Qualifying has provided Jeff Gordon with some real surprises this season.
A former NHL player and assistant coach who ran an illegal sports gambling ring won’t serve jail time despite international headlines linking the case to hockey’s biggest star. Rick Tocchet was ordered Friday to serve two years’ probation for his role in the gambling ring. Tocchet, 43, could have received up to five years in state prison.
The New York Giants and Jets closed deals Thursday for $1.3 billion in financing for a new stadium the NFL clubs are teaming to build. “This represents another step forward in the completion of this exciting project,” said Alice McGillion, a spokeswoman for New Meadowlands Stadium Corp. Each team completed separate $650 million financing deals.
Once Terrell Owens finally got to practice Thursday morning, it didn’t take long before the Cowboys receiver was again going head-to-head in drills against Champ Bailey and Dre’ Bly. Dallas and the Denver Broncos practiced against each other four times in two days. In three of the sessions, T.O. got to work against the Broncos cornerback duo of Bailey, the seven-time Pro Bowler, and the always…
The New England Patriots released 11-year veteran punter Josh Miller on Thursday, leaving the team with two punters in camp, neither of whom has appeared in a regular-season NFL game. The 37-year-old Miller played his first eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before signing a free agent contract with the Patriots in March 2004.
Since NASCAR put them on suspension in June, Chad Knaus and Steve Letarte have managed to stay busy. That hasn’t kept the two Nextel Cup crew chiefs from being frustrated.
Former Miami Heat player James Posey has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving in connection with an incident in April on Miami Beach, prosecutors said Friday. Posey, who is unsigned, agreed to a deal involving lesser charges. He was originally arrested on drunken-driving charges after Miami Beach police pulled him over for stopping in the middle of a road April 9.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called Sam Pollock’s influence on the hockey world “unmatched” a day after the former Montreal Canadiens vice president and general manager’s death. “Sam Pollock’s legacy extends far beyond the nine Stanley Cup championships the Canadiens won in his 14 years of leadership,” Bettman said in a statement.
The New Jersey Devils kept a major piece of their defense together, signing Paul Martin to a three-year, $11.5 million contract on Thursday. Martin will earn $3 million this season, $4 million in 2008 and $4.5 million in 2009. “Paul Martin is an all-situations type of defenseman, and has developed into one of the more talented young players in the National Hockey League,” Devils chief executive Lou…
Bobby Carpenter, the first American-born player to score 50 goals in an NHL season, will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in October. The newest class of members that includes goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, forward Aaron Broten and former Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes was revealed Wednesday by USA Hockey.