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Rajon Rondo reportedly told Celtics he wants to be traded

Rajon RondoRajon Rondo has been mentioned in trade rumors for the past few years, and it looks like that is for good reason: he wants out of Boston.

ESPN Boston reporter Jackie MacMullan, who is a regular panelist on ESPN talk show “Around the Horn,” said in a behind-the-scenes conversation recorded by the show last week that Rondo has told the Celtics he wants out.

The problem, as MacMullan says, is that the Celtics would not be able to get good value for him in return. She mentions the Kings as a possible trade partner, but says Rondo told Sacramento he would never re-sign with them. They also mention the Knicks, but New York doesn’t have much to offer.

Rondo is set to earn $12.9 million next season and will be a free agent after that. In an interview with The Boston Globe back in July, Rondo indicated he was looking forward to exploring free agency.

“It just depends,” Rondo said about his free agency plans. “I don’t know if I’m going to do 10 teams. I may do a lot. I don’t know. It’s kind of like college all over again, with recruiting, only times 50 because they have a ton of money to throw at the guys and they don’t have any restrictions on what they can do. No [NCAA] rules.

It might just make sense for the Celtics to trade him rather than lose him in free agency.

Jimmy Johnson: Jerry Jones comes across as a rich A-hole

Jerry-Jones-Jimmy-JohnsonThere is no love lost between Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones. The two were teammates at Arkansas, where the won a national championship together in 1964, before rekindling their winning ways with back-to-back Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl championships in 1992 and 1993. It was all downhill from there.

As Jones reminded us in a lengthy feature that was written by ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr., his relationship with Johnson soured 20 years ago. Despite Johnson’s success with the team, Jones said he has no plans of inducting him into the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

“Disloyalty … I couldn’t handle the disloyalty,” Jones told Van Natta Jr. “Whether it was right or not, by every measurement you can go, I had paid so many times a higher price to get to be there than he had paid, it was unbelievable.

“There was just an undermining that went on. It’s subtle. It’s smart. I lost my tolerance of having an associate, a friend, not be loyal. I’ve been told, ‘That’s trite. You should be bigger than that.’ I mean, really, am I so dumb that I don’t know you don’t fire a coach after y’all just won two straight Super Bowls?”

Johnson remembers it quite differently. The legendary coach says Jones brought him in with an understanding that Jerruh would handle the business side of things and Jimmy would handle football. When rumblings of the Cowboys being a dynasty started, Jones wanted more credit.

“When I went to the Cowboys, Jerry told me he’d handle the marketing and money and I’d handle the football and we’d make history,” Johnson said in a statement included in the feature. “That changed after the first Super Bowl. I appreciate the opportunity he gave me and I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish.”

After reading all the things Jones said about him in the piece, Johnson sounded a bit less appreciative.

“(The feature was) about like I expected,” Johnson told Bob West of the Port Arthur News in an email. “Jerry comes across like a rich a–hole.”

Both men are getting old. Johnson and Jones are 71. Give the success they enjoyed together, you would think one or both of them might express a willingness to bury the hatchet now that they have entered the twilight years of life. Jerruh’s recent comments make it seem like there is little to no chance of that ever happening.

H/T Dallas Morning News

Nick Saban frustrated with his soft D (Video)

Nick Saban angryNick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide went into halftime Saturday with a 20-17 lead in their season-opening game against West Virginia, but the head coach was not satisfied with his squad’s effort.

During his halftime interview with ABC, Saban expressed his frustrations.

“The big thing for me is we gotta play better on defense and special teams,” said Saban. “Defensively we’ve made a lot of mental errors. We’re not doing the stunts right. We’re soft. So we really need to get ourselves some poise on defense.”

Well said, Mr. Nick. Let’s see if we can make your D harder in the second half.

Stephen Hill’s agent blames Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow for Hill’s release

Stephen-HillThe New York Jets released wide receiver Stephen Hill on Saturday. Hill, a former star at Georgia Tech, has been a disappointment since the Jets drafted him with the 43rd overall pick in 2012. But as far as the 23-year-old’s agent is concerned, Rex Ryan and company set Hill up to fail.

After Hill was cut, his agent Alan Herman criticized the Jets for not putting his client in a position to succeed.

“I’m disappointed in Idzik and Rex with the way the whole thing went down there,” Herman told Jim Corbett of USA TODAY Sports. “Two years in that kind of situation is disheartening.

“He didn’t have a chance that first year with that whole Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez fiasco. … His second year, Geno Smith was learning how to play quarterback. So they never threw the ball deep because they wanted to simplify things for Geno.”

Hill ran a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash at the 2012 NFL Combine and was at one point an extremely promising young talent. While he hasn’t exactly played with Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, Hill has had some brutal drops in big situations. His progress has also been hampered by knee injuries.

We all know the Tebow experiment was a disaster and Sanchez was below-average at best. However, there are plenty of wide receivers across the NFL (Larry Fitzgerald, Josh Gordon, Andre Johnson, etc.) that have carved out impressive careers with poor quarterback play. That’s a pretty lame excuse from Hill’s agent, who anticipates his client will be scooped up quickly.

“I would think the Browns would put in a claim,” Herman said. “(Coach Mike) Pettine knows him and they need receivers and Stephen can stretch the field.”

Are the Browns really the best team for Hill? What if the whole Hoyer-Manziel thing becomes a circus? At least his agent will have someone to blame.

Bo Pelini: Marijuana use is ‘out of control’ in society

Bo-Pelini-NebraskaBo Pelini spoke at the annual Big Red Breakfast on Friday morning and provided more than just his thoughts on the upcoming season. According to Rich Kaipust of the Omaha World-Herald, the Nebraska coach somehow went off on a tangent about weed. His basic message was that drugs are very, very bad, mmkay.

“It is out of control,” Pelini told the crowd of about 250 people, noting that marijuana use is an issue in all levels of school. “Let’s face it, it’s not OK. I think everybody that’s our age, my age, hopefully understands that it’s not OK. It’s not good. It’s not good for you. And these kids do it on a daily basis and a yearly basis … and it’s a real problem out there.”

Bo also said the Cornhuskers are lucky it has not been an issue within their program.

[Related: Bo Pelini on media, fans in 2011: 'F-- you, f--- all of you]

“Fortunately for us it is not (an issue) in our program,” he said. “But I can tell you around college football and college athletics … serious in college. I guarantee you walk into dorms nowadays and it is a horrible problem.

“I think it’s something in society we need to get fixed, but unfortunately they get bad information.”

Interestingly enough, Pelini’s comments came on the same day a report surfaced indicating the NFL is considering more lenient penalties for marijuana use. It sounds like Pelini would like a word with the league before that happens.

H/T Deadspin

Jesus Montero threw ice cream sandwich at heckling Mariners scout

Jesus-Montero-MarinersAt one point, Jesus Montero was a promising prospect in the New York Yankees organization. He was later sent to the Seattle Mariners in the trade that brought Michael Pineda, yes that Michael Pineda, to New York.

Since then, it’s been one bad thing after another.

Last August, Montero was suspended 50 games for his involvement with Biogenesis. Earlier this year, the catcher/designated hitter arrived to spring training 40 pounds overweight and said all he did after playing winter ball was eat.

Montero is currently in the minor leagues, where his bat has shown signs of life that led to the expectations placed on him a few years ago. Unfortunately, a recent incident involving a member of the Mariners organization will be all anyone is talking about for a while.

As Tyler Maun of MiLB describes, Montero approached the stands with a bat after exchanging words with a Mariners scout.

Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified cross-checker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford. Montero then headed to the AquaSox dugout on the third-base side.

According to a game offical, the cross-checker then ordered an ice cream sandwich and had it sent to Montero in the dugout, escalating the confrontation further. The official said Montero — who arrived at Mariners Spring Training 40 pounds overweight this season — approached the stands with a bat while screaming profanities and threw the sandwich at the cross-checker. Montero had to be pulled back from the stands by Everett pitching coach Nasusel Cabrera, Safford said.

And the career of Jesus Montero continues to spiral out of control. As recently as 2012, Baseball America had Montero as its No. 6 prospect heading into the season. While his ability to hit helped earned that ranking, incidents like this won’t help him realize that potential in the majors.

In February, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said he had “zero expectations” for Jesus Montero. Whatever goodwill Montero may have built by hitting .286 with 16 home runs and 74 RBIs in Triple-A this season is probably gone now.

H/T Big League Stew

Ronda Rousey reportedly wanted by WWE

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey has a lot more going on in her life at the moment than just mixed martial arts. The undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion has launched her acting career with “The Expendables 3″ and “Fast & Furious 7.” Might she also be working with the WWE in the near future?

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer, WWE is reportedly preparing an offer for Rousey to get her to appear in an upcoming pay-per-view event. Here are the details of the subscription-only report, courtesy of Fansided:

Following her enjoyable visit to WWE’s SummerSlam show in Los Angeles on August 17th, The Wrestling Observer says that the company is more interested than ever in doing business with the mixed martial artist.

Her time at and around the Staples Center earlier this month – specifically her interactions with Stephanie McMahon – opened a lot of eyes to the champ and her potential value to WWE. Combine that with her role in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 3, a film that disappointed at the box office but which featured WWE-friendly celebs like Sly and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and suddenly Rousey became a figure of great interest to WWE brass.

The Observer believes the company will be making her an offer to do something for them on television and/or pay-per-view (PPV) very soon.

Rousey has quickly become more than just an MMA fighter. She’s a full-blown celebrity, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the McMahon family try to cash in on her fame. As Fansided reminds us, Stephanie McMahon flashed the “Four Horsewomen” hand gesture toward Rousey when she was sitting ringside at Summerslam. Rousey proudly flashed it back.

I’m sure it’ll happen at some point. Rousey wouldn’t be the first athlete to jump between the WWE and UFC, and she has been open about her desire to become a successful actress. As The Rock could tell you, WWE can certainly help with that.

H/T Black Sports Online