Computer problems yesterday forced The Stack to hold off on a blog until today. There are a few things which we need to talk about so let's get right to it before the weekend hits and see what made "the stack" for today, Friday, July 12:
Derek Jeter returns for the Yankees
Now batting for the New York Yankees, the captain, number 2, Derek Jeter. Finally Yankees fans heard Jeter's name called as he made his first appearance of the season since suffering a gruesome ankle injury in the playoffs last year against the Detroit Tigers. Jeter got a hit in his first at-bat of the year albeit an infield single. He went one-for-four with an RBI and he scored a run in the Yankees 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. The excitement of his return was tempered a little bit when Jeter was pulled in the 8th inning due to quad tightness. He will undergo an MRI though the Yankees expect him to be just fine. It will take Jeter a while to get back into the swing of things (though they play the Twins this weekend so he may have two homeruns), but it's huge for the Yankees that he is back in the lineup. Just his presence alone, not to mention his leadership, will help the Yankees make a push to win the AL East and make the postseason. If Jeter's quad injury is serious though, it could be devestating to the Yankees and to Jeter's career. He's 39-years old. How many more productive years does he have left in him? The Yankees hope it's at least a few more years and the Empire can make another legit run at a World Series title.
Bynum signs with Cavaliers
Despite not playing a single second last season as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Andrew Bynum is getting paid this season. Bynum signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday and he will receive $6 million in guaranateed money. Overall, it's a two-year $24 million deal. The deal is chalk full of incentives and why shouldn't it? Bynum is a high-risk, high-reward signing. If healthy, he's one of the best big men in the game and can certainly help the Cavs rebound to make the playoffs. If he plays fantastic, then he's well worth the money. If he doesn't pan out, it only costs the Cavs $6 million and they have a lot of salary cap room. Cleveland is also trying to make their team and situation appealing for next summer with LeBron James is a free agent again. They'll certainly do their best to try and woo him back to his hometown team. Cleveland offered Bynum the most guaranteed money. The Cavaliers hope that it's well worth the money and the risk.
Marshall Henderson suspended from Ole Miss
The ecentric often controversial Ole Miss men's basketball guard Marshall Henderson has been suspended by the university for violating team's rules, specifically failing drug tests. We've learned more now that back in May, police found cocaine and marijuana in Henderson's car. Henderson is terrific scorer, but his behavior isn't worth his troubles. Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy put up Henderson's behavior long enough. With the university suspending Henderson indefinitely, you have to wonder if Henderson has played his last game in a Runnin Rebel uniform. The team could still bring him back if he meets certain conditions, but at this point, Henderson needs to figure out where his focus and priorties are, because he is playing out of a golden opportunity to possibly make it to the next level.
There are a number of NHL headlines from the last few days that have grabbed hockey fans' attention...
- Ilya Kovalchuk retires. New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk is hanging up his skates at the age of 30. One of the stars in the NHL, Kovalchuk is leaving the Devils three years into his fifteen-year $100 million contract. He's leaving $77 million dollars on the table. It's rather surprising a player of Kovalchuk's caliber would retire from the game, but Kovalchk wanted to be with his family. Wonder when he will want to make a comeback. It leaves the Devils pretty thin in the talent department, but they'll rebound like they always do.
- Tuukka Rask signs deal with Bruins. When Tim Thomas elected to sit out this past season, Boston turned to Tuukka Rask to protect the net and Rask rewarded them with a fantastic year that saw the team make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. He played very well. The Bruins have now rewarded him with a new eight-year $56 million deal. Not bad for a guy who just signed a one-year deal with the team last summer. Rask's signing certainly means that the Bruins won't try to re-sign Thomas who is trying to make a comeback after his one year hiatus. Some team will want to sign Thomas. It just won't be Boston.
- Hall of Fame 2013 class announced. Three notable names are among the five people that will be enshrined in the 2013 NHL Hall of Fame. Defensemen Chris Chelios and Scott Niedemayer and forward Brendan Shanahan highlight the class. Geraldine Heaney will be the third woman ever to make it to the hall and head coach Fred Shero round out the class. Congrats to all.
The Stack is on vacation next week, but will be posting a few times throughout the week (especially with the British Open starting Thursday) so check back everyday in case there is a post. Have a great weekend everyone.
Coming up Monday: Reaction to biggest stories/headlines from weekend