It has long been suspected that the New York Yankees have little respect for Alex Rodriguez, the attention he brings and the comments he tends to make -- not to mention is declining ability. A-Rod hasn't played a game this season and still managed to get caught up in another PED scandal, and it appears that frustration has reached a boiling point. Here is Brian Cashman's response when he found out A-Rod tweeted that he'd been cleared to play: "You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will]," Cashman told ESPN New York. "Alex should just shut the f--- up. That's it. I'm going to call Alex now."

 

The Cleveland Cavs offered the top spot in the draft to the Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love, but were rejected by Minnesota.

 

A deal between the Magic and Clippers, involving Arron Afflalo and Eric Beldsoe, is in the works.

 

The Thunder may be trying to move into the top five in the NBA draft, offering picks and Kendrick Perkins.

 

LeBron James says he isn't focused on 2014 free agency or any other long-term plans other than winning titles.

 

Ray Allen is unlikely to pick up his player-option with the Miami Heat and may become the team's Non-Bird exemption.

 

The Brooklyn Nets checked in on the availability of Kevin Garnett.

 

Manu Ginobli says he is not ready to stop playing basketball.

 

Games between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are going to be awesome this year.

 

The NL Central looks like it'll come down to the wire between three teams, and could provide an excellent start for baseball's new playoff format.

 

Lionel Messi paid 10 million Euros in back-taxes.

 

Maurice Jones-Drew won't be charged with a crime in an alleged bar fight, but will be sued in civil court.

 

The Philadelphia 76ers are unlikely to have a coach before the NBA draft.

 

Michael Vick has made more mistakes during Eagles OTAs than Nick Foley, according to reports.

 

 

FLASHING LIGHTS

 

Yo Gotti joined forces with T.I. and Hustle Gang.

 

Kanye West's Yeezus sold 327,000 copies during the first week of sales, setting a new career low while still topping the charts. Born Sinner's official tally was 297,000.

 

The Weeknd drops a slightly NSFW video for the title track from his upcoming album, Kiss Land.

 

Daft Punk remixed their own track with Pharrell, "Get Lucky."

 

 

DID YOU REALIZE?

 

The immigration bill just passed by the Senate does not appear likely to pass the House.

 

The abortion bill in Texas that would have been the toughest in the nation by a long shot, has been defeated by an 11-hour filibuster.

 

South Africans pray for a peaceful end to Nelson Mandela's life, as his condition worsens in a hospital.

 

The Federal government declassified reports detailing the NSA's computer spying program since WWII. Yup, they've been using computers since WWII. Interesting stuff.

 

The Supreme Court will decide the legality of gay marriage today.

 

A woman in Texas is set to become the 500th person Texas has executed.

 

Sources at the NSA say terrorist groups are changing their tactics in light of Edward Snowden's leak.

 

Here's a recap of an emotional Day 2 in the George Zimmerman trial, which included images of Tayvon Martin's dead body.

 

 

EVERYTHING I AM

 

Barbara Arnwine, a civil rights attorney, says the Supreme Court's dismissal of the Voting Rights Act (essentially) shows the rise of neo-confederacy. Here's a column with some more pissed off VRA activists. Here are the options that remain for protecting minority voters, including an interesting concept of universal voting registration.

 

 

 

GOTTA HAVE IT

 

Prodigy and The Alchemist drops a fresh video for "Give 'Em Hell" from their collab album, Albert Einstein.