Ned Yost will return next season as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, although general manager Doug Melvin didn’t sound as if the team was giving him a long-term commitment. “I’m not prepared to make a change with Ned at this point. But again, the bar is raised for all of us. I don’t take anything for granted,” Melvin said Wednesday.
The Boston Bruins signed journeyman center Glen Metropolit, who had 14 goals and 19 assists in 77 games with two teams last season. Metropolit appeared in four preseason games before signing with the Bruins on Wednesday. Metropolit started last season for the Atlanta Thrashers before being traded along with draft picks to the St.
Dominic Rhodes spent the past four weeks running on a side field while the rest of his Oakland Raiders teammates practiced. On Sundays, Rhodes would try to watch on television as his fellow running backs piled up big yardage behind an improved offensive line. With his four-week suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy over, Rhodes returned to practice Wednesday for the first…
Tampa Bay running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, one day after undergoing successful season-ending surgery to repair the torn patellar tendon in his right knee. The Buccaneers also placed left tackle Luke Petitgout on IR with a right knee injury that will require surgery later this week.
A little less than a month after spraining his right knee in the season opener, Brandon Jacobs is ready to return to his job as the New York Giants’ starting halfback. There’s a little problem, though. Derrick Ward has played so well filling in for him that coach Tom Coughlin has to decide how to split the work.
The New York Yankees have bat boys with more playoff experience than most of the Cleveland Indians. The big boys from the Bronx have enough World Series rings to fill up a jewelry store’s display case. They’ve owned Octobers, winning 26 championships as the most successful franchise in professional sports.
Bandbox or not, this was no day for hitters. Jeff Francis held the league’s highest-scoring team in check, and the Colorado Rockies took advantage of one shaky inning by Cole Hamels to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 in Game 1 of their NL playoff series Wednesday. “Who would’ve thought a good old-fashioned National League game would break out in this ballpark?” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
When Jeremy Roenick scans the nameplates above the lockers in the San Jose Sharks’ dressing room, a superlative springs wherever his eyes land. From Joe Thornton’s peerless playmaking and captain Patrick Marleau’s leadership to rookie Torrey Mitchell’s eye-popping speed, Roenick sees 23 reasons why the Sharks can live down their recent playoff failures — and live up to their hype as a fashionable…
Mark Bell was cleared to play by doctors in the NHL’s substance abuse program on Tuesday, but the new Toronto Maple Leafs forward will now have to serve the 15-game suspension handed down by the league. Bell was suspended indefinitely on Sept. 4 and placed into Stage 2 of the program, run jointly by the NHL and the players’ association.
Bills rookie Trent Edwards will make his second straight start when Buffalo hosts Dallas on Monday night after J.P. Losman missed practice Wednesday. Coach Dick Jauron ruled Losman out, saying the quarterback is recovering steadily from a sprained left knee but it’s not clear when he’ll be able to resume practicing with the team.
Tony Dungy hopes three of his injured starters can play against Tampa Bay this week. He just can’t count on it. So when the Indianapolis Colts went back to work Wednesday, Dungy was making contingency plans for the possible absences of receiver Marvin Harrison, running back Joseph Addai and safety Bob Sanders, all of whom were hurt in last Sunday’s victory over Denver.