With his final major league season winding down, Mariano Rivera is on a farewell tour, receiving gifts and tributes from opposing teams at every stop, befitting his iconic status and near-universal respect. Prior to Sunday night's game at Fenway Park, the Red Sox bade him adieu, and while their tribute had an edge that rubbed some in the Yankees organization the wrong way, if Rivera didn't take offense, it's not clear why they should.
This hardly comes as a big surprise at this point, but Vladimir Guerrero told Hector Gomez of Dominican Republic newspaper Listin Diario (link in Spanish) that he has retired from baseball at the age of 38.
"I decided to announce my retirement because I want to spend more time with my family," said Guerrero (translated from Spanish). "Also by the fact the two operations I've had in my right knee."
I haven't checked in with the NFL reporters and PR men since Thursday night. I hope they've gotten over the tragedy visited upon them by the Orioles insisting on playing their home game as scheduled, but from the sturm und drang about it all I feel like they still might be working their way through the stages of grief.
They better get over it soon, though, because they only have a couple of weeks to get worked up about it anew.
Just Johnny Football being Johnny Football. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel served his one-half game suspension on Saturday, entering the contest for Matt Joeckel in the third quarter of the Aggies' tilt against Rice.
After taking a solid hit from Rice linebacker Nick Elder on a scramble, Manziel jumped to his feet and made an autographing gesture at the Owl defender.
Retired NFL linebacker and new televison analyst Ray Lewis was known for his fiery pre-game speeches, attempting to pump his Baltimore Raven teammates up for 60 minutes of football.
While some could argue what the speeches really did for the team, one person who didn't quite understand them was quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.
If you're an active user of social media, chances are, every Thursday, you've been seeing old photos of friends on your Facebook or Instagram feed, accompanied by the hashtagh #TBT. That stands for "Throwback Thursday," which is sort of a big deal right now among young Internet users -- a search for #TBT on Instagram yields more than 78 million results.
On Wednesday night, the Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki made history of a sort, becoming the first player to collect a combined 4,000 hits between the major leagues in Japan and the United States. Suzuki collected 1,278 during his seven full seasons (1994-2000) and parts of two others (1992-1993) with the Orix BlueWave, and came into Wednesday evening's game against the Blue Jays with 2,721 since coming to MLB in 2001, leaving him one hit shy of the plateau.
World Wrestling Entertainment star Darren Young admitted for the first time in a video posted Thursday by TMZ that he is gay.
The 29-year-old, whose real name is Fredrick Douglas Rosser, gave a rather impromptu interview Wednesday at LAX airport and was asked whether a "gay wrestler could be successful within the WWE." Young responded by saying, "absolutely" before admitting that he is gay:
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Judge Andre Manssourian allows the defense to approach the bench to answer a question uttered often in certain Southern California circles recently: Where’s Titus Young? The lawyers confer privately with the deputy district attorney, then veteran attorney Altus Hudson rushes from the courtroom to make a phone call. Forty-five minutes later, the same routine is repeated. Then, two hours after Young’s lawyer had entered the courtroom at 9:30 a.m.
Sad news to pass along courtesy of our friends at Yahoo! Sports. Joshua Jones, the young fan who was be befriended by Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp earlier this year, has passed away following a battle with brain cancer. He was just 19 years old.
It was hard not to be touched when Kemp gave Jones his jersey, hat and cleats following a game in San Francisco on May 5.