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Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Former Seahawks TE Stevens arrested
KIRKLAND, Wash. – Police in Kirkland, Wash., said former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens appeared in court yesterday after being arrested hours earlier on suspicion of domestic violence assault.
Seattlepi.com said a Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault. The website reported that U.S. women’s national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo was in court yesterday.
Lt. Mike Murray said officers responded to a disturbance at a home in a Seattle suburb around 3:45 a.m. Monday. He said officers didn’t get cooperation from the people at the home, but determined there was probable cause to arrest Stevens on fourth-degree assault.
Murray said Stevens and his victim were dating. He declined to release the victim’s name but said she received a laceration to the elbow but the injury was minor. He says one other person had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of a hip injury.
Buccaneers place Black on injured reserve
TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay linebacker Quincy Black will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his neck making a tackle.
The Buccaneers said they expect Black to recover from a collision with San Diego’s Ryan Mathews, but that the sixth-year pro is experiencing some complications with his left arm.
Black was carted off the field after tackling Mathews during Tampa Bay’s victory over the Chargers on Sunday. He was taken to a hospital for observation and later released. He was placed on injured reserve yesterday.
Black started five games and finished with 32 tackles.
The Bucs also announced defensive end Ernest Owusu and receiver Diondre Borel have been signed to the practice squad. Tight end LaMark Brown and receiver Dale Moss were released from the practice squad.
Bears sign veteran quarterback McCown
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears have signed veteran backup quarterback Josh McCown with Jay Cutler’s status for this week uncertain.
Cutler sat out the second half of Sunday’s loss to Houston with a concussion. Jason Campbell took over and is expected to start Monday at San Francisco if Cutler can’t go. But the Bears needed a backup.
McCown appeared in three games with Chicago last season and made two starts, completing 35 of 55 passes for 414 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Bears also waived tight end Brody Eldridge on yesterday.
Bobcats trade G Carroll to Hornets for F Warrick
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Bobcats said they acquired forward Hakim Warrick from the New Orleans Hornets for guard Matt Carroll.
In 499 games over eight NBA seasons with five teams, the 6-foot-9 Warrick has averaged 9.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and a .494 field goal percentage.
Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins said yesterday, “We are very excited to add a player of Hakim’s ability and overall NBA experience. His athleticism allows him to play multiple positions, which will make for a smooth transition into our current roster and style of play under Coach Mike Dunlap.”
Warrick played in only one game this season after being acquired by the Hornets in July.
Carroll hasn’t been in Charlotte’s rotation.
Grizzlies assistant GM Williamson dies of cancer
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Grizzlies announced that assistant general manager Kenny Williamson has died of cancer. He was 65.
The Grizzlies released a statement yesterday after Williamson’s wife, Nicole, notified team officials that he had died overnight.
Williamson, nicknamed “Eggman” in basketball circles, had just begun his sixth season with the Grizzlies. He previously spent three seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats, leading their scouting of college and high school prospects while assisting with the team’s international scouting efforts. Williamson also worked as a New York Knicks scout from 1997-2003.
Before beginning his NBA career, Williamson worked 21 years as a college assistant at St. John’s, Seton Hall, Columbia, Louisville, Iona and Florida State.
The Grizzlies will announce funeral arrangements and plans to honor Williamson at a later date.
Wolves’ Budinger out 3-4 months with knee injury
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Chase Budinger will miss the next three to four months while recovering from surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.
Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery yesterday, three days after Budinger was injured in a game against the Chicago Bulls.
Minnesota is already playing without Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, JJ Barea and Brandon Roy because of injuries. Nikola Pekovic sprained his left ankle Monday against Dallas but is hopeful to be back this week.
Budinger emerged as a valuable perimeter player in his first season in Minnesota. He is averaging 11.8 points and had helped fill in for Roy, who has missed two straight games with knee soreness.
Budinger is in the final year of his contract.
Cubs agree to 1-year deal with Baker
CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year contract with former Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Baker that guarantees $5.5 million next season.
The veteran right-hander could earn an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses. The Cubs announced the move yesterday.
Baker was 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA with Minnesota from 2005-11. He underwent Tommy John ligament replacement surgery April 17 and missed last season after being limited to 23 appearances (21 starts) in 2011.
Cardinals release RHP McClellan
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals released veteran reliever Kyle McClellan, a St. Louis County native who spent five seasons with the team.
McClellan appeared in just 16 games in 2012 because of elbow and shoulder problems. He was 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA.
The Cardinals also announced Tuesday the signing of catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league contract. Johnson is a career .201 hitter. He hit .250 in 17 games with the Mets in 2012.
McClellan is 19-23 with a 3.69 ERA in the majors. The right-hander started 17 games in 2011, when he was 12-7 with a 4.19 ERA. But arm fatigue set in late that season and he pitched just one-third of an inning during the postseason run en route to the World Series title.
NASCAR adds Mid-Ohio to Nationwide Series in 2013
NASCAR is adding Mid-Ohio to the Nationwide Series next season as the third road course on the 2013 schedule.
The Aug. 17 race in Lexington will mark NASCAR’s return to Ohio, home state of series sponsor Nationwide Insurance. NASCAR last raced in Ohio in 2008 with the Truck Series.
Mid-Ohio joins a June stop at Road America in Wisconsin and an August race at Watkins Glen, N.Y., as the road course events. It replaces Montreal on the 33-race schedule, and marks the sixth time in nine years the Nationwide series will run an inaugural race.
“With Mid-Ohio on the schedule, the Nationwide Series has another opportunity to lead the way at a new venue,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “This gives us the opportunity to bring the series’ signature side-by-side racing to a new fan base, and build enthusiasm among race fans that have yet to experience the unparalleled experience of attending a NASCAR event.”
Mid-Ohio is a 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course which currently hosts the IndyCar Series and Grand-Am Racing. The 2013 IndyCar race is scheduled for Aug. 4, just 13 days before NASCAR’s inaugural event. Grand-Am, which is owned by NASCAR, races at Mid-Ohio in June.
Pele recovering from surgery in Brazil
SAO PAULO – A Brazilian hospital said Pele is in good condition after surgery.
The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo did not release details, but local media said yesterday that the soccer great had a hip peration.
The hospital said it can only disclose additional information with the consent of Pele’s family.
Globo TV said he is expected to be released today. It wasn’t clear when he was admitted.
Pele, who won three World Cup titles with Brazil and scored nearly 1,300 career goals, turned 72 in October.
Vonn being tested for ‘severe intestinal pain’
Lindsey Vonn remains hospitalized in Colorado with “severe intestinal pain” that has been affecting her for the past two weeks.
Vonn’s spokesman, Lewis Kay, tells the Associated Press that “Lindsey remains in the hospital awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain.”
The four-time overall World Cup champion’s ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, tells The AP that this isn’t the first time she has gone to a hospital.
Haemmerle prepares her Head skis and has been on hand in Colorado awaiting her recovery. He said that Vonn hasn’t trained since going out in the second run of the season-opening giant slalom Oct. 27 in Soelden, Austria.
Haemmerle adds: “She told me she feels bad and has pain all over her body and that her bones are hurting.”