Cornerback Darrell Green and receivers Cris Carter and Herman Moore were among 124 modern-era players, coaches, and contributors on the preliminary list of nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Other first-year eligibles are running back Eric Metcalf; offensive tackles Tony Boselli, Lomas Brown and Richmond Webb; and linebackers Levon Kirkland and Hardy Nickerson.
George Washington is put down on a miserable weekend for European hopes at America’s Breeders’ Cup meeting.
As driver after driver seized on the opportunity to criticize Carl Edwards, defending Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson took a different route and offered his colleague a bit of advice.
Simon Gagne compares his health to a barfly who’s had a few too many stiff drinks. He stops short, however, of describing what he’s feeling as any kind of lingering symptoms from a concussion. “Nobody has really said if it’s a concussion,” Gagne said after the Flyers practiced Tuesday. “Right now, it’s more a vision problem and dizziness.
Reds manager Dusty Baker completed his staff Tuesday by hiring Chris Speier as his bench coach, then immersed himself in learning the nuances of his new team. He also got ready to do some recruiting. Speier was Baker’s third-base coach with the Chicago Cubs in 2005 and 2006, when the team changed managers after a last-place finish in the NL Central.
Geoff Jenkins’ $9 million option was declined Tuesday by the Milwaukee Brewers, making the left fielder eligible for free agency. Jenkins, drafted by the Brewers in first round in 1995, had played his entire career for Milwaukee and had been the longest tenured veteran on the team. He slumped badly the past two seasons, and hit .255 with 21 homers and 64 RBIs this year.
The Houston Astros re-signed catcher Brad Ausmus to a $2 million, one-year contract on Tuesday. Known for his fine defense, the 38-year-old Ausmus hit .235 with three home runs and 25 RBIs in 117 games with Houston last season. He committed four errors and ranked fourth among National League catchers with a .995 fielding percentage.
When the Red Sox needed a closer — even for their World Series championship parade — Jonathan Papelbon was their man. Papelbon donned a kilt and danced his trademark Irish jig to the roars of tens of thousands of fans Tuesday as the city celebrated Boston’s second World Series title in four years with a three-mile-long rolling rally from Fenway Park to City Hall Plaza.
Joe Girardi is back in pinstripes, taking over as New York Yankees manager from his mentor. Girardi was hired Tuesday, agreeing to a three-year contract to replace Joe Torre in New York’s dugout. The deal is worth an average salary of at least $2 million annually, a baseball official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the details.
Add Tony Romo to the list of Dallas Cowboys franchise quarterbacks, right after Don Meredith, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. Having already inched his way toward such elite company by winning 12 of his first 17 starts, often in spectacular fashion, Romo’s spot in the team’s hierarchy was secured Tuesday with the signing of a six-year, $67 million contract of which $30 million is guaranteed.
Less than two years ago, Bengals receiver Chad Johnson sensed a shifting of the winds in the AFC North. Turns out Johnson is a better pass catcher than he is a navigator or fortune teller. After the Bengals put the Steelers’ playoff chances in jeopardy with a 38-31 win at Heinz Field on Dec. 4, 2005, Johnson proclaimed, “It used to be Pittsburgh’s time, now it’s Cincinnati’s time, and it’ll probably…
There were no awkward moments or uncomfortable conversations. Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens had already prepared for this situation. When Jets coach Eric Mangini announced Monday that he was turning to Clemens as his starting quarterback, Pennington recalled the discussions he and the 2006 second-round draft pick had recently.