Sports in Brief | Paper: Jaws may replace Theismann

Posted: March 26, 2007

Joe Theismann is out as a Monday Night Football analyst after one season, and his replacement could well be former Eagles quarterback and Soul executive Ron Jaworski, Newsday reported yesterday.

The Long Island newspaper cited a person familiar with ESPN's decision-making process in its report. Newsday also reported that when reached by telephone, Theismann declined to comment "until I fully understand what has taken place." The paper said he did not deny the news.

An official announcement could come today.

Free-agent defensive back Dexter Reid was arrested on gun and drug charges on the eve of an NFL owners meeting in which commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to unveil new rules to deal with a perceived increase of players' brushes with the law.

Reid, who earned Super Bowl rings with New England and Indianapolis, was arrested after being pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving in Virginia Beach, Va. Officers reported finding a handgun and marijuana in the Norfolk native's vehicle.

Goodell, set to deliver his first state-of-the-game address to club owners when the meetings formally begin today in Phoenix, reportedly will unveil new and strengthened rules of discipline tomorrow.

The Chicago Bears shored up both lines by re-signing Pro Bowl left guard Ruben Brown to a one-year deal and signing former 49ers defensive tackle Anthony Adams to a four-year contract.

The Detroit Lions agreed to terms with veteran guards Edwin Mulitalo, a former Baltimore Raven, and Zach Piller, who was released by the Tennessee Titans.

The NFL set a paid attendance record for the fifth straight season, surpassing 22 million for the first time.

Total attendance, including playoffs, was 22,199,712, up more than 400,000 from the 2005 season. The Eagles ranked 13th, with 553,794 paying fans.

Tennis

Maria Sharapova won a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 marathon over Venus Williams in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Sharapova was drubbed by Serena Williams in the Australian Open final in January.

Justine Henin came from behind three times in the third set to beat Virginie Razzano, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5).

Soccer

Landon Donovan scored in the opening minute, then added two more goals for the 10th hat trick in U.S. national team history as the United States (3-0) beat Ecuador, 3-1, in an exhibition game at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Congo's scheduled African Nations Cup qualifying match ed with Ethiopia was postponed indefinitely because of deadly clashes in Congo's capital, Kinshasa, that have left more than 100 dead since Thursday.

Cycling

Floyd Landis says his legal battle over doping allegations at the Tour de France has drained him physically, mentally and financially.

The effort "takes all of my energy and a lot of my time," Landis told reporters before a fund-raiser last night in Ephrata, Pa. Asked who he believes will win this summer's Tour de France, Landis said: "I don't care."

Jurisprudence

Authorities in Kingston, Jamaica, are hoping that security video from the hotel where Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was strangled March 18 will reveal the killer or killers. Police, however, will need more time to analyze footage because of the cameras' limited scope.

Noteworthy

Kirk Osborn, a lead defense attorney in the Duke lacrosse sexual-assault case, died at 64 in Durham, N.C., two days after he suffered a heart attack. . . . In winter sports, Adam Malysz of Poland won the World Cup ski-jumping season title in Planica, Slovenia, while Canada won its first women's world curling title since 2004 with an 8-4 win over Denmark in Aomori, Japan. . . . Gonzaga assistant Bill Grier will be introduced today as the new head basketball coach at the University of San Diego. . . . Citronnade won the $150,000 Santa Ana Handicap by five lengths in Arcadia, Calif. Sharp Susan beat Communique by three lengths in the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla.

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