Arizona Cardinals starting offensive tackle Oliver Ross will have surgery to repair a torn triceps tendon on Thursday. The Cardinals don’t know when Ross will return, and it’s possible he will miss the entire season. Levi Brown, the team’s top draft choice this year, has become the starter at right tackle.
Gerard Warren was dealt from Denver because he didn’t fit into the Broncos’ new defensive system. Warren Sapp doesn’t see how the former No. 3 overall pick fits onto the Oakland Raiders’ roster. “I wouldn’t want to go to a team three weeks after their training camp and try to make their team, with my talent,” Sapp said.
Daryl Johnston is one of the lucky ones. Despite breaking his neck opening holes for Emmitt Smith, he walks without a cane or a limp and is able to hold down a lucrative second career in broadcasting. Yet Johnston sympathizes with broken-down former players who need help with medical bills and aren’t getting it.
Tim Wakefield doesn’t worry about why he is successful indoors against Tampa Bay. The knuckleballer is just happy it continued Monday night. Wakefield continued his dominance over Tampa Bay, allowing four hits over seven innings as the Boston Red Sox blanked the Devil Rays 6-0 on Monday night. “The ball seems to move a little more inside,” Wakefield said.
Pedro Martinez allowed two unearned runs over five innings Monday in his most impressive outing since he began throwing after offseason shoulder surgery. With Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson and bullpen coach Guy Conti in attendance, the right-hander struck out four and walked one in a rehab start with Class-A St.
The New York Mets got Jeff Conine from the Cincinnati Reds for two minor leaguers on Monday, adding a 41-year-old player who has two World Series rings and knows how to contribute off the bench. Conine can play first base or outfield and is adept at pinch-hitting — he led the Reds with nine hits in that role.
Brady Quinn’s strong debut wasn’t enough for him to muscle into Cleveland’s quarterback competition yet. Quinn shined in his NFL introduction, leading the Browns on two long touchdown drives in the final 9:20 of a 23-20 loss to Detroit. The rookie threw a pair of scoring passes — against Lions backups — and played with composure and confidence in his first action as a pro.
Soon-to-be father and star quarterback Tom Brady knows he can’t make all the calls. He’d like a few days off to be at the birth of his first child — “I hope so,” he said Monday — but the Patriots’ schedule and coach Bill Belichick might get in his way. “Bill has a lot to say,” Brady said, “so we’ll deal with it when it happens.” New England plays the third of its four exhibition games — the one…
The Detroit Lions activated Shaun Rogers from the physically unable-to-perform list Monday, making one of their best players eligible to practice for the first time this season. Rogers was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2005, when the defensive tackle recorded a career-high 5 1/2 sacks. He enters the season with questions about his play and weight.
Old Man River returned to the races after a nine-month layoff and won the $68,000 feature by 1 lengths at Del Mar on Monday. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Old Man River covered one mile in 1:41.43 and paid $9.80, $5 and $3.20. Anziyan’s Song returned $14.60 and $4.60, while Bernasconi was another 1 lengths back in third and paid $2.80 to show.
The Minnesota Wild signed free agent center Serge Payer to a one-year contract on Monday. Payer spent most of last season in the minors with Birmingham of the AHL. The 6-foot, 191-pound Payer played in five NHL games with the Ottawa Senators. Originally signed by Florida in 1997, the 28-year-old Payer played in 71 games for the Panthers in the 2005-06 season.
Jean Beliveau, Senator Frank Mahovlich and Scotty Bowman were among the mourners Monday at a memorial service for Sam Pollock, the former general manager who built the Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup dynasties in the 1960s and 1970s. Dickie Moore, along with former Canadiens coach Claude Ruel and others from the organization, joined about 150 people in attendance at the one-hour service at St.