On a day when Michael Vick agreed to plead guilty to dogfighting charges, the Atlanta Falcons were dealing with the loss of another quarterback. Local favorite D.J. Shockley, who was battling for the No. 2 spot behind Vick replacement Joey Harrington, confirmed Monday that he will likely undergo surgery next week for a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Trent Green was tabbed as the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback Monday, ending a bit of training camp speculation over who would win the job. Green beat out Cleo Lemon, said Dolphins coach Cam Cameron — who insisted throughout camp that a real competition was taking place at quarterback and that the 37-year-old veteran wasn’t being handed the starting role.
Colts quarterback Jim Sorgi just wanted to make a guest appearance in the Super Bowl. Nothing fancy, maybe kneel down at game’s end or hold for an extra point. He never got a chance backing up the game’s MVP, Peyton Manning. On Monday night, Sorgi and the other super subs will take center stage in the pseudo-Super Bowl rematch between Indianapolis and Chicago.
A 31-year-old man was shot during an altercation outside the home of Washington Wizards’ guard DeShawn Stevenson, authorities said Monday. Stevenson, 26, was asleep at his central Florida home when shots were fired about 4 a.m. Monday. He was not injured, according to a sheriff’s report. Stevenson re-signed with the Wizards last month, reportedly getting $15 million in a four-year deal.
Johnny Damon proved he’s still got some pop in his bat, and the surging New York Yankees showed off a couple of lively young arms in their rebuilt bullpen Sunday. Damon hit a tiebreaking homer and New York got lights-out relief pitching from rookies Joba Chamberlain and Edwar Ramirez, sending Chien-Ming Wang and the Yankees to a 9-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Johan Santana gave the crowd at the Metrodome something to remember on the same weekend the Minnesota Twins honored their first championship team. Santana set a franchise record with 17 strikeouts in eight innings to lead the Minnesota Twins past the Texas Rangers 1-0 Sunday. “You see these guys from 1987 coming in and what they did 20 years ago was really good,” said Santana, who was 8 years old…
Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Dan Morgan will play in a game for the first time since suffering at least the fifth concussion of his career on Friday against New England. “It’s been almost a year now since I’ve played in a game, so obviously I’m real excited,” Morgan said Monday. “I’m going to go out and have fun.
The Denver Broncos found a surprising trade partner to unload defensive tackle Gerard Warren — the rival Oakland Raiders. The Broncos shipped Warren to the Raiders on Monday for an undisclosed 2008 draft pick. Just one year ago, Warren was deemed the Broncos’ best defensive linemen as evidenced by the six-year, $36 million contract he signed before injuries to both big toes led to an unproductive…
Karakorum Starlet captured the $80,000 Union Avenue Stakes under a ride by Kent Desormeaux, who had four winners Monday at Saratoga Race Course. The 4-year-old chestnut filly, trained by Jeff Odintz, broke in front and held off Scatkey at the head of the stretch. She ran the six furlongs in 1:10.95, winning by one length and paying $9, $5.40, and $3.70.
The second straight day of rain washed out another effort by NASCAR on Monday to run the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.