Archive for Monday, December 1, 2008

Bradford injures non-throwing hand

Oklahoma QB to wear cast in Big 12 Championship

December 1, 2008

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Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford tore ligaments in his non-throwing hand during the Sooners’ victory against Oklahoma State and is expected to have surgery following the Big 12 championship game.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops expects Bradford to play with a soft cast on his left hand in the championship game against No. 19 Missouri on Saturday.

Stoops said Bradford was hurt on the third series of the game, but played with the injury the rest of the game. He threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for a score.

Bradford leads the nation with 46 touchdown passes this season, and he added to his long line of school records by passing 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White’s career touchdown mark and 2000 Heisman runner-up Josh White’s season passing mark on Saturday.

Bradford had to play out of the shotgun in the second half against Oklahoma State, and Stoops said the hand injury contributed to two fumbled snaps. It didn’t stop Bradford from taking an end-over-end flip on an eight-yard scramble in the third quarter, which set up his one-yard touchdown run on the next play. Bradford fumbled the snap on that fourth-down play, but was able to recover and get into the end zone.

“I thought Sam Bradford again was just amazing and unbelievable in how he played,” Stoops said Sunday.

Groh declined extra year

For the second time in three years, Virginia has declined to add a year to head football coach Al Groh’s contract under a rollover clause, athletic director Craig Littlepage announced Sunday.

“Coach Groh has three years remaining on his current contract,” Littlepage said in a statement released Sunday night. He said he and Groh would meet to review the football season within the next 48 hours. Groh is 56-44 in eight seasons with Virginia.

Kiffin to be introduced

Lane Kiffin will become Tennessee’s next coach, two days after Phillip Fulmer’s 17-season tenure ended with a grand and victorious send-off.

Kiffin, the former Oakland Raiders coach, will be introduced at a news conference today.

“We have had unbelievable interest from great coaches,” athletic director Mike Hamilton said Sunday. “When it was all said and done, we felt like Lane Kiffin was a perfect fit for Tennessee. He’s energetic, charismatic, consumed with recruiting and has had a lifelong love affair with football.”

Kiffin, 33, replaces Fulmer, who was forced out after 17 seasons as Vols coach. Fulmer won a national championship in 1998 and two Southeastern Conference titles but had two losing seasons in the last five years, including a 5-7 mark this year.

Burress turning himself in

Plaxico Burress plans to turn himself in to police this morning in New York City and plead not guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, his lawyer said.

Benjamin Brafman wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press on Sunday that he was advised the New York Giants’ star receiver will be charged after accidentally shooting himself in the right thigh.

“I do not expect that Mr. Burress will make a statement,” Brafman wrote.

He met with Burress for about an hour Sunday at the player’s home in New Jersey.

Burress shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub Friday night and was released from a hospital early Saturday, the Giants said.

“As far as we know, he’s going to be OK,” general manager Jerry Reese said Sunday.

Before the shooting, Burress already had been ruled out of the game because of a leg injury.

New York police and NFL security are investigating what happened Friday.

International team wins

Christina Kim gave Annika Sorenstam a big victory in her second-to-last event before retiring, birdieing the par-5 18th Sunday for a halve and the deciding half-point for the International team in the Lexus Cup.

Kim’s halve with Namika Omata in the last match to finish gave the Sorenstam-captained International team a 121⁄2-111⁄2 victory over Asia. The International side evened the series at 2-2 after losing the last two years.

Sweden secures World Cup

Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson gave Sweden its second World Cup title, shooting a 9-under 63 on Sunday in alternate-shot play to beat Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal by three strokes.

Karlsson and Stenson, four strokes behind the Spaniards after the third round, finished at 27-under 261 on Mission Hills’ Olazabal Course.

Skins Game goes to Choi

K.J. Choi holed an 11-foot birdie putt worth $270,000 on the 18th hole Sunday to win the 26th Skins Game with $415,000.

Stephen Ames missed a nine-footer that would have tied the hole and forced the foursome including Phil Mickelson and Rocco Mediate into a playoff.

Instead, Choi’s putt gave him $340,000 for Sunday’s nine holes and made him the fifth international player to win the title.

Ames, looking for a third consecutive title in the event, won $250,000 on the first hole of the day with a birdie to finish second. Mickelson was third with $195,000, while Mediate earned his $140,000 with a birdie on the 16th hole.

It is just the seventh time that all four players in the event have won money.

Pampling prevails

Rod Pampling won the Australian Masters on Sunday, beating Australian countryman Marcus Fraser with a par on the third playoff hole.

Armstrong makes guarantee

With the first training camp of his comeback set to start, Lance Armstrong guaranteed the drug-testing program he arranged with America’s top anti-doping expert will be in place by the time he rides in his first official race in January.

The seven-time Tour de France winner starts training with his new team today without having subjected himself to drug tests by the expert he teamed with, Don Catlin, and with no deal in place to post results of those tests online.

But in an interview with the Associated Press on Sunday, Armstrong said the goal was not to have the program in place by this week, but by the time he rides in Australia in January — the first race of his comeback.

“It’s a tough thing to organize, but we will make it happen,” Armstrong said. “All the stuff we said we were going to do will happen.”

When Armstrong announced his comeback earlier this year, he partnered with Catlin to set up a testing program. Catlin said he thought it was important to make those results available to the public.

Catlin told the AP this weekend that while Armstrong has been placed back in the testing pools at both the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and UCI, cycling’s international body, that he has yet to test him and that an agreement to document Armstrong’s results online is not in place.

“We’re interested in getting it going,” Catlin said. “We have been chatting and are in negotiations.”

A-Rod, Madonna in Mexico

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was in the Mexican capital on the same weekend pop star Madonna was performing there. It wasn’t immediately known if the All-Star third baseman and Madonna met while in Mexico City.

When asked what he thought about being in the city at the same time as Madonna, Rodriguez said it was “very good,” without elaborating.

Rodriguez spent two hours Sunday teaching kids to bat at a new sports center built on a landfill in the poor suburb of Nezahualcoyotl while Madonna prepared to perform for a sold-out second night in the capital as part of her “Sticky & Sweet” tour.

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