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Sports briefs for Feb. 18, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Revis says new Jets GM was ‘rude’ with response

Darrelle Revis has made it clear “numerous times” that he wants to remain a Jet. But the three-time All-Pro cornerback has gotten no indication that the feeling is mutual.

In an NFL Network interview that aired Monday night, Revis said he thought it was “rude” of new general manager John Idzik to offer a noncommittal response to rampant trade rumors while the cornerback rehabs his torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

“I was speechless because I didn’t get a phone call,” Revis said when asked for his initial reaction to the trade speculation. “I know it’s a business. Just call me; don’t have it lingering out there. I need answers and I’m not getting any. Just the fact that that was put out there instead of contacting your best player on the team. If that’s how you want to do business, then that’s fine.

“As soon as (the season’s) over, you try to make changes. You try to do what you can to build your team and restructure your team. And it was, to me, kind of rude,” he said with a laugh, “because it was John Idzik’s first day on the job.”

The GM said he spoke to Revis over the phone after his introductory news conference last month “just to make sure he knew exactly what was going on from our end.”

Bulls’ Rose joins 5-on-5 workouts

CHICAGO — A sense of doubt has evolved into a hint of optimism about Derrick Rose’s comeback from knee surgery.

The Bulls guard, who last week mentioned the possibility of sitting out the season, appeared to take another step Monday as he participated in 5-on-5 drills during practice.

“He was able to get out there, and it’s good,” teammate Kirk Hinrich said. “It was something that (we) as a team needed, as far as every individual coming off the (All-Star) break needed to scrimmage a little bit. And I’m sure it was good for (Rose), helpful to … give him a good gauge of where he’s at.”

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose did “what everyone else did” and said his participation wasn’t out of the ordinary based on the previously stated outlook. The plan all along was to have Rose return to 5-on-5 action after the break.

Rose cited his inability to dunk as the reason he knew he hadn’t fully recovered, and Joakim Noah said Rose still wasn’t dunking Monday. The Bulls went through three scrimmages of seven to eight minutes, during which Rose ran full-court. It was unclear how much contact Rose endured or how much pressure he put on his left knee.

“He’s doing what he should be doing,” Thibodeau said. “He’s focused on his rehab, doing more and more. We just have to be patient. When he’s ready, he’ll go.”

Orioles sign Darren O’Day to two-year contract

SARASOTA, Fla. — This time last year, Darren O’Day was fighting for a roster spot in Baltimore Orioles spring training — every outing precious, every impression critical — as he tried to salvage his big-league career.

After a stellar 2012 season in which he was the team’s most consistent reliever, O’Day — a quirky, light-hearted side-armer — was rewarded with a two-year contract from the Orioles with a third-year club option, the team announced on Monday.

It’s the peak of a remarkable 15-month ascension for the 30-year-old O’Day. Following the 2011 season, the Texas Rangers — unconvinced he could recover from an injury plagued-season — placed O’Day on waivers. The Orioles, in the midst of their search for a general manager, claimed O’Day on the recommendation of manager Buck Showalter.

“I got picked off the scrap heap,” O’Day said.

A key piece to the Orioles’ best season in 15 years, O’Day went 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA last season, allowing just 49 hits in 67 innings and striking out 69 batters. He stranded 37 of 43 inherited runners (86.0 percent), the third-best mark in the American League, and went 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA in 36 games vs. AL East opponents, holding hitters to a line of .135/.207/.270.

Chipper Jones denies comeback rumors

Chipper Jones is back in camp with the Atlanta Braves, but it’s merely to serve as a guest instructor.

The eight-time All-Star retired after last season, and Monday he dispelled rumors that he is considering a comeback.

“It’s not going to happen,” Jones said, according to ESPN.com.

The 40-year-old added, “I’m well-adjusted, and there’s no going back. I’ve had my time and I don’t think people really realize what kind of preparation it takes to get yourself ready to play this game at this level. …

“I’d have to start working out now to get ready for June, and that’s not gonna happen.”

The 1999 National League MVP and 2008 NL batting champ, Jones hit .287 with 14 homers and 62 RBI last year in his final season. For his career, he batted .303 with a .401 on-base percentage, a .529 slugging percentage, 468 homers and 1,623 RBI.

Yankees cautious with Jeter

TAMPA, Fla. — As his team went through infield drills on its first full-squad workout of the spring Monday, Joe Girardi didn’t stray far from shortstop.

This wasn’t surprising.

That was where Derek Jeter went about his work, the shortstop participating in his most active day to date of a rehab from a broken left ankle all expect will result in him being ready for Opening Day.

But that push was best described by first-base coach Mick Kelleher, also the infield coach.

“We’re going to go real slow,” Kelleher said after the workout.

So Jeter, by his estimation “a couple of weeks behind,” did not stretch with the team or engage in the light running when it came on the field just after 11 a.m. He did his own doctor-prescribed stretch routine inside.

Jeter came out to throw with Robinson Cano before heading to short, where he took grounders on the infield grass.

Jeter eventually backed up to the dirt, a first in his rehab, but did not move laterally. He also worked on double-play balls in what was a 25-minute session, then took part in a full round of batting practice.

“(Moving) laterally, putting weight on the ankle, crossing over, we’ll just have to take our time on that,” said Kelleher, who stood near Jeter in the field. “But going forward, he didn’t seem to have any problems at all, so I thought it was great.”


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