Revolution trade Joseph to Chivas USA
Shalrie Joseph, who has been a starter at several positions for the Revolution since the third game of the 2003 MLS season, was traded to Chivas USA Wednesday. Joseph’s playing time has been reduced this season as the team is being rebuilt – and that is a major reason he was traded. The Revolution received midfielder Blair Gavin, a draft pick, and allocation money in the deal. “This a genuine, sincere thing – this was a very, very difficult decision for me and the organization to make,” Revolution vice president of player personnel Michael Burns said. “Shalrie has been one of the faces of the franchise and he’s given so much to this organization. Over the last few weeks and month, or so, he wasn’t necessarily going to be an every game starter for us. He’s handled himself very professionally, but Shalrie wants to play all the time, whether it’s training or games.” Joseph, 34, has played in 282 playoff and regular-season games for the Revolution, this year surpassing coach Jay Heaps as the all-time appearance leader.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a “little torn rotator cuff” in his right throwing shoulder, he revealed in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Post-Gazette reported that Roethlisberger suffered the injury Nov. 6 against the Ravens. He had earlier told the newspaper he suffered a shoulder injury but this is the first time he has described it as a rotator cuff tear. “I’m good. It’s OK, just sore,” he said. “I have a little torn rotator cuff. That doesn’t heal. We just have to hope it doesn’t tear the rest of the way, according to Doc.” Roethlisberger, 30, also suffered a fractured thumb and a high ankle sprain last season, when he was sacked an AFC-high 40 times . . . Chargers running back Ryan Mathews suffered minor injuries in a car crash and is listed as ‘‘day to day.’’ The California Highway Patrol said Mathews lost control of his BMW while entering the Interstate 8 freeway Monday and hit another car. No drugs or alcohol were involved, the CHP said, and the other driver wasn’t hurt.
Jerry Sandusky is distraught over the NCAA penalties issued to Penn State’s football program for the school’s handling of his child sexual abuse scandal and maintains his innocence as he awaits sentencing, his defense lawyer said. Attorney Joe Amendola said in a phone interview that Sandusky told him that even if people believe he is guilty of the crimes for which he was convicted in June, it would be ‘‘ridiculous’’ to think Penn State administrators engaged in a cover-up . . . Junior linebacker Khairi Fortt has decided to become the latest Penn State player to transfer to a Pac-12 school, signing a scholarship agreement with California . . . Five men roughed up star Wisconsin running back Montee Ball near campus, inflicting head injuries serious enough to send him to the hospital, authorities said.
University of Connecticut linebacker Graham Stewart will miss the 2012 football season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle that required surgery. Stewart injured himself during a workout July 23 and underwent surgery July 27. Stewart is a transfer from Florida, where he played as a true freshman in 2011. Stewart will have three years of eligibility remaining . . . Florida State has kicked senior cornerback and punt return specialist Greg Reid off the football team for what coach Jimbo Fisher described as a violation of team rules. The dismissal comes three weeks after Reid’s latest encounter with authorities. Reid was charged with marijuana possession after being stopped by a Georgia state trooper near his home in Valdosta.
Former Red Sox Derek Lowe, one of the best starting pitchers in the American League the first six weeks of the season when he was 6-1 with a 2.05 ERA on May 15, was placed on waivers by the Indians after he struggled in Tuesday’s 8-3 loss to Kansas City. ‘‘It’s been a tale of two months,’’ said Lowe, who is 2-9 with a 5.52 ERA since. ‘‘It’s been live batting practice for two months. I have no excuses. I can’t say it’s bad breaks. That'd be a lie.’’ . . . A.J. Allmendinger’s failed drug test has cost him his job at Penske Racing. Team owner Roger Penske released Allmendinger, three weeks after he tested positive for a banned amphetamine. Team officials said they were disappointed with the test results that left them with no choice. Sam Hornish Jr. will drive the No. 22 Dodge at Pocono this weekend and ‘‘for the foreseeable future,’’ the team said. Options for the 2013 season will be evaluated . . . Peter Laviolette, who led the Flyers within two wins of a Stanley Cup championship in 2009-10, received a two-year contract extension that will take him through the 2014-15 season . . . The Phoenix Suns signed forward P.J. Tucker to a two-year contract. The 6-foot-6-inch, 244-pound forward played the last five seasons internationally, with stops in Puerto Rico, Greece, Israel, and Germany . . . Frankel has extended his unbeaten record to 12 with an impressive victory in the one-mile $468,000 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, England. Frankel, owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, was the 1-20 favorite in a field of four.