Tiger Woods vs. Sergio Garcia: Golf official apologizes for 'colored athletes' remark
Sergio Garcia isn't the only one putting his foot in his mouth this week. George O'Grady, chief executive of the European Tour, found himself apologizing after an interview with Sky Sports about Garcia.
O'Grady, in an interview with Sky Sports, said of Garcia's racist remark about inviting Tiger Woods for fried chicken dinner: "We know the connotation in the United States. We accept all races on the European Tour; we take it very strongly. Most of Sergio's friends are colored athletes in the United States, and he is absolutely abject in his apology and we accepted it.
"All races play on the European Tour, and that's how we want to keep it. He is abject in his apology and we are moving on."
O'Grady was instantly criticized for using the expression "colored people" and went into damage-control mode, issuing a statement in which he said. "I deeply regret using an inappropriate word in a live interview for Sky Sports for which I unreservedly apologize."
At this point, golf's oops-fest week can't end quickly enough for the Europeans. On Wednesday, Garcia had apologized for saying of his feud with Tiger Woods: "We will have him 'round every night [for dinner at the U.S. Open.] We will serve fried chicken."
Woods had responded, in a series of tweets: "The comment that was made wasn't silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate. I'm confident that there is real regret that the remark was made. The Players [Championship, where this edition of their feud flared] ended nearly two weeks ago and it's long past time to move on and talk about golf."
Cincinnati Bearcats do the best postgame interviews (video)
The Cincinnati Bearcats may not have had a winning record, finishing 24-32 overall and 6-18 in the Big East, but by Jove they're No. 1 when it comes to postgame video-bombing interviews.
H/T Michael Katz | USA Today
Mark Sanchez 'shaking off rust,' throws three interceptions
Well, at least there was no buttfumble.
The first day of the 2013 New York Jets quarterback competition wasn't exactly a terrific success for Mark Sanchez, who admitted he was "shaking off the rust." After back-to-back 26-turnover seasons, Sanchez went out and, in organized team activities Wednesday, threw three interceptions in 15 snaps. Jets Coach Rex Ryan was not thrilled.
"This is OTAs but that's going to be the pressure that we're putting on him," Ryan said (via the New York Daily News). "He did a lot of great things. It's not that you try to cover up the fact you had some bad plays. No, no, no you flat tell him, 'We can't have these.' He knows."
It didn't help Sanchez, who split reps with Smith, that Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill sat out the OTA and Mike Goodson was making a court appearance after his arrest on drug and weapon charges.
"I got to be confident in what I'm doing, know that I'm making the right decisions, putting the ball in the right spot," Sanchez said, after going 6-for-11 in 11-on-11 drills. "If a guy's there or not there, I can't fix that. I just got to be on my game, worry about me and trust that the coaches and everybody will see that. And they will."
Smith, the rookie now represented by Jay-Z's Roc Nation Smith, hit 3-of-10 passes, with one interception.
Carmelo Anthony has partial tear in his shoulder
Carmelo Anthony has a small tear in his left shoulder, an injury that could require surgery.
The New York Knicks forward played 12 playoff games with the partially torn labrum that was revealed in an MRI on Wednesday, the New New York Daily News reported. Anthony will rest for three-to-four weeks to see if the tear heals on its own.
"To be able to play with that and get through the pain, it just came a point where you just try not to think about it," Anthony, who was hurt April 14, said Monday. "That's where I was at mentally."
The injury continued to bother him during the series against the Indiana Pacers. After shooting 45 percent during the regular season, he shot 40.9 percent in 12 playoff games.
Tom Brady on Wes Welker: Nothing 'surprises me anymore'
If Tom Brady was surprised that the New England Patriots allowed Wes Welker to depart for the Denver Broncos, he wasn't revealing it.
"I don't think anything surprises me anymore in the NFL," Brady said of losing his favorite wide receiver on WEEI's "Dennis & Callahan Show." "I've been around long enough to see things happen at different times with the greatest players of all, whether that's Wes or Randy Moss being traded by the Raiders or Brett Favre and playing for the Jets and Vikings.
"That's what happens. This is a, like I said, it's a very tough, competitive business, and nobody appreciated Wes more than I did and what he was able to accomplish for our team. He's moved on. He's in a good situation with another great team and a great quarterback. We always kind of kept in touch. We always will. He's one of my best friends."
Brady wouldn't say exactly what his emotions were over losing Welker, whether he was disappointed, angry or a mixture of both.
"Of course, I have feelings, but those feelings are very personal to me. I used to get caught up in anger and disappointment, but I don't make the decisions. These things aren't up to me," he said. "At some point you've got to realize the things that are out of your control, you've just got to let go, focus on my job and what I need to do. The game moves on, the team moves on, there's only so long you can dwell on the past, and at some point you've got to move forward."
Brady told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that he's "never felt better throwing the football" after working with quarterback trainer Tom House, who replaced the late Tom Martinez in the role of Brady whisperer. Although he agreed to a contract extension that created over $15 million in cap space for the Patriots, Brady told WEEI that his gesture wasn't predicated on bringing Welker back.
"I have all the trust in the world that [owner] Mr. [Robert] Kraft and Jonathan [Kraft] and Coach [Bill] Belichick will do that," he said. " That was kind of a value proposition for me, wanting to be in this system with Coach Belichick and the other players that I've been able to play with. I think we are going to field a competitive team. It's competitive thus far through the offseason conditioning program and through the OTAs thus far. We've been close. We were in the Super Bowl two years ago. We were in the AFC championship last year. I know we have a good team. We've just got to do a few more things better. Hopefully that will lead to more success."