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Sports briefs for May 6, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Celtics’ Garnett may have ankle surgery

Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett may have ankle surgery in the offseason, ESPNBoston.com reported.

Garnett might undergo an operation to shave down the bone spurs in his ankles, which is not considered a major procedure, according to the report.

The report also noted that two of Garnett’s teammates privately speculated he is considering retirement.

“I have no clue (whether he will retire),” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said, according to ESPNBoston.com. “I was positive last year (he was coming back). I’m not as sure this year.”

Red Sox’s Bailey heads to disabled list

The Boston Red Sox placed closer Andrew Bailey on the disabled list due to right biceps inflammation.

Bailey received an MRI that revealed no structural damage. He last pitched April 28.

Left-hander Craig Breslow, who hasn’t pitched yet season, was activated from the DL to take Bailey’s spot on the roster.

Bailey, 28, excelled after replacing an injured Joel Hanrahan as the team’s closer. He compiled five saves and a 1.46 ERA in 12 1/3 innings.

Hanrahan has since returned and has returned to closing duties.

Nets eyeing Phil Jackson as head coach

One day after dismissing head coach P.J. Carlesimo, the Brooklyn Nets have already been linked to a strong pursuit of Phil Jackson as their next coach, according to a SI.com report.

The Nets were eliminated by the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, and responded by firing Carlesimo, who took over as interim coach Dec. 27 and led the team to the playoffs.

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov reportedly is seeking a big name, with the 67-year-old Jackson at the top of his wish list. Though Jackson has publicly stated that he doesn’t want to coach and prefers a front-office job, Nets GM Billy King said Sunday that he’ll reach out to the man who won 11 NBA Championships with the Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

“I think he’s serious about starting with Phil Jackson, who is arguably the best coach in the history of our league, and anybody else out there that’s a good fit,” Carlesimo told “The Dan Patrick Show” on Monday, but added that he didn’t think Jackson wanted to coach again.

Greene retires from Steelers’ front office

Hall of Famer Joe Greene retired from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ player personnel department, the team announced Monday.

Greene, 66, spent the past nine years as a special assistant for pro and college personnel for General Manager Kevin Colbert.

“When I played, our success was based on the people there — the players, coaches and front office — and I felt the same way when I was in scouting,” Greene said in a statement released by the team. “The people were very important to me, brought me along and made me feel comfortable, and I thought we made a pretty good team together. The people that I was working with made it all good for me — made it important to me — made it special. I will miss everyone in the Steelers organization.”

In 1969, Greene was drafted as the Steelers’ No. 1 pick, the first in Chuck Noll’s career, in the NFL Draft.

He played 13 years in the NFL and worked briefly as an analyst for CBS Sports before becoming the Steelers’ defensive line coach from 1987-91.

Yankees’ Rodriguez back on field

Injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez returned to the field Monday for the first time since having hip surgery in January.

The 37-year-old ran, played catch and hit off a tee with other injured starters at the team’s minor-league complex.

“(It’s) like being 8-years-old again when I first grabbed a bat,” Rodriguez told reporters, adding that he’s “really looking forward to getting back.”

Rodriguez had could return to the Yankees after the All-Star break. He had surgery Jan. 16 to repair a torn labrum and impingement in his left hip.

“It feels good to be back out in uniform,” Rodriguez said. “It’s been a rough stretch with the rehab, obviously. It’s small bites at a time.”

Belinelli fined $15,000 for obscene gesture

Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli was fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture during the Bulls 99-93 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

Belinelli’s actions occurred with 4:52 left in the fourth period, right after Belinelli hit a three-pointer to give the Bulls a 91-81 lead. Belinelli performed what USA Today called the “Sam Cassell dance.”

Phillies place Halladay on 15-day DL

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, one day after he told reporters that he felt discomfort in his right shoulder.

The righty was hit hard Sunday in a 14-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, his second straight bad outing, then admitted to reporters after the game that he was pitching hurt.

“It’s not something that I had before, ” Halladay said Sunday. “It’s something new this year. I felt good all spring. I had soreness in there and just wasn’t able to get rid of it.”

He will be examined later this week by Dr. Lewis Yocum. Lefty Joe Savery was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his spot on the roster.

Halladay, who turns 36 this month, is 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA in seven starts this season.

Tebow tops Forbes’ most influential survey

Quarterback Tim Tebow may not have an NFL job, but is the most influential athlete in sports in 2013, according to a Forbes.com survey.

Forbes used Nielsen and E-Poll to determine which athletes influence fans the most in the U.S., and reported that 29 percent of respondents found Tebow to be “influential.” Forbes.com didn’t release the number of participants, but told ESPN.com that more than 1,000 participated.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps finished second with 25 percent of respondents finding him influential. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (23 percent), New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (22 percent) and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (21 percent) rounded out the top five.

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