Round Up

ROUND UP

October 03, 2008|By From Sun staff and news services

McCoy, Pitt upset No. 10 South Florida

COL. FOOTBALL

LeSean McCoy ran for two touchdowns and Bill Stull threw for one as visiting Pittsburgh upset No. 10 South Florida, 26-21, last night. The Panthers (4-1, 2-0 Big East) have won two of the past three games against South Florida (5-1, 0-1) in Tampa. Stull finished 16-for-27 for 228 yards. Bulls quarterback Matt Grothe was 11-for-20 for 129 yards and rushed for a touchdown.

Bills' Evans gets 4-year extension

NFL

Wide receiver Lee Evans signed a four-year contract extension worth $37.25 million in a deal that prevents the Buffalo Bills star from becoming a free agent after this season. Evans, who is guaranteed to make $18.25 million in the new deal that runs through 2012, earned a significant raise over the base salary of $2.25 million he'll make this season, the final year of the rookie contract he signed after the Bills selected him 13th overall in the 2004 draft. This season, he is off to the hottest start of his career with 14 catches, a team-leading 332 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Bears:: Chicago suspended three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris for Sunday's game against the Lions. Coach Lovie Smith said Harris broke a team rule, but he didn't explain what it was.

Redskins:: Coach Jim Zorn said cornerback Shawn Springs is unlikely to play Sunday against the Eagles because of a strained calf muscle. ... The team was ordered to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing fans with "equal access to aural content" in the team's stadium, such as music lyrics, ads and other broadcasts on the public-address system. The federal court ruling is the first of its kind under the Americans with Disabilities Act and will likely affect other sports venues, said Joseph Espo, a lawyer for three Redskins fans who filed the lawsuit in 2006.

Vikings:: Middle linebacker E.J. Henderson (Maryland) will likely miss Monday's game against the host Saints because of swelling from his two dislocated toes.

Mets GM Minaya hints at roster changes

BASEBALL

Omar Minaya is staying as general manager of the New York Mets. Jerry Manuel is likely to remain as manager. Players, however, could be on the move. "When we bring in personnel into New York, into this environment, are they able to handle the pressures that go with it? Those things do have to be considered," Minaya said yesterday, when his new contract that runs through 2012 was officially announced. Minaya became general manager in 2004. His new deal includes club options covering 2013 and 2014. Minaya also said Manuel is the only candidate for manager. Manuel took over on an interim basis when Willie Randolph was fired June 17. New York was 34-35 when Manuel took over, and it finished at 89-73.

Report: No evidence NBA refs are breaking law

NBA

A review of the NBA's officiating program found no evidence of illegal activity by any referee other than Tim Donaghy, though it recommended significant changes for monitoring gambling and game integrity. The report, compiled over 14 months by former federal prosecutor Lawrence Pedowitz, called for the creation of a "culture of compliance" and closer monitoring of games for suspicious activity. Commissioner David Stern ordered the investigation last year after former referee Donaghy was charged with betting on games he officiated and providing inside information to gambling associates to win their bets.

Castroneves indicted on tax fraud charges

ET CETERA

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2007 Dancing with the Stars champion Helio Castroneves was indicted on tax evasion and tax fraud charges, accused of using offshore accounts to hide millions of dollars in income from the Internal Revenue Service. Castroneves, 33, is charged with conspiracy and six counts of tax evasion for purportedly failing to report to the IRS about $5.5 million in income between 1999 and 2004, according to court documents. Each count carries a maximum five-year prison sentence. Castroneves could not be reached to comment.

Soccer:: Sagu, the 2008 Major Indoor Soccer League Goaltender of the Year, and Denison Cabral, the Blast's all-time leading scorer, were among nine players signed by the team for the National Indoor Soccer League season, general manager Kevin Healey said. Also agreeing to terms was second-team All-MISL selection P.J. Wakefield (UMBC), one of four local players signed. The others were Giuliano Celenza, Billy Nelson and Mike Lookingland. The other players signed were Robbie Aristodemo, a key player in midfield, Dave Kern and Ryan Pierce.

KENT BAKER

Varsity:: Washington public school officials have told a football team not to play its game today at Fort Hill in Cumberland after charges that players from another D.C. school were taunted with racial slurs. Fort Hill athletic director Paul Green said he got a call Wednesday from Troy Mathieu, the DCPS director of athletics, telling him that McKinley Technology High School would not play because the school system's probe into the Dunbar-Fort Hill game was not finished. The Maryland Office of Civil Rights is investigating allegations that Fort Hill players used racial slurs against black players from Washington's Dunbar during a game in Cumberland last week.

Golf:: Jeff Overton shot a 5-under-par 67 to take a two-stroke lead in the first round of the PGA Turning Stone Resort Championship in Verona, N.Y. ... Ji-Yai Shin shot a 5-under 67 and leads by one stroke after one round at the LPGA Samsung World Championship in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

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