MLB concerned that Dodgers can't make May payroll


MLB concerned that Dodgers can't make May payroll

NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball believes the Los Angeles Dodgers do not have enough money to make their end of May payroll, a person familiar with the team's finances told The Associated Press.The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because MLB's investigation of the team's finances under owner Frank McCourt is ongoing. The Los Angeles Times first reported that the Dodgers lacked the cash to make their May 31 payroll.The person said that if the Dodgers don't have the money, MLB would step in and make payroll."The fact that we had obligations coming due in 2011 was no surprise to us and no surprise to Major League Baseball," Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said in a statement to the AP.McCourt has publicly complained Selig has refused to approve a 17-year contract with Fox that could be worth more than 3 billion, a deal that would include a front-loaded payment of about 300 million."We developed a plan which eventually became the Fox transaction. We've been working on that plan, in different versions, for the last six months," McCourt said. "That is a transaction that is now completely negotiated, ready to be signed, and ready to be closed. It's the series of delays in allowing us to close this transaction that has created the problem here. Otherwise, there would be no problem here. My recent investment into the club was necessitated by the delay."The commissioner's office effectively took control of the team on April 20, and former Texas Rangers president Tom Schieffer was appointed the team's monitor six days later by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Schieffer must approve any transaction over 5,000.Based on its opening-day payroll of 103.8 million, the Dodgers' payroll for its major league roster in the second half of May will be approximately 8.25 million. The figure includes 16 days salary, but not any signing bonus payments that happen to fall due.McCourt, involved in a contentious divorce, took a 30 million loan from Fox, the team's television partner, in the weeks leading up to Selig's decision to appoint a monitor. Baseball was concerned that McCourt was removing assets from the franchise, once considered one of the premier teams in the sport.

Injury report: Taiwan Jones returns to Raiders practice


Injury report: Taiwan Jones returns to Raiders practice

SARASOTA, Fla. – Raiders special teams standout Taiwan Jones watched Wednesday’s practice from the bleachers. On Thursday, he got back on the field.

Jones was limited in a practice conducted at the IMG Academy, a sign that he’s close to full health after missing a game with a knee injury.

The Raiders were without their best cover men in Jacksonville, with Jones and Brynden Trawick sidelined with injury. It’s possible that both are back to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Trawick has been limited in practice this week. So were rehabbing offensive linemen Menelik Watson (calf) and Vadal Alexander (ankle). The Raiders hope to have one or both of them available in Tampa Bay. Austin Howard has started the last two games at right tackle.

The Raiders brought Mario Edwards Jr. out to Florida, though he hasn’t been formally cleared to practice.

Tampa Bay is still working without running back Doug Martin, who has been sidelined with a hamstring strain.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
DT Stacy McGee (knee)
Limited participation: RB Taiwan Jones (knee), Vadal Alexander (ankle), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder) OT Menelik Watson (calf), WR Andre Holmes (hip)

Buccaneers participation report
Did not practice:
RB Doug Martin (hamstring)
Limited participation: DE Robert Ayers (ankle), C Joe Hawley (ankle), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), DL Gerald McCoy (calf)


Report: 49ers release Ian Williams

Report: 49ers release Ian Williams

Ian Williams is reportedly no longer a member of the 49ers.

San Francisco released the defensive tackle off reserve/NFL with an injury settlement, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

The 49ers originally agreed to a five-year contract extension with Williams in the offseason. However, the contract was amended to a one-year deal after he underwent a team physical after undergoing surgery on his left leg.

It is not known how Williams sustained the non-football injury in the offseason.

Williams, 26, a five-year NFL veteran, originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame in 2011.

He played his first 16-game season in 2015. He ranked third on the 49ers with 85 total tackles, according to the stats compiled by the coaching staff.

Williams took over as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle in 2013 after the free-agent departure of Isaac Sopoaga.

But he started just 10 games over the next two seasons due to two fractures of his lower leg.