The Raptors will be without forwards Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani and guard T.J. Ford on Monday night against the Charlotte Bobcats. “We’ve got probably three of our most talented players injured,” coach Sam Mitchell said. Bosh has not played since leaving in the second quarter of last Wednesday’s victory over Memphis because of a strained groin.
Indiana freshman Eric Gordon bruised his lower back in a hard fall in the first half of the 15th-ranked Hoosiers’ 84-72 victory over Tennessee State on Monday night. “He’ll be fine,” coach Kelvin Sampson said. “We took him for some precautionary X-rays, but he’ll be fine.” Sampson said the 6-foot-4 Gordon would play Saturday against Kentucky Gordon, who entered Monday night’s game second in the…
The little girl entered the big gymnasium in a stroller, asleep and oblivious to the 3,000 people on hand to pay last respects to her father, Sean Taylor. Later, 18-month-old Jackie Taylor was wide awake and running wind sprints past the huge flower arrangements in front of the stage. Wearing a red dress, she stood and applauded with the rest of the audience following the introduction of her…
Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden said Monday there is a “possibility” quarterback Jeff Garcia could play this week against Houston. Gruden said there is nothing structurally wrong with Garcia’s bruised back and despite backup Luke McCowan’s big game in Tampa Bay’s 27-23 victory over New Orleans on Sunday, his 37-year-old starter will be back in the lineup as soon as he is medically cleared to play.
JaMarcus Russell’s debut lasted 16 plays, moved 85 yards and yielded no points for the Oakland Raiders. It did generate more excitement at the Coliseum than the Raiders had seen for years. The question the day after Russell finally got to play in the NFL was how much more of the No. 1 overall draft pick will people see in the final five weeks of the season.
When the Minnesota Vikings trudged off the turf at Lambeau Field last month following a 34-0 rout at the hands of the Green Bay Packers, their season appeared to be on the brink of disaster. They were 3-6 after being thoroughly dominated by their NFC North rivals, and lost star rookie Adrian Peterson to a knee injury that many thought would cripple an already struggling offense.
After a 10-year absence and two operations to remove a brain tumor the size of a golf ball, Todd Demsey finally made it back to the PGA Tour on Monday with perhaps the most significant round of his career. Demsey, a former NCAA champion and amateur teammate of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, closed with an 8-under 64 in the sixth and final round of Q-school to earn one of 26 full-exempt cards next…
Former UCLA star Jane Park completed a wire-to-wire victory in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament on Sunday, topping the 17 players who earned full 2008 playing status. Park, the 2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur winner, had a 17-under 274 total. “I was playing great, so I knew I had a good chance to win,” Park said.
Larry Nelson won the Del Webb Father-Son Challenge for the second time with a different son, teaming with 29-year-old Josh for a second straight 12-under 60 and a two-shot victory Sunday. The Nelsons’ eagle-par-birdie finish gave them a 24-under 120 in the scramble format at ChampionsGate Resort, holding off a strong charge from Bob and Kevin Tway, who closed with a 59.
Trevor Immelman shot an even-par 72 and won the Nedbank Challenge by one stroke Sunday despite three straight bogeys over the closing holes and a late challenge from Justin Rose. Immelman, who won the $1.2 million first prize, finished at 16-under 272. Rose shot 73 after a double-bogey on the 18th at the Gary Player Country Club.
American Bryan Saltus shot a 5-under par 67 to win the inaugural Cambodian Open on Sunday, dedicating his first Asian Tour title to the Grateful Dead band. Saltus finished with a 17-under 271 total to top third-round leader Adam Groom (71) of Australia by three strokes. Groom was followed by Prom Meesawat (70) and Thaworn Wiratchant (70) of Thailand.
England’s Richard Finch won the New Zealand Open on Sunday for his first pro victory, while 71-year-old Bob Charles shared the spotlight by shooting his age or better for the third straight day. The 30-year-old Finch shot an even-par 72 for a three-stroke victory over Australians Steven Bowditch (72) and Paul Sheehan (69) in the event sanctioned by the European and Australasian tours.