News Summaries from The Sports Network - Friday, March 7th|
Colts give McAfee long-term deal
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee
has agreed to a new contract.
Terms were not disclosed, but McAfee told "NFL AM" on the NFL Network that he
has agreed to a five-year deal.
McAfee averaged 46.0 yards with a 38.5-yard net on 76 punts last season. He
set a single-season record with 27 punts inside the 20-yard line, including a
team-record six during a Week 7 game against Denver.
In addition, McAfee had 41 touchbacks on 86 kickoffs.
The Colts made McAfee their franchise player last year and he played the 2013
season under a one-year tender.
McAfee, a seventh-round pick in the 2009 draft, holds Colts career records
with a gross punting average of 45.6 yards and a net average of 38.4 yards.
Titans give Pitoitua multi-year deal
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms
with defensive end Ropati Pitoitua on a multi-year contract.
The Tennessean reported Friday that the deal is for three years and is worth
$9.6 million, with a signing bonus of $2.175 million.
Pitoitua recorded 44 tackles and four sacks in 16 games (13 starts) last
season, his first with the Titans.
"Ropati came in last year and filled an important role for us," said Titans
general manager Ruston Webster. "He has been productive and with the new
coaching staff, we see him filling that same role for us moving forward. His
size and length are qualities that benefit our defense and we are happy to
have him back."
The Washington State product has 117 tackles and seven sacks in 53 career
games with the Jets, Chiefs and Titans.
Pitoitua was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11.
Jaguars, Henne reach two-year deal
Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed
to terms with quarterback Chad Henne on a two-year contract.
Henne's deal is worth $8 million, including $4.5 million guaranteed, according
"Jacksonville was my first choice," Henne said during a conference call with
reporters on Friday.
Henne started 13 games last season and played in 15 due to Blaine Gabbert's
consistent injury issues. The 28-year-old Henne completed 60.6 percent of his
passes for 3,241 yards with 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
The move could be an indicator that Gabbert's days in Jacksonville are
The Jaguars hold the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Teddy
Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel are some of the top quarterbacks
that could be on the board when Jacksonville picks.
If the Jags pick a quarterback in the draft, Henne would likely bridge the gap
for the new "franchise" quarterback.
Vikings reach deal with CB Sherels
Eden Prairie, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Vikings announced Friday
that the team has re-signed cornerback/return man Marcus Sherels to an
Sherels, the Vikings' primary punt returner the last three seasons, was
eligible for restricted free agency.
The University of Minnesota product ranked second in the NFL by averaging a
club-record 15.2 yards on 22 punt returns last season, highlighted by an 86-
yard touchdown against the New York Giants on Oct. 21. Sherels also took a
punt back 77 yards for a score during the 2012 campaign, and has averaged 10.3
yards on 87 career returns.
Sherels saw an increased role on defense as well in 2013, starting three games
and recording 46 tackles, one interception and six passes defensed in 16
Cardinals pick up Carlson
Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Cardinals signed veteran tight
end John Carlson to a two-year contract on Friday.
The move came only two days after Carlson was jettisoned by the rebuilding
Minnesota Vikings after just two seasons.
Carlson caught 32 passes for 344 yards and one touchdown in 13 games last
season, but finished the year on injured reserve because of a concussion he
suffered in Week 14 against the Ravens.
In 2012, Carlson had just eight catches for 43 yards over 14 contests.
The Notre Dame product has 177 receptions for 1,906 yards and 14 TDs
in 74 career games with Seattle and Minnesota since 2008.
Saints release WR Moore
Metairie, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New Orleans Saints released veteran
wide receiver Lance Moore on Friday.
Moore, who has spent all nine of his NFL seasons in New Orleans, caught the
go-ahead touchdown in the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV win.
The undrafted Toledo product caught 65 passes for a career-high 1,041 yards in
2012, but saw his production drop in 2013 with the emergence of rookie wide
receiver Kenny Stills.
Moore started just five games in 2013, catching 37 passes for 457 yards and
"Just like some of the decisions we made on the defensive side of the ball a
few weeks ago, this move today is just as difficult," Saints general manager
Mickey Loomis said.
"Lance was very important to our productivity on offense and our success as a
team overall. He joined us in the middle of the 2005 season and progressed
from the practice squad to becoming one of the most productive receivers in
the history of our franchise and helping us win a Super Bowl and reach the
postseason five times. You couldn't ask for more from Lance both on and off
the field and we wish him the best of luck."
Over 101 career games, Moore has caught 346 passes for 4,281 yards and 38
Giants bring back Herzlich
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Giants re-signed
linebacker and pending restricted free agent Mark Herzlich on Friday.
No terms of the deal were disclosed.
Herzlich recorded 42 tackles while participating in all 16 games for Big Blue
in 2013. Over his three-year career, the Boston College product has totaled 84
tackles in 43 appearances.
Royals' Hochevar to have Tommy John surgery
Surprise, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar
will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to MLB.com.
Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow during Monday's game against the Chicago
White Sox. An MRI taken Tuesday revealed a sprain in Hochevar's right elbow,
and the team expected him to be out until at least late May.
The right-hander will now miss all of the 2014 season.
Hochevar was moved to the bullpen last season and posted a 5-2 record with a
1.92 earned run average over 58 appearances, but expected to compete for the
fifth spot in the Royals starting rotation.
Hochevar suffered a similar injury in 2010, but it did not require surgery.
Red Sox agree to terms with 19 players
Ft. Myers, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms on
one-year contracts with 19 players, including third baseman Will Middlebrooks,
shortstop Xander Bogaerts and pitcher Felix Doubront.
Over 94 games with Boston last season, Middlebrooks batted a disappointing
.227, but hit a career-high 17 homers and drove in 49 runs.
Bogaerts appeared in just 18 games for the Red Sox last season, but hit .250
with one homer and five RBI. He also played in 12 postseason contests for the
defending World Series champions.
Doubront went 11-6 with a 4.32 ERA over 29 games (27 starts) last season.
The Red Sox also signed pitchers Drake Britton, Rubby De La Rosa, Anthony
Ranaudo, Allen Webster, Alex Wilson, Brandon Workman and Steven Wright,
catchers Dan Butler, Ryan Lavarnway and Christian Vazquez, infielders Garin
Cecchini and Brock Holt and outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr., Bryce Brentz, Alex
Hassan and Daniel Nava.
Mariners coach Stearns steps aside
Peoria, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Seattle Mariners third base coach John
Stearns has decided to resign his duties as he continues to recover from
surgery for a hiatal hernia.
Stearns told the team he cannot perform the functions of the position. He will
be re-assigned within the organization as a pro scout.
"I am not physically able to perform the role of third base coach yet, and it
appears that I will not be able to perform the job until the middle of April,"
said Stearns. "It is not fair to the organization, to (manager) Lloyd
(McClendon) or to the players for me to expect to jump back in after not being
able to participate in the bulk of spring training. I think this decision is
in the best interest of the Mariners. I don't want to be a distraction, and I
don't want the players to have to deal with a change-up just as their season
Stearns underwent surgery in late February and has been out of spring training
The Mariners will promote Rich Donnelly from the managerial position at
Triple-A Tacoma to take over for Stearns. Donnelly was previously a third base
coach for the Pirates, Marlins, Rockies, Brewers and Dodgers.
Padres' Maybin won't undergo surgery
Peoria, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres were planning on being
without the services of outfielder Cameron Maybin for two to three months due
to a ruptured left biceps tendon.
But things have changed since Monday, when an MRI revealed the severity of the
injury. The medical staff thought surgery was the best course of action.
After visiting with team doctors in San Diego on Thursday, Maybin decided
against surgery -- a decision that could cut down the recovery time to 4-to-6
San Diego general manager Josh Byrnes told MLB.com that he thought Maybin
would be out for the season.
Maybin suffered the injury during Sunday's Cactus League game. The 26-year-old
appeared in just 14 games last season with the Padres due to wrist and knee
issues, hitting .157 with one home run and five RBI.
Over parts of seven big league seasons with the Tigers, Marlins and Padres,
Maybin has hit .248 with 31 home runs, 69 doubles and 135 RBI with 89 stolen
bases in 466 games.
Bucks' Ilyasova suspended one game
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova has
been suspended one game for punching Sacramento Kings forward Reggie Evans in
The incident took place with 5:49 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Bucks
116-102 loss to the Kings on Wednesday. The pair got tangled up while fighting
for position for a rebound under the basket when Ilyasova threw a punch that
knocked Evans to the ground.
Ilyasova will serve the suspension Friday when the Bucks visit the New Orleans
Pelicans at Smoothie King Arena.
Dedmon, Thomas remain with Magic on second 10-day deals
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Orlando Magic have signed center Dewayne
Dedmon and swingman Adonis Thomas each to a second 10-day contract.
Dedmon has appeared in two games since first joining the Magic and is
averaging 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds. He played 15 games earlier this season
for Golden State and Philadelphia, averaging 2.5 points and 3.3 rebounds, and
also played 15 games for Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.
Thomas has averaged 2.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in three games with the Magic.
He was also in the NBA Development League with Springfield and averaged 16.2
points with 4.2 rebounds in 26 games.
Canucks F Kassian draws 3-game ban
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The National Hockey League issued a
three-game suspension to Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian on Friday.
Kassian was given a major penalty for boarding as well as a game misconduct
late in the first period of Dallas' 6-1 thrashing of Vancouver on Thursday,
after issuing an illegal check to Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon.
It's the second time supplemental discipline has been handed out to Kassian
this season. He was sidelined for the remainder of the preseason (3
games) as well as the first five regular-season contests for delivering a
cross-check to the face of Edmonton's Sam Gagner in late September.
The force of the blow was enough to break Gagner's jaw, knock out several
teeth, and leave him out of action to start the season.
As a repeat offender, the suspension is tied to Kassian's average annual
salary. He will lose $32,103.66 which automatically goes to the Players'
Emergency Assistance Fund.
The 23-year-old winger will not be eligible to return until Vancouver's
contest in Washington on March 14, missing games with Calgary, the New York
Islanders and Winnipeg.
Four share lead at windy Doral
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan
all carded 2-over 74s on Friday and they share the lead after two rounds at
the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Those three were joined atop the leaderboard at 1-under-par 143 by fellow
American Patrick Reed, who carded a 3-over 75 at windy Doral.
Jamie Donaldson had the low round of the day with his 2-under 70. That helped
him climb into a tie for fifth at even-par 144. He stands alongside Graeme
McDowell (71), Francesco Molinari (75) and Rory McIlroy (74).
Zach Johnson (75) and Bubba Watson (72) share ninth place at 1-over 145, and
they are one stroke clear of Jason Dufner (77), Charl Schwartzel (76), Brandt
Snedeker (73), Chris Kirk (71), Harris English (77) and Hyung-Sung Kim (74).
Tiger Woods, who won this title for the seventh time last year, managed a 1-
over 73 in the second round. Despite the over par round, Woods jumped 28
places into a share of 25th.
The first and second rounds were both completed on Friday. The first round had
a long weather delay on Thursday and was ultimately suspended due to darkness.
Both rounds saw scores soar on Friday as the wind gusted well over 30 mph. The
second round alone saw a record 113 golf balls find water.
Johnson, who won the WGC-HSBC Champions event at the end of last year, birdied
the fifth, but gave that shot back when he bogeyed No. 7.
After four pars in a row around the turn, Johnson moved to 4-under with a 14-
foot birdie putt at the 12th. He failed to get up and down for par from a
bunker on 13 and dipped to minus-3.
Johnson hit what looked to a fine tee shot on the par-3 15th. His tee shot
landed in the middle of the green, but took a hard bounce then rolled across
the putting surface down a hill and into the water.
He managed to get up and down for bogey, but his lead was down to one. Johnson
chipped to seven feet on the 18th green. After seeing Jordan Spieth's putt
from a similar line slide right, Johnson's putt went the other way and stayed
above ground. He tapped in for bogey to create the 4-way tie for the lead.
"I played pretty well. A 74 is about as high as it was going to go. I think I
played a lot better than that," Johnson admitted. "It's really tough."
Kuchar, who played alongside Johnson for the first two rounds, opened with a
birdie on the first. However, he bogeyed four of seven holes from the second
to slide to even-par for the tournament.
Around the turn, the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play champion traded a birdie
for a bogey from the 12th and again from the 15th. At the 18th, Kuchar's
second shot from the right rough stopped within a foot of the hole and he
kicked that in for a closing birdie.
"It was a demanding day. It was really kind of touch and go, particularly on
the greens. It felt like the ball could roll at any moment," said Kuchar. "It
Mahan played the back nine first in round two and bogeyed the 10th and 18th.
In between, he birdied Nos. 12 and 16 as he headed to the front side at
The 2012 Accenture Match Play winner found water off the tee on the par-3
fourth and that led to a triple-bogey, which dropped him to even-par. Mahan
stumbled a bogey on the seventh.
Mahan knocked his second shot at the par-5 eighth, his 17th, within five feet.
He rolled that in for eagle and a share of the lead.
Reed led by one after the first round ended, but he dropped off the pace with
a double-bogey on the third. He got one stroke back with a birdie on the
fifth, and regained a piece of the lead when he birdied the 10th.
The 23-year-old tumbled out of the lead with back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14.
After three pars in a row, he bogeyed the last and was the first one in the
clubhouse at minus-1.
"Anytime you're playing on the PGA Tour, especially a World Golf Championship,
it's fun and you can enjoy it. To be out here grinding, yeah it's tough, but
at the same time, it's only going to make you tougher," Reed said.
NOTES: The average score for the second round was just under 76 ... Second-
round leaders have won seven of the 14 PGA Tour events this season.
Driscoll vaults ahead in Puerto Rico
Rio Grande, PR (SportsNetwork.com) - James Driscoll fired a 9-under 63 on
Friday to vault into a 1-stroke lead at the Puerto Rico Open.
Driscoll, who is seeking his first career win on the PGA Tour, finished 36
holes at Trump International Golf Club at 12-under-par 132.
"I had the putter going pretty hot today," Driscoll said. "The wind was
pumping pretty good. It was blowing about 20 miles an hour, but there were a
few times I had some crosswinds and just judged it perfectly and hit it in
there to about a foot or so."
Chesson Hadley carded a 7-under 65 during his second round to move into second
place at 11-under 133, while Eric Axley (66) is alone in third at minus-10.
Ben Martin (67), Wes Roach (66), Jonathan Byrd (66) and Danny Lee (68) shared
fourth at 9-under.
Axley played in the morning wave and opened his round with three straight
pars before rolling in a hat trick of birdies from the fourth to move to 7-
After parring his next three holes, he opened his back nine with another gain
at the 10th.
A birdie at the 12th moved him to 9-under, but he gave that shot right back
with a bogey at the 13th.
Axley would not drop another shot for the rest of the day and closed his round
with birdies at the 15th and 18th to claim the clubhouse lead at minus-10.
"I'm playing solid, hitting a lot of greens right now, being patient, and
getting a lot of them close to the hole," said Axley. "So putting's not been
That mark stood throughout the day until Driscoll poured in back-to-back
birdies at the 14th and 15th to reach 11-under.
Driscoll had earlier followed an opening par with a birdie at the second. He
eagled the fifth to reach 6-under before converting another birdie at the
eighth to make the turn at minus-7.
He then rolled in birdies at the 10th and 12th prior to surpassing Axley. He
later closed with a birdie at the 18th to finish two clear at 12-under.
Hadley cut his advantage to just one in one of the final groups of the day.
He followed three straight birdies from the 12th, his third, with back-to-back
bogeys at the 16th and 17th to fall back to 5-under.
Hadley birdied the 18th to make the turn at 6-under and made it two in a row
at the first before recording an eagle at the second.
He added birdies at the fifth and seventh to end at 11-under.
NOTES: Driscoll's 63 tied the course record. He had already owned a share of
the record with Derek Lamely, Chris Tidland, and Scott Brown with his 63 here
in 2011 ... There was a 16-minute rain delay early Friday, marking the ninth
of 17 events this season to have a suspension of play ... With 80 players
making the cut at 1-under-par 143, there will be a second cut to the low 70
players and ties Saturday ... Hadley is the only rookie on the PGA Tour this
season with two top-10 finishes, at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
and Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Smith moves ahead at Chile Classic
Santiago, Chile (SportsNetwork.com) - Byron Smith carded a 6-under 66 on
Friday to earn a 1-stroke lead at the Chile Classic.
Smith finished 36 holes at Prince of Wales Country Club at 13-under-par 131.
The four-time winner on the PGA Tour Canada is searching for his first Web.com
Jorge Fernandez-Valdez also shot 66 to sit alone in second place at 12-under,
while Sebastian Vazquez (70) owns third at minus-10.
"I really feel comfortable on the greens," Fernandez-Valdez said. "We changed
my set up and changed the address and everything is working well."
Bhavik Patel (68), Garth Mulroy (71) and Roger Sloan (69) shared fourth at 9-
under. Kyle Reifers (68), Darron Stiles (65), Blayne Barber (66), Adam Hadwin
(69), Franklin Corpening (68), Brett Lederer (69) and Henrik Norlander (72)
are tied for seventh at 8-under 136.
Smith started the day on fire with birdies on four of his first five holes to
race to 11-under and breeze past early clubhouse leaders Barber, Reifers and
Smith added another gain at the seventh to move to 12-under.
Sloan, meanwhile, also raced out of the gate with birdies on his first two
holes before converting an eagle chance at the third. He then birdied the
fourth to pull within one of the lead at minus-11.
Smith answered with a birdie at the 10th to regain some cushion and later
stretched his lead to three with a birdie at the 14th, but tripped to
consecutive bogeys at the 15th and 16th to fall back to 12-under.
Sloan met Smith at 12-under with a birdie at the 11th before Smith closed his
round with a birdie at the 18th to finish at 13-under.
"I was leaking oil coming in today," said Smith. "I was just trying to stay
relaxed, but it's been a long off season for me and it may take a while
for me to get the feel and the flow back."
Sloan would then be joined in second place by Fernandez-Valdez, who followed
an eagle at the 14th with a birdie at the 15th to jump to 12-under.
The Argentine had played his previous 13 holes at 3-under with four birdies
and a bogey.
But moments after Fernandez-Valdez earned his share of second place, Sloan
birdied the 14th to pull even with Smith at 13-under. Sloan bogeyed the 15th
to drop back into a tie with Fernandez-Valdez, who parred his final three
holes to end at minus-12.
Sloan fell four strokes off the pace with a double-bogey 6 at the 17th and a
bogey on the 18th to finish at 9-under.
NOTES: Barber was assessed a 2-stroke penalty after his round for playing his
ball in the wrong place. He moved his ball on the 16th green while picking up
his ball marker ... The cut line fell at 2-under-par 142, with 74 players
advancing to the weekend.
IndyCar revises qualifying format for Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - This year's Indianapolis 500 will
feature a new qualifying format to set the 33-car starting field.
IndyCar announced on Friday that qualifying for the Indy 500 will contain
three rounds of time trials over two days. The sanctioning body also said that
Indy 500 qualifying results on Saturday and Sunday will include new points
incentives, which will be revealed at a later date.
The first day of qualifying for the Indy 500, the opening round, is scheduled
for Saturday, May 17. The fastest 33 cars will be locked into the field for
the May 25 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but none of the starting
positions will be determined on this day. All entries are guaranteed at least
one four-lap attempt to qualify. The fastest nine entries will advance to the
"Fast Nine Shootout," which takes place on Sunday.
Prior to the shootout, starting positions 10-33 will be determined. Saturday's
times are erased and entries 10-33 must complete another four-lap attempt. The
qualifying order for round two, scheduled for Sunday morning, will be
determined by slowest to fastest from Saturday's times.
In the shootout round, scheduled for the afternoon, each entry will receive
one four-lap attempt, and the order will be based on slowest to fastest from
Saturday's times. Aggregate times from the shootout will determine positions
"This new format includes two exciting days of on-track action, all
culminating on Sunday with the Fast Nine Shootout," said Mark Miles, CEO of
Hulman Motorsports. "Fans get to watch their favorite drivers battle to make
the field on Saturday, and then fight for a pole position on Sunday."
The shootout for Indy 500 qualifying was introduced in 2010 and occurred on
Saturdays in its first four years.
Ed Carpenter won the pole for the 2013 Indy 500 with a four-lap average speed
of 228.762 mph. Carpenter became the first driver/team owner to claim the top
starting position for this prestigious race since 1975.
"You have to take big risks when you're taking a run at the pole or trying to
get into the shootout," Carpenter said. "We're always at the limit of what our
cars have and never more so than qualifying at Indianapolis.
"The driver has to be perfect to execute a pole-type run and doing it while
the car is right on the edge of its capabilities. It's extremely stressful and
challenging and then rewarding when it goes well. It's definitely one of the
hardest things we do all year long, if not the hardest."
Arkansas fires Collen
Fayetteville, AK (SportsNetwork.com) - Arkansas head women's basketball coach
Tom Collen was relieved of his duties Friday after seven seasons.
The move comes two days after the Razorbacks lost to 14th-seeded Ole Miss in
the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Collen, who guided Louisville to three NCAA Tournament appearances in four
seasons prior to taking over the Razorbacks' program in 2007, went 132-90 at
Arkansas but just 40-68 in SEC play. The Razorbacks reached the NCAAs just
once during his tenure.
"As part of a continuous and thoughtful evaluation of our women's basketball
program and its future, I have come to the conclusion a change in leadership
is appropriate for our program," Arkansas director of athletics Jeff Long said
in a statement. "Our program has not made the progress necessary to position
Razorback women's basketball to challenge for Southeastern Conference
championships and consistently compete in the NCAA Tournament."
Arkansas posted a 19-11 record in 2013-14, along with a 6-10 mark in the
Bombers bring back Pierce as coach
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have brought back
quarterback Buck Pierce, this time as a coach.
Pierce will join head coach Mike O'Shea's staff as the running backs coach.
"Buck has been through the trenches as a quarterback in this league. He has
great experience, and will be a valued asset to our coaching staff," said
O'Shea. "He will be able to relate to our players very well, and the ability
to add a former CFL quarterback to our staff was important to us. He will be a
great teacher to our running backs and a strength to our offensive staff."
Pierce retired earlier this week after nine seasons with the Bombers and BC
Lions. He played five years with the Lions from 2005-09, then spent 3 1/2
years in Winnipeg before being sent back to British Columbia last September.
"Deciding not to play anymore was a difficult decision, but having the
opportunity to rejoin the Bombers in a coaching role was really a perfect
fit," said Pierce. "I am thrilled they wanted me to be a part of what I
believe will be a great thing here in Winnipeg. I said when I was traded that
I hoped one day I would be back in some capacity, and today is a really
special day for my family and me."
Pierce, who now makes his home in Winnipeg, threw for 15,289 yards with 76
touchdowns in 130 career games. He won a Grey Cup title with the Lions in 2006
and helped Winnipeg to the championship game in 2011.
Longtime BC lineman Reid retires
Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Center Angus Reid, who helped the BC Lions
to a pair of Grey Cup titles during a 12-year tenure with the organization,
announced his retirement on Friday.
Reid, a three-time West Division All-Star who played in 200 games over 13 CFL
seasons, was a key member of the Lions' 2006 and 2011 Grey Cup championship
squads as well as the 2004 team that reached the league title game.
"Few players have made the kind of impression both on and off the field as a
member of the BC Lions like Angus has during his career," Lions general Wally
Buono said. "He was an incredibly durable player, a tremendous leader in our
dressing room and he will be missed by everyone in our organization."
A British Columbia native, Reid was the fourth overall pick of the 2001 CFL
Draft and spent his rookie season with the Montreal Alouettes before being
traded to the Lions in July of 2001.
"I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play the game I love in
front of the most important people in my life for more than a decade," said
Reid. "I leave football with a lifetime worth of memories and as a far richer
person because of the people who I have had the pleasure and honor to call
teammates and coaches. My thanks as well to fans of the BC Lions, you are
simply the best and it was a privilege to represent you on the field."
Finalists for 2014 Racing Hall of Fame class revealed
Saratoga Springs, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin
and his trainer Steve Asmussen are among the 10 finalists for the class of
2014 of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.
Joining Curlin and Asmussen as finalists are thoroughbreds Ashado, Kona Gold
and Xtra Heat; jockeys Chris Antley, Garrett Gomez, Craig Perret, and Alex
Solis; and trainer Gary Jones.
The four nominees who receive the most votes will be inducted into the Hall of
Fame on Friday, Aug. 8. The inductees will be announced Friday, April 25.
Curlin was Horse of the Year for 2007 and 2008. He won the 2007 Preakness
Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic. He claimed the 2008 Dubai World Cup as well
as repeating in winning that year's Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Asmussen trained Curlin and 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. He won
Eclipse Awards as champion trainer for 2008-09.
Ashado was the 2004 champion 3-year-old filly and 2005 champion older female.
In 2004 the filly won both the Kentucky Oaks and Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Kona Gold won the 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint and that year's Eclipse Award as
Xtra Heat was voted the Eclipse Award as 2001's champion 3-year-old filly. She
won the 2002 and 2003 editions of the Barbara Fritchie.Handicap at Laurel
Antley, who died in 2000 at age 34, rode Charismatic to victory in the 1999
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The pair finished third in the Belmont
Stakes in which the colt was injured. Antley had 3,480 wins and earned
Gomez was the champion jockey for both 2007 and 2008 and guided Blame in
winning the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic over Zenyatta. He has won 3,687 races
Solis, who still rides, won the 1986 Preakness aboard Snow Chief. In 2003 he
rode Pleasantly Perfect to a win in the Breeders' Cup Classic and the
following year rode the horse in claiming the Dubai World Cup. Coming into
2014, Solis recorded 4,938 victories for $231 million.
Perret won the 1990 Eclipse Award as champion jockey. He retired in 2005 with
4,415 wins and $113,837,299.
Jones retired in 1996 with 1,465 victories and $52,672,611. He was a fixture
on the Southern California circuit with training championships at Del Mar,
Hollywood Park, and Santa Anita.
WNBA agrees to eight-year CBA with players
(SportsNetwork.com) - The WNBA and its players' union have agreed to terms on
an eight-year collective bargaining agreement.
Reports circulated last month during the NBA's All-Star weekend that the two
sides had worked out a long-term pact.
According to the WNBA's website, the new deal includes an increase in roster
size from 11 to 12, as well as a revenue-sharing program.
The new deal, which includes an opt-out clause after six years, replaces the
previous CBA that expired last September.
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