Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forward Eric Griffin.
Cut last year at this time by the Heat, Griffin put on a nice show playing in Puerto Rico instead of playing in the NBA or its D-League. This year, he's averaging 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 19.3 minutes per game in the Summer League and is looking like a potentially dynamic option. The Mavs made sound investment here and Griffin should prove to be a string asset off the bench.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Freddy Garcia has announced he has retired from baseball.
Veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia pitched for seven teams in his 15 year career in the majors winning 156 games with a 4.15 ERA and over 1,600 strikeouts. Garcia will not attempt to pitch in a 16th year as he announced his retirement prior to pitching in the Caribbean Series championship. His best season was 2001 in which he won 18 games and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting. He has been out of the majors the last two seasons so this news ends any chance of a comeback. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Padres signed Hunter Redman to a minor league deal.
In an effort to gain more organizational depth at catcher, the Padres have signed a minor league free agent. Hunter Redman only logged 11 at bats last year in the minors but should slot in wherever San Diego needs him in their system this year. Redman is only 23 and played his college ball at Texas Tech. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Al Jefferson (knee) has begun non-contact drills.
The veteran center of the Hornets has had a tough season. First Al Jefferson injured his calf and was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. After returning from the calf injury, Jefferson suffered a knee injury which required arthroscopic surgery to repair his meniscus. His surgery was right before the new year and his prognosis was a six week return. Jefferson has started to go through non-contact drills. But his age and the injury may keep him out past the original return date. Monitor the reports regarding his practice activity. Analysis: Greg Jewett
C.J. Anderson will be the Denver Broncos’ starting running back for Super Bowl 50.
In a move that will not surprise any fantasy owners, the Broncos have switched their starting running back for Super Bowl 50. C.J. Anderson has out gained Ronnie Hillman by 90 yards on only four more carries in the playoffs. Anderson has averaged 4.6 yards per attempt to rush for 144 yards in the postseason. He has also caught five passes for 29 yards. If the Broncos are going to keep Cam Newton on the sideline and play ball possession, they need their best runner in the game, which is C.J. Anderson. Analysis: Greg Jewett
NBA will likely announce the Blake Griffin suspension before the All-Star break.
The pending suspension stems from the altercation that Griffin and a Clippers equipment manager got into while on a road trip that resulted in Griffin punching out the equipment guy and breaking his hand. There is also reports from Steve Ballmer, the team owner, that L.A. will add to the suspension the league hands out. So Blake Griffin owners are likely not to see him on the court till nearly the end of the regular season as the suspension won't take effect until he recovers from the injuries he is currently suffering from. Analysis: Matt Selz
Tyler Johnson (shoulder) said he might be done for season.
Earlier this week the 23-year-old two-guard had surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff and the recovery timeline for it puts him out for the next 2-3 months before resuming basketball drills with contact. Based on that news he is almost assuredly done for the rest of the season meaning Beno Udrih and Gerald Green will continue to see the minutes off the bench and slight increases in their value. Analysis: Matt Selz
Safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart are active for Super Bowl 50.
Both starting safeties were considered questionable last week but have been officially activated and will start after practicing in full the past two days. It's a huge boost to the best pass-defense in the league as Ward and Stewart both lock down the back end of the secondary along with Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. Cam Newton will now have much more to pay attention to in the pre-snap looks. Analysis: Matt Selz
Update: Hassan Whiteside (ankle) said he could have stayed in Sunday's game.
When the injury first happened, as Whiteside came up limping following a rebound, it didn't seem to be more than a precautionary move to take the big center out of the game. He did manage to secure a double-double in his limited play as he came off the bench behind A'mare Stoudemire. Considering Whiteside believes he could have continued to play, he should be fine for Miami's next game, though his minutes may still be on the lower end. Analysis: Matt Selz