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Alex Rodriguez and Marcus Thames refused to let the Yankees lose. New York touched up Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon for two home runs in the 9th to turn a 2-run deficit into a walk-off win. It was the first blown save of the season for Papelbon, and the 5th win for the Yanks over the Sox this year.
The LeBron James rumors took an interesting turn Monday. It was reported that James could be part of a packaged deal with current Kentucky coach John Calipari when he becomes a free agent this summer. The Bulls, Nets, and Clippers are all without a head coach and have the money to make a run at the prize of the 2010 free agent class.
Usually Phil Jackson waits until the offseason to discuss his future plans, but not today. Jackson told Fox Sports Radio that he has been thinking about whether or not he would be capable of completing another season on the bench. While he loves the playoffs, it's the thought of another grueling 82 game season that has the future Hall of Fame coach considering retirement.
After the jump: Thierry Henry Coming to America, Kobe's Knee Drained, Andre Johnson Wants a New Contract, Backstrom Staying in Washington, Ballack out for Germany, and Tony Romo at OTAs.
Kobe Bryant had a significant amount of fluid drained from his swollen right knee, and hasn't practiced since the last round of the playoffs. Bryant has had trouble with his knee since the regular season and it was drained at least once or twice before.
Thierry Henry will join the New York Red Bulls this season, likely after the World Cup this summer. Red Bulls co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz signed Henry to a contract that will include playing and promotional duties. Henry concludes his season with Barcelona this weekend and then will play for France in the FIFA World Cup, June 11-July 11 in South Africa.
Texans All Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson missed Monday's OTAs because because of a contract dispute. Johnson has five years remaining on his contract with a base salary of $5.8 million in 2010. Texans general manager Rick Smith said he has been in contact with the Pro Bowl receiver and plans to meet with him at some point.
Washington Capitals, Center, Nicklas Backstrom signed a 10-year, $67 million contract Monday. In 2009-10 Backstrom set career highs with 33 goals and 68 assists. His 101 points ranked fourth in the NHL (behind Henrik Sedin, Sidney Crosby, and teammate Alexander Ovechkin).
German super-star Michael Ballack will miss the 2010 FIFA World Cup. While playing for his club team, Chelsea, on Saturday a tackle by Kevin-Prince Boateng tore ligaments in the German captain's right ankle. Ballack won't be able to resume training for at least two months.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo had a Monday morning tee-time which would have given him a chance to qualify for a PGA Tour event, but chose to workout with his teammates instead. This week's OTAs will be the first time Romo has a chance to throw passes to the team's first-round pick: WR Dez Bryant.