October 04, 2008|By From Sun staff and news services

Mets, Manuel agree on two-year contract


Jerry Manuel and the New York Mets agreed yesterday on a two-year contract that includes a club option for 2011. Manuel took over on an interim basis June 17, when New York was 34-35. After the Mets built a 3 1/2 -game lead in the National League East in September, they lost 10 of their final 17 games and were eliminated from postseason contention on the final day of the season for the second straight year. They finished at 89-73.

More Mets:: Authorities in the Dominican Republic have issued an arrest warrant for pitcher Ambiorix Burgos on charges stemming from a hit-and-run accident that killed two women. Burgos is accused of abandoning the victims and fleeing the crash scene Tuesday, charges that can carry six months to two years in prison.

Orioles:: Play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne will be returning to MASN next season. Thorne said the Orioles have picked up his option for another year. ... Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts will share stories and memories next Saturday during the "Voices of the Game" series at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Et cetera: : Cleveland acquired minor league outfielder Michael Brantley from the Brewers to complete the CC Sabathia trade made in July. Brantley, 21, hit .319 with 80 runs scored at Double-A Huntsville. ... St. Louis announced that pitching coach Dave Duncan has agreed to a one-year contract with an option for 2010. ... Infielder Wes Helms and the Marlins agreed to a two-year, $1.9 million contract. ... Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will have surgery Tuesday on his sore right shoulder. ... Eddie Brinkman - who set the American League record for shortstops with 72 straight errorless games, a mark Cal Ripken Jr. broke in 1990 - has died. Brinkman, who also played for the Senators, was 66.

S. Ellis out 2-4 weeks; Westbrook appears ready


Top draft pick Sedrick Ellis will be lost to the New Orleans Saints for two to four weeks with a right knee injury. The defensive tackle, the No. 7 overall selection in April's draft, tore the medial meniscus in his knee during the Saints' win Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers and had arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear yesterday morning. Ellis started all four games this season for the Saints (2-2) and has 11 tackles and one sack.

Eagles: : Running back Brian Westbrook (ankle) was a full participant in practice for the first time in two weeks and appears likely to play tomorrow when Philadelphia hosts the Redskins. Westbrook, who is listed as questionable, had five touchdowns in the first two games.

Seahawks: : Deion Branch will start for Seattle tomorrow against the Giants, eight months after the veteran receiver had reconstructive knee surgery. Receiver Bobby Engram (shoulder) will also make his season debut.

Redskins:: Shawn Springs, Jason Taylor and Stephon Heyer (sprained shoulder) sat out practice again, although coach Jim Zorn held out hope Springs (strained calf muscle) would play tomorrow against the Eagles. As expected, defensive end Taylor (calf) was officially ruled out.

Panthers: : The NFL fined defensive end Julius Peppers $10,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. ... Jordan Gross' streak of 84 consecutive starts will end, while fellow starting tackle Jeff Otah (sprained right ankle) is doubtful for tomorrow's game against the Chiefs. Gross was knocked unconscious during Sunday's win over Atlanta and did not practice all week.

Jaguars: : Safety Reggie Nelson (knee) and cornerback Drayton Florence (groin) are out against Pittsburgh tomorrow, coach Jack Del Rio said.

Vick:: Michael Vick's lawyers have asked a federal bankruptcy judge to appoint a mediator to help settle his financial obligations with creditors. Vick, once the highest-paid NFL player, is serving a 23-month federal prison sentence after his conviction on dogfighting charges last summer.

No. 8 BYU wins 15th straight game

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Max Hall threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns and No. 8 Brigham Young extended its winning streak to 15 games by beating host Utah State, 34-14. The Cougars (5-0) converted three turnovers into 17 points while pulling ahead 24-0 in the first quarter and held on despite some sloppy moments. Utah State (1-4) became the first team to score on BYU in nearly a month with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but the Aggies were down 34-0 at the end of the third quarter.

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