Source: Heat's Bosh taking blood thinners again for clot

MIAMI — Chris Bosh is back on blood thinners to treat a clot that formed in his leg, the second straight year the Miami Heat forward has dealt with such a situation.

Bosh began the medication regimen in recent days after the clot was diagnosed and hopes he can return to action at some point this season, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Bosh has told the team he will spend at least a few more days reviewing options and collecting information, said the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Heat and the All-Star forward haven't publicly revealed details of Bosh's condition.

A year ago at this time, the clot had traveled from Bosh's leg to his lung and he had a wave of other problems — including fluid in his lungs. It took about two months to properly diagnose last year's blood clot problem, with Bosh originally thinking it was a rib or back issue that was causing him such searing pain. This time, the diagnosis apparently came far quicker.

In other news:

• The Charlotte Hornets acquired veteran swingman Courtney Lee from the Grizzlies in a three-team trade that will help bolster the team's perimeter shooting and defense after losing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the season to a shoulder injury.

The Grizzlies got forward P.J. Hairston from Charlotte and big man Chris Andersen and two second-round draft picks from the Heat, who will get guard Brian Roberts from Charlotte.

• The Detroit Pistons acquired forward Tobias Harris from Orlando in a trade Tuesday that sent guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova to the Magic.

Morningside's Tietz earns player of the week honors

Morningside College's Jessica Tietz, a 6-2 senior forward from Bancroft, Nebraska, has been named the NAIA Division II national player of the week.

Tietz scored a career-high 32 points behind 10-for-13 shooting in an 80-74 victory against No. 16 Dakota Wesleyan last week. She made 6 of 7 from the floor and was the Mustangs' coscoring leader with 17 points in their 89-76 win against Doane.


NFL Commissioner Goodell earned $34 million in 2014

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earned just over $34 million for 2014, according to the league's tax filing released Tuesday.

That total is actually down a bit from 2013 ($35 million) and 2012, when Goodell collected $44.2 million, including $9 million in bonuses and deferred pension.

The payments for 2014 — a difficult season for the league and the commissioner that involved high-profile player misconduct cases and a revamping of the NFL conduct policy — included a $26.5 million bonus negotiated the previous year.

Goodell came under heavy criticism in 2014 for his decisions in the Ray Rice case, and other incidents involving Adrian Peterson and Kevin Hardy drew headlines. While the public and the players' union questioned his ability to handle his duties, the 32 team owners have shown nothing but solid support for Goodell, who just finished his 10th season as commissioner.

In other news:

• The Detroit Lions released running back Joique Bell on Tuesday, less than a year after he signed a two-year deal with former General Manager Martin Mayhew after his best season.

New General Manager Bob Quinn decided to cut Bell, knowing Detroit likely will have former Husker Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick rotating at running back this year.

Bell's role diminished in Detroit last year due to injuries and the emergence of Abdullah as a rookie and Riddick as a pass-catching option out of the backfield.

In other news, Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis announced his retirement after 13 seasons.

New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo says he will retire.

Mayo posted a 90-word statement on Instagram on Tuesday with the caption "Retiring a Patriot." The 29-year-old former first-round draft pick said being a member of the Patriots for eight years was a "life-changing event."

• The Chicago Bears have released offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod after he made just four starts in 12 games last season.

• Steve Spagnuolo will return as the New York Giants' defensive coordinator.

Coach Ben McAdoo announced his staff Tuesday, more than a month after replacing Tom Coughlin.

Twelve of the assistants were on Coughlin's staff, including all three coordinators. Besides Spagnuolo on defense, Tom Quinn will run special teams again. Mike Sullivan will move from quarterbacks coach to McAdoo's former position as offensive coordinator.

• The NFL has announced that the Indianapolis Colts will play the Green Bay Packers in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7.


Cast removed from thumb of Cardinals catcher Molina

JUPITER, Fla. — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has had the cast removed from his surgically repaired left thumb.

St. Louis said the cast was removed recently but did not provide the exact date.

The seven-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner is among several players already at spring training ahead of St. Louis' first workout Thursday. He hopes to be ready for opening day.

Molina was hampered in the postseason by the injury sustained making a tag on Sept. 20. The 33-year-old had two operations after the NL Central champions were eliminated by the Cubs in the Division Series.

In other news:

• Houston designated hitter Evan Gattis and the Astros have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $3.4 million, one year contract.

The deal was reached before a scheduled hearing Tuesday. When the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month, Gattis asked for a raise from $526,500 to $3.85 million and the Astros offered $3 million.


Rousey says she pondered suicide after losing to Holm

LOS ANGELES — Ronda Rousey says she had dark thoughts including suicide after she lost her bantamweight title to Holly Holm in Australia last year, her first defeat since joining UFC.

"Honestly, my thought in the medical room, I was sitting in the corner and was like, 'What am I anymore if I'm not this?' " Rousey said Tuesday during an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." "Literally sitting there thinking about killing myself. In that exact second, I'm like: 'I'm nothing. What do I do anymore?' "

Rousey told DeGeneres that her relationship with UFC heavyweight Travis Browne helped get her through.

"I looked up and saw my man, Travis, was standing there," Rousey said. "I'm looking up at him and was just like: 'I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.' "

Rousey won her first 12 mixed martial arts fights — eight of them in less than a minute — before stepping into the cage against Holm in Melbourne last November. Holm finished her off with a devastating kick to the head.

Rousey told DeGeneres that she wants to be the one to beat Holm, who will make her first title defense against Miesha Tate in Las Vegas next month.

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