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Packers release linebacker Bishop
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers released linebacker Desmond Bishop.
The move yesterday was expected after Bishop and the team couldn’t agree on a restructured contract. Bishop was due to make $3.464 million this season after missing all of last year with a hamstring injury.
The 28-year-old inside linebacker had 310 tackles, nine sacks, seven forced fumbles and an interception since the Packers took him in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft. He played in 69 games, making 26 starts, and was part of the squad that won the Super Bowl following the 2010 season.
Shortly before his release was announced, Bishop said on Twitter he would take many memories and friendships from Green Bay. He said he’s “Forever grateful,” and followed it with the hashtag “Pack.”
Driver: If Packers call, I’ll be ready
APPLETON, Wis. – Donald Driver will be ready to go if the Green Bay Packers called and said they needed his help.
Other NFL teams, however, needn’t bother.
Green Bay’s all-time leading receiver announced his retirement Jan. 31 after 14 years in the NFL – all with the Packers. Driver says he still loves the game, but he promised Packers fans he’d never play for another team.
“At the end of the day, if I get that itch, it would only be for the green and gold,” he said. “If the Packers called me and said, ‘Drive, come back to training camp,’ I’d be back for training camp. But until then, I’ll be sitting at home and just watching football.”
He added: “I think the thing for me is if the Packers call midseason, I’d be in shape. I’ve been staying in shape.”
Georgia radio hosts fired after mocking Gleason’s ALS
ATLANTA – A station official said the cast of an Atlanta sports radio show was fired after mocking a former NFL player who has Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The show, Mayhem in the AM, was broadcast yesterday morning on 790 The Zone. In a statement, General Manager Rick Mack said the station regrets comments made about ex-New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason.
The 36-year-old suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS patients lose the ability to speak and move, which has happened to Gleason.
The station lists the hosts at Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino. But Mack didn’t give the names of those fired.
Cellini took to Twitter to apologize, calling it a stupid attempt at humor. Listeners on the station’s Facebook page called for the hosts’ termination.
Gleason played for the Saints between 2000 and 2006.
Source: Ex Oklahoma State QB Lunt joining Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press that former Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt is transferring to Illinois.
The person spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized by Lunt to discuss the decision.
Lunt is from Rochester, Ill. He started five games last fall as a freshman but was sidelined by an injury. He was 81-131 for 1,108 yards and threw for six touchdowns.
The 6-4, 215-pound Lunt decided to leave the Cowboys after the season. Under NCAA transfer rules, Lunt will have to sit out this fall.
The Illini finished last season 2-10 with Nathan Scheelhaase and Reilly O’Toole sharing the quarterback job. Scheelhaase will be a senior this fall while O’Toole will be a junior.
Wild re-sign defenseman Scandella
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Marco Scandella to a two-year contract.
The team announced the deal yesterday.
Scandella was eligible to be a restricted free agent, but the Wild locked the 23-year-old before he could hit the market. Scandella missed training camp in January because of a groin injury and spent most of this season with the Houston Aeros in the AHL, recording 17 points in 45 games.
The second-round pick in the 2008 draft played in six regular season games for the Wild. Added to the active roster again right before the playoffs, Scandella had a goal and an assist in five games against the Chicago Blackhawks. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of Montreal has four goals and 11 assists in 89 career NHL games.
Tigers put RHP Sanchez, C Avila on DL
DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers placed right-hander Anibal Sanchez and catcher Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list.
Detroit recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia and catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo yesterday before it series opener against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Tigers plan to call up left-hander Jose Alvarez from Toledo to start in place on Sanchez on Thursday in their series opener against the Boston Red Sox.
Sanchez is expected to miss two starts because of a strained right shoulder and Avila will be out with a bruised left forearm.
Indians’ Swisher out with sore shoulder
CLEVELAND – Slumping Indians first baseman Nick Swisher will miss the next few games because of a sore left shoulder.
Cleveland Manager Terry Francona said Swisher received a cortisone shot after an MRI revealed no structural damage.
Swisher is expected to miss the three-game series against Kansas City. Francona said Swisher possibly could return Friday when the Indians open a three-game set against Minnesota. The Indians hope rest will prevent Swisher from going on the disabled list.
His shoulder has been bothering him for some time, and Francona said the switch-hitter made it worse with “big swings” during a weekend series against Washington.
Swisher signed a four-year deal with Cleveland in December. He recently went through an 0-for-27 slump and has just five hits in his last 47 at-bats.
Orioles put Britton in Hammel’s place in rotation
DETROIT – The Baltimore Orioles are planning to start left-hander Zach Britton in place of ailing right-hander Jason Hammel tonight against the Detroit Tigers.
Baltimore Manager Buck Showalter said he doesn’t expect Hammel’s illness to be serious enough to put him on the disabled list. Hammel is 7-4 with a 5.24 ERA this season.
The Orioles sent Britton to Triple-A Norfolk after he gave up six runs in six innings of a loss to Seattle on April 29, his only start this year for them. He is 16-15 with a 4.85 ERA in two-plus seasons with the Orioles.
Bender, Van Exel follow new Coach Drew to Bucks
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. – Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel are following Larry Drew to Milwaukee.
The Bucks announced yesterday that Bender and Van Exel will be assistants on Drew’s staff. Bender also was an assistant during Drew’s three years as head coach in Atlanta, while Van Exel was the Hawks’ player development instructor from 2010-12.
Drew says the two were “important pieces” of his staff in Atlanta and will be dedicated to teaching Milwaukee’s young players.
Bender spent the past nine years in Atlanta after two years as an assistant in Philadelphia. As a college coach, he led Washington to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (1996-99) and was Pac-10 coach of the year in 1996.
Van Exel, a Kenosha native, played 13 years in the NBA. He was an All-Star in 1998.