Vince Young and Jeff Fisher during happier times.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that he instructed Vince Young to leave the facility Monday because he was not welcome at the team meeting that was held to discuss the quarterback's volatile standing with the team. A source said that while the team cannot ban Young from the facility, his presence at future position meetings, practices and games would not be welcome after he walked out on the team following Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins. Young will be allowed to seek treatment at the team's facility for his thumb, which requires surgery for a torn tendon. The team said in a statement that Young will be treated as most players who are on injured reserve, where their presence is not required.
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was named the AL MVP by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, becoming the franchise's fifth player to receive the honor. Hamilton is the first Rangers player to win the award since Alex Rodriguez in 2003, and he also joins former Rangers winners Jeff Burroughs (1974), Juan Gonzalez (1996 and 1998) and Pudge Rodriguez (1999). Hamilton was first on 22 of 28 ballots cast for the award. He was second on four ballots and fourth on two others for a total of 358 points. Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers finished second in the voting with five first-place votes and 262 points. Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees was third at 229 points.
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that the Yankees have made a "fair and appropriate" contract offer to Derek Jeter and suggested that if the 36-year-old shortstop thinks otherwise, he should shop himself around to find out. "We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account," Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. "We've encouraged him to test the market and see if there's something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That's the way it works." Cashman was clearly stung by the recent statement of Jeter's agent, Casey Close, who was quoted in Sunday's New York Daily News as saying he was "baffled" by the team's negotiating strategy.
The manager for the woman at the center of the NFL's investigation of Brett Favre said Tuesday that the quarterback's agent asked about paying her to keep quiet. But that's not how Favre's agent, Bus Cook, sees it. Cook said in a statement that Jenn Sterger's camp made "numerous overtures" to him. He said he believes money has been the motivation for the former New York Jets gameday emcee. Sterger's manager, Phil Reese, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview he called Cook in October to alert him about a forthcoming Internet report alleging Favre sent inappropriate messages and lewd photos to Sterger when they were both with the Jets two years ago. Reese said the reason he reached out was to compare notes about news that could be damaging to both of their clients. "I was concerned because I didn't know exactly what was going to be coming out, and I knew that it wasn't going to be good for everyone involved," Reese told the AP. "He asked me if there was a specific figure in mind that could make this go away. I told him, 'I wish it were that easy, but there's no putting the toothpaste back in the tube.' "
Free-agent catcher Victor Martinez is bolting the Boston Red Sox to sign with the Detroit Tigers, according to multiple media reports. Two weeks ago, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein expressed his strong interest in re-signing Martinez and third baseman Adrian Beltre. But he acknowledged competition for the players. "It always comes down to dollars and years," Epstein said. Martinez will receive a four-year deal for $50 million, according to Venezuelan reporter Ignacio Serrano of El Nacional. The Associated Press reported that the deal is pending the results of a physical. Martinez made $7.7 million last season.
Heat forward Udonis Haslem may miss the remainder of the regular season after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left foot, and free agent Erick Dampier has been signed to help fill the void that creates. Haslem had surgery Tuesday, the same day Dampier took a physical with the Heat -- the last hurdle before a contract could be signed. Dampier practiced with the Heat Tuesday afternoon.
Hendrick Motorsports made a major crew chief and organizational shakeup on Tuesday for drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin. Earnhardt will work with Steve Letarte, who has been Gordon's crew chief since he replaced Robbie Loomis late in the 2005 season. Gordon will be paired with Alan Gustafson, who has been Martin's crew chief. Lance McGrew will move from Earnhardt to Martin. The only combination left untouched was Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus, who on Sunday won their fifth straight championship.
Joe Paterno says he plans to return as Penn State coach next season, putting an end to any speculation about retirement. The Nittany Lions meet Michigan State in the regular-season finale on Saturday, leading some fans and writers to wonder if this would be the 83-year-old coach's last appearance at Beaver Stadium. JoePa said his team has struggled at times this year because of youth and injuries, but that the Nittany Lions have a chance to be good next year. "I'm looking forward to it. ... We've struggled a little bit this year, the youth and the injuries and the whole bit," Paterno said. "But I think with a good spring and preseason practice ... We're going to be a good football team, and I'd like to [be] part of it."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.