Stephon Marbury played the second half of New York’s loss to Phoenix on Sunday night unaware his father had been taken to a hospital, where he died before the game ended. Don Marbury was taken from Madison Square Garden to St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center during halftime, reportedly because of chest pains, but a family member advised a Knicks official not to inform Stephon Marbury at the…
The Tampa Bay Rays traded another troubled outfielder Monday, sending Elijah Dukes to the Washington Nationals for minor league pitcher Glenn Gibson. Due in part to others being injured, Dukes began this season as Tampa Bay’s starting center fielder. The rookie batted .190 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs in 52 games.
At last, Bowie Kuhn beat Marvin Miller at something. The late commissioner was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday while Miller was rejected by a revamped Veterans Committee stacked with those he regularly opposed — and beat — in arbitration and bargaining sessions that altered the history of the game.
The Boston Red Sox and reliever Mike Timlin reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract worth $3 million. The deal, which is pending the results of a physical, was confirmed Monday by a person with knowledge of the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.
Andy Pettitte decided to pitch for the New York Yankees in 2008 and put off retirement. Pettitte’s agent, Randy Hendricks, said Monday that the 35-year-old left-hander had started telling teammates on Sunday. Hendricks then informed Yankees general manager Brian Cashman of the news. Hendricks said Yankees captain Derek Jeter and catcher Jorge Posada had lobbied Pettitte to return, and the pitcher…
The New York Yankees want an answer from Minnesota. Now. Refusing to bid against rival Boston any longer, the Yankees insist they’ll probably pull out of trade talks for ace Johan Santana if the Twins don’t make a decision on New York’s offer by late Monday. “We’ll see how it goes, but this is not an act.
Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy of the San Diego Padres could have a contract extension within the next several days. “We’re moving toward it but it’s not a done deal yet,” Peavy’s agent, Barry Axelrod, said Sunday night from Nashville, Tenn., site of the winter meetings. “There’s still some stuff we’re trying to work out.
Second baseman Kaz Matsui finalized a $16.5 million, three-year contract with the Houston Astros on Sunday, a little more than a month after helping the Colorado Rockies to their first World Series appearance. The 32-year-old switch-hitter batted .288 with four homers and 37 RBIs for Colorado, stealing 32 bases and scoring 84 runs — his best totals in the majors.
Steve McNair’s most frustrating NFL season is over. The Baltimore Ravens put the quarterback on injured reserve Monday, ending a season in which the 34-year-old McNair struggled to stay healthy and hold onto the football. He will have surgery on his non-throwing (left) shoulder Tuesday, the team announced.
Derrick Ward, the New York Giants’ leading rusher, suffered a broken leg Sunday against the Chicago Bears and will be out indefinitely. Ward fractured his left fibula, the thinner of the two bones extending from the knee to the ankle, in the fourth quarter of New York’s 21-16 come-from-behind victory.
^ Sure, the postgame exchange between the Patriots’ Bill Belichick and the Colts’ Tony Dungy was quite chilly after their teams met last month. But Dungy doubted it was because his coaching counterpart was angry over his earlier comments about New England’s spying scandal. During an interview on HBO’s “Costas Now” that will air Tuesday night, Dungy was asked whether “frosty” was the proper…
With starting goalie Cristobal Huet sidelined because of a groin injury, the Montreal Canadiens recalled goaltender Jaroslav Halak from Hamilton of the AHL on Monday. Huet injured his groin in Saturday’s 5-4 shootout loss to Nashville. The 22-year-old Halak will back up 20-year-old rookie Carey Price, who will start Tuesday game against Detroit.