Now that his scoreless streak is over, Brandon Webb is setting his sights on something else: a second straight Cy Young Award. Webb’s string ended at 42 innings Wednesday night when he gave up a run in the first against Milwaukee. He went on to pitch the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 win.
The New York Jets have reached an agreement to trade disgruntled veteran Pete Kendall to the Washington Redskins, who hope the 34-year-old lineman will make up for the team’s inability to find a suitable starting left guard in the offseason. Pending a physical, the Jets will receive a fifth-round pick in 2008 or a fourth-rounder in 2009 for Kendall, an official within the NFL said Thursday.
Greg’s Gold accelerated in the stretch turn, passed pacesetter Bordonaro, then held off Surf Cat by 1 1/2 lengths to win Sunday’s $300,000 Pat O’Brien Handicap at Del Mar. Crossing the Line won the $400,000 Del Mar Mile by three-quarters of a length over Becrux. Both winners earned guaranteed spots in the Breeders’ Cup as part of a new selection process.
The Seattle SuperSonics added Scott Brooks, Mark Bryant and Ralph Lewis to their coaching staff Thursday and hired Brian Keefe as a player development assistant. “I’m really happy with the diverse coaching and playing experience of our staff,” new coach P.J. Carlesimo said in a statement. “I know it will be an extremely hard working staff, and we’re all really looking forward to continuing the…
Dale Earnhardt Inc. was working on a deal Thursday to put Mark Martin and Aric Almirola in its flagship No. 8 next season in a split schedule.
B.J. Upton made the most of a rare mistake from Dice-K. Upton hit a two-run homer and Tampa Bay beat Daisuke Matsuzaka for the third time this season, as the Devil Rays edged the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Wednesday night. “A lot of his pitches look the same,” said Upton, who had struck out four times and was hitless in seven previous at-bats against the Japanese right-hander.
Jake Peavy stepped off the mound and escaped to his own little island. While the crowd got revved up, he tried to settle down and envision a perfect sequence of pitches. Pretty neatly done. Prone to becoming overly excited, Peavy escaped an early bases-loaded jam and went on to lead the San Diego Padres to what he called a “must win,” beating the New York Mets 7-5 Wednesday night.
Falcons quarterback Michael Vick “is not a victim” and should be held responsible for his actions involving a dogfighting ring in Virginia, the national president of the NAACP said Thursday. “He absolutely must account for what he has done,” Dennis Courtland Hayes, interim president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said in an interview with The Associated…
The Cincinnati Bengals signed veteran linebacker Lemar Marshall on Thursday, two days after he was released by the Washington Redskins. Marshall, a Cincinnati native who started 45 games over the past three seasons for the Redskins, signed a one-year contract, the Bengals said. Cincinnati released second-year tight end Erik Jensen, signed as a free agent on Aug.
Lady Joanne fought off Octave and Lear’s Princess in a tough stretch run to win Saturday’s $500,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Ridden by Calvin Borel and trained by Carl Nafzger, Lady Joanne held off the closing Lear’s Princess and a late run from Octave, who could not get up in time on the rail.
Sharp Susan won the $150,000 Lake Placid Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, leading wire-to-wire at Saratoga Race Course. Off to a good start and unpressured around the Mellon turf course, the daughter of Touch Gold ran 1 1-8 miles in 1:46.69 under Kent Desormeaux. New Edition finished second, 1 1/2 lengths back, and Lady Attack was third.