From flipping a coin to filling in blanks. Cleveland’s starting quarterback drama has turned again. During his post-practice news briefing Tuesday, Browns coach Romeo Crennel said he may delay naming a starter until the week before his club’s Sept. 9 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has narrowed his choice to two candidates: Charlie Frye and a mystery man.
Michael Vick’s legal troubles from dogfighting could get even worse. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback faces possible prosecution in state court, where punishment might far exceed the maximum five years in prison that could await him in his federal case. Local prosecutor Gerald Poindexter has said he likely will pursue charges against Vick, who has plummeted from favorite son to a symbol of animal…
Jockey Perry Ouzts earned his 5,000th career victory Tuesday when he rode Kandinsky to a wire-to-wire win in the first race at River Downs. Ouzts, 53, accepted a trophy that commemorated his accomplishment and posed for the traditional jockey photo. Then he went on to win two more races. He is River Downs’ career leading rider, once winning five of six mounts on a single card.
The return to the racetrack by Hendrick Motorsports crew chiefs Chad Knaus and Steve Letarte after six-week suspensions had mixed results.
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Former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Eddie Griffin died last week when his sport utility vehicle collided with a freight train in a fiery crash, the Harris County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday. Investigators used dental records to identify Griffin, 25, who began his tumultuous pro career with the Houston Rockets in 2001.
Reggie Miller is still debating whether to make a comeback at age 42. The NBA’s career leader in 3-pointers tried to dodge reporters’ questions about his possible return on Tuesday as he attended Peyton Manning’s charity bowling tournament, saying he wanted to talk about the Super Bowl MVP and his event.
Trevor Linden re-signed with the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $600,000. The 37-year-old Linden, who will be entering his 16th season with the Canucks, can earn an additional $350,000 in bonuses for games played. “For the last week or so, I was, for the lack of a better word, getting a little cranky,” said Linden, who has played 18 seasons in the NHL.
Joel Zumaya was so keyed up about returning to the Detroit Tigers bullpen that he could hardly sleep. Out since May 3 because of strained middle finger on his right hand, the hard-throwing Zumaya was activated Tuesday from a rehabilitation assignment. He rejoined the Tigers as they opened a key AL Central series against Cleveland.
Left-hander Chuck James went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with tightness in the back of his pitching shoulder, meaning he will miss at least one start for the Atlanta Braves. James originally was scheduled to start Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds. Instead, the Braves called up left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes from Triple-A Richmond to take his place.
The minor league pitcher involved in the fight for which Jose Offerman is facing two counts of second-degree assault after charging the mound with a bat, has been suspended for his role in the incident. The independent Atlantic League also fined Matt Beech of the Bridgeport Bluefish an undisclosed amount.