Gibbons set for Jays return
A lot has changed about the Toronto Blue Jays since John Gibbons last managed them. Seeking to end a playoff drought that dates to their second straight World Series crown in 1993, the Blue Jays remade their roster this winter. They pulled off two huge trades that landed, among others, reigning National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey and All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes. Toronto also acquired pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle in the deal for Reyes. The Blue Jays were active in free agency as well, signing outfielder Melky Cabrera and infielder Maicer Izturis. Turns out a lot has changed for Gibbons, too. Before his second stint with the Blue Jays begins, he plans to talk to his players about handling the lofty expectations they now face.
Experts to probe blackout
Officials of the Superdome and its utility company say they will hire outside experts to investigate why power failed for 34 minutes during the Super Bowl — the US’ premier sporting event, watched by millions. The announcement by the stadium’s management company, SMG, and Entergy New Orleans came two days after the outage halted play in the third quarter of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. Documents show stadium managers were concerned last fall about power lines feeding into the Superdome. Replacement work was done just weeks before the National Football League championship game. On Tuesday, the contractor who performed the work declined to comment. Arthur Westbrook of Allstar Electric referred all questions to the management company that runs the stadium.
Morris returns as TV analyst
Former pitcher Jack Morris is returning to the Toronto Blue Jays as a television analyst. Sportsnet announced on Tuesday that Morris will provide analysis on its radio broadcasts and Web site, as well as make appearances on game telecasts and the show Blue Jays Central. Morris was a member of Blue Jays teams that won consecutive World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. The right-hander had an AL-best 21 wins in 1992, becoming the club’s first 20-game winner. The 57-year-old Morris retired after the 1994 season. He has spent time as a color analyst for the Minnesota Twins and a guest on Detroit Tigers broadcasts, two other teams he played for during his 18-year career.
Steroids hurt recovery
Getting a cortisone injection will not help tennis elbow any more than a drug-free saline shot — and it may actually slow recovery, according to an Australian study. Researchers writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a few weeks after receiving the steroid shots, people reported less pain and disability than those who had been given placebo injections. However, a year later, those same patients lagged behind the placebo group in their likelihood of complete recovery. “The use of corticosteroid injection versus placebo injection resulted in worse clinical outcomes after one year, and physiotherapy did not result in any significant differences,” wrote lead researcher Bill Vicenzino of the University of Queensland in Australia and his colleagues. Tennis elbow is caused by the overuse of tendons in the elbow and typically treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy and steroid shots.