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Alex Cora offers update on Tyler O’Neill following nasty collision

Tyler O'Neill collides with Rafael Devers

Boston Red Sox outfielder Tyler O’Neill left Monday’s game following a scary collision with a teammate, and it is one that left him needing several stitches.

O’Neill and Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers ran into one another in shallow left field during the seventh inning of their team’s 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Guardians at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. Estevan Florial lifted a fly ball to left field that sent Devers and Ceddanne Rafaela sprinting out toward O’Neill. Devers made the catch while backpedaling, and the back of his head slammed into O’Neill’s face.

You can see a couple of different angles of the scary collision here.

O’Neill was bleeding from the head and helped off the field. He did not return. After the game, Cora told reporters that the slugger needed eight stitches.

“T.O., he has a big gash. He got stitches, eight of them, so we’ll see what happens next,” Cora said. “He’s going through the concussion protocol. Hopefully everything’s fine. Raffy, same deal. He just kind of got hit hard, I guess. He says he feels good, so we’ll wait and see. He’ll go through the same thing.”

The Red Sox acquired O’Neill in an offseason trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. He has been better than anticipated for them. O’Neill’s entered Monday’s game hitting .304 with 7 home runs and 8 RBI in 14 games.

Derrick Rose offers statement about his NBA future

Derrick Rose wearing a jersey

Feb 23, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose (25) looks on as a teammate shoots free throws during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. The Blazers won 107-104. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Despite being 35 years old and injury-riddled, Derrick Rose still feels that he has more left to give.

Speaking with reporters on Monday after the end of the Memphis Grizzlies’ season, the veteran guard Rose made a notable statement on his NBA future. Rose revealed that he intends to return for another year.

“Yes, I’m coming back,” said Rose, per Damichael Cole of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I talked to [Grizzlies GM] Zach [Kleiman], I talked to coach [Taylor Jenkins] … This summer, it’s all about attacking my rehabs, my workouts and continuing to be disciplined.”

2023-24 proved to be yet another lost season for the former MVP Rose. He missed all but 24 games this year due to hamstring, ankle, and back injuries. The Grizzlies as a team did not fare much better either, going 27-55 after losing a league-high 590 total individual games because of injury.

But Rose, who is still under contract with the Grizzlies for $3.4 million next year, actually was not bad in the run that he did get this season. He had 8.0 points and 3.8 assists over 16.6 minutes per game off the bench for his Year 15 averages. Rose was also tasked with serving as a veteran mentor for Ja Morant (even offering a notable message for him last offseason) and will look to do so again next season.

Rashee Rice facing $1 million lawsuit from 2 crash victims

Rashee Rice at a press conference

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice is facing further trouble stemming from the March 30 car crash he was involved in.

Rice and Theodore Knox, the other driver responsible for the crash, are being sued for $1 million by two victims of the Dallas incident, according to Olivia Johnson of FOX 4 Kansas City. The plaintiffs, Irina Gromova and Edvard Petrovskiy, allege that they suffered severe injuries that include “trauma to the brain, lacerations to the face requiring stitches, multiple contusions about the body, disfigurement, internal bleeding, and other internal and external injuries that may only be fully revealed over the course of medical treatment.” Both plaintiffs were driving and wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The two are suing Rice for negligence and punitive damages, including physical and mental harm and the cost of potential future medical care. The plaintiffs also note that Rice fled the scene of the accident despite being aware of what had taken place, and are demanding a jury trial.

Four others were involved in the crash, but to date, they have not spoken publicly or taken any legal action against Rice.

Rice and Knox were allegedly driving at a dangerously high speed when the crash took place. Both men are facing eight criminal charges as a result of the crash, in addition to this and any other lawsuits that may emerge.

Andy Reid addresses situation with Rashee Rice

Chiefs coach Andy Reid on the sideline

Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid against the New England Patriots during the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs began their voluntary offseason program on Monday, and it was not long before head coach Andy Reid was asked about the ongoing legal situation with Rashee Rice. As expected, the coach did not have much to say.

Reid told reporters that Rice will participate in the first phase of the Chiefs’ offseason program virtually. When asked about the recent charges against the second-year receiver, Reid said he will not comment until the legal process plays out.

“I’m leaving that, like we’ve done most of these, for the law enforcement part to take place and then we will go from there with that,” Reid said.

Rice is facing eight felony charges after he was partially responsible for a multi-vehicle accident in Dallas, Texas last month. He was allegedly racing against someone he knew at an incredibly high rate of speed before crashing. Rice and several other men were then seen leaving the scene, which led to a warrant being issued for Rice’s arrest.

It is unclear if the NFL plans to take action to force Rice to stay away from the Chiefs pending the outcome of the criminal charges. For now, it is probably a safe bet that we will not see him at the team’s facility for a while.

Rice played a major role for the Chiefs as a rookie in 2023. He finished with 79 catches for 938 yards and a team-leading 7 touchdowns. Rice also had 26 catches for 262 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City’s four playoff games. He had 6 receptions in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Padres had incredibly petty post for Dodgers during series finale win

A San Diego Padres hat resting on a glove

Aug 8, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A view of an official San Diego Padres New Era on field hat against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers never fail to bring the drama.

The two division rivals met over the weekend for a highly eventful series. San Diego took the first game 8-7 in extra innings, but the Dodgers won the second one 5-2. During the second game, Padres infielder Jurickson Profar got heated with Dodgers pitcher Gavin Stone after an inside pitch in the fifth inning, causing both benches to empty.

After the game, Dodgers catcher Will Smith disputed the notion that they were intentionally throwing at Profar, calling him “irrelevant.”

That comment came back to bite Smith in Sunday’s rubber match though. It was Profar who was the hero in that contest as he smacked a massive bases-clearing double off the wall in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Neither team would score again as the Padres went on to win 6-3.

The Padres used their opportunity to get petty with it and posted the highlight to X with the caption, “That’s a pretty relevant swing.”

With the weekend series victory, the Padres have now won three of five games against the Dodgers this season and sit just two games behind them in the NL West standings. Though the two teams obviously have a whole lot of history, Smith probably should have waited until the series was over before taking his swipes.

Report reveals Giannis Antetokounmpo’s status for Game 1 against Pacers

Giannis Antetokounmpo wearing headphones

May 13, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots during warmups prior to game six of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks-Indiana Pacers first-round playoff series will be one of the more highly-anticipated ones this year, but Giannis Antetokounmpo probably will not be ready for the start of it.

Shams Charania of The Athletic shared an update Monday on the status of the injured Bucks forward Antetokounmpo heading into the Pacers series. Charania reports that Antetokounmpo, though he is currently rehabbing daily, is facing some real doubt for Game 1 against Indiana and is “very much up in the air.”

The former MVP Antetokounmpo, 29, missed the final three games of the regular season for the Bucks after suffering a worrying non-contact injury during a game against Boston on Apr. 10 (video here). Milwaukee later characterized Antetokounmpo’s injury as a left soleus strain.

The young, high-tempo Pacers are already a poor matchup for the Bucks as is. They beat Milwaukee in four out of five games during the regular season (in the one game the Bucks did win, they needed an absolutely Herculean performance from Antetokounmpo … plus some pettiness). While it helps a bit that the series does not start for another six days (on Sunday, Apr. 21), it sounds like Antetokounmpo is still a longshot to be ready by then.

Brock Purdy has great response to his future contract extension

Brock Purdy throws in warmups

Jan 29, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) during warmups against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers quarterback is eventually going to get paid, likely next offseason. He is taking a very healthy attitude toward that inevitable extension, though.

Purdy was asked at his youth football camp about recent comments by 49ers owner Jed York, who made clear that Purdy will eventually wind up as one of the highest-paid players on the team. The quarterback said he appreciated the comment, but that it was not changing his approach at all.

“That’s great, but for me, I still have to put in the work. I have to win games for this organization and I have to get better, starting here in OTAs,” Purdy told Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group. “Everything will fall into place that it needs to, and that’s how I’m looking at it. But I appreciate his kind words.”

Purdy would certainly have some reason to grouse about his contract. His selection as Mr. Irrelevant actually worked against him in that regard, and his biggest benefit financially so far has actually come from an NFL compensation program. That will all change about a year from now.

Purdy threw for 4,280 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2023 as he guided the 49ers to the Super Bowl. He will ultimately wind up being paid with the league’s top quarterbacks as long as he continues to progress.

Tyler O’Neill left bloody after brutal outfield collision with Rafael Devers

Tyler ONeill and Rafael Devers collide on a fly ball

Boston Red Sox outfielder Tyler O’Neill was left bloody following a scary head-to-head collision with teammate Rafael Devers on Monday.

O’Neill and Devers ran into one another in shallow left field during the seventh inning of the Red Sox’s game against the Cleveland Guardians at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. Estevan Florial lifted a fly ball to left field that sent Devers and Ceddanne Rafaela sprinting out toward O’Neill. Devers made the catch while backpedaling, and the back of his head slammed into O’Neill’s face.

You can see the video:

Here is another angle:

O’Neill was bleeding from the head following the collision and needed help getting off the field. Devers walked off under his own power. Devers remained in the game, but O’Neill did not return.

The Red Sox acquired O’Neill in an offseason trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. He has gotten off to an extremely hot starting and entered Monday hitting .304 with 7 home runs and 8 RBI in 14 games.

Rob Gronkowski had one of most unique ceremonial first pitches ever

Rob Gronkowski raises his fist in the air

The Boston Red Sox had Rob Gronkowski throw out the ceremonial first pitch before their annual Patriots’ Day game on Monday, and the former New England Patriots star made sure to put his own personal stamp on the honor.

Gronkowski’s pitch never reached home plate, but that was by design. The legendary tight end lined up like he was going to deliver a pitch before pivoting to one of his famous “Gronk spikes” and spiking the ball into the ground. You can see the video:

Patriots’ Day is a local holiday that commemorates some of the battles that were fought in the Revolutionary War. It is also when the Boston Marathon is run, so the holiday has taken on new meaning in the wake of the 2013 Marathon bombing.

Gronkowski, of course, is one of the most beloved players in New England history. He won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and caught 79 touchdowns with the team, which led to his Gronk spikes becoming one of the many symbols of the success New England had in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era. That first pitch probably brought back plenty of memories for fans in Boston.

CeeDee Lamb makes decision on Cowboys’ voluntary workout program

CeeDee Lamb celebrates a catch

Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) makes the catch and runs the ball for the game winning touchdown in overtime at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys began their voluntary offseason program on Monday, and there was one notable but expected absence.

CeeDee Lamb is not expected to attend voluntary workouts with the Cowboys as he seeks a new contract, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Lamb is set to make just under $18 million in the final year of his rookie contract next season. A recent report said he is unlikely to partake in any portion of the Cowboys’ voluntary offseason program without a new deal in place.

There are no mandatory workouts until minicamp in June. If Lamb chose to hold out from that, he would be subject to a fine of $101,716.

Lamb led the NFL with 135 receptions last season. The former Oklahoma star had 1,749 yards and 12 touchdowns. It goes without saying that he wants to become one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL, which is an honor that currently belongs to Miami Dolphins star Tyreek Hill and his $30 million annual salary.

Another NFC team signed one of their star wide receivers to an extension on Monday. Lamb may have had a close eye on that deal.