The Washington Wizards traded the rights to Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday for a future first-round draft pick. The Wizards drafted Navarro in the second round, 40th overall, in 2002. He never joined the team, though, instead playing for FC Barcelona in the Spanish league.
Pitching with a narrow lead is no problem for Shaun Marcum. The Blue Jays’ right-hander won his fifth straight start, Alex Rios had three hits and Toronto beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 Wednesday night. “I like being in the close games,” Marcum said. “You don’t get so lackadaisical out there. You’ve got to focus a little bit more because one pitch can cost you the ballgame.” Marcum (10-4) retired…
The Baltimore Orioles are causing fits for the top teams in the AL East. Miguel Tejada hit a tiebreaking double off suddenly struggling Mariano Rivera in the 10th inning, and Aubrey Huff added a two-run homer to lead Baltimore past the New York Yankees 6-3 on Wednesday. “As I told you when we took over here, we were never going to give up,” said Orioles manager Dave Trembley, whose team is 27-23…
Jose Offerman was having a pretty good summer. Then in a flash, things went flying out of control. Looking for a last chance in the majors, the two-time All-Star turned violent at a minor league game Tuesday night. Hit by a fastball, Offerman charged the mound with his bat and swung at least twice, striking the opposing pitcher and catcher.
Suspended Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones is not expected to play in the NFL this season, so he keeps looking for new ways to stay busy. First there was wrestling, now it’s hip-hop. His National Street League Records, based in Atlanta, announced Wednesday that Jones will team with producer Spoaty in a duo called Posterboyz with their first single “Let it Shine” being released Aug.
The Indy Racing League has extended its agreement with the Iowa Corn Indy 250 through 2009, Iowa Speedway officials said on Thursday. The inaugural Iowa 250, won by Dario Franchitti, was held on June 24 before an overflow crowd of 35,838. “I watched Dario Franchitti follow his victory in the Indy 500 with a win here in Iowa before a standing-room-only crowd and knew we had a real winner on our…
Free-agent guard Robert Hite signed with the New Jersey Nets on Thursday. Hite played in 12 games for the Miami Heat last season, averaging 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 11.3 minutes. He also appeared in 19 games for the Sioux Falls Sky Force of the NBA Development League, averaging 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
The New Jersey Devils signed defenseman Paul Martin to a multiyear contract on Thursday. Terms were not immediately available. “Paul Martin is an all-situations type of defenseman, and has developed into one of the more talented young players in the National Hockey League,” Devils chief executive Lou Lamoriello said.
A day’s racing to honour Lester Piggott will take place in September as he recovers from a heart scare.
This time, Al Reyes stopped the Red Sox rally. The Tampa Bay closer fanned Manny Ramirez with two runners on for the final out, and the Devil Rays held off Boston 6-5 on Wednesday. On Tuesday night, Reyes allowed two runs in the ninth that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win. “The interminable ninth here at Fenway,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.
Jerome McDougle’s star-crossed career suffered another blow when the former first-round pick got hurt — again. The fifth-year defensive end injured his right triceps in the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason opener and likely will miss the rest of the season. Running back Ryan Moats also could be done for the year with an ankle injury.