Truth & Rumors: Oct. 19, 2004
Posted: Tuesday October 19, 2004 11:49AM; Updated: Tuesday October 19, 2004 2:14PM
At the end of this season, the Bears could have another shot at signing QB Kurt Warner, said his agent, Chicago-based Mark Bartelstein.
Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich, who had his sprained right ankle in a walking boot Monday, is expected to practice Wednesday and to play Sunday at the Colts.
An NFL spokesman said the league does not expect immediate action but confirmed Bay Area billionaire Larry Ellison's interest in bringing an NFL team to the Los Angeles market. Ellison had one meeting with league executives in June and a second in late September.
Indianapolis is among the teams that have inquired about the availability of Vikings DT Chris Hovan in anticipation of today's NFL trading deadline. Several teams also have asked about RB Michael Bennett, but it is unlikely the Vikes will enter serious discussions to trade either player.
The Vikings will take a wait-and-see stance with Bennett, who returns to practice Wednesday and could see his first game action of the regular season Sunday. Bennett hasn't played since spraining ligaments in his right knee in an exhibition game against San Francisco.
Bucs WR Keenan McCardell, whose contract holdout is now in Day 82, has been the subject of trade talk out of Kansas City, but Bucs GM Bruce Allen has been adamant the last month that no team has inquired about obtaining the 13-year veteran.
Vikings owner Red McCombs figures, if necessary, he could trade head coach Mike Tice's contract to another team, which Oakland did with Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay three years ago for $8 million and top draft picks, then promote a coordinator as coach for similar low pay. Tice's contract, which expires after next season, pays him an NFL-low $800,000 this season.
Although the Jets offense hasn't been as prolific in the past three weeks as it was in Weeks 1 and 2, Herman Edwards doesn't have issues with offensive coordinator Paul Hackett.
The Cowboys are talking to the Chiefs about trading WR Antonio Bryant, KXAS-TV reported Tuesday night. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones declined to confirm or deny the report. Bryant's agents Lamont Smith and Peter Schaefer said they didn't know anything about it.
Any hopes the Cowboys had this week for the return of safety Darren Woodson were dashed Monday. Coach Bill Parcells said the 13-year veteran, who underwent back surgery in July and was placed on the physically unable to perform list before the season, is not ready to play.
Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye will undergo an MRI on his sprained right ankle. Said coach Lovie Smith: "We don't know exactly how long he'll be out."
Bears WR David Terrell made it known Monday that he objected to reports that he was showing anger toward QB Jonathan Quinn during a rant on the sidelines after the game. "Print the truth!" said Terrell.
Despite having the last winless team in the NFL, Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt doesn't plan to alter the starting lineup.
Packers nose tackles Grady Jackson and James Lee, both sidelined with knee injuries, will attempt to return to practice Wednesday.
Despite having the bye week to rehabilitate, Redskins kicker John Hall might not recover in time to play Oct. 31 against the Packers. Hall didn't play in Sunday's win at Chicago after straining his right groin in practice Thursday. Ola Kimrin filled in effectively after flying back from Sweden on a moment's notice.
Casey Hampton, the Steelers' Pro Bowl nose tackle, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his right knee, but the prognosis for CB Chad Scott remains unknown.
With each succeeding home run Carlos Beltran hits in the postseason you have to wonder who is salivating more -- Yanks owner George Steinbrenner or Beltran's agent, Scott Boras. Certainly if you believe all the scuttlebutt around baseball, Steinbrenner and Boras are destined for a very expensive collision course over Beltran next month.
Beltran is the way out of the mire for the Phillies. All they have to do is play with the big boys and decide that greatness is a goal worth attaining. Sounds improbable, but you never know.
Terry Collins will interview for the Mets' manager position today, becoming the third candidate to meet with GM Omar Minaya. Willie Randolph's interview, delayed when the Red Sox won Game 4 of the ALCS Sunday, will take place no sooner than tomorrow. Randolph will be the favorite to land the job with a solid interview, Mets insiders believe.
The Diamondbacks have interviewed eight candidates (Al Pedrique, Mark Grace, Bob Melvin, Wally Backman, Joe Maddon, Jamie Quirk, Manny Acta and DeMarlo Hale) for the vacant manager's job and will begin paring the list to two or three this week, with an attempt to have the new skipper in place before baseball's free-agent signing period begins 15 days after the conclusion of the World Series.
Diamondbacks GM Joe Garagiola Jr. plans to speak with Richie Sexson's agent, Casey Close, again this week.
With the Mariners' quick search for a manager in its stretch run, Mike Hargrove and Grady Little seem to have become the lead candidates.
Orioles bench coach Sam Perlozzo is one of the top candidates for the Mariners job, according to a baseball executive with intimate knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Luis Sojo's name has surfaced around the Mariners' managerial hunt, but the Yankees third base coach -- and former Seattle player -- said he has not talked to anyone with the team.
The Colorado Rockies on Monday declined their option on right-handed pitcher Steve Reed's contract for 2005.
Thanks to some new players, a hot start in April and a solidly competitive first half of the 2004 season, the Tigers posted boffo financial improvements over the dismal 2003 campaign.
The Orioles are discussing pursuing Grady Fuson, former Rangers assistant GM and head of scouting and player development, for their recently vacated director of scouting and director of minor league operations positions.
The Twins have made no immediate effort to re-sign SS Cristian Guzman, whose $5.25 million contract option for 2005 they declined last week, and it's apparent they have someone else in mind for next season. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Twins trade Jacque Jones for a shortstop.
The Marlins have cut ties with catcher Ramon Castro and reliever Billy Koch, both of whom proved to be major busts last season.
Pistons center Ben Wallace is almost ready. He will be examined for a final time (he hopes) Wednesday and is expected to be cleared to return to practice Thursday. Meanwhile, Derrick Coleman appears to be out of the rotation.
Even if Michael Redd decided to move on, the Bucks would still have sizable cap room to fill the shooting guard spot. In such a scenario, Ray Allen's return would not be inconceivable.
To all of the Pistons fans hoping to see more of Darko Milicic this season: You might as well give up. Even after an energetic 2½ -hour practice Monday that coach Larry Brown judged Milicic's best ever, Milicic's stock didn't go up much. Said Brown: "He's not ready to play."
Heat guard Dwyane Wade formally has been christened by new teammate Shaquille O'Neal. "I nicknamed him 'Flash,' because he is so fast out there on the floor and he does it with ease," O'Neal said.
Although Gary Trent no longer is with the team, the Bulls have yet to make any official roster cuts. But that could change today. Cezary Trybanski is expected to be cut, and the team still is working on a buyout of Eddie Robinson's contract.
Sixers forward Glenn Robinson, who was given Saturday and Sunday off, returned to practice yesterday. Coach Jim O'Brien dismissed reports that Robinson sat out the weekend to rest his surgically repaired right elbow.
Tim Duncan did not shrink. But he did insist that the Spurs finally list him in their media guide at his true height: 6-11, not 7 feet.
One female fan at a recent Nuggets promotional appearance had Carmelo Anthony sign a bra. Anthony said it's not the first bra he has signed.
Hawaii coach June Jones said "a cheap shot" by UTEP senior defensive end Ibok Ibok last weekend could cause his NCAA record-seeking passer, Timmy Chang, to miss Saturday's game against San Jose State.
The circumstances that precipitated the decision were not in the original plan, but USC coach Pete Carroll on Monday finally confirmed what has appeared obvious for months: Sophomore quarterback John David Booty will redshirt.
Two former West Virginia players are under arrest in Glenville, W. Va., for allegedly robbing a supermarket. Travis Garvin and Alvoid Mays, who later played for six seasons in the NFL, were being held in the Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods, each on $200,000 bond, State Police spokesman Sgt. Jay Powers said.
The ACC -- which this year added Miami and Virginia Tech, and next year welcomes Boston College -- yesterday unveiled its new seal and new names for the two football divisions that will be used for the first time next year. The Atlantic Division will consist of Maryland, Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. The Coastal Division will be Virginia, Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Tennessee junior strong safety Brandon Johnson has been indefinitely suspended from the team following his early morning arrest yesterday. Johnson admitted to police that he fired a handgun into the air outside the apartment of senior tailback Cedric Houston.
Continuing to push its new program onto the national stage, Florida Atlantic has an oral agreement to host Oklahoma State in its second football game of the season next year.
Cal defensive end Tosh Lupoi, out since training camp with a broken foot, has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.
TSN has learned that the NHL has increased its advance cancellation rollout from 30 days to 45 days and yesterday sent a memo detailing that to all 30 teams. Club team sources told TSN the reason for adding 15 days to the rollout is to permit NHL buildings more time to acquire other events to fill the dark nights, but it's also clearly an attempt by the league to turn up the heat on the NHL Players' Association.
Stars forward Brenden Morrow has agreed in principle to play for Oklahoma City of the Central Hockey League this season.
The latest word on the street is that the work stoppage will be a long one. A really long one. Maybe even 1½ years long. If that turns out to be the case, then the next puck won't be dropped in an NHL arena until January 2006, at the earliest.
The Sabres announced will lay off 25 employees from several departments if the NHL lockout hasn't been settled by Nov. 30.
Tampa Bay Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer has snapped up a further 1.27 million shares in Manchester United -- taking his stake ever closer to the 30 percent mark that would trigger a full takeover bid.
Tottenham captain Jamie Redknapp has asked the Football Association for a personal hearing after being charged with violent conduct.