July 5, 1996 |
Jeff Gordon outran the rain yesterday at Daytona International Speedway. A winner five times already this year, Gordon was the fastest of the few to finish before showers postponed qualifying for tomorrow's Pepsi 400. The defending champion's speed of 188.869 m.p.h. could well earn the pole, even though 34 drivers will get a chance to bump him today. Among the nine who took the track before the rain, Gordon's speed was best by more than 2 m.p.h. "I'm surprised," he said. "I didn't think we'd run that fast.
January 23, 2001 |
Super Bowl XXXV: The Soap Opera is having a hard time gaining any momentum. The coaches won't let it. An hour after Ravens coach Brian Billick scorched the national media for its coverage of linebacker Ray Lewis' murder trial and said Lewis would only speak about it today, Giants coach Jim Fassel insisted that his star's past should be similarly shrouded this week. Giants quarterback Kerry Collins overcame battles with alcohol and immaturity to resurrect a promising career.
June 3, 2004 |
Remember when linebacker Jeremiah Trotter wanted Ray Lewis money to stay with the Eagles? He'd probably settle for a little less now that he's out of a job. The Washington Redskins yesterday cut Trotter, along with running back Trung Canidate and guard Dave Fiore, saving the team about $4.7 million under the salary cap for 2004. Trotter was told months ago not to attend the spring minicamps and was given permission to seek a trade. Trotter never lived up to the 7-year, $35 million contract he received as a free agent from Washington 2 years ago. The Redskins this offseason signed Mike Barrow from the Giants to replace Trotter at middle linebacker.
November 10, 2012
The NFL has levied $50,000 in fines to the Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Friday for faking an injury during an Oct. 21 game in Cincinnati. Sanders was fined $15,000 and the organization $35,000. Sanders grabbed the back of his leg and collapsed to the ground during the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 24-17 win. Also fined by the league were Panthers safety Haruki Nakamura and Packers tight end Ryan Taylor, $21,000 each; Titans safety Michael Griffin, $20,000; Raiders cornerback Tyvon Branch, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, and Cardinals linebacker Quentin Groves, $15,750 each; Ravens LB Dannell Ellerbe, $10,000; Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn and Steelers safety Will Allen, $7,875 apiece.
January 14, 2001 |
He is being compared now to the greats at his position, fearsome middle linebackers like Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary and Ray Nitschke. Ray Lewis heard that and shrugged. "It's an honor to be put in the same sentence with those guys at 25 years old," Lewis said last week. "It's a great honor. But my thing is not to be in the same category. My thing is to be the best at what I do. " Last year, he was being compared to O.J. Simpson and Rae Carruth, football players who had been accused of murder.
January 28, 2001 |
For 11 years NFL secondaries have been trying to figure out whether it is harder to shut Shannon Sharpe down or to shut him up. The jury is still out. The man talks so much he might deliver his own eulogy, but his trek through the league has left as many deeds as words. If there is a victory to be had, Sharpe will be somewhere nearby. The Baltimore Ravens tight end has been victorious in his last 10 postseason games, seven with the Denver Broncos, with whom he won two Super Bowl rings, and three with the Ravens.
March 2, 2009
Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch provides a quick look at the early winners and losers after the first weekend of free agency. To read more of this analysis, visit www.eagletarian.com . Winners Chiefs: The weekend acquisitions of quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel for the paltry sum of a second-round pick will only make them better. Lito Sheppard: The Eagles cornerback finally got the trade he wanted, to the Jets. Giants: The Giants signed Falcons linebacker Michael Boley, Seahawks defensive tackle Rocky Bernard and Cowboys defensive lineman Chris Canty.
January 24, 2010 |
Today's AFC title game will be a clash of the top-seeded Indianapolis Colts and the fifth-seeded New York Jets. It will be a clash of playing styles. And it could turn on a clash of former South Jersey stars. The upstart Jets are likely to try to control the tempo with a powerful running game led by rookie Shonn Greene, a Winslow Township High School graduate. Indianapolis' defensive counter will be led by captain and middle linebacker Gary Brackett, a Glassboro High School graduate.
August 2, 2002 |
Ray Lewis agreed to a 5-year contract extension yesterday that includes a $19 million signing bonus and keeps the All-Pro linebacker with the Ravens through 2008. Lewis' new 7-year contract is worth about $50 million. Lewis had 2 years left on a deal that was to pay him $4.75 million each year. Lewis led the NFL with 196 tackles last year and was selected to the Pro Bowl for a fifth straight time. He was a key figure in the Ravens' drive to the Super Bowl in 2000, and clearly is the most important element in the team's effort to regroup from a sweeping salary-cap purge during the offseason.
November 18, 2006 |
New York Giants halfback Brandon Jacobs revealed yesterday that the league fined him between $5,000 and $10,000 for shoving a football under his jersey to celebrate a touchdown run against Chicago on Sunday night. Jacobs, who said he will appeal, insisted he was not celebrating. He said that when he puts the ball underneath his jersey to create a bulging stomach and then rubs it, he is acknowledging his wife, Kimberly, who is pregnant. What confuses Jacobs is he did the same thing after scoring a touchdown against Tampa Bay on Oct. 29. The league and the officials did nothing then.