Sports Digest



May 05, 2006


Rangers' Jagr to have shoulder surgery

Jaromir Jagr will have surgery on his dislocated left shoulder Monday and is expected to fully recover in time for the New York Rangers' training camp in September. Jagr, chosen as an NHL Most Valuable Player finalist earlier yesterday, broke Rangers' franchise records with 54 goals and 123 assists this season and led New York to its first playoff appearance since 1997. But he was rendered mostly ineffective in the postseason after he was injured late in a Game 1 loss to New Jersey. Jagr sat out one game before returning in a limited capacity in Game 3. Less than a minute into the fourth and final game of New Jersey's sweep, Jagr was hurt again when he was checked into the boards by Devils defenseman Brad Lukowich.

Red Wings -- Captain Steve Yzerman, 40, said he wants to make a decision relatively quickly, perhaps as early as next week, about whether to retire from hockey. Yzerman plans to meet with the team's management within a few days and will make up his mind shortly after that.


Chowan changes mascot to Hawks

Chowan (N.C.) College announced a change in mascots from Braves to Hawks in response to an NCAA ruling that bans Indian mascots that are deemed "hostile or abusive" imagery. The NCAA decreed in August that member colleges would not be allowed to use Indian nicknames or mascots in NCAA tournaments. Chowan, which has about 800 students, used the Braves since the 1940s and spent eight months studying the mascot change.

College gymnastics

Alabama's Miles wins Honda Award

Alabama's Ashley Miles was honored as the nation's top college gymnast. Miles won the Honda Award, given annually to the top female athlete in 12 NCAA sports, along with automatic nomination for the college female athlete of the year. The senior was selected in balloting by 1,000 NCAA member schools. Miles won her third NCAA vault title this year.

Pro football

49ers trade Dorsey to Browns for Dilfer

The San Francisco 49ers acquired a backup quarterback for Alex Smith, getting Trent Dilfer from the Cleveland Browns for quarterback Ken Dorsey and a 2007 draft pick. Dilfer, who won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in January 2001, will give the 49ers depth behind Smith, who struggled as a rookie last season after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft.

Patriots -- Tom Brady wants Doug Flutie to return for a second season as his backup. Flutie, 43, is considering retirement after a career that includes a Heisman Trophy from Boston College, three pro football leagues and his status as a hometown hero who started in the Boston suburbs at Natick High School and could end in the town of Foxborough. Last season, Flutie was the No. 2 quarterback for New England but played sparingly in five games, completing five of 10 passes.

Cowboys -- The team will spend its summers back in San Antonio from 2007 to 2011. A scheduling conflict in 2004 led to a move to Oxnard, Calif., through this summer. Now, the Cowboys have a five-year deal to remain in Texas.

Et cetera

Rahman to serve as parade marshal

Baltimore native and World Boxing Council champion Hasim Rahman will serve as the grand marshal for the 33rd Westside Preakness Parade, a procession of marching bands, equestrian units and floats which begins at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and follows Eutaw Street, ending at Lombard.

More boxing -- Former Sun boxing writer Alan Goldstein will be honored with the George Janouris Award for his contributions to the sport during a May 24 amateur show at Martin's West in Woodlawn.

Golf -- Jeff McKnight parred the first playoff hole, and he and partner Tom Weingardner won the 45th annual two-man team championship of the Maryland State Golf Association with a 9-under-par 30-32-62 at Beechtree Golf Club in Aberdeen. Michael Kelly handled the playoff alone after he and Tharen Rice had finished 33-29-62. The winners, from Old South CC, had nine birdies, including Nos. 7-8-9, their last three holes; while Rice-Kelly, from Sparrows Point CC, hit 18 greens in regulation and made 10 birdies and a three-putt bogey.

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