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…Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday for suspected cocaine possession at the MGM Grand Hotel’s Wet Republic pool complex. Stoll was held at the Clark County Detention Center. He was released from custody Friday night, an officer confirmed to ESPN.com’s Katie Strang. Stoll also was suspected of possessing Ecstasy, and NHL security was notified of the situation, police told the Las Vegas CBS affiliate. The Kings issued a statement late Friday, saying they were aware of the reports. “Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation,” the team’s statement said. “While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time.” Stoll is married to sportscaster Erin Andrews.

… Josh Hamilton‘s teammates say that he’s recovered from his shoulder surgery and recent drug relapse and is ready to play baseball again. Of course, whether he’ll do as a member of
the Angels is anybody’s guess. Here’s the latest on the situation from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal: Angels owner Arte Moreno indicated last Friday that the team could use language in
Hamilton’s contract to take away some of the money they still owe to him. He also wouldn’t say for certain whether the embattled outfielder would play for the team again. Stay tuned.

…The Los Angeles Angels have made it very clear that they are unhappy with star outfielder Josh Hamilton. Team owner Arte Moreno has been very vocal about his star player ever since
an arbitrator ruled in his favor saying he shouldn’t be punished after telling MLB officials about his relapse. Well Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times was at Angels stadium
yesterday and noticed something different inside the team’s store. The Angels have removed Hamilton team merchandise from their main store inside their stadium.

…It has been been an interesting couple of years for Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton and – if his recent move is any indication – his future in beautiful southern California might be
cloudy. Although the sale of a home is far from an accurate indication of an impending transaction, it’s an interesting development worth keeping your eye on. Hamilton put his
exquisite Newport Beach mansion on the market recently for a crisp $16.5 million. According to the Los Angeles Times, home was built in 2013 and is a whopping 10,850 square feet, all
of which is immaculate. It has six bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, elevator service to all three levels, a massive NASCAR-sized garage and one spectacular view.

…Now that Adrian Peterson has been reinstated by the NFL, it will be interesting to see if he is successful in his quest to force his way out of Minnesota. Given the terms of his
current contract and the value the Vikings want in return, Peterson may be stuck. ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports that the Vikings would be seeking “at least” a first-round pick and “more
compensation” if they were to deal Peterson. In addition to the first-rounder, Caplan says Minnesota would want a starting cornerback. The Vikings consider cornerback to be their
greatest position of need, and they believe they could draft a starting corner in the second round. In other words, they are looking for either a first-round pick plus a viable
starting corner or a first-round pick and a second-round pick.

…I think we all know by now that the San Francisco 49ers front office and Jim Harbaugh didn’t get along during his time as head coach. Harbaugh has moved on and is going through his
first spring as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. I thought that the 49ers had moved on as well but it looks like they are still bitter with their former coach. Apparently the
49ers have a team museum and after the team parted ways with Harbaugh, the organization has removed his exhibit and memorabilia.

…The Los Angeles Clippers clinched at least the third seed in the West on Tuesday, and if they keep that seed they would face a sixth-seeded team with a win-loss record near the top
of the Western Conference, a prospect that does not sit well with Doc Rivers. Because division winners are guaranteed a top-four seed, the Portland Trail Blazers (51-30 with one game
remaining) will be the 4-seed despite holding the sixth-best record in the West, which means the Clippers (56-26), if they end up as the 3-seed, would play the Memphis Grizzlies (54-
27), Houston Rockets (55-26) or San Antonio Spurs (55-26) — all of whom play Wednesday to determine the Southwest Division winner and the Nos. 5 and 6 seeds. “That’s a flaw,” Rivers
said. “I think the divisions are important. They’re nice to have. They’re nice to be celebrated, for some and some not, but I don’t know if they should be celebrated as far as in the
standings. I think it’s something that the league will absolutely look at and try to fix. You shouldn’t be rewarded if your record [isn’t as good as others].”

…Dallas Police Department sources say Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and his brother are under investigation for an aggravated assault. From WFAA: Aqib Talib and his brother,
Yaqub, were involved in a physical altercation with another person or persons at Club Luxx on Pearl Street, and then a gun was fired in the club, according to a police report.
The brothers then left that club in a white Range Rover and a white Jaguar and went to the XTC Cabaret on N. Stemmons Freeway. There, police caught up to the pair and questioned and
released them. Police towed the Range Rover and Jaguar, and DPD sources tell News 8 they are searching the vehicles for forensic evidence linked to the aggravated assault.
Talib, a six-year NFL veteran, is a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Denver Broncos. He was the 20th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Kansas.

…Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected from Friday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox for allegedly hitting Pablo Sandoval on purpose. Whether or not it actually
was doesn’t matter; Jimenez aimed one into the front shoulder of Sandoval. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the umpire may have tossed Jimenez because the off-target pitch could have
been retaliation for a dirty slide by Sandoval into Baltimore second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Jimenez exited the game after 3 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball.

…Kris Bryant had his “welcome to the big leagues” moment, and it wasn’t pretty. The highly-touted finally joined the Chicago Cubs on Friday after controversially beginning the season
with Triple-A Iowa and batted cleanup at Wrigley Field against the San Diego Padres. His first MLB at-bat in the first inning, a strikeout on three pitches. Yikes. Keep in mind,
though, that he was facing James Shields, a former All-Star with over 1,600 career strikeouts. Shields struck out Bryant two more times, and after the 23-year-old’s third K, Cubs fans
started to get a bit restless, yelling “You suck!” to a player who hit nine homers in 14 games this spring training and more or less is the future of the franchise. What Bryant
couldn’t do at the plate, though, he made up for in the field, starting a double play in the first inning and making a diving catch on a line drive in the fifth. Bryant clearly is an
exciting player who has a bright future in front of him. For now, though, he’ll have to deal with the enormous expectations that Chicago fans already have placed on him.

…The New England Patriots knew that Aaron Hernandez had plenty of off-field issues before they drafted him in 2010. There’s a reason — or several — that Hernandez was a first-round
talent who fell to the fourth round. So why did Bill Belichick and company take the chance? Before we answer that, it should be noted that no one could have anticipated Hernandez being
convicted of murder. As for the weed issue and whispers of gang affiliation while at Florida, Belichick was reportedly assured by his close friend Urban Meyer that Hernandez had
straightened out his act. Greg Bedard of The MMQB recently spoke to former Patriots senior football advisor Floyd Reese, and Reese said Meyer “convinced” Belichick to take a chance on
Hernandez. “We knew he had some issues prior,” Reese said. “Meyer and Belichick were very, very close, and I think Urban convinced Bill that, you know, that these things weren’t going
to be an issue. When we structured his first contract, his rookie contract, we probably had 75 percent of the money in the contract set up so that he would only make it if he stayed
out of trouble, didn’t miss meetings, was always there doing the right thing. And for the period of the original contract, he lived up to every bit of it. So it turned out well. Of
course, after that, after he signed [his $40 million contract extension], things kind of went awry.”

…Aaron Hernandez is maintaining his innocence after the guilty verdict. One day after the former New England Patriots tight end was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin
Lloyd, he told jail guards the jury got it wrong, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the Boston Herald. “When he left the court after his sentence he still had his, according
to my staff, his swagger, but it’s not surprising with him,” Hodgson said. “He told our people, ‘Look, they’re wrong and I’ll miss you guys.” Hernandez felt the same upon hearing the
jury find him guilty of murder in the first degree, as camera caught him shaking his head and mouthing the word “wrong” after the verdict. Hodgson also said Hernandez seems to have
“sociopathic issues,” that could be tied to his father’s death, while adding he’s “the best I’ve ever seen at manipulation.” “Over the course of time I’ve had a lot of opportunities to
speak with him and one of the things that I learned was that he is the best I’ve ever seen at manipulation. He is the best I’ve ever seen at compartmentalizing things so that he
doesn’t have to deal with the here and now,” Hodgson said. “He is a master at using his charm to position himself and get what he needs. I’ve never seen anybody better at it.”

…Talk about cutting corners. Kendall Schler was stripped of her GO! St. Louis Marathon victory Wednesday after race officials determined she never actually ran the race. The 26-year
-old is thought to have entered the course sometime after the final checkpoint and ahead of the lead bicycle escort, crossing the finish line at the 2:50:30 mark. Andrea Karl, a
Washington University graduate student who finished the race in 2:54:28, was the real winner of the race. Race officials initially looked into the suspicious finish when Schler was not
wearing her race bib in the correct location and had not recorded any electronic times throughout the race. Schler claimed she removed the magnetic strips from her bib because she did
not want to record her times, but tampering with official race bibs is a violation of race protocol, according to race president Nancy Lieberman, via WSDK News. The surprising early
finish and improper bib placement prompted race officials to look into the validity of Schler’s finish. According to Lieberman, she questioned Schler when race officials could not find
any photographs or record of Schler running the race in either the 2014 or 2015. Schler was unable to produce any evidence of her participation in the race.

…Remembering Rosie – In 1980, Rosie Ruiz crossed the Boston Marathon finish line first, but like Schler later was found to have entered the race near the finish line.

 

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