Report: Dodgers leave Puig at home ahead of trip
Right fielder Yasiel Puig did not travel with the Los Angeles Dodgers to Colorado on Monday after he was told he would be traded or demoted, FOX Sports reported.
Puig was not dealt prior to Monday’s trade deadline, but the Dodgers acquired fellow right fielder Josh Reddick from Oakland earlier in the day. Reddick can be slotted into the lineup in place of the 25-year-old Cuban, who is batting just .260 with seven homers and 34 RBIs in 81 games this season.
Agent Adam Katz said that Puig did not “storm off” as initially reported, rather the Dodgers told him not to accompany the team as it was preparing to board a plane for a three-game series with the Rockies.
“I’m told he was not at the park,” Katz told Fox Sports. “The club informed me and the player understood clearly that they were making every effort to trade him and that if they were unable to come to terms with another club on a trade — and successful in acquiring another outfielder — that he likely would be demoted. My understanding is that transaction will happen (Tuesday).”
General manager Farhan Zaidi repeatedly declined to comment on any questions related to Puig on Monday.
Sabres’ Kane pleads not guilty to multiple charges
Sabres forward Evander Kane pleaded not guilty in a Buffalo courtroom on Monday to charges stemming from a June 24 incident at a downtown Buffalo bar.
Kane, 24, was charged with four counts on non-criminal harassment and one count of misdemeanor trespass in relation to the incident at Bottoms Up. Police said two women accuse Kane of trying to push them into his car during two separate incidents around 3 a.m.
Kane did not speak during his court appearance, with his attorney entering the plea for him.
Kane was arrested on July 22 and later released, and the case is due back in Buffalo court on Sept. 9 with Kane free on his own recognizance, according to the Buffalo News.
“He certainly denies strenuously any wrongdoing,” defense attorney Paul J. Cambria said outside the courthouse, per the Buffalo News. “
In complaints made to investigators, three different women accused Kane of grabbing their necks or hair in an aggressive attempt to have them come home with him, while a bouncer at the bar claimed Kane pushed him against a register before being grabbed by the bouncer and a security guard.
Stoudemire to play in Israel next season
Less than a week after retiring from the NBA, Amar’e Stoudemire announced Monday he is continuing his basketball career in Israel.
In a post on the Player’s Tribune website, Stoudemire wrote: “I may be retiring from the NBA, but I’m not saying goodbye to basketball just yet. My next step is playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, one of the top teams in Europe. This isn’t about collecting a paycheck overseas though; it’s a spiritual journey, too.”
Stoudemire said at a press conference Monday in New York that he will sign a two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem, the team he co-owns. As part of the deal, ESPN reported he will sell his ownership shares that he purchased in 2013.
“We are thrilled to have a player of Amar’e’s caliber join our team, solidifying our place among the top echelon of Israeli and European basketball,” Dr. Ori Allon, President and majority owner of Hapoel Jerusalem, said in a statement. “More important bringing Amar’e to Jerusalem raises the profile of the entire Israeli Basketball League, and we hope that his joining our team will lead to increased interest in our league from basketball fans around the world as well as talented international players.”
Coyotes buy out Vermette’s contract
The Arizona Coyotes placed center Antoine Vermette on waivers and bought out the final year of his contract Monday, saving the team around $2.5 million in salary cap space.
Vermette is coming off a disappointing 2015-16 season in which he scored 17 goals and 38 points. The 34-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Coyotes last offseason, and has scored 211 goals and 260 assists in 910 career NHL games. He is now a free agent.
“In order to give our team more flexibility, we needed to make this difficult decision,” Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. “This move will provide an opportunity for some of our young, talented players to step up. Antoine is a class act and we thank him for all he did on and off the ice for the Arizona Coyotes organization. We wish him the best in the future.”