Earlier this season, the losses kept piling up for Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey. Called up Saturday to start against the Braves in the midst of a tight pennant race, the young right-hander turned it all around. Pelfrey allowed one hit in six innings to win his first game of the season after seven losses, and Carlos Delgado, Lastings Milledge and Carlos Beltran each hit solo home runs to help the New…
The Kansas City Chiefs placed former Pro Bowl running back Priest Holmes on the reserve/non-football injury list on Saturday, guaranteeing that his absence from the game will stretch to almost two years. After their first six games, the Chiefs will have a three-week window to activate the franchise career rushing leader.
The Jacksonville Jaguars released oft-injured quarterback Byron Leftwich on Saturday, one day after announcing they planned to part ways with the former first-round draft pick. The Jaguars had hoped to trade Leftwich, but also said they were prepared to release him in hopes of avoiding any locker room problems stemming from his demotion.
Andre Wadsworth’s inspirational comeback with the New York Jets ended Saturday. The 32-year-old linebacker, who hadn’t played in the NFL since 2000 because of several knee injuries, was one of 22 players cut as the Jets got down to the mandatory 53-man roster limit. Veteran defensive linemen Kimo von Oelhoffen and Bobby Hamilton were also among the final cuts.
Donato Hanover extended his winning streak to 14 in a row by holding off Adrian Chip and winning the $600,000 World Trotting Derby at the Du Quoin State Fair on Saturday. Driven by Ron Pierce, Donato Hanover pulled away in the stretch and won by 1 1/2 lengths, covering the mile in 1:51.2 on breezy afternoon.
Heavy favorite Precious Kitten continued on her path to next month’s Breeders’ Cup, leading from gate-to-wire in the $250,000 Palomar Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday at Del Mar. The Bobby Frankel-trained 4-year-old filly dashed straight to the front of the field of nine under jockey Julien Leparoux and held off a rallying Black Mamba for a three-quarter length victory, covering 1 1-16…
Dale Earnhardt Jr. does have a couple of numbers in mind for his new ride at Hendrick Motorsports next season. But he isn’t telling — yet.
Johnny Benson raced to his second straight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory, holding off Ron Hornaday Jr. in the Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 on Saturday night.
Alex Rodriguez never got rattled during the big bat flap Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Even more impressive, neither did youngster Ian Kennedy. Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs to back Kennedy’s stellar major league debut, leading the New York Yankees to a 9-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez, recovering from rotator cuff surgery, will make his first start of the season on Monday at Cincinnati. Martinez did a great job throwing 53 pitches in a Friday night bullpen session making the Mets’ decision to activate him easy. The three-time Cy Young winner underwent surgery last Oct.
The Seattle Mariners are paying a big price for not doing the little things. Troy Glaus singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Mariners 2-1 on Saturday, sending Seattle to its season-high eighth straight loss. “We need to hit better with runners on third base.