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    by Published on 01-27-2011 11:55 AM

    Women's tennis pioneer Fern Lee "Peachy" Kellmeyer has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Andre Agassi in the Class of 2011.

    Kellmeyer's induction in the contributor category was announced Thursday.

    She was the first director of the WTA in 1973 and now is a consultant for the women's tour. Hall chairman Christopher Clouser said in a statement that Kellmeyer "played a critical role in the growth of the game and in improving rights for female athletes."

    The hall's announcement notes Kellmeyer "spearheaded a lawsuit that ... paved the way for Title IX and contributed greatly to the increase of female athletes in intercollegiate athletics."

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/ten...ory?id=6064410
    by Published on 01-27-2011 11:49 AM

    Kim Clijsters cruised into the Australian Open final and will play for the title against Li Na, who overcame top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki to become the first Chinese player to reach the championship match at a Grand Slam.

    Li rallied to win the first of the women's semifinals 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday, saving match point when Wozniacki was serving at 5-4 in the second set.

    U.S. Open champion Clijsters dictated play from the start against No. 2-ranked Vera Zvonareva and won it 6-3, 6-3 -- repeating the result of their U.S. Open final.

    Zvonareva had reached the previous two finals at the majors. And she had two break points in the eighth game of the second set but squandered both and Clijsters won four straight points to make it 5-3, then served out for the match.

    Clijsters was the only Grand Slam winner to qualify for the semifinals.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/ten...ory?id=6062136
    by Published on 01-26-2011 01:12 PM
    1. Chicago Bears

    When people attend a theatrical performance they are called an audience. When they attend a sporting event, they’re called a crowd. I’m starting to wonder why we make this distinction.

    On Sunday in the NFC Championship game, Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler and his teammates came out and performed poorly in the early going, falling behind 14-0 to the rival Green Bay Packers. Cutler was 4-10 for only 61 yards when, at the 4:11 mark of the 2nd quarter, Cutler felt something let go in his left knee. He felt pain, but more important, the knee had become unstable…loose. However, he made so little show of it that apparently no one on the sidelines, TV booth or TV control trucks noticed it.

    From this point on, two parallel, but virtually opposite stories began to play out. One was the real story of an injured player refusing to give in to his body’s betrayal, playing with pain and risking further and more serious injury. The other story was of an aloof and spoiled athlete who used a little pain to quit on his team.

    Unfortunately, the first story was invisible while the second one was played out before an audience numbering in the tens of millions.

    We know now that Cutler suffered a grade two tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee. With this injury, there’s an initial twinge of pain, but the real problem is instability in the joint. Bears’ center Olin Kreutz said he could see the knee “wiggle” as Cutler walked back to the huddle. Just to be clear, this is a very bad thing if you’re livelihood depends on you moving quickly to avoid large men with bad intent, running fast and throwing hard and accurately. Also, playing on a torn MCL significantly increases the risk of tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). A torn ACL almost always require surgery, rehab and a 6-9 month recovery period. It's also ended many athletes' careers.

    Still, Cutler continued to play. After the Bears punted, Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers threw an interception and Cutler returned with 49 seconds left in the half. Two plays later, Cutler threw his first interception. Whether this pick was caused by his bum knee is anybody’s guess.

    It’s unclear when exactly Cutler told the doctors and coaches about his knee, but at halftime he was examined by the Bears’ medical staff. The MCL sprain was diagnosed (the extent of tearing and the grade of the tear can only be determined with a MRI) and team doctors advised Cutler not to return to the game. Cutler listened to the advice and elected to ignore it. Instead, he received treatment, the knee was wrapped and he was “given something for the pain,” presumably an injection. The Bears received the ball to begin the second half with Cutler under center. Two handoffs and an inaccurate pass later, the Bears punted.

    As it turned out, Cutler wouldn’t return to the field. However, if you want to keep playing on a torn MCL, you have to keep it moving so the internal bleeding doesn’t cause the knee to stiffen up. So Cutler took to the stationary bike which the Fox Sports cameras captured. The bike didn’t do the trick and Cutler finally realized that he was done for the day. Although severely disappointed, he switched into “good teammate” mode. According to young backup QB Caleb Hanie, "He (Cutler) talked to me a lot coming off the field," Hanie said. "Trying to calm me down. Telling me to trust my line. Trust my reads. ... I thought he was well into the game. ... He told me what blitzes they were bringing. What coverages they were running." The Fox cameras didn’t share any of this with its audience. Instead, they showed Cutler sitting on a bench…none of his teammates were in the shot. Later they showed him standing on his own power…again alone.

    The Fox broadcast team of Joe Buck and former Dallas Cowboys QB Troy Aikman provided little information on Cutler’s injury. Either they didn’t have the information about Cutler ignoring doctors’ advice to continue to play through pain and risking more serious injury or the Fox team just didn’t like the story line. In any case, the story told in pictures and mostly an absence of words was one of a pouty and unpopular quarterback, healthy enough to ride a bike, quitting on his team.

    Cutler is also responsible for the true story getting lost. It’s said about some actors and actresses that “the camera loves them.” Well, the camera hates Cutler and the feeling is mutual. It’s not that he’s a bad actor…he simply refuses to act. The only "role" he cares to play is quarterback. While some sports stars behave as if they assume that the camera is constantly on them, Cutler assumes nothing about the cameras...they simply don't matter in his world.

    It was suggested by many fans, media members and even other NFL players that they’d feel differently about Cutler if he’d been carted off the field or at least helped off by his teammates or training staff. It would have looked better if Cutler would have shown more evidence of intense pain for the benefit of the cameras. The least he could have done was lean on a pair of crutches while on the sideline.

    Of course, Cutler did none of these things because, as he saw it, there was no reason to do these things. Based on the injury, he was no doubt experiencing pain, but it was tolerable…no need to wince, groan or grit his teeth. While he couldn’t run well if at all, he could walk and stand on his own power, so there was no need for carts or crutches. And although Cutler did what he could to help his replacements, he saw no reason to crowd in with his teammates and coaches when his team had the ball…he just watched the game.

    Steven Spielberg and Russell Crowe could have made this a compelling story of courage and shattered dreams. Fox Sports and Jay Cutler are clearly no Spielberg-Crowe. They let the audience down and that audience quickly showed their displeasure. Unfortunately for Cutler, it’s all directed at him.

    I guess it’s all a sign of the times. I have a suggestion for the NFL, though. At the annual combine where top draft prospects are evaluated through interviews, exams, 40-yard dashes and various drills, they may want to consider finding the time to add a screen test.

    Tom Nossem

    Sources: nfl.com, sun-times.com, sportsillustrated.cnn.com
    by Published on 01-26-2011 12:56 PM

    Korie Lucious made one too many mistakes at Michigan State.

    The junior guard was suspended for the rest of the season, another blow for the slumping Spartans.

    "Man did I really mess up this time...off 2 the gym I go!," Lucious posted on his Twitter account shortly before the school announced his suspension late Tuesday night.

    Lucious helped the Spartans reach the Final Four in each of the past two years.

    "Unfortunately, Korie Lucious displayed conduct detrimental to the program," Izzo said in a statement issued by the school. "My focus is on this team for the remainder of the season."

    The news release stated that the school and basketball program would have no further comment.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=6059518
    by Published on 01-26-2011 12:47 PM

    Former No. 1 Justine Henin retired from tennis for a second time Wednesday, citing a lingering right elbow injury that cut short her comeback from a glittering career that included seven Grand Slam titles.

    "I have undergone several tests the past few days, confirming that my elbow has sustained a lot more damage during my adventure in Australia," the 28-year-old Belgian said on her website.

    She made the announcement five days after losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 7-6 (8) in the third round of the Australian Open.

    "The past few weeks, there was a little bit more pain every day, but I thought my willpower would prevail. Today, the tests and my doctors are adamant," Henin said.

    She was ranked No. 1 when she abruptly announced her retirement in 2008, only to return 20 months later and reach last year's Australian Open final. She partially tore a ligament in the elbow in a tumble at Wimbledon last year and hasn't been the same since.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/ten...ory?id=6060474
    by Published on 01-26-2011 12:44 PM

    The New York Islanders suspended goalie Evgeni Nabokov for failing to report to the team after being claimed off waivers, the team announced Tuesday.

    The Islanders nabbed Nabokov two days after the 35-year-old goalie signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings. He had spent this season with SKA St. Petersburg of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, and according to the collective bargaining agreement, any player who starts the season with a team overseas must clear waivers first.

    Nabokov had been against joining the Islanders from the start.

    "I think I'm going to stay home for now, I'm sticking with my decision," Nabokov told ESPN.com from his home in San Jose, Calif. "It's nothing against the Islanders and their organization. It's nothing to do with that. It's just that I'm at the point in my career where I want to help a team win in the playoffs. I don't see how I could help the Islanders or what I could do for them. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. And I hope they understand that."

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/n...ory?id=6058357
    by Published on 01-26-2011 12:40 PM
    1. Pittsburgh Penguins

    "In a move that was hardly a surprise, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma announced Tuesday that forward Evgeni Malkin will miss the NHL All-Star Game this weekend in Raleigh, N.C.

    The twist is that it is not so much Malkin's left knee that is keeping him home; it is the pressure in his head from a sinus infection, Bylsma said.

    Malkin, who has 15 goals, 37 points in 42 games, missed his third game in a row Tuesday night when the Penguins played the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center. His absence initially was attributed to a problem with his left knee, which has bothered him off and on since late October.

    Over the weekend, he developed symptoms of a sinus infection.

    "He needs to get healthy before he can move forward," Bylsma said. "Is that during the [all-star] break? Is that after the break? We don't know that. We hope it's in the next week or so that he can think about getting back on the ice again."

    Malkin's withdrawal came a day after the Penguins confirmed that center Sidney Crosby would miss the All-Star Game because of a concussion. He missed his ninth game."

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    by Published on 01-26-2011 12:35 PM
    1. Texas Rangers
    2. Toronto Blue Jays

    Mike Napoli's stay in Toronto was short-lived.

    The Texas Rangers acquired the catcher-first baseman from the Blue Jays in exchange for reliever Frank Francisco and cash considerations on Tuesday.

    Napoli, 29, had been acquired by Toronto along with outfielder Juan Rivera from the Angels for Vernon Wells last Friday.

    Napoli said the trade to Texas ends a "crazy couple of days."

    Napoli is a right-handed hitter who batted .238 with 26 homers and 68 RBIs in 140 games with the Angels in 2010. Napoli hit .305 against left-handed pitching, the top mark on the team.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/mlb...ory?id=6058127
    by Published on 01-26-2011 12:30 PM
    1. Houston Astros

    The Houston Astros see Wandy Rodriguez as one of the best left-handers in baseball, and they didn't want him to get away.

    Rodriguez and the Astros avoided arbitration and reached agreement Tuesday on a $34 million, three-year contract.

    The Astros said the contract will be finalized after Rodriguez takes a physical on Thursday. The deal includes a vesting option for 2014 that would increase the value to $44.5 million.

    "This is one of the top left-handed starters in the game," general manager Ed Wade said. "[He was] a year away from free agency, so to be able to be able to do three years guaranteed, with a fourth-year option, made all the sense in the world for us."

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6058659
    by Published on 01-26-2011 12:25 PM

    Rafael Nadal's bid to win four straight Grand Slam tournaments is over.

    The injured Nadal lost for the second straight year in the Australian Open quarterfinals, going down 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 Wednesday to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.

    Nadal, who appeared to have tears in his eyes during a changeover while trailing 3-0 in the third set, took a medical timeout for an apparent leg injury after three games. He was clearly out of sorts, failing to chase down balls that he would ordinarily return easily.

    "This is a difficult day for me," Nadal said. "Today I can't do more than what I did, he played at a very high level."

    Nadal, who didn't bother chasing the winner on match point, won last year's French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open. He was trying to add the Australian title and hold all four major trophies, which hasn't been achieved since Rod Laver won four in a row in 1969.

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    by Published on 01-26-2011 12:21 PM

    Kim Clijsters moved into an Australian Open semifinal showdown with second-ranked Vera Zvonareva, beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Wednesday as Air Force planes flew overhead as part of celebrations for the national holiday.

    Cannons went off earlier when Zvonareva started the Australia Day proceedings at Rod Laver Arena with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Petra Kvitova.

    Thursday's semifinal will be a rematch of the last U.S. Open final, where Clijsters collected her third Grand Slam title.

    Clijsters is the only Grand Slam winner into the women's semis, although she's still seeking her first major title outside of America. No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki and China's Li Na meet in the other half of the draw.

    "I hope the experience can help me a little bit," Clijsters said. "But there are some tough players out there, we have Nos. 1, 2, 3 still in and Li Na has been playing really well. So it is going to be really tough.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/ten...ory?id=6058754
    by Published on 01-25-2011 08:15 AM

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. had his court case reset until March 10th after meeting with the Las Vegas Justice of the Peace on Monday for Mayweather’s felony domestic violence case. Mayweather faces the potential of doing 34 years in prison if convicted of the charges against him.

    It’s clear that he’s not going to be fighting for a while unless his lawyer can get Mayweather out of this mess. Before all this started, Mayweather had been on the verge of facing Manny Pacquiao in what would have been the biggest boxing pay per view ever. Now, all that is up in the air with the charges against Mayweather.

    Read more: http://www.boxingnews24.com/2011/01/...or-march-10th/
    by Published on 01-25-2011 07:45 AM

    Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who decided to return to school rather than declare for the NFL draft earlier this month, was cited for possession of marijuana over the weekend.

    Jenkins' brush with the law is the first under new coach Will Muschamp, who vowed to have players represent the university "the Florida way."

    It is Jenkins' second incident with police. He was arrested in May 2009 as well.

    Jenkins was cited early Saturday in a Gainesville nightclub. Corporal Tscharna Senn, public information officer for the Gainesville Police Department, said officers patrolling downtown clubs spotted Jenkins in a public bathroom rolling a marijuana cigarette. She said Jenkins had a "small, clear bag of cannabis."

    Jenkins was charged with possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, a misdemeanor. He was not taken to jail. Instead, he was released after signing a notice to appear in court Feb. 17.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6054615
    by Published on 01-25-2011 07:41 AM
    1. Arizona Diamondbacks
    2. Detroit Tigers

    The Arizona Diamondbacks have added depth to their pitching staff with a right-hander who was nearly perfect.

    Arizona acquired Armando Galarraga in a trade with the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitchers Kevin Eichorn and Ryan Robowski on Monday, giving the Diamondbacks another arm in what should be a pretty good rotation battle in spring training.

    Galarraga, 29, had an average 2010 season, but gained fame by missing a perfect game when umpire Jim Joyce acknowledged blowing a call with two outs in the ninth inning against Cleveland.

    He's expected to compete for a spot in Arizona's rotation on a staff that already includes Joe Saunders, Ian Kennedy, Dan Hudson, Barry Enright, Zach Duke and Aaron Heilman.

    "We are excited about the opportunity to acquire a pitcher of Armando Galarraga's ability a few weeks before the start of spring training," Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said. "Armando is a quality pitcher as well as individual that will compete for a spot in our rotation with all of the other starting pitchers this spring."

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6054931
    by Published on 01-25-2011 07:38 AM
    1. MLB
    2. Houston Astros

    Baltimore Orioles left-hander Troy Patton was arrested last weekend on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

    Houston police spokesman Victor Senties says the 25-year-old was pulled over after his car jumped a curb on a city street about 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

    Senties says an officer spotted Patton driving erratically in the eastbound lane. The vehicle hit the curb, nearly collided with another vehicle and made two abrupt lane changes without a signal before the observing officer pulled him over, Senties said.

    Patton was charged with a first-offense DWI, a misdemeanor. He posted a $500 bond and was released. A court date is scheduled for Friday.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6055242
    by Published on 01-25-2011 07:32 AM

    Right-hander Kameron Loe and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

    The reliever was 3-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 53 appearances for the Brewers last season, becoming a key member in stabilizing a bullpen that struggled early in the year.

    Beyond his base salary, Loe can receive up to $115,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 for 50 games, $30,000 for 55, $35,000 for 60, $10,000 for 76 and $15,000 for 78.

    The 29-year-old asked for $1.65 million when salary figures were exchanged last week. The Brewers offered $1,055,000.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6054685
    by Published on 01-25-2011 07:26 AM
    1. Milwaukee Brewers
    2. Washington Nationals

    Right-handed reliever Todd Coffey agreed to a $1.35 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals on Monday.

    The 30-year-old Coffey went 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 69 appearances with Milwaukee in 2010. In six major league seasons, he is 19-17 with 11 saves and a 4.15 ERA in 369 games, all in relief, with the Brewers and Reds.

    He is the latest addition to a Nationals bullpen that general manager Mike Rizzo began rebuilding last season.

    Coffey's contract includes a chance to earn up to $275,000 in performance bonuses: $75,000 each for 60 and 65 relief appearances, plus $125,000 for 75 relief appearances.

    He pitched in 69 games last season, and 78 in 2009; his career high was 81 appearances in 2006 with Cincinnati.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6055004
    by Published on 01-25-2011 07:19 AM
    1. Denver Broncos
    2. New Orleans Saints

    The Denver Broncos are turning to Dennis Allen to fix the league's worst defense.

    The Broncos have signed the former Saints secondary coach as new coach John Fox's defensive coordinator.

    Allen served as New Orleans' secondary coach the past five seasons.

    The Broncos originally offered the job to former Seattle and Atlanta coach Jim Mora, who turned them down last week.

    The new staff will convene in Mobile, Ala., this week for Senior Bowl practices.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6056417
    by Published on 01-25-2011 07:16 AM
    1. NFL
    2. New England Patriots

    It's unanimous. And Tom Brady has outdone even himself.

    The record-setting Patriots quarterback is the leading vote-getter for The Associated Press 2010 NFL All-Pro Team, the seventh straight year at least one player has gotten every vote. Three years ago, when Brady set the league record for touchdown passes, he missed by a half-vote of being unanimous, sharing a ballot with Brett Favre.

    As usual, Brady prefers to deflect praise to the rest of the Patriots, who went 14-2 this season before losing in the playoffs to the Jets.

    "I've been here for a while, so I've seen our offense evolve," Brady said. "We do some different things now than we've done in the past. Ultimately we're still trying to do the same thing, which is be productive and win games."

    Brady won those 14 games as the league's leading passer, and he went a record 335 attempts without an interception. Overall, he threw for 36 touchdowns and had just four picks.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6054502
    by Published on 01-25-2011 07:12 AM

    Ben Hansbrough and Notre Dame made Pittsburgh feel the burn Monday night.

    Hansbrough scored 19 points, Carleton Scott had 16 and the Fighting Irish (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) beat No. 2 Pittsburgh 56-51, snapping the Panthers' 20-game home winning streak.

    mploying a methodical, plodding game plan they call "burn," the Irish won their third consecutive game in the series against Pittsburgh and picked up their first victory at the Petersen Events Center. The Panthers won 51 of their previous 52 home games.

    "This was the first time we committed to an all-out 'burn,' and we beat Pitt doing it two times last year," said Hansbrough, who went 8 for 14 from the field. "This is probably the best win I've had ... maybe ever."

    Scott went 5 for 6 from 3-point range as Notre Dame (17-4, 6-3 Big East) earned its first road win of the season. Reserve Scott Martin made three 3s and finished with 10 points.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=310240221

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