Reggie Jackson apologizes for his comments


Reggie Jackson apologizes for his comments

From Comcast SportsNet
NEW YORK (AP) -- Reggie Jackson says he messed up by disparaging Alex Rodriguez, Gary Carter and other big names in baseball and has been reaching out to make apologies. Jackson had told Sports Illustrated that Rodriguez's statistics were tainted by the Yankees star's admitted use of performance-enhancing drugs. Jackson also said he didn't see Carter, Kirby Puckett, Phil Niekro, Don Sutton and Jim Rice as Hall of Famers. Jackson is a special adviser with the New York Yankees. The team released a statement Thursday from the Hall of Fame slugger. "In trying to convey my feelings about a few issues that I am passionate about, I made the mistake of naming some specific players," Jackson said. "This was inappropriate and unfair to those players, some of which are very close friends of mine. I think there are ways to speak from the heart without hurting people, and I'm disappointed that I didn't take greater care in expressing my views," he added. The Yankees had told Jackson to stay away from the clubhouse and team events following his pointed remarks to the magazine, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press earlier this week. Jackson was expected to steer clear for several weeks, the person told the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no formal announcement. Jackson was not disciplined or fined, and was to remain a special adviser. "I have been proactively reaching out to make personal apologies to those within the Hall of Fame community that I offended, and to the Yankees organization for any disruption that I caused in the clubhouse," Jackson said in his statement. "I continue to have a strong relationship with the club, and look forward to continuing in my role with the team," he said.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: A number of Celtics off to good start

Halftime stars, studs and duds: A number of Celtics off to good start

BOSTON -- Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds at the half, with Boston leading Phoenix 66-43



Isaiah Thomas

He is one of the many Celtics off to a good start with 14 pts.

Devin Booker

Booker may be young but he's ready to play with the big boys, leading all scorers at the half with 19 points.

Gerald Green

The former Sun leads all Celtics with 15 points off the bench.



Al Horford

Giving the game what it needs, he has six points and eight rebounds at the half.

Jaylen Brown

Filling in for Avery Bradley (sick), Brown has seven points and seven rebounds.



Marquese Chriss

He was scoreless in the first half, missing all seven of his shots from the field.

Bob Ryan: Celtics health more important than No. 1 seed

Bob Ryan: Celtics health more important than No. 1 seed

Bob Ryan thinks that having the #1 seed for the Boston Celtics would be a great advantage, but he would still rather have them healthy.