Sports Digest


December 15, 2005

Power boating

Thompson dies after sudden illness

Thomas "Tommy" Thompson, a noted racer, died Monday after a sudden illness, a Cambridge funeral home confirmed. He was 65. Thompson, a six-time Jersey Speed Skiff racing champion, raced his boat The Gambler in competitions around the country. He also worked with the Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association. Thompson grew up in Easton and lived for 40 years in Cambridge.


Dec. 31 race to honor Cooley

The Coolman's Last Stand 3.2-miler, a race honoring road racing director Dave Cooley, will be held at Du Burns Arena in Canton at 9 a.m. on Dec. 31. Cooley, 73, is retiring after 20 years of directing races. Registration fees are $22 through today, $28 through Dec. 30 and $31 on race day. Net proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Maryland. For information, visit the event Web site at

College basketball

OSU president calls firing justified

The president of Ohio State testified that the school had grounds to fire basketball coach Jim O'Brien because he admitted violating NCAA rules by lending a potential recruit $6,000. Because of the admission, Karen Holbrook said the school didn't have to honor a provision in O'Brien's contract that said the NCAA had to rule on alleged violations.

Pro football

Holcomb likely to start for Bills

Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman missed his second straight practice, making it more likely veteran backup Kelly Holcomb will start against Denver on Saturday. Losman hurt his right throwing shoulder and his left leg but continued playing in Buffalo's 35-7 loss to New England on Sunday.

Patriots -- Quarterback Tom Brady is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers. It is the first time that's happened this season but hardly a guarantee that his 84-game playing streak will end. "I'm doing better than I was a few days ago," he said.

Jets -- Running back Curtis Martin underwent season-ending surgery on his right knee. The 32-year-old, who won the NFL rushing title last season, was injured against the Dolphins in Week 2 but continued to play. He sat out last week's 26-10 win over the Raiders, breaking a streak of 119 straight regular-season games in which he played.

Seahawks -- Wide receiver Darrell Jackson practiced fully and will start for the first time in 10 games Sunday at Tennessee. The NFC West champions (11-2) are seeking their 10th straight win. That and a Chicago loss would allow Seattle to clinch home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.

Eagles -- J. Whyatt Mondesire, who publishes a newspaper for black readers and is the president of the Philadelphia branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, recently wrote that Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb failed as a team leader and choked in the Super Bowl. McNabb responded sharply, but Mondesire hasn't changed his stance. "He doesn't get it," Mondesire said. "If he got it, I wouldn't have written the article."

Redskins -- Cornerbacks Shawn Springs (strained back and groin), Carlos Rogers (bruised biceps) and Walt Harris (strained calf) missed practice, but all three are listed as probable for Sunday's home game against the Cowboys. Wide receiver Santana Moss (sore hamstring), offensive tackle Chris Samuels (sprained knee and ankle) and safety Matt Bowne (sprained knee) also did not practice, but they are listed as probable. Linebacker LaVar Arrington (bruised quadriceps), defensive tackle Joe Salave'a (torn plantar fascia) and wide receiver James Thrash (pulled hamstring) practiced. Salave'a and Thrash were not listed on the team's injury report, while Arrington is listed as probable.

Saints -- Players will get a $40,000 bonus from the NFL and the NFL Players Association for "performing under unusual and unanticipated conditions arising from the Hurricane Katrina tragedy." In other Saints news, quarterback Aaron Brooks has been benched for the rest of the season. "It's not an indictment of Aaron whatsoever," coach Jim Haslett said after practice. "It's an indictment of our record." Haslett said he was replacing Brooks with Todd Bouman because of the Saints' 3-10 record.

Dolphins -- Center Seth McKinney likely will be sidelined the rest of the season by a knee injury suffered Sunday at San Diego. The injury was unusual in that it didn't involve ligaments or cartilage, coach Nick Saban said.

Et cetera

Middle River's Long is Swimmer of Meet

Jessica Long (Middle River), who is a double amputee, was awarded the Swimmer of the Meet honor last week at the 2005 Paralympic Open Swimming Championships in Minneapolis. She dominated her division by breaking Pan American records in seven events, as well as world records in the 100-meter butterfly and the 200-meter individual medley. Six months ago, she was named Female Swimmer of the Meet at the U.S. Paralympics National Swimming Championships in Portland, Ore. According to her father, Steve Long, her next big challenge will be her first visit to the world championships, which will be held next December in South Africa.

Tony Wisniewski

High schools -- The Douglass-at-Walbrook boys basketball game, originally scheduled for Feb. 3, has been moved to Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Baltimore City Community College. The member schools will begin selling $5 tickets today, and none will be sold at the door. For more information, call Douglass at 410-396-7824.

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