NFL: Vick cancels event due to threat
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick’s book-signing tour has been canceled because of threats against him for running a dogfighting ring.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback was scheduled to sign copies of his autobiography “Finally Free,” at Barnes & Noble stores in Atlanta, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The March 26 appearance set for Exton was listed as canceled on the company’s website.
Vick served 18 months in federal prison for his role in running the dogfighting ring. According to court papers in the cases of Vick and his co- defendants, Vick bankrolled the operation and joined others in killing dogs that didn’t perform well.
Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing, told Phillymag.com that “we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm’s way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick’s book-signing appearances.”
Dodgers’ Greinke misses start
PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke was scratched from his spring training start for the Dodgers, went to Los Angeles and was diagnosed with inflammation in the back of his right elbow.
The Dodgers said the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner was examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and that an MRI in Arizona last week “showed there was no structural damage to the ligaments or tendons of the elbow.”
Greinke, signed to a $147 million, six-year contract in December as a free agent, received an injection of platelet-rich plasma and anti-inflammatory medication, according to the team. The Dodgers said the right-hander will rest for two to three days and then go on a progressive throwing program.
Yanks show interest in Jones
VIERA, Fla. (AP) — The banged-up New York Yankees would love to have Chipper Jones. General manager Brian Cashman even said so, expressing interest in the retired Atlanta Braves star.
“He’d be perfect,” Cashman said at Yankees’ camp in Tampa. “I’d take Larry in a heartbeat. I think everybody would.”
The eight-time All-Star third baseman — better known by his nickname than actual first name — quickly ended such talk.
“Enough with the rumors!” Jones tweeted. “While I am flattered about the speculation of being enticed out of retirement, I’m happy with life as a bad golfer!”
Cavs’ Irving could miss a month
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving could miss the next month — and maybe the rest of this season — with a sprained left shoulder, the latest injury to sideline the All-Star guard.
Irving, who has dealt with several injuries during his brief NBA career, sprained his shoulder Sunday night in a loss to Toronto. He collided with Raptors rookie forward Jonas Valanciunas while trying to drive the baseline. Irving stayed in the game, but was taken out after he was unable to raise his left arm while shooting free throws.