Allen Kee / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards may be done for the rest of the season.
According to multiple reports, the right-hander has a torn ligament in his pitching elbow and will need to undergo Tommy John surgery. Yahoo! Sports was the first to report the injury, which the team has not yet confirmed.
Richards, 27, was already scheduled to sit out Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays over fatigue.
So far this season, he is 1-3 with a 2.34 ERA over six starts.
Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new allegation has surfaced involving the late former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno and a child sex abuse scandal that led to the conviction of his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.
Insurers in litigation with the university claim that in 1976, a boy told Paterno that he had been molested by Sandusky, who's currently behind bars after being convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse.
Paterno's family issued a statement, calling for a "full public review of the facts."
"Because of a single sentence in a court record of an insurance case, Joe Paterno's reputation has once again been smeared with an unsubstantiated, forty year old allegation," the statement reads. "In response to this allegation and the subsequent media hype, the Paterno family is demanding a full public review of the facts."
"We challenge anyone with evidence of misconduct to come forward and present their allegations in a process that allows a full, fair review of the evidence. We will stand by the facts, but we will never accept veiled accusations presented in a context where they cannot be objectively reviewed and analyzed," the family added.
Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Since its inception in 1875, the Kentucky Derby has played witness to horse racing's greatest triumphs and ultimate downfalls.
On Saturday, Churchill Downs will host the 142nd run for the roses.
One year ago, American Pharoah exhilarated the sports world by becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. This year, all eyes are on a new competitor: Nyquist.
The 2-year-old colt is the race's top contender and a potential successor to American Pharoah’s famed sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
The Kentucky Derby breeds a level of competition that owners, trainers, jockeys and spectators meticulously prepare for and anxiously await all year. American Pharoah’s historic run changed the game when it comes to gambling, bringing in a record-breaking $194 million in wagers.
Nyquist has 3-to-1 odds heading into Saturday’s race as the only undefeated champion in the field. His 7-0 record has earned the colt more than $3.3 million.
Nyquist's owners Paul and Zillah Reddam, trainer Doug O’Neill and jockey Mario Guttierrez have their sights set on the winner’s circle at the famed 1¼ mile track. If they find themselves adorned with the garland of red roses, they will take home a whopping $1.24 million. But ESPN reporter Darren Rovell believes you can’t put a price on winning this race.
“If you win the Kentucky Derby, if you win these races it’s been about a stallion career and that is still the true financial prize,” said Rovell.
Another horse aiming to become racing royalty this weekend is 2-year-old Exaggerator. With a 4-9 record, Exaggerator is hot on his hooves with 8-to-1 odds.
The race may only last 2 minutes, but it is an all-day event for spectators. Last year’s audience celebrated with 49,000 derby pies, 5,000 liters of bourbon and 127,000 mint juleps.
For a sport by the numbers, this year’s event is sure to draw more staggering statistics straight out of the gates.
New Orleans Saints(MIAMI) — The widow of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith -- who was shot and killed April 9 in New Orleans following an apparent road rage incident -- accepted his graduate degree posthumously from the University of Miami during a graduation ceremony Thursday.
The Saints tweeted a photo of Racquel Smith, sitting in a wheelchair -- still on the mend from being shot twice in the legs -- smiling as she held the degree.
In a video, the crowd can be heard clapping and cheering as an announcer says that Racquel is accepting the award on behalf of her husband. The Saints tweeted the video, writing "Racquel is so strong! Thank you to the @univmiami for the support of Will Smith and his family."
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners: AMERICAN LEAGUE Seattle 6, Houston 3 Boston 7, Chi White Sox 3 Cleveland 9, Detroit 4 Baltimore 1, N-Y Yankees 0, 10 Innings Toronto 12, Texas 2 NATIONAL LEAGUE Chi Cubs 5, Washington 2 San Diego 5, N-Y Mets 3 Colorado 17, San Francisco 7 St. Louis 4, Philadelphia 0 Miami 4, Arizona 0 Cincinnati 9, Milwaukee 5 NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS OT Toronto 96, Miami 92 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS OT Dallas 3, St. Louis 2 3OT Nashville 4, San Jose 3
Highland Park Department of Public Safety(HIGHLAND PARK, Texas) -- Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel turned himself in for booking on Wednesday and posted bond Wednesday, and appeared in court Thursday in a domestic violence case.
Manziel, 23, was charged with family violence assault by a grand jury last week. He had previously been accused of accosting and striking an ex-girlfriend in a January incident. He faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
The 23-year-old is appeared before a Dallas judge Thursday morning.
Manziel was polite as a judge set the conditions for his bail. He will not be allowed to contact his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley in any way, and he cannot be near or possess firearms.
Manziel's attorney Jim Darnell said in a statement that Manziel "has, over the last 24 hours, fulfilled all the current requirements of the court. He looks forward to defending himself against the misdemeanor allegation and focusing on the next phases of his life, both personally and professionally.”
Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, given to college football's most outstanding player, in 2012. He was later drafted by the Cleveland Browns, and released earlier this year.
iStock/Thinkstock(SUNRISE, Fla.) -- Jaromir Jagr, 44, has officially signed on another year with the Florida Panthers Thursday, according to NHL.com.
Sportsnet reports the contract is for one year at a $4 million salary.
The announcment comes just over a week after the Panthers lost to the New York Islanders in a 2-1 double-overtime loss in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series, ending the Panthers' season.
According to NHL.com, this will be Jagr's sixth consecutive one-year contract since he made his return to the NHL in 2011. Before that, he played in the Kontinental Hockey League for three seasons.
Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indiana Pacers, fresh off their first-round playoff loss to the Toronto Raptors, announced Thursday that they would not retain head coach Frank Vogel.
"I've decided that it's time for a new voice around here," team President Larry Bird said at a Thursday press conference. He called the decision to let Vogel go "one of the toughest things I've done."
Bird did make clear that Vogel was not fired. "His contract is up and I just made the decision not to renew it."
Vogel put together a 250-181 record in five-plus seasons as the Pacers' coach. His teams made the postseason in five of six years, including two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Former veteran head coach Mike D'Antoni is in the running for the Houston Rockets head coaching job, ESPN reports, while interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff has pulled himself out of consideration.
D'Antoni, notable for his up-tempo offenses with the Phoenix Suns, most recently served as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers this season. He had previously headed up unsuccessful teams with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.
Bickerstaff took over the Rockets early this season following the firing of Kevin McHale. He posted a 37-34 record and got the Rockets into the postseason, but saw his team look lackluster in a first-round loss to the Golden State Warriors.
ESPN says that former Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy and current Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel will be among the Rockets' targets. They have already spoken to Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell and their own assistant coach Chris Finch. Sources tell ESPN that TNT Analyst Kenny Smith could also receive an interview for the job.
Smith and Cassell are both former Rockets players.
ESPN says Bickerstaff withdrew his name from consideration for the permanent job "when it became apparent that the Rockets were going in a different direction." The Rockets may, however, be interested in retaining Bickerstaff in another role.