Crawford diagnosed with elbow ligament sprain

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Crawford diagnosed with elbow ligament sprain

CHICAGO -- Outfielder Carl Crawford has been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his left elbow and will be sidelined for an extended period, the Red Sox said in a statement Thursday night.
The statement read: "Carl Crawford was examined by the Red Sox medical staff. He was diagnosed as having a left elbow ulnar collateralligament sprain. A conservative treatment protocol was recommended. Carl was also examined by Dr. James Andrews who was in agreement with the assessment and plan. Carl received a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection and will be shut down from baseball activity during the initial phase of his treatment."
A source with direct knowledge of the injury said Thursday that the elbow "needs time to calm down,'' and for the time being, surgery is not an option.
One report Thursday estimated that the recovery time could be as long as three months, but the source said that the Sox were hopeful it would not be that long.
A sprain of the UCL is tantamount to a minor tear of the ligament. A worsening of that tear could, in theory, require ligament repalcement, more commonly known as "Tommy John'' surgery, which would carry with it a year-long recovery period.
Crawford has battled elbow pain for the past month and has already returned to Boston for two examinations. He had been rehabilitating his left wrist, which was surgically repaired in January, when the elbow issue cropped up.
After the wrist surgery, the Sox had targeted a return to the lineup by Opening Day or soon after. A setback to the wrist in February extended his expected recovery time by a few weeks, but the elbow injury has superceded that.
Crawford is the second member of the team's projected starting outfield to go down with a significant injury. Jacoby Ellsbury suffered a subluxation of his right shoulder during the team's home opener and is expected to miss anywhere from six to eight weeks.

Report: Celtics renounce draft rights to 2013 pick Colton Iverson

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Report: Celtics renounce draft rights to 2013 pick Colton Iverson

By Dan Feldman, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

The Celtics bought the No. 53 pick in the 2013 NBA draft to get Colton Iverson out of Colorado State, and he thanked them by allowing them to keep his rights the last three years.

Iverson rejected the required tender – a one-year contract, surely unguaranteed at the minimum, teams must extend to retain exclusive negotiating rights to a second-round pick – year after year to sign overseas. Accepting the tender would’ve likely meant Iverson going to Boston’s training camp and getting waived. Perhaps, the timing of that would’ve limited his European options that year. But it would’ve made him an NBA free agent – or, best-case scenario, he could’ve made the Celtics and drawn an NBA paycheck.

As it was, Iverson limited himself to joining Boston and only Boston. If another NBA team wanted Iverson, it would have had to trade for him.

And what does Iverson get for that loyalty? A Celtics contract with at least a partial guarantee?

Nope.

Just a head start on finding another team – which he could’ve gotten for himself three years ago.

Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe:

This is why second-round picks should be more aggressive about accepting the required tender. Even if you get waived, you open NBA options.

Iverson is a strong 7-foot center who plays with physicality. He can help in certain matchups, and he’d make sense as a third center on teams that have first- and second-stringers playing a different style.

But Iverson is 27, and his NBA window may be closing if it hasn’t already.

It’s a shame he spent so many years beholden to Boston, which didn’t want him.

It was probably just courtesy of the Celtics to renounce his rights now rather than have him sign the tender. They would have guaranteed him no money with the tender, and they could have gotten a few minor benefits with it – an extra body for training camp, the ability to assign his D-League rights to their affiliate after waiving him and the slightest chance he impresses enough in the preseason to hold trade value.

But them forgoing those potential advantages, even if out of courtesy, also sends a signal about how little they value him. Teams don’t do these types of favors for players they actually covet.

Kraft joins four other owners on Goodell’s committee of closest advisers

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Kraft joins four other owners on Goodell’s committee of closest advisers

Robert Kraft’s relationship with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was no doubt tested by the Deflategate saga, but apparently the Patriots owner is still thought of highly enough to be included in the new committee of five owners who will be among Goodell’s closest advisers.

Kraft, the New York Giants’ John Mara, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Art Rooney II, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Clark Hunt and the Houston Texans’ Bob McNair will form the committee. Those five are chairmen of the league’s various committees: Media (Kraft), Finance, Stadium, International and the Management Council Executive Committee.

The five had worked closely with Goodell on an informal basis. The NFL has now made their status official. 

More here from NBCSports.com’s Pro Football Talk.

Kraft, long one of the most powerful owners in the NFL, has been critical of Goodell’s handling of the Deflategate case, but also stood down as “one of 32” owners and accepted the league’s punishment in the case without appealing.