Able to run and jump without pain for the first time in five years, Penny Hardaway insists there’s still much he can do in the NBA. The Miami Heat apparently agree. Hardaway spoke Friday about his new contract with the Heat, one that comes with no financial guarantees for the 36-year-old who has battled knee problems for much of a career that once seemed destined for superstardom.
Newlywed Yao Ming treated his Chinese teammates to a celebratory dinner at a posh hotel, where guests feasted on a 10-course meal — and the 7-foot-6 center had a little too much to drink. The Houston Rockets center “rarely drinks,” but this time he marked the occasion and “drank quite a bit,” Yao spokesman Erik Zhang said “I don’t think (Yao) was drunk but he was pretty close.
The rest of the Boston Celtics roster is starting to take shape. Continuing a busy offseason in which the team brought in All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to play with Paul Pierce, the Celtics signed role players Scot Pollard and Eddie House as free agents. “Getting Kevin Garnett has been kind of a big deal.
Carlos Beltran was held out of the starting lineup for the New York Mets’ game against the Florida Marlins on Saturday night. The switch-hitting center fielder came off the disabled list Friday after sitting out with a strained muscle on his left side. Mets manager Willie Randolph said Beltran isn’t where he wants to be when he bats right-handed so he decided to rest him against Marlins left-hander…
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was out of the lineup for the second straight game Saturday because of a sore neck, which was improving with treatment and probably won’t sideline him much longer. Posada, who is on a 14-for-28 hitting tear, was hit hard by a foul tip and slept awkwardly while in Toronto earlier this week, leaving him with a stiff neck.
Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons will undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday, ending his worst year in the major leagues. Gibbons has a torn labrum, which restricts his ability to throw. He is still able to swing a bat and has been used primarily as a designated hitter. Having the surgery now will enable him to return for spring training in 2008.
It was perhaps the best money Catherine Day Phillips ever spent, when she and her husband dropped $2,500 to buy Jambalaya in 2003. On Saturday, the 5-year-old gelding from Canada spoiled some race history and created some, too, by winning the 25th Arlington Million. “He’s the absolute fairy tale horse.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois (Ticker) — Jambalaya used a late run to win Saturday’s Arlington Million.
Grand Couturier beat odds-on favorite English Channel in Saturday’s $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga Race Course. Grand Couturier, who finished third in the Sword Dancer last year, trailed the field going into the first turn and did not begin to pick up horses until the far turn, when jockey Calvin Borel angled him over to the inside.
Charlie Frye’s first victory of 2007 for the Cleveland Browns came off the field. Frye won a coin toss against Derek Anderson and will start Saturday’s exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Frye and Anderson are pitted in a tight competition to be Cleveland’s No. 1 quarterback and start in the season opener on Sept.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker says he still has the bloodied shirt from the night teammate Darrent Williams died in his arms after a drive-by shooting on New Year’s Day. In his first public comments about Williams’ unsolved death, Walker tells HBO’s “Real Sports” in a segment to be aired Tuesday night that he keeps the unlaundered shirt as a reminder of his friend and of the fragility…
Troubled Buffalo Bills defensive end Anthony Hargrove was suspended for four games without pay by the NFL on Saturday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. In announcing the suspension, the league did not say what banned substance Hargrove tested positive for. Under league rules, players face a minimum four-game suspension for the first positive test, followed by an eight-game…