By the Celtics, 41-year-old former Pacers guard Reggie Miller, who may end his two-year retirement to join Boston this season. Miller, who has worked as a TNT analyst for the last two seasons, never won a championship in 18 years in Indiana. The Celtics want him to be a complementary piece of a rebuilt team that has already added Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and will be a preseason Eastern Conference favorite. Miller hasn't said when he will decide on a comeback. "It might come down to whether he really believes Boston has a chance to go far," said his former Pacers coach Rick Carlisle.
For 20 games, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks pitcher Rick Guttormson, the first player in Japanese baseball history to flunk a drug test. Guttormson, 30, a former Padres and Mariners minor leaguer from Torrance, Calif., tested positive for Finasteride, a hair-growth drug that is banned because it can be used as a masking agent. He tested positive after winning a game on Aug. 9 to improve his record this year to 5--6. "This is extremely regrettable," said Japanese commissioner Yasuchika Negoro. "We have been very nervous about the issue of doping, and we'll need to step up our efforts."
Guilty to gun and drug charges stemming from a road-rage incident, Britt Reid, the son of Eagles coach Andy Reid. The younger Reid, 22, was arrested on Jan. 30 after brandishing a handgun at another driver in suburban Philadelphia. The same day, his brother Garrett, 24, was arrested on drug charges after a traffic accident. Their father took a five-week leave from the Eagles in February to help them deal with their legal issues. (Garrett faces at least three days in jail after pleading guilty to drug and traffic offenses.) On Monday, Britt's lawyer told a judge that Britt is being treated at an addiction rehabilitation facility. He could get up to 14 months in jail.
For last Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins, Titans quarterback Vince Young, for an unspecified violation of team rules. Young was supposed to play the first quarter against Washington, but an hour before the game coach Jeff Fisher announced that backup Kerry Collins would get the start and Young would not play. Fisher didn't give a reason, but on Monday, Young (left) admitted that he broke a curfew rule by spending a night at home instead of in the hotel where the Titans bunk during training camp. Fisher said Young would be back under center when Tennessee faces the Patriots this Friday.
Of second-degree assault, former Northern Colorado backup punter Mitch Cozad, who stabbed starter Rafael Mendoza last September in an apparent attempt to win the Bears' starting job. Cozad, 22, ambushed Mendoza, 22, outside Mendoza's apartment and stabbed him in his kicking leg. Mendoza recovered and played 10 games last season and plans to punt for the Bears again this season. Cozad was acquitted of a more serious charge of attempted murder but still faces 16 years in jail when he is sentenced on Oct. 2.
By Cardinals utility man Scott Spiezio, 34, treatment for what the team called unspecified "problems related to substances." Spiezio, who last played on Aug. 5, entered treatment voluntarily; he was placed on the restricted list last Thursday and will be paid during his absence. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he "absolutely" expects Spiezio to return to the lineup this season.
At age 78, of prostate cancer, former NFL quarterback Ed Brown. A two-time Pro Bowler who played with the Bears, Steelers and Colts from 1954 through '65, Brown was known as All-Around Brown at the University of San Francisco, where he played quarterback, kicked and punted. As a senior Brown (left) led the Dons to a 9--0 record, but the team was denied a bowl bid because it refused to leave its black players home, as most major bowls required.
At 28, Gato Del Sol, who had been the second-oldest living Kentucky Derby winner. (Genuine Risk, winner of the 1980 Derby, is the oldest.) After his racing career ended, the 1982 Derby champ was sold by owner Arthur Hancock to a German breeder. In 1999 Hancock—fearing that, with his breeding days over, Gato Del Sol would be sent to as laughterhouse—bought the stallion back so he could live out his remaining years on Hancock's Kentucky farm. "My life's dream was to win the Kentucky Derby, and he realized that for me," Hancock said. "He was a sweet horse. He'd never bite or kick. It was really a fairy tale come true."