Conserving Steven Jackson for the regular season serves two purposes for the St. Louis Rams. Last year’s NFL leader in combined rushing and receiving yards is fresh for the games that count, and his rookie backup, second-round pick Brian Leonard, is getting a lot of work. While Jackson had a ceremonial start in Saturday night’s 30-13 loss to the Chargers, lining up for the first play and then…
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
By Bruce Martin
Aaron Hill hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Sunday. Vernon Wells led off the 10th with an infield single off Chad Bradford (2-6) and advanced to second on Frank Thomas’ groundout. Troy Glaus singled before Hill lofted a fly ball to left to drive in Wells with the winning run.
John Smoltz and Mark Teixeira used their power games to slow down the Arizona Diamondbacks. Teixeira drove in four runs with two homers and Smoltz became the Braves’ strikeout leader as Atlanta beat Arizona 6-2 on Sunday. Smoltz, 40, passed Phil Niekro as the Braves’ franchise strikeout leader. He set a season high with 12 strikeouts while giving up five hits, three walks and two runs in eight…
The Battle of the Bay had plenty of empty preseason drama, keeping the bipartisan crowd enthralled until a sure touchdown pass bounced off Alvis Whitted’s hands with 5 seconds left. The most important developments in the 49ers’ friendly rivalry game with Oakland were less theatrical. Daunte Culpepper looked ready to run the Raiders, but San Francisco put a good start and a better finish on its win.
Jason Campbell limped down the hallway outside the Washington Redskins’ locker room, favoring his bruised left knee and feeling a bit lucky. Inside, Marcus Washington wore a blue sling on his dislocated right elbow and tried to keep smiling. Out of sight was Mike Espy, out for the season with a ruptured kneecap.
With all the talk about Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaving his No. 8 behind when he departs Dale Earnhardt Inc. for Hendrick Motorsports next year, some believe the drivers — not the teams — should have the option of keeping a number throughout their careers.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is perplexed, frustrated — and still feeling confident.