Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme’s strained right elbow forced him to miss practice Wednesday, leaving his status uncertain for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. Linebacker Dan Morgan (ankle) and guard Jeremy Bridges (toe) also sat out the workout. Delhomme was injured when he was sacked by John Abraham late in the third quarter of Sunday’s win over Atlanta.
Trainer Carl Nafzger likes the idea of a short ride to a big payday. Street Sense, the Kentucky Derby and Travers winner trained by Nafzger, is the odds-on favorite in a short field for Saturday’s $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park, an easy drive up Interstate 71 from his home barn at Churchill Downs.
Final figures at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale were 3.7 percent below last year’s record of nearly $400 million, and the average price per horse fell almost 10 percent as the 15-day event closed on Tuesday. Gross sales were $385,018,600, making the 2007 sale the second-highest grossing of Keeneland’s September sales.
Corliss Williamson considers himself lucky. From Nolan Richardson to Larry Brown, he’s played for some accomplished coaches. Now he’s ready to try his own hand at the profession. “I want to be able to give back to the game,” Williamson said. Williamson announced his retirement Wednesday after 12 seasons in the NBA — and was introduced as an assistant coach at Arkansas Baptist College.
Tim Donaghy is gone. Chances are, NBA fans will make sure he’s not forgotten. “We’ve discussed that those things would come about and we’ll just thicken our skin concerning that, because it’s not abnormal to hear things from the stands,” Ronnie Nunn, the league’s director of officials, said Wednesday.
The buzz over the acquisition of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen has led the Celtics to cap their season tickets sales for the first time since they played in the venerable Boston Garden. “Winning is the best marketing,” Celtics president Rich Gotham said Wednesday. “The second-best marketing is the hope of winning.” The NBA’s most decorated franchise was 24-58 last season and has won three playoff…
Prince Fielder didn’t really want to keep his 50th home run ball as a souvenir. The one he really wants is No. 52. And while he’s at it, he wouldn’t mind winning an MVP award — all in the name of sticking it to his estranged father. And he isn’t kidding. “No,” Fielder said. “That’s serious.” Fielder’s reaction to becoming the youngest player ever to hit 50 homers in a season — a feat he accomplished…
Six runs in the ninth inning meant little to the Mets. The only numbers to take solace in were the ones on the out-of-town scoreboard. An improbable rally fell just short when Paul Lo Duca flied out with a runner on third, and New York’s 10-9 loss to the scrappy Washington Nationals cost the NL East leaders another chance to expand their cushion.
Flyers forward Scottie Upshall could miss up to six weeks with a broken wrist and forward R.J. Umberger also needs surgery on his hand and could miss two weeks. Upshall and Umberger were both hurt in Philadelphia’s 4-2 loss against Ottawa on Tuesday night, and the Flyers said both players were scheduled for surgery Thursday.
The Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks have brought the oldest team trophy in North American sports back home to England. The Ducks, who practiced at the O2 Arena for the first time Wednesday, will open the NHL season in the British capital on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings — a game far away from home and one which Ducks coach Randy Carlyle could have done without.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward has a sprained right knee and is doubtful for Sunday’s game at Arizona. Ward has missed only three games due to injury in 10 NFL seasons, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he hasn’t ruled Ward out of the game. “I have learned not to count a guy like Hines Ward out,” Tomlin said.