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NFL Hall of Fame player Lance Alworth displays his 1971 Super Bowl ring that was stolen 21 years ago and returned by the San Diego County Sheriff office in Encinitas, Calif. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, in Encinitas, Calif. Alworth, who starred as a San Diego Charger, won the Super Bowl ring while playing for the Dallas Cowboys. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Dolphins WR Gibson goes on IR with knee injury
DAVIE, Fla. – Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson was placed on injured reserve with a left knee injury, ending his first season with the team.
Gibson was hurt in the first half of Sunday’s loss at New England. The slot receiver finished with 30 catches for 326 yards and three touchdowns.
Rishard Matthews, who has eight catches this year, will likely assume Gibson’s role in the Dolphins’ sputtering offense. They’ll try to snap a four-game losing streak tomorrow against Cincinnati.
QB Foles cleared for return following concussion
PHILADELPHIA – Nick Foles passed the ImPACT concussion test and practiced with the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday.
Foles sustained a concussion in a 17-3 loss to Dallas on Oct. 20. It was his second start filling in for Michael Vick, who re-injured his left hamstring in the first half of a 15-7 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday.
Matt Barkley finished off both games, and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said the rookie will share first-team snaps with Foles in practice.
Vick’s status remains day to day, though Coach Chip Kelly already said it’s unlikely he’ll play at Oakland (3-4) this week.
Man charged with Peterson’s son’s death is free
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The man charged with killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has bonded out of a South Dakota jail.
The Minnehaha County Jail in Sioux Falls said 27-year-old Joseph Robert Patterson is no longer housed there.
His attorney, Tim Rensch, confirmed Patterson’s release and said there are no conditions on it, but Patterson plans to stay in the area and defend himself.
Patterson’s bond was reduced to $750,000 on Monday, so he had to post $75,000.
Alworth Super Bowl ring stolen 21 years ago found
ENCINITAS, Calif. – NFL Hall of Famer Lance Alworth got his Super Bowl ring back yesterday – 21 years after it was stolen.
The former wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys contacted authorities after receiving a phone call Sept. 7 from a caller demanding $40,000 for the ring.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department discovered the ring was scheduled to be sold Nov. 20 at an auction house in Laguna Niguel with an opening bid of $44,000.
The ring was stolen in 1992 from a now-defunct San Diego restaurant, where it was part of a display of sports memorabilia.
No arrests have been made, but sheriff’s officials said yesterday that they are focusing on at least two people.
Former WR Mitchell sentenced in tax fraud case
ORLANDO, Fla. – A federal judge in Florida sentenced former NFL player Freddie Mitchell to more than three years in prison for his involvement in a tax fraud scheme.
Mitchell last played wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004.
His attorney, Rick Jancha, said yesterday that Mitchell was sentenced to 37 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to file a false claim. He faced a maximum 10 years in prison. His sentence begins Dec. 6.
Prosecutors say Mitchell and two others schemed to file a false tax return for another professional athlete.
White Sox finalize deal with Cuban slugger Abreu
CHICAGO – Cuban slugger Jose Abreu finalized a $68 million, six-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.
The deal was announced yesterday, about a week-and-a-half after the sides reached an agreement.
The 26-year-old will receive a signing bonus of $10 million, with $6 million payable upon approval by Major League Baseball and $4 million due Nov. 14, 2014. He will get salaries of $7 million in each of the next two seasons, $10 million in 2016, $10.5 million in 2017, $11.5 million in 2018 and $12 million in 2019.
Abreu, who defected last summer, batted .360 (9-for-25) with three home runs and nine RBI at the World Baseball Classic last March. During his 2013 season with Cienfuegos in the top-level league in Cuba, Abreu hit .316 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs in 83 games.
Wallace hired as Orioles’ pitching coach
BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Orioles hired 66-year-old Dave Wallace as their pitching coach yesterday.
Wallace, who has spent the past four years as Atlanta’s minor league pitching coordinator, replaces Rick Adair, who left the Orioles in mid-August for personal reasons.
He’s been the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros. The Red Sox won the World Series with Wallace as pitching coach in 2004. New York went to the World Series in 2000 under Wallace.