Rodney Harrison, the frequently fined strong safety who solidified the New England Patriots’ defense through back-to-back Super Bowl victories, will miss the first four games of the NFL season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. “Tomorrow, the commissioner will announce I have been suspended,” a somber Harrison said in a hastily announced conference call with reporters on Friday…
Maybe Kyle Busch didn’t get the memo.
Coming off a big sweep of Boston, the New York Yankees looked awfully sluggish against Andy Sonnanstine and the improving Devil Rays. Sonnanstine pitched eight innings of two-hit ball and Carlos Pena homered twice, leading Tampa Bay to a 9-1 rout of the lethargic Yankees on Friday night. “I think our intensity was there.
Pedro Martinez may give the Mets rotation a September boost, but John Maine has been an able stand-in all season as New York’s new ace. Carlos Delgado hit a three-run homer and Maine gave up only three hits and one run to lead New York to a 7-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night, stopping the NL East-leading Mets’ losing streak at five games.
Kyle Kendrick was hit hard only when he batted. The Philadelphia right-hander took a fastball off his right arm trying to bunt in the second inning, but he still pitched seven innings, and the Phillies extended their winning streak to a season-best six games by beating Florida 9-2 Friday night. The Phillies climbed 10 games above .500 for the first time.
When the preseason mercifully ended for Baltimore and Atlanta on Friday night, Ravens running back Willis McGahee summed it up best. “I’m ready to rock, man,” McGahee said. “It’s time to get down and dirty.” McGahee was one of the few players with name recognition to play in a game decided by second-string kickers.
Latin Rhythms and Rush with Thunder won divisions of the El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds on Friday at Del Mar. Latin Rhythms had a 1 3/4 -length victory in the $111,400 second division after Rush with Thunder won the $112,650 first division by 1 1/2 lengths. Third in the recent La Jolla Handicap on the grass, Latin Rhythm was clocked in 1:39.14 for the mile over Del Mar’s new Polytrack.
Denny Hamlin, the last of 42 drivers to make a qualifying attempt, knocked Kasey Kahne off the pole for Saturday night’s Camping World 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at California Speedway.
Hunter Pence is making Cecil Cooper’s transition a lot easier. Houston’s rookie center fielder hit two homers and had a career-high five RBIs Friday to help the Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 for their third win in four games since Cooper became interim manager. “What can I say? He’s a pretty special player.
The Chicago Cubs turned to their past to bolster their current push for the playoffs, acquiring right-hander Steve Trachsel from the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. The 36-year-old Trachsel, who was drafted by the Cubs in 1991 and pitched for them from 1993-99, will give the NL Central leaders another veteran starter.
The NFL will suspend New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison four games for violating its substance abuse policy, Harrison said Friday night. “Tomorrow, the commissioner will announce that I’ve been suspended,” a somber Harrison said in a hastily announced conference call. Although the hard-hitting defensive back said he has never used steroids, “I did admit to the commissioner that I did, in…