Chuck Knoblauch arrested for assaulting wife; Twins nix Hall of Fame ceremony

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Ex-MLB All-Star Chuck Knoblauch was arrested Wednesday at his home near Houston for allegedly assaulting his wife, Cheri Knoblauch, who once appeared on the reality TV show “Baseball Wives.”

There are obviously graver stakes involved in a case like this, but the upshot in the baseball world is that Knoblauch’s former team, the Minnesota Twins, has canceled his scheduled induction into its Hall of Fame on Aug. 23.

News92FM in Houston reports that Knoblauch — a four-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year — is out of jail on $10,000 bond and is due back in court on July 30. The station had more details on the arrest and Knoblauch’s other legal troubles:

When officers arrived, they said Knoblauch appeared to be intoxicated. Police said Knoblauch’s wife told them she was asleep in her child’s room when her husband came in, upset that he wasn’t sleeping in their bed. He allegedly grabbed her by the arm and started smashing her head into a wall. Knoblauch is accused of throwing a humidifier at her before she ran from the room.

Police said Knoblauch’s wife had a large bruise on her arm, a large scratch on the left side of her face and a visible knot on her forehead. Back in 2009, felony charges were dismissed in an incident in which Knoblauch was accused of choking his then-common-law wife Stacey Stelmach at their Bunker Hill Village home.

According to court records, he also got a one-year year deferred adjudication and a fine in a 2010 charge of assault on a family member. And it doesn’t end there. He was also charged with interference with public duties after allegedly pushing an officer in March of this year. Knoblauch is due in court on that charge next month.

The Twins, meanwhile, released the following statement, tinged with disappointment:

In light of recent news reports surrounding Chuck Knoblauch, as well as direct communication with the former Twins second baseman, the Minnesota Twins have decided to cancel the team’s 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled for August 23 at Target Field. In January of this year, Knoblauch was elected by a 62-member committee consisting of local and national media, club officials, fans and past elected members, using rules similar to those necessary for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

If his previous legal troubles weren’t enough to make Knoblauch get his act together, perhaps a professional shaming will help. Before long, people won’t remember him for his All-Star play, but rather his disappointing behavior off the field after his playing days.

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The 10-man rotation, starring the Dallas Mavericks, who could be making a move after a strong summer

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It’s also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren’t always listed in order of importance. That’s for you, dear reader, to figure out.

C: Sports on Earth. Michael Pina on the “minor miracle” of the Dallas Mavericks’ offseason work, and how Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle and the staggeringly selfless Dirk Nowitzki might have another contender on their hands.

PF: numberFire. One area where the Mavs still look a little shaky, though, is at the point — who should start there?

SF: Silver Screen and Roll. OK, Kobe says he likes the moves, but seriously: could this year’s model be the worst Los Angeles Lakers team we’ve ever seen?

SG: Pounding the Rock. Jesus Gomez brings us up to speed on the roiling chaos within the Argentine Basketball Association, which could result in the veteran members of the team’s legendary “Golden Generation,” like Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni and Pablo Prigioni, not suiting up for this summer’s FIBA World Cup.

PG: Bright Side of the Sun. Amid rumors that the Phoenix Suns might be interested in making a run at Greg Monroe, Garrett Benson questions why Ryan McDonough, Jeff Hornacek and company would be considering a max or near-max deal for a restricted free agent big man who doesn’t seem to line up with Phoenix’s game plan.

6th: Gothic Ginobili. “… if NBA fans are going to boycott the NFL for their treatment of the [Ray] Rice case, they should probably start off by storming the NBA’s league office in New York and demanding answers on the NBA’s pitiful track record.”

7th: FOX Sports Ohio. To hear LeBron James’ closest longtime friends tell it, even they didn’t know where he was going until the essay went live. Zac Jackson talked to LeBron’s pals about what it was like spending the week before the announcement with James in Vegas.

8th: Hoop365, TrueHoop, SB Nation and The Triangle. More ideas, coverage and consideration of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s reported plan to make 2014 first-round draft pick Josh Huestis the first ever domestic “draft-and-stash” prospect: Mark Deeks thinks the player’s allowing himself to get played: “Huestis stands to gain very little from this agreement, least of all money.” Royce Young thinks it’s more complicated than that, but that “it might be a win-win for both the Thunder and Huestis.” Two pieces of supporting evidence on its complication: Huestis’ agent, Mitchell Butler, tells Mike Prada that the idea for the unique and potentially troubling arrangement actually came from the player’s side of the negotiating table rather than the team’s, and Ron Klempner, the interim executive director of the players’ union, sees this as “an example of the player flipping the script” in the contract negotiation process.

9th: The Triangle. Speaking of Deeks — the proprietor of the indispensable and a wonderful follow on Twitter, by the way — here’s n informative profile of the British team-building aficionado and salary cap savant by friend of the program Jason Concepcion.

10th: Wall Street Journal. Chris Herring considers the unreasonable prospect of the New York Knicks deeming guard Tim Hardaway Jr. “untouchable” in trade talks, and offers a reasonable analysis of why they shouldn’t.

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John Elway cries talking about Broncos owner Pat Bowlen

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – John Elway sat down to talk about Pat Bowlen, and after a few opening words there was silence.

Elway looked down, trying to compose himself. After a long pause he finally exhaled loudly. It never got easier.

On Wednesday the Broncos announced that Bowlen, their owner for 30 years, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He has stepped down completely from running the team. The sadness at the Broncos’ facility, as players reported for training camp, was palpable. Nobody in the organization was hit harder by the news than Elway.

Not long after Elway continued to speak about Bowlen, following his long pause, he started crying. It was as emotional as he has been in public since his retirement press conference in 1999.

“This place will never be the same,” he said.

The news about Bowlen might not have had a enormous effect around the country, because Bowlen wasn’t a celebrity owner. And that’s what made him so popular in Denver.

Bowlen was a fixture at Broncos practice (coach John Fox told a story about Bowlen being at every practice during Super Bowl week last season, bad New Jersey weather be damned), but almost never stopped to talk to the media about the team. That wasn’t his style. He’s a quiet person by nature, and he let his coaches and executives do their job. He had no interest in the spotlight or being involved with player acquisition, just winning football games.

Bowlen had one memorable public moment, and of course it was with Elway. When the Broncos won Super Bowl XXXII, the team’s first title, Bowlen raised the Lombardi Trophy and proclaimed, “This one’s for John!” Elway said he had no idea it was coming.

“it was probably the most humbling, thrilled feeling I’ve ever had in my life,” Elway said.

Elway was in his second year with the Broncos when Bowlen bought the team. He has basically been working for Bowlen ever since. Not long after retirement Elway ran the Arena Football League’s Colorado Crush, a team that Bowlen shared ownership of. Elway said that when the Broncos hired him in 2011 to run the team’s football operations, it was because Bowlen’s instincts told him Elway was ready. And he was right.

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Vikings won’t change stadium design despite concerns it will kill birds

The Vikings’ new stadium will be an architectural marvel, soaring into the skies above Minneapolis and featuring 200,000 square feet of exposed glass. It’ll be an impressive testament to the team … and, if the Audubon Society is to be believed, a gargantuan deathtrap for birds.

The problem with the stadium, according to the Audubon Society, is that birds will fly straight into its windows, assuming that the reflection of the parkland around the stadium is just more open space. Nothing goes with a football game like some bird mortality, right?

The Audubon Society has worked with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to try to reach some kind of accommodation. The authority has agreed to dim the stadium’s lights at night, but did not agree to additional glazing on the glass to cut down on reflectivity.

“The huge expanses of glass, especially facing a new park, are a real cause for concern,” said Joanna Eckles of Audubon Minnesota. “Our request was that they meet either the state requirement or the nationally recognized LEED standard for bird safety. In the end, they did neither.”

The stadium will cost an estimated $1 billion. It’s projected to open in 2016, and will host the 2018 Super Bowl.

Of note: five of the 32 teams in the NFL have bird-based names. Perhaps the Vikings are thinking much bigger than any of us even expect.

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James Rodriguez hugs manhandled pitch invader during Real Madrid presentation, prompts copycat

Having completed his 80 million move from Monaco to Real Madrid, World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez was presented at the Santiago Bernabeu in front of about 46,000 fans on Tuesday. Wearing the No. 10 shirt left vacant when Mesut Ozil departed last summer, Rodriguez kicked balls into the ravenous crowd, which was filled with yellow Colombia shirts.

One of those supporters decided to invade the pitch and hug his hero, which quickly resulted in security staff violently dragging him to the ground. Rodriguez didn’t appreciate the aggressiveness with which they did their job, so he tried to calm the situation by hugging the pitch invader a second time and giving him a ball as he escorted him away.

Seeing how lovely Rodriguez was to the man, another pitch invader attempted to bum rush the Colombian star just as the commotion was starting die down. He too got a ball for his efforts, but not much more.

The incident was reminiscent of Rodriguez’s new teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s attempt to protect a pitch invader with hugs in Miami last year. I guess when Real Madrid spend an obscene amount of money on a player, they feel the least they can do is give out a few free hugs every now and then.


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