Jets players still recovering from Hurricane Irene

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Jets players still recovering from Hurricane Irene

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 30, 2011
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Bart Scott's home in New Jersey has no power because of Hurricane Irene, and he's unsure when the lights will go back on. Still, the New York Jets linebacker considers himself one of the lucky ones. Several neighborhoods near the Jets' facility in Florham Park were flooded when the storm hit the metropolitan area Sunday and have severe water damage, along with power outages. "The other people need to be helped first," said Scott, whose house in Mendham had no flood damage. "I'll lose some food. I think a lot of my fish died. I've got a salt-water tank. Those are things that can be replaced." The Jets beat the Giants 17-3 in a preseason game Monday that was originally scheduled for Saturday night, and then pushed to Saturday afternoon before being postponed two days because of the then-approaching storm. Scott said he'll be staying in a hotel for at least five more days while the area recovers. "I've got trees, I've got five telephone poles out," he said. "They have to put the telephone poles back up before they can even attempt to put the power back up. I'll be out a long time." He felt for the people in other areas who are a lot worse off than he and several of his teammates. "You've got people who lost things and lost property," Scott said. "That's more important than me having to sit in the dark a couple of days. I can go to a hotel and wait it out. It's no big deal. Next time, I'll have a generator and I'll be fine. I'll call all the people in Morristown and let them come up and pay rent." The Jets' training facility also lost power Sunday, and is operating off an existing generator. Areas critical to team operations, such as for coaching, and personnel, plus team meeting rooms, the training room and football video room are working with backup power. The Jets' media relations and ticketing departments have been working out of the training facility. The Jets briefly held meetings at the facility earlier Monday before they headed to MetLife Stadium for the preseason game. Starting Tuesday, the majority of the Jets' business support staff will work out of the stadium. Several of the Jets players who live near the facility are also without power, including right guard Brandon Moore. "Some guys had some flooding in their basements, but a lot of guys were OK," Moore said. "But I'm in Morristown, so it kind of hit them and shut them down there. We'll be OK, though."

Casspi thanks Kings after trade to Pelicans: 'Definitely isn't easy'

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Casspi thanks Kings after trade to Pelicans: 'Definitely isn't easy'

The Kings traded Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, prompting the forward to post a heartfelt message on his Instagram account.

I want to thank the Sacramento Kings organization for the opportunity to play basketball in front of the great fans of Sacramento. My wife and I felt in Sacramento like being home and this is something we both will cherish for ever. This definitely isn't easy for me and my family to leave, and you all know how much I love our city, organization and fans but the time has come. I want to wish nothing but success to my Kings. I will definitely will follow and cheer from afar. 
Always a big part of my heart, 
Omri #18

Casspi, 28, averaged 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 18 minutes per game for the Kings this year.

A's spring training Day 7: Rosales readies himself everywhere

A's spring training Day 7: Rosales readies himself everywhere

MESA, Ariz. — Adam Rosales has a real simple plan for which infield position he chooses to try to get work at.

“Wherever there’s less guys, I go over there,” he explained with a smile.

The sun came out and the A’s finally got on the field for their first full-squad workout Monday after being rained out Sunday. That meant Rosales, back for his second go-round as an Athletic, got his first chance to prepare for what figures to be a super-utility role, which is how he’s carved out a nine-year major league career.

All indications are that he’ll be the primary backup infielder, capable of spelling Jed Lowrie at second base, Marcus Semien at shortstop, Trevor Plouffe at third and even fill in at first base or left field in a pinch.

Though Rosales, who spent 2010-12 with Oakland and re-signed in January on a one-year $1.25 million deal, is well-versed in preparing himself all over the diamond, one position in particular is one that he says is most difficult to master in limited time.

“Shortstop,” he offered without hesitation. “There’s a lot more going on there, a lot less room for error. At shortstop, especially with a guy like Mike Trout running, you’ve got to be in good rhythm, good timing, get rid of the ball and make an accurate throw.”

Depending on how the A’s prioritize their 25-man roster, Rosales could very well be the only backup infielder. That means fellow infielders Joey Wendle and Chad Pinder would start in the minors if the A’s were to keep a fifth outfielder or third catcher. But because the A’s have some players who can fill in at multiple spots, there’s numerous ways they can choose to configure the roster when it comes time to pare it down.

Rosales, 33, said walking back into the A’s clubhouse for the first time made him “feel like I’m back home.” So much of the support staff — equipment guys, clubhouse guys — are the same as when he was here before. He was also happy to see former infield mate Mark Ellis walk through the door Sunday. He says Ellis, a teammate from 2010-11, instilled in him the importance of being a great defender. Ellis is working as a part-time spring instructor.

“He told me, the No. 1 reason he was in the big leagues was because of this,” Rosales said, holding up his glove. “I was such a young player then. I’d always work with him, how to turn double plays. Just to have him around is awesome.”

NOTEWORTHY: Sonny Gray and Kendall Graveman were among the pitchers who faced hitters for the first time this season. Bruce Maxwell caught Gray, his first time behind the plate with Gray other than the one inning Gray threw in an abbreviated start at Anaheim toward the end of last season. Maxwell said Gray’s changeup in particular looked good.

Manager Bob Melvin has been very impressed early on with Graveman’s command. Graveman said he’s trying to improve his changeup, in an effort to induce weak contact from righties and get them on the their front foot, which could then make him more effective on the inside corner.

CAMP BATTLE: There could be a good fight for the seventh and final spot in the bullpen, and it would seem being left-handed could give someone an edge. Sean Doolittle is the only lefty currently projected among the A’s top six relievers. Melvin had good things to say about Daniel Coulombe, a lefty who made 35 appearances in relief last year and also saw a bit of time with Oakland in 2015. Coulombe posted a 4.53 ERA last season but struck out 54 in 47 2/3 innings.