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QB Vick, RB McCoy still out for slumping Eagles
PHILADELPHIA – Quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy will not play tomorrow, when the Philadelphia Eagles meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6).
In an expected announcement, Eagles athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said yesterday that neither has been cleared to return to football activity after suffering concussions last month.
Burkholder sent McCoy to Pittsburgh to be examined by the University of Pittsburgh’s concussion specialists because he “just didn’t like the way things were adding up. I didn’t like how he was getting symptoms at night and not during the day.”
Burkholder said Vick is improving in his physical rehabilitation but is “in kind of a stagnant phase” with his testing.
Tebow will travel with Jets, be game-time decision
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Rex Ryan said he’ll make a game-time decision on whether Tim Tebow plays in the New York Jets’ game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars tomorrow.
Tebow, healing from two broken ribs, will travel to his hometown with the team and Ryan will determine before the game if the backup quarterback plays. Ryan said Tebow, who was limited all week in practice, did a lot more on the field than he had in previous weeks.
If Tebow can play, Ryan said yesterday it’s possible all three quarterbacks – Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Tebow – could be active.
Former wide receiver Boston gets six months in jail
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Former NFL wide receiver David Boston was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation for punching a woman last year.
His attorney, Guy Fronstin, confirmed that the 34-year-old Boston was sentenced yesterday. He pleaded guilty to aggravated battery last month. Fronstin says his client has turned his life around and been fully committed to treatment since his arrest.
Authorities say Boston had been drinking at a Boca Raton home in November 2011 when he punched a woman twice in the head, leaving a wound requiring 10 stiches.
Boston played at Ohio State and went to the Pro Bowl with the Arizona Cardinals in 2001. He also played for San Diego and Miami before injuries and legal problems ended his NFL career.
Three sites raided day after search of Fabini property
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Authorities who raided Indiana properties owned by former New York Jets offensive lineman Jason Fabini and his brother have searched three more Fort Wayne sites.
The FBI hasn’t said why the Safe Streets Task Force raided the sites. The group is made up of federal, state and local officers and focuses on gangs and illegal drugs and firearms.
Fabini said in a statement Thursday that he’s not the investigation’s target and has done nothing wrong. There is no phone listing for his brother, Michael Fabini.
FBI Special Agent David Crawford declined to say whether yesterday’s raids are connected to Thursday’s.
Fabini played 11 NFL season. His last season was in 2008.
Source: McCarthy agrees with Diamondbacks
OAKLAND, Calif. – A person with knowledge of the negotiations said pitcher Brandon McCarthy reached agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a two-year contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday because McCarthy’s deal was pending a physical. The physical will be especially important for McCarthy, who was Oakland’s opening day starter last season.
McCarthy was hit in the right side of the head by a line drive Sept. 5. The 29-year-old sustained an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture, then underwent a two-hour surgery.
Last month, McCarthy spent two days undergoing extensive evaluations by renowned concussion expert, Dr. Michael Collins, at the University of Pittsburgh. He was cleared by Collins to begin working out and resuming his regular offseason routine.
Outfielder Gardner, Yankees agree at $2.85 million
NEW YORK – Speedy outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees agreed to a $2.85 million, one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.
Gardner can earn $150,000 in performance bonuses under yesterday’s deal: $25,000 each for 375, 400, 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate appearances.
Gardner was limited to 31 at-bats last season because of a right elbow injury that sidelined him from mid-April until late September. He made $2.8 million.
Tennessee hires Cincinnati’s Jones as new coach
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – New Tennessee football Coach Butch Jones said he’s eager to roll up his sleeves and take over what he called “the best college football program in America.”
The 44-year-old Jones said during his introductory news conference yesterday that his team “will be a champion in everything we do.”
Jones owns a 50-27 record in six seasons as a head coach. He went 27-13 in three seasons at Central Michigan and has gone 23-14 at Cincinnati the last three years. Jones must rebuild a former SEC power that has posted three consecutive losing seasons.
Tennessee had been seeking a new coach since the Nov. 18 firing of Derek Dooley, who went 15-21 in three years. The Vols pursued Jones after getting rebuffed by ESPN analyst Jon Gruden and Louisville Coach Charlie Strong.
Sandusky seeks less harsh prison setting
HARRISBURG, Pa. – A lawyer for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky said his client has gotten his fighting spirit back after his child abuse conviction and sentencing.
Attorney Karl Rominger said Sandusky hopes prison officials will find a way to house him under less restrictive conditions.
Rominger met with Sandusky for several hours yesterday at Greene State Prison in southwestern Pennsylvania. He said his client’s outlook has improved since he was sentenced two months ago to decades behind bars even though he’s alone in his cell for at least 23 hours a day.
He said Sandusky’s “fight is 100 percent back” and he’s working on an upcoming hearing and planning appeals.
Sandusky was convicted of abusing 10 boys in a scandal that rocked Penn State. He maintains he’s innocent.
Love, Snedeker lead Franklin Templeton Shootout
NAPLES, Fla. – U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker shot a 10-under 62 yesterday in modified alternate-shot play to take the first-round lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Kenny Perry and Sean O’Hair were two strokes back on the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort’s Tiburon Golf Club.
The teams of Bud Cauley and Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner and Vijay Singh, and Charles Howell III and Rory Sabbatini were third at 6 under. Defending champions Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele and 2010 winners Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter, and Stewart Cink and Carl Pettersson followed at 5 under.
The 12 teams will play best ball today, then close the Greg Norman-hosted event with a scramble tomorrow.
World Cup leader Tina Maze wins super-combi event
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Tina Maze of Slovenia won her third race of the season yesterday at a World Cup super-combined event to extend her lead in the overall standings.
Maze was fastest in the Super-G and finish in an aggregate time of 2 minutes, 1.76 seconds after the slalom, beating Nicole Hosp of Austria by 0.88. Kathrin Zettel of Austria was 1.08 behind in third.
Defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn, who placed fourth in the Super-G, lost control of a ski while turning early in her slalom run and failed to finish.
Maze tops the standings with 497 points. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany is next with 369, followed by Zettel with 320 and Vonn with 310.
Rudman wins in Germany; Pikus-Pace of U.S. 3rd
WINTERBERG, Germany – Shelley Rudman of Britain set a track record to win a World Cup skeleton race yesterday. Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States was third, her first time on the podium in three years.
Rudman beat the track record by more than a half second, finishing the two runs in 1:56.30. Anja Huber of Germany trailed by 0.99 seconds.
Pikus-Pace, a former world champion who returned to the circuit after a brief retirement, was timed in 1:57.40.
American Katie Uhlaender, the reigning world champion, missed the cut for the final heat after skidding during the first run.
Said Uhlaender: “In nine years, I have never lost the chance for a second run. I really thought Noelle and I were going to battle it out for the win.”