The St. Louis Cardinals hired John Mozeliak as their new general manager Wednesday, promoting him to replace the fired Walt Jocketty. The 38-year-old Mozeliak had been the Cardinals’ assistant GM for the last five years. He got a three-year contract. The hiring signified a stay-the-course stance for the Cardinals, coming off a disappointing 78-win season a year after winning the World Series.
The last ball from Boston’s 2007 World Series victory might not get back to the Red Sox after all. Jason Varitek caught the final strikeout Sunday night to complete a four-game sweep of Colorado, then tucked the ball in his back pocket as he ran to the mound to celebrate. Varitek said after the game that he’d give the ball to the team, but on Wednesday he said he gave it to closer Jonathan…
Boston’s World Series celebration went into extra innings Wednesday on Beacon Hill. Gov. Deval Patrick and other state officials joined hundreds of fans to again congratulate the Red Sox for their second championship in four years. The rally was the second in as many days for the Red Sox. But instead of closer Jonathan Papelbon wildly dancing through the streets of Boston on Tuesday, the Statehouse…
Mike Cameron, the Padres’ Gold Glove center fielder, was suspended for the first 25 games of next season on Wednesday after testing positive a second time for a banned stimulant. Cameron, who plans to file for free agency, said he believes he took a tainted supplement. “The one thing I wanted to make sure was explained is, no steroids,” Cameron told AM 1090, the Padres’ flagship radio station.
The Chicago White Sox on Wednesday declined club options for 2008 on infielder/outfielder Darin Erstad and left-hander Mike Myers. Erstad’s option was for $3.5 million and Myers’ was for $1.1 million’ Erstad’s one season with the White Sox was marred by injuries. He twice went to the disabled list and ended up batting .248 with four homers and 32 RBIs in 87 games.
Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud practiced as usual Wednesday despite uncertainty about his future. A newspaper and a radio station reported that Stroud is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s steroids and related substances policy. The Florida Times-Union and WJXL-AM in Jacksonville, citing anonymous sources, said Stroud tested positive for banned supplements.
Matt Schaub was still feeling the effects Wednesday of a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit against San Diego, and coach Gary Kubiak said he probably wouldn’t play Sunday against Oakland. Schaub, who has started every game for the Texans since an offseason trade with Atlanta, said his health has improved dramatically since Sunday.
Panthers quarterback Vinny Testaverde missed practice Wednesday, leaving David Carr the front-runner to start on Sunday at Tennessee. The 43-year-old Testaverde aggravated a right Achilles’ tendon injury in the first half of Carolina’s loss to Indianapolis. He sat out the second half and has been receiving extensive treatment the past three days.
On the eve of his 16th NBA season, even Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal sees extra significance in opening night. Standings-wise, it’s just the first of 82 games, the start of the grueling six-month march toward the postseason. But to O’Neal, opening night merely represents the first chance to get into first place — which may explain why he’s only been part of two season-starting losses in his…
The stud fees are in from Darley America: Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense will stand for $75,000, Hard Spun for $50,000. Street Sense closed out his career with a disappointing fourth-place finish in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup at Monmouth Park on Saturday, with Hard Spun finishing second behind Curlin.
William Condren, co-owner of Kentucky Derby winners Strike the Gold and Go for Gin, has died. He was 74. Condren died Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital, the hospital said. The cause of death was not released. Condren and Joseph Cornacchia won the 1991 Derby at Churchill Downs with Strike the Gold, and three years later Condren and co-owner B.
Riding shotgun with Tony Stewart at 170 mph is a pain in the neck.