Mariners reliever Jorge Campillo was suspended for four games by Major League Baseball on Friday, a day after he threw at Vladimir Guerrero and was ejected. Seattle manager John McLaren was also ejected and received a one-game suspension because both benches had previously been warned. He will sit out Friday night’s game against Los Angeles, as will Campillo unless he appeals.
Aramis Ramirez hit his second three-run homer of the game right after a costly Pittsburgh error to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Pirates 13-8 on a wild and windy Friday, strengthening their hold on first place in the NL Central. The Cubs, who began the day with a 1 1/2 -game lead over Milwaukee, hit four homers and withstood a shaky start from Jason Marquis to send the Pirates to their seventh…
Mets outfielder Lastings Milledge was suspended three games by Major League Baseball on Friday, a day after arguing his ejection during the Mets-Marlins game. Milledge appealed and will continue playing as the Mets try to hold off Philadelphia in the NL East. He was ejected by plate umpire Jim Joyce for arguing balls and strikes after a flyout in the seventh inning of the Mets’ 8-7, 10-inning loss…
The NFL has received and destroyed all materials it requested from the New England Patriots concerning videotaping of opponents’ sidelines, and a league spokesman said the team was unlikely to face any further sanctions. An NFL statement Thursday said the team was in compliance with a request for tapes and other documents.
Manny Lawson’s injury didn’t look serious at first. San Francisco’s up-and-coming linebacker simply seemed to step awkwardly during practice, and he even pedaled a stationary bike afterward. The next morning, the 49ers learned Lawson will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee on a noncontact play.
Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson missed his second straight day of practice Thursday, and it’s appearing more likely that veteran Kelly Holcomb will start for Minnesota against the Kansas City Chiefs. Jackson injured his groin in the fourth quarter against Detroit last Sunday, and has been unable to participate in the first two practices of the week.
Fans serenaded Matt Holliday with chants of “MVP! MVP!” as he circled the bases with his 11th homer in 12 games. “I’m very humbled by that and honored,” said Holliday, whose latest moon shot Thursday helped Colorado complete a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers and allowed the Rockies to stay in the NL wild-card hunt heading into a weekend series at San Diego.
Kellen Clemens is ready to step aside and be the New York Jets’ backup quarterback again. “It was a lot of fun and it was a great experience being the starter for a week,” Clemens said Thursday. “Hopefully that’s going to pay dividends down the line.” Coach Eric Mangini said Chad Pennington will be the starter when his injured right ankle is fully healed.
Donovan McNabb smiled when a reporter asked for his opinion on the upcoming opponent and pumped his fist when the next question was about his poor start. Once the topic switched to McNabb’s comment about black quarterbacks, his mood changed quickly. In a bizarre interview that ended with McNabb walking off the podium at the Philadelphia Eagles practice facility Wednesday, the five-time Pro Bowl…
After the Los Angeles Angels moved to the brink of their third AL West title in four years, their clubhouse wasn’t exactly giddy. They were steamed over star Vladimir Guerrero’s having to duck two fastballs thrown near his head by Seattle reliever Jorge Campillo, the second one causing a huge scrum at the mound during Thursday night’s 9-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Secured to a stretcher, Bills tight end Kevin Everett was loaded into an ambulance and taken to the airport for a flight to Houston early Friday to begin the next phase of his rehabilitation from what was a life-threatening spinal-cord injury. Flown by private plane and joined by his mother, Patricia Dugas, Everett was scheduled to be transferred to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.