On The Fly

Geno Smith of the Jets told espn.com that he expects to be among the best five quarterbacks in the NFL in the next couple of years. That means Smith is banking on significant improvement, or the vast majority of the league's starting quarterbacks plan to retire and be replaced by Pop Warner players. Geno did show some encouraging flashes as a rookie but has a long way to go.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the NBA is considering increasing the All-Star break from four days to a full week, something that seems to make sense when reading this quote, from commissioner Adam Silver to espn.com: "[For] a guy like LeBron, All-Star Weekend is not a break for him in any way. He's going around the clock with a combination of things the league is asking him to do." … Kirk Minihane of WEEI's "The Dennis and Callahan Show" in Boston childishly ripped Erin Andrews the day after the MLB All-Star Game, calling her a "gutless b----" and adding, "Drop dead." He said those things because he didn't approve of the way Andrews had interviewed Adam Wainright, who had suggested that he purposely threw Derek Jeter pitches that would be easy to hit. It's nice to see that Fox Sports has Andrews' back. Fox Sports, and other Fox entities, will no longer advertise on Entercom Communications Corp. stations, which includes WEEI.

Kevin Love doesn't know what the heck is going on with his professional future — he could remain with the Timberwolves, but more likely he'll be traded to the Cavs or Bulls — so he has decided not to join Team USA for an upcoming training camp and the World Cup in Spain. It's easy to say this is bizarre and criticize Love for not representing his country when given the opportunity. But he's done that and done it well. There's obviously a lot swirling in his mind and, goodness, what if he were to get injured? … The Baseball Hall of Fame has reduced the number of years a player may remain on the ballot from 15 to 10, meaning that many stars of the Steroid Era will be ineligible that much sooner.

Is there a player in baseball more fun to watch than Yasiel Puig? The guy had three triples in Friday's victory against the Giants. He also was playing center field for the first time all season. … Throw a party, Toronto. The Blue Jays snapped a 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium with a 6-4 victory in the Bronx. The Yankees can still finish 8-2 on this home stand with a victory in Sunday's series finale. … The Red Sox have started to come to grips with the fact that they won't be repeating as World Series champions, so they've started parting with assets. The Sox traded Jake Peavy to the Giants and received two pitching prospects in return — Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar.


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