NHL goaltender Sean Burke officially retired Tuesday after nearly 20 years in the league. Burke spent last season with the Los Angeles Kings, and played for nine teams during his career, which also included playing for Canada in the 1988 Olympics. Selected 24th overall in the 1985 draft, Burke reached the NHL near the end of the 1987-88 season with the New Jersey Devils.
Byron Leftwich knew he would have to pick a new number when he got to his new team. Not that anyone in Atlanta is wearing No. 7. But, for the time being, it still belongs to Michael Vick, who awaits sentencing for running a brutal dogfighting ring while the Falcons try to recoup some of his bonus money.
The Indianapolis Colts had three starters sitting out practice Wednesday: tight end Dallas Clark, right tackle Ryan Diem and linebacker Rob Morris. Morris missed last week’s game at Tennessee with an abdominal strain and coach Tony Dungy said he wasn’t sure Morris would play Sunday at Houston. “It’s one of those pain things,” Dungy said.
Darrell Waltrip won 24 NASCAR races driving the No. 88 car. That was before his consecutive season championships in a car with a different number sponsored by Mountain Dew.
Former NASCAR driver Aaron Fike appeared in Warren County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday on charges stemming from his arrest in an amusement park parking lot with what police said was heroin and drug tools.
Brewers ace Ben Sheets traveled back to Milwaukee on Wednesday for an MRI exam on his injured left hamstring. Sheets left Tuesday night’s game in Houston after one inning because of tightness in the hamstring. He was still in pain after the game. “We’ll just try to get a handle on what it is and go from there,” manager Ned Yost said Wednesday.
Tony La Russa had little to say Wednesday about speculation he will leave the St. Louis Cardinals after a dozen seasons to manage the Seattle Mariners next season. “No reaction,” La Russa said. “Nothing to it?” La Russa was asked. “I don’t think so,” he responded. Last year’s World Series champions faded in September and have little hope of making the postseason.
Ervin Santana has gotten his control and confidence back. Just in time for the playoffs, too. Santana struck out 10, Juan Rivera homered and the Los Angeles Angels beat Tampa Bay 2-1 Wednesday for their 90th victory of the season and eighth straight at home over the Devil Rays. “It’s good to win when you’re not scoring a lot of runs,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who earned his 699th victory.
Mathieu Darche scored with 19.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 preseason victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night. Brad Richards, who had three assists, set up the winner. Tampa Bay took a 3-2 lead when Kyle Wanvig scored on a third-period penalty shot. Dallas’ Loui Eriksson tied it with a power-play goal with 1:01 left in regulation.
Jon Sim scored two goals in the first period and the New York Islanders went on to a 3-1 exhibition victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Bill Guerin, signed as a free agent in the offseason, scored to give Islanders a 3-0 lead in the first period. Sergei Kostitsyn scored the only goal for the Canadiens, who played in front of a partisan crowd of almost 7,000 fans at the Moncton…
Chad Pennington stood on the sideline last Sunday with his helmet on, yearning to jog onto the field and throw a pass for the New York Jets. He’s hoping his injured right ankle has healed enough for him to be in the huddle this weekend against the Miami Dolphins. “My goal is to be available,” Pennington said Wednesday.