December 24, 2008|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

NFL fines Jets' Ellis for throwing snow at fans


New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis was fined $10,000 by the NFL for throwing snow at fans after the team's loss at Seattle on Sunday. Several fans threw snowballs at New York players and staff as they walked off the field after the Seahawks' 13-3 victory. As he approached the walkway leading to the locker room, Ellis reached into a pile of snow, picked up a large chunk and tossed it into the stands at Qwest Field, appearing to hit at least a few fans. No one was believed to have been injured. Ellis said yesterday that he wasn't angry at the time, and there was no malicious intent on his part. "It was all in fun," he said.

Super Bowl: : Saying "times have changed," FedEx Corp. announced that it will not advertise during the Super Bowl, set for Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 1. FedEx, which announced many cost-saving measures this week, has run ads during the Super Bowl broadcast for the past 12 years and has had an advertising presence in 18 Super Bowls since 1989.

Et cetera: : The Browns put running back Jason Wright on injured reserve. ... The Panthers placed defensive tackle Gary Gibson on injured reserve with a hand injury, further depleting the most banged-up position on the team.

Ovechkin, Caps overcome 4-0 hole, defeat Rangers


Alex Ovechkin, who came in with only two career points in six games at Madison Square Garden, showed off his Most Valuable Player form with two goals and an assist and rallied the Washington Capitals from a four-goal deficit to a 5-4 overtime victory over the New York Rangers. Shaone Morrisonn scored his first of the season on the only shot in overtime to win the game 59 seconds into the extra session. New York led 4-0 and carried a three-goal lead into the third period. The only other time the Rangers lost at home after leading 4-0 was March 27, 1979. "They stopped playing hockey," a jubilant Ovechkin said. "They probably believed 4-0 they'd win the game. They tried to play conservative, but we play a different way. We play a hard, physical game and take lots of shots. You see the results."

PGA's fall schedule cut from 7 tournaments to 5


The PGA Tour has lost at least one tournament from its Fall Series because of the economy, and the final part of its 2009 schedule had another tournament still up in the air. The tour announced five tournaments - down from seven this year - that will be played after the FedEx Cup ends and give players a chance to finish in the top 125 on the money list to retain their cards. Gone from the Fall Series schedule is the Ginn sur Mer Classic, which was held the penultimate week of the season and was not expected to return because of the real estate crisis. Also missing from the fall is the Valero Texas Open, which moved to the spring to replace the defunct Atlanta tournament.

McNamee preserves right to sue Clemens in N.Y.


Roger Clemens' former personal trainer filed paperwork preserving the right to sue the seven-time Cy Young Award winner in New York. Brian McNamee, who told federal investigators that Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs, contends the pitcher defamed him after McNamee spoke to investigators for former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.

Angels: : General manager Tony Reagins slammed the door on speculation that the team is interested in free-agent outfielder Manny Ramirez, the Los Angeles Times reported. "Manny will not be an Angel," Reagins said.

Yankees: : The team said bleacher seats for exhibition games at its new stadium against the Cubs on April 3 and 4 will go for 25 cents, while grandstand tickets will be $1.10. That matches the prices for the opener of the original Yankee Stadium against Boston on April 18, 1923.

AP names Parker top female athlete

et cetera

Candace Parker capped a banner year by winning the Female Athlete of the Year award from the Associated Press. She led the Tennessee basketball team to a second straight national championship, was the first pick in the WNBA draft and won the league's Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors. She also helped the United States win a fourth straight Olympic gold medal. Parker received 36 votes from members of the AP, one more vote than golfer Lorena Ochoa, who had won the award the previous two years.

Cycling: : Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven consecutive years after overcoming testicular cancer, is expecting a baby with girlfriend Anna Hansen. Armstrong and his former wife, Kristin, had three children using in vitro fertilization with sperm he had banked before his chemotherapy.

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