The San Antonio Spurs seem to have it all. Four championships in nine seasons, “dynasty talk” that they routinely blow off and a humble but capable team led by a disciplined and winning coach. This summer they had the big parade and citywide party, their Finals MVP had his storybook wedding, and players’ families added little ones here and there.
The Houston Rockets signed Dikembe Mutombo to a one-year contract on Monday, extending the 41-year-old center’s NBA career into a 16th season. “I’m going to enjoy every second and every minute of my last year in the NBA,” he said. “I hope my farewell tour will be a nice memorable one.” The 7-foot-2, 260-pound Mutombo ended up playing a pivotal role for Houston last season, when Yao Ming broke a…
Trevor Hoffman stayed and took responsibility. The San Diego reliever didn’t duck out or try to escape through a back exit after blowing his second game in three days, costing the Padres a spot in the postseason. Hoffman gave up three runs in the 13th inning, and San Diego lost to the Colorado Rockies 9-8 in the NL wild-card tiebreaker Monday night.
They played as if they never wanted the season to end, and they had already gotten an extra day. The NL wild card came down to a wild, 13-inning finish Monday night that put Matt Holliday and the Colorado Rockies into the playoffs and sent Trevor Hoffman and the San Diego Padres home weary and dazed.
How’s this for pressure? Tell everyone months before the season the team to beat in the division is one that hasn’t made the playoffs in 14 years. Jimmy Rollins lived with the weight of those words for 251 days. The little guy with the big smile and confident swagger finally let out a sigh of relief on the last day of the regular season.
Suspended running back Ricky Williams applied for NFL reinstatement Monday, his agent said. “Ricky is extremely excited about the prospect of playing in the NFL again and hopeful for a positive response,” agent Leigh Steinberg said. Williams has played in only 12 NFL games since the start of the 2004 season, but rushed for 3,225 yards in 2002-03.
Different quarterback, same result. The Chicago Bears hoped Brian Griese would spark their offense. Instead, he was no better than Rex Grossman. Griese’s performance in Sunday’s 37-27 loss at Detroit probably raised as many questions as it answered, but coach Lovie Smith clarified a few issues on Monday.
Dario Franchitti’s much-anticipated move to stock cars will begin Friday with an ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sports Betting News has learned.
Where’s Kobe? There was some uncertainty regarding Kobe Bryant’s presence at media day Monday, and it increased after the entire Los Angeles Lakers’ roster except Bryant hit the floor for preseason promos and interviews shortly after the scheduled 10 a.m. start. As it turned out, there was no mystery. “He’s running late.
LeBron James ditched the 1980s get-up — the curly wig and skintight dancer’s outfit. Play time’s over for now. James slipped into his work clothes Monday and returned to the stage where he performs best. Fresh off his hyped stint hosting the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” James got back on the basketball court as he and the Cleveland Cavaliers opened training camp with their eyes on…
Daisuke Matsuzaka will follow Josh Beckett in Boston’s postseason rotation against the Angels, leaving Curt Schilling for Game 3 when the series shifts to Anaheim. The Red Sox decided to have Schilling pitch on Sunday instead of Friday to give him two extra days of rest. If Boston’s first-round series goes the full five games, Schilling would be in line to pitch the opener of the AL championship…
For the first time in 15 years, the Milwaukee Brewers can call themselves winners. But it didn’t necessarily feel that way at the end of the season, as the hype of a fast start and hope of a big division lead in June slipped away over the final three months of the season. When the final out was made, Milwaukee was an October bystander once again.