Craig Calcaterra

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Woman claiming to be in a “matrimonial relationship” with Tim Tebow arrested at Mets camp

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The New York Daily News reports that a woman was arrested for trespassing after stalking Tim Tebow at the Mets’ spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Michelle Marie Thompson, 36, was given a trespass warning on February 26. She ignored it and, two days later, was arrested after refusing instructions from the Port St. Lucie police to leave the area. Thompson, from Arvada, Colorado, told police that she was in a “romantic relationship” and a “matrimonial relationship” with Tebow. She remains in custody pending $750 bail.

Here’s hoping the woman in question gets some help if, as is often the case in situations like this, it turns out she needs it.

Blue Jays reliever T.J. House hit in the head with a comebacker, taken away in an ambulance

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A scary scene is unfolding in Lakeland, Florida right now following Blue Jays reliever T.J. House being hit in the head with a comebacker.

According to those in attendance, House was hit by a line drive off the bat of Tigers catcher John Hicks that hit his head/facial area and caromed 30 feet in the air. Trainers and doctors surrounded House and attended to him for several minutes. He laid flat on the ground on his stomach for most of that time. Eventually an ambulance came out onto the field and took him away. As he was being loaded in he did give the thumbs-up signal to the crowd, so hopefully that means he’s OK.

Obviously we’ll update you if and when we get further information. In the meantime, keep a good thought for T.J. House.

UPDATE: There’s no update on House’s current condition, but he was apparently bleeding pretty profusely after being hit. He never lost consciousness, however, so that’s a good sign.

Ten Dodgers games will be shown on broadcast TV this spring

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Dodgers games are still unavailable to the majority of cable subscribers in the Los Angeles area due to a carriage dispute between the Dodgers’ cable network, SportsNet LA, which is run by Spectrum, and other cable providers.

Spectrum and SportsNetLA appears to be wanting to whet the appetite of Dodgers fans, however, and have agreed to allow 10 Dodgers games to be simulcast on KTLA, a broadcast network available to basically everyone, at the start of the season.

The games will all take place in the first five weeks of the season, between April 5 and May 7, and will feature matchups against the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs. It will include the May 3 game during which Vin Scully will be inducted into the Dodgers Ring of Honor.

My guess: a lot of Dodgers fans have simply learned to live without the Dodgers on TV and SportsNet and Spectrum know it. This move, I suspect, is aimed at reminding them what they’re missing and inspiring them to bug their cable providers more to carry SportsNetLA.

Good luck.