Description: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu socked a solo homer over the center-field wall off Justin Verlander in the top of the first inning Tuesday night.
Insight: That\'s the center-field wall at Comerica Park, 420 feet away from home plate, if you were wondering. Abreu went 2-for-3 with two runs in the game and has six homers on the young season. He\'s done a good job to shake off his first MLB slump, going 8-for-20 with three doubles and two homers after a 1-for-25 stretch.
Description: A brain injury has forced former Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen to retire from pro football. SOURCE: Sports Illustrated
Insight: An on-field stroke against Buffalo in Week 15 left Allen with a dead spot on his brain. The injury was originally believed to be a concussion but was actually much more serious. Allen\'s best season came in 2012 when he recorded a career-high 131 tackles in 16 games for Jacksonville. The San Diego State alum turns 28 next month.
Description: Toronto G/F DeMar DeRozan looked much better in Tuesday night\'s win over the Nets.
Insight: DeRozan couldn\'t get much going in Game 1 (14 points on 3-of-13 shooting) but Game 2 was a completely different story. He ended up with 30 points in 38 minutes of court time. He shot 12-of-14 from the free throw line and is now 20-of-22 from that distance in this series (90.9 percent). Game 3 will be played Friday in Brooklyn.