Roger Goodell wants to talk football. Michael Vick keeps getting in the way. The NFL commissioner, making a tour of training camps, raved about Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli and his players after visiting them Thursday. He spoke to them mostly about their responsibilities as players. As soon as Goodell started taking questions during a news conference, however, he was asked about Vick.
Darrelle Revis is ready for his debut with the New York Jets. Whether that comes on the field against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night, or on the sidelines as a cheerleading millionaire, remains to be seen. The cornerback, drafted No. 14 by the Jets, ended his holdout Wednesday and signed for what reportedly is a six-year, $36 million deal.
Once Donovan McNabb eludes a sack and scrambles for a gain, most observers will say that No. 5 is back. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback doesn’t need to break a long run or endure a hard hit to convince himself he’s ready. He already knows. Now he just has to do it before a huge crowd anxiously waiting to see how the franchise player responds to his first action in nine months.
A pilot of a NASCAR plane was planning an emergency landing due to smoke in the cockpit seconds before communications cut off and the aircraft crashed, killing five people, a newspaper reported Friday.
Former San Jose Sharks forward Mark Bell has pleaded no contest to drunken driving and hit-and-run charges and will serve six months in a Santa Clara County jail, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Bell, who was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in June, had faced nearly four years in state prison if convicted of the original charges.
The local group bidding to buy the Nashville Predators announced its remaining five partners Monday. David Freeman, chief executive officer of 36 Venture Capital, is the lead investor who spoke on behalf of the group Aug. 1 when they confirmed their $193 million offer included a $10 million deposit. William “Boots” Del Biaggio, a minority partner in the San Jose Sharks, and Herb Fritch, CEO of…
The Phoenix Coyotes signed goalie Alex Auld to a one-year contract on Monday. Auld, 26, went 7-13-5 with a 3.34 goals-against average last season with Florida. He is 46-44-13 in five NHL seasons with Florida and Vancouver, with a 2.89 GAA and .902 save percentage. Auld played for Canada in the 2006 World Hockey Championship and won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2001 World Junior Championship.
All three of Michael Vick’s alleged cohorts in a dogfighting enterprise now appear ready to testify against him if the Atlanta Falcons quarterback goes to trial. One defendant previously changed his plea to guilty, and the two others were set to enter plea agreements in federal court Friday and cooperate in the government’s case against Vick.
Those few Kansas City fans who booed Trent Green in the first quarter Thursday were probably ready to beg him to come back in the fourth. Green looked sharp in his first appearance in Arrowhead Stadium since insisting on a trade to Miami during the offseason. The Chiefs, on the other hand, mostly looked lifeless for the second straight week while trying to find a new quarterback and limp along…
Wide receiver Robert Ferguson’s injury-marred career with the Green Bay Packers is over, coach Mike McCarthy said after practice Thursday night. He said the team has decided to cut ties with the seven-year veteran, although he didn’t say how that would be accomplished. Ferguson, a second-round selection of the Packers in the 2001 draft, wasn’t on the practice field for the second of Thursday’s two…
The New York Giants and Jets closed deals Thursday for $1.3 billion in financing for a new stadium the NFL clubs are teaming to build. “This represents another step forward in the completion of this exciting project,” said Alice McGillion, a spokeswoman for New Meadowlands Stadium Corp. Each team completed separate $650 million financing deals.