Westwego, La. Chris Henry’s fiancee wept as she spoke at the late Cincinnati Bengals receiver’s funeral Tuesday, saying that while she often got credit for steering him clear of a trouble, he changed her life as well.
Henry, 26, was killed after he fell out of the bed of pickup truck driven by his fiancee, Loleini Tonga, during what police called a domestic dispute. Police are investigating, but no charges have been filed.
“People say I helped change his life,” Tonga said. “No. He changed mine.”
Chiefs to put Cottam on IR
Kansas City, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs plan to put tight end Brad Cottam on injured reserve due to a fracture to a cervical vertebra. Cottam was hurt in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to Cleveland.
Steelers sign Galloway
Pittsburgh — Wide receiver Joey Galloway has been added to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster.
AP honors NU’s Suh
New York — Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh is the first defensive player to be voted the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year. He received 26 of a possible 59 votes from AP college football poll voters to edge Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, who received 20 votes.
Montana’s Hauck to UNLV
Las Vegas — UNLV hired Montana’s Bobby Hauck as its next football coach, less than a week after he coached the Grizzlies in the FCS national championship game. UNLV has announced plans to introduce its new coach today.
Atkins, Orioles agree
Baltimore — The Orioles were relentless in their pursuit of Garrett Atkins because they were confident the third baseman could rebound from a surprisingly poor 2009 season.
“They were the first one to call, showed the most interest, were able to provide the most playing time,” Atkins said Tuesday after passing his physical and finalizing a $4.5 million, one-year contract.
Braves send pitcher to N.Y.
New York — Pitcher Javy Vazquez was traded back to the Yankees by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday for outfielder Melky Cabrera, a move that pushed New York’s payroll for next season over $200 million. New York also got left-hander Boone Logan as part of the deal, and the Braves obtained a pair of pitching prospects.
Umps reach deal with MLB
New York — Major League Baseball and its umpires have completed negotiations for a new labor contract and are likely to announce an agreement today, a person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press.
The sides worked into Tuesday evening to reach the deal. Owners are umpires hope to ratify the agreement next month.
Marquee bout in jeopardy
La Vegas — The proposed megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was thrown into jeopardy Tuesday with a demand by Mayweather’s camp that both fighters be subjected to Olympic-type drug testing in the weeks leading up to the bout.
Mayweather’s manager said the fight would not go on if Pacquiao didn’t agree to blood testing under standards followed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Mayweather’s camp claims it was told Pacquiao would not agree to have his blood tested within 30 days of the fight because of superstitions.
Serena female AOY
Playing her best at the most important events, Serena Williams re-established herself as the top player in women’s tennis in 2009 and was a landslide choice as Female Athlete of the Year by members of the Associated Press.
Williams received 66 of 158 votes cast by editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of the AP. No other candidate got more than 18 votes in the tally.
Williams’ most infamous on-court episode — a tirade directed at a line judge after a foot-fault call near the end of her U.S. Open semifinal loss in September — didn’t hurt her standing in the eyes of the voters.
“People realize that I’m a great player, and one moment doesn’t define a person’s career,” Williams told the AP. “And I was right, for the most part: It wasn’t right the way I reacted — I never said it was — but I was right about the call.”