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Ravens place WR Stokley on IR
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens placed wide receiver Brandon Stokley on injured reserve, ending his season.
Stokley sustained a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. He has had multiple concussions over his 15-year career, and the Ravens determined after testing that the 37-year-old would not be able to return anytime soon.
Stokley began his career with the Ravens in 1999 and signed a one-year contract as a free agent in August. He battled through a series of injuries and played in only six games, catching 13 passes for 115 yards.
No decision on posting for Japanese pitcher Tanaka
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Rakuten Eagles Pesident Yozo Tachibana said no decision has been made on whether star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be made available to Major League Baseball teams.
Tachibana met with reporters yesterday at the baseball’s winter meetings. He plans to talk with Tanaka, likely next week.
The New York Yankees are among the teams interested in Tanaka, who was a record 24-0 in Japan’s regular season. He then closed out Game 7 as the Eagles won the Japan Series.
Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have an agreement in principle on a new posting system. If ratified by both sides, there would be a $20 million cap on the fee going to Japanese clubs for players put on the posting market, and any MLB teams bidding the specified price would be able to compete to sign a player. There is a possibility that Rakuten could ultimately decide not to post Tanaka because of the new fee cap. Tanaka is eligible to be a free agent in two years.
Angell wins Spink Award for writing
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The New Yorker’s Roger Angell won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award yesterday for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, the first writer to earn the honor who was never a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
The 93-year-old will be honored during the Hall of Fame’s induction weekend July 25-28 in Cooperstown, N.Y. He will attend the ceremony, joining by retired managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, who were elected Monday by the expansion era committee.
The BBWAA announced the Spink vote at the winter meetings and said he was named on 258 of 451 ballots cast. The late Furman Bisher, who wrote for 59 years for The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution, received 115 votes. Retired syndicated columnist Mel Durslag received 74.
Tight end Brown suspended after Oregon snowball fight
PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown was suspended for the Ducks’ upcoming bowl game because of his role in an on-campus snowball fight that got out of hand.
A YouTube video of Friday’s fight shows players and other students pelting a car with dozens of snowballs in front of the Erb Memorial Union in Eugene. At one point, the overmatched driver opens his car door and is hit with a bucket of snow. The video had attracted more than 2.5 million views as of Monday afternoon.
The suspension was announced Monday by Head Coach Mark Helfrich, who has apologized to the targeted drivers. Helfrich had promised discipline during the weekend, saying the behavior shown in the video was “completely unacceptable and dangerous.”
Other players involved in the fight received unspecified punishments but will be allowed to play in the bowl game. All students involved in the fight, including non-players, are subject to further discipline from the dean of students, the university said.
Video out of South Carolina’s Clowney 110 mph ticket
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Authorities released video of South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney being ticketed, with troopers saying he drove 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.
Video obtained yesterday by the Associated Press shows Clowney being pulled over in a Chrysler 300 around 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 77 north of Columbia.
Clowney is barely audible on the recording and remains in the car during the seven-minute recording.
The ticket carries a $355 fine. A copy obtained by AP shows Clowney has a Jan. 9 court date, although the trooper told him he didn’t have to appear.
Texas AD: ‘No decisions’ made yet about Coach Brown
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson said no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns Coach Mack Brown.
Texas released a statement by Patterson several hours after Orangebloods.com reported, citing two unidentified sources, that Brown will announce he is stepping down by week’s end.
Joe Jamail, Brown’s longtime friend and attorney, told the Associated Press yesterday: “Mack Brown has not resigned.” He says Brown’s future with Texas is still up to the coach.
Texas just completed another regular season that didn’t meet expectations. The Longhorns went 8-4, recovering from a 1-2 start and beating Oklahoma, but still finishing with lopsided late-season losses to Oklahoma State and Baylor.
Toronto’s Phaneuf suspended two games for boarding Bruins’ Miller
NEW YORK – Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was suspended two games for his hit from behind on Kevan Miller of the Boston Bruins.
Phaneuf will not play against Los Angeles tonight and at St. Louis tomorrow. He loses more than $66,000 in salary.
During Toronto’s loss to Boston on Sunday night at Air Canada Centre, Miller’s back was turned at the time. No boarding penalty was called. Miller left the game but Coach Claude Julien said he wasn’t worried about the defenseman’s condition.
Sun wins top pick in draft lottery
SECAUCUS, N.J. – The Connecticut Sun won the top pick in the WNBA draft lottery yesterday.
The Tulsa Shock earned the second pick with the San Antonio Silver Stars getting the third choice and the New York Liberty receiving the fourth pick.
Connecticut, which finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, had a 44 percent chance of winning the top pick. New York and Tulsa each had a 23 percent chance and San Antonio had a 10 percent chance. Only once since the league instituted a lottery before the 2002 draft has it gone according to the odds. That happened in 2009.
Top prospects in this year’s draft include Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Odyssey Sims of Baylor and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland.