking about the biggest villains in Boston sports history. There were plenty of names to consider, and apologies to Matt Cooke, but we came with 10 individuals who inspire even more negative emotion among local fans. Check out our list at the LEEInks blog.

Wednesday's big controversy was the story about LeBron James' experiences in Las Vegas that was published and then removed from the ESPN website. ESPN claims the story, which did not paint James in a particularly impressive light, was not properly cleared. Others suggest that LeBron's people had it pulled because they didn't like the way their star was portrayed. Read more about that — and check out the pulled story — at Thursday's Morning Mashup.