HockeyThe Philadelphia Flyers signed scoring leader Mike Richards to a 12-year contract extension yesterday, locking him up through the 2019-20 season. While the team didn't disclose financial terms, the Canadian Press reported the deal was for $69 million. The 22-year-old forward has a career-high 14 goals this season and 21 assists. The Flyers' first-round draft pick in 2003, Richards has 35 goals and 66 assists over three NHL seasons . . . Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen skated with his Buffalo teammates for the first time since open-heart surgery three months ago, but a return to the lineup is likely still weeks away . . . Carolina Hurricanes forward Scott Walker was suspended for one game without pay for head-butting Ottawa's Mike Fisher during a fight.
Vick pleaded with judge for leniencyMichael Vick declared, "I am not the bad person or beast I've been made out to be," and asked for leniency in a letter to the federal judge who sentenced him to 23 months in prison for a dogfighting conspiracy. Vick made his handwritten plea from jail as he awaited Monday's sentencing by Judge Henry E. Hudson. The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback's appeal wasn't enough to overcome Hudson's finding that Vick lied at various times about his hands-on role in helping kill pit bulls and about his marijuana use, which was detected by a drug screening. Hudson cited those lapses in giving Vick a longer sentence than two fellow defendants, who previously were sentenced to 18 months and 21 months . . . Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (knee) hobbled through half of practice, increasing the chances he'll play in Sunday's home game against Detroit . . . Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed practice again because of a sore right shoulder. Coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger's status would be updated today . . . Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin participated in part of practice and was upbeat about his chances of playing Sunday against New Orleans . . . Redskins right guard Randy Thomas will not play again this season because of a torn left triceps.
Red Sox sign 8 to minor league dealsThe Red Sox signed eight free agents to minor league contracts and invited them to spring training as non-roster players. Agreeing to terms were righthanders Scott Atchison and Lee Gronkiewicz; catcher Kevin Cash; and infielders Jeff Bailey, Tony Granadillo, Keith Ginter, Joe Thurston, and Gil Velazquez . . . Alex Rodriguez set another record for the sport's highest contract, finalizing his $275 million, 10-year agreement with the New York Yankees. A-Rod set the previous mark with his $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas in December 2000 . . . Shortstop David Eckstein agreed to terms with the Toronto Blue Jays on a one-year, $4.5 million contract. He batted .309 for the Cardinals last season . . . The Minnesota Twins and shortstop Adam Everett agreed to terms on a one-year contract, a day after he was non-tendered by the Astros . . . Japanese reliever Kazuo Fukumori and the Texas Rangers agreed to a contract, with details to be announced today.
Late stumble leaves Woods 1 shot backTiger Woods pulled his approach into the hazard on the 18th hole to finish with a double bogey for a 3-under-par 69, leaving him in a pack of players one shot behind Jim Furyk after one round of the Target World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif., the final PGA tournament of the year. Masters champion Zach Johnson, Henrik Stenson, and Rory Sabbatini also shot 69 . . . Louise Stahle shot a course-record 8-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters in United Arab Emirates, the Ladies European Tour's season-ending tournament. Defending champion Annika Sorenstam, who held the previous course record of 65, had a 70 . . . England's Robert Rock shot a 2-under 70 in windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead in the South African Open in Paarl.
LIU pulls away to easy win over HarvardKellen Allen scored 15 of his 24 points in the first half to help Long Island University (7-3) beat Harvard, 88-73, in a men's basketball game in Brooklyn, N.Y. Pat Magnarelli scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Crimson (4-7), who lost their third straight . . . Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford was suspended for one game by the NBA for a flagrant foul against Toronto's T.J. Ford during a game Tuesday night . . . Minnesota Timberwolves center Theo Ratliff will have exploratory arthroscopic surgery next week on the right knee that has kept him out for the past month . . . The Connecticut Sun will open their sixth WNBA season May 17, hosting the expansion team from Atlanta, the team announced as it released the 2008 schedule. The Atlanta franchise still doesn't have a team name, colors, or players . . . Lisa Leslie will return to the Los Angeles Sparks in May for the start of the 2008 season after sitting out last summer to give birth to a baby girl . . . The Boston University-Dartmouth men's hockey game at Agganis Arena was postponed because of snow. The game will be made up Jan. 15 . . . Georgia Southern quarterback Jayson Foster won the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision . . . Oklahoma assistant coach Kevin Sumlin will be hired as Houston's football coach, the Houston Chronicle reported . . . Jerry Kill was introduced as the new coach at Northern Illinois, less than a week after he led Southern Illinois to the FCS semifinals. Kill was 56-32 in seven seasons at Southern Illinois.
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