Phillies release infielder Yuniesky Betancourt

Phillies release infielder Yuniesky Betancourt’s Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies have cut ties with Yuniesky Betancourt. Betancourt was signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training on January 28 by the Philadelphia front office. He had a .447/.451/.574 slash line in 51 Grapefruit League plate appearances as of Sunday morning, but the Phillies have…

Redskins get a draft pick in the fold


Redskins get a draft pick in the fold

The Redskins have signed draft pick Steven Daniels, according to a report.

Daniels, an inside linebacker, was drafted in the seventh round (232nd overall) out of Boston College. The 5 foot 11, 243-pounder amassed 82 tackles, including 16 for a loss, and an interception as a senior last season.

The four-year deal for Daniels is worth $2.581 million, including a $77,296 signing bonus, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Daniels is the first of Washington's seven picks to sign.

He’s expected to compete for a backup role on defense, contribute on special teams and bring some toughness to the unit, according to General Manager Scot McCloughan.

“Daniels [is] a football player,” McCloughan said this week. “Not pretty. Not going to run the fastest 40, but really tough. He has [special] teams value and brings the kind of culture I want to keep bringing in, especially late in the draft. He brings in a competitiveness and a toughness that he isn’t going to back down from anybody. You’re going to have to beat him out to get him out of here, and that’s what I want.”

Wizards announce John Wall underwent procedures on both knees


Wizards announce John Wall underwent procedures on both knees

Playing through discomfort all season, John Wall had procedures on both knees Thursday but is expected to be ready for the start of the Wizards' 2016-17 season, the team announced. 

The left knee was the bigger problem and it required the surgery to "excise calcific deposits in his left patella tendon" to alleviate discomfort. He had an "arthroscopic lavage," or in generic terms a washing out of loose bodies, in his right knee. 

The surgery was performed at the Cleveland Clinic Marymount by Dr. Richard D. Parker after Wall had consultations with three other physicians that included Wizards head physician Wiemi Douoguih.

"The consultations with John, his agent and a variety of top medical professionals led us all to the conclusion that the best course of action for John was to have this procedure now with regards to both next season and his long-term health," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement.

Wall missed the last five games of a 41-41 regular season as the Wizards missed the playoffs because of his right knee that blew up after a practice. 

It looks like Santana Moss is getting his Master's Degree Thursday


It looks like Santana Moss is getting his Master's Degree Thursday

Santana Moss' resume — one that includes more than 10,000 receiving yards in the NFL to go along with 66 touchdowns through the air — is definitely different than an average business student. While most people pursuing an MBA spend their summers taking on internships or learning the ins-and-outs of accounting and marketing, Moss spent the majority of his since 2001 in training camps with the Jets and Redskins, learning new offenses and route combinations.

Despite those differences, though, the 14-year veteran will look like any other regular guy on Thursday, when he graduates from a University of Miami business program, according to his Instagram. At 36 years old, it'll be the second time he wears a cap and gown at "The U" — he earned his bachelor's degree in 2001 after four years there, where he also set the school record for receiving yards on the field for the Hurricanes.

Here is the full post from Moss detailing the accomplishment:

Last July, explained Moss' decision to go back to school. The wideout told, "One day there is going to be a time when you are done with the NFL, and it’s like, 'What else?'" That's why he enrolled in a specialized class designed for artists and athletes, and it looks like he's passed it just like he used to pass first down markers during his days in Washington.

The perils of post-football life are well-known, as stories of ex-players running into financial hardships are told on a seemingly daily basis. Judging by Moss' decision to pick up his MBA, however, he figures to be in solid shape to avoid those troubles. So, while he developed a reputation as a big-play guy with the Redskins, one capable of ripping off a 70-yard score at any time, all of his long catches will probably be outweighed in importance by the handful of steps he takes across the stage Thursday.

His NFL career was a prolific one. But now, he's setting himself up for another profession — and this one won't just matter on Sundays.