Giants end Burress’ season
The New York Giants officially ended the season of Plaxico Burress on Tuesday by placing the embattled NFL star on the injury list. The move came one day after Burress was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Manhattan nightclub the previous weekend. The Giants initially fined Burress and suspended him for four games for conduct detrimental to the team for multiple and repeated violations of club rules. Should the defending Super Bowl champions make the playoffs, which is a mere formality given their 11-1 record, Burress will not be allowed to return to the Giants’ active list.
Six NFL players suspended
The NFL suspended a half dozen players after they failed doping tests, league officials announced on Tuesday. Defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams of the Minnesota Vikings, a trio of players with the New Orleans Saints — running back Deuce McAllister and defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant — and center Bryan Pittman of the Houston Texans were slapped with four-game suspensions for violating the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. The NFL’s disciplinary officials did not release the name of the drug but it is reportedly a masking agent for steroids.
Browns sign Gradkowski
The Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Bruce Gradkowski today, while Derek Anderson was placed on injured reserve, the team said. Quarterback Brady Quinn, who hurt his right index finger in his first National Football League victory on Nov. 17 against the Buffalo Bills, will have surgery tomorrow to repair the damage. He was expected to recover in six to 10 weeks. Gradkowski played his first two NFL seasons with Tampa Bay, throwing for 1,661 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 games during his rookie year with the Buccaneers. After four appearances last year, he was waived in June and went to training camp this year with St. Louis.
Ballesteros has operation
Five-time major champion Seve Ballesteros underwent more surgery on Tuesday, this time to drain fluid from his brain. Ballesteros was in stable condition in the intensive care unit after the operation to implant a valve in his brain, La Paz hospital said in a three-line statement. Doctors also repaired a bone defect stemming from one of the procedures the golf great has undergone since his initial operation on Oct. 24 to remove a malignant brain tumor.
‘Pit’ falls through ice, dies
Police divers recovered the body of Hubert “Pit” Martin, a four-time NHL All-Star in the 1960s and 1970s, who drowned after the snowmobile he was driving plunged into an icy lake near his home. Divers found Martin’s body on Tuesday, Quebec provincial police said. Constable Marie-Josee Ouellet said Martin was driving the vehicle on Lake Kanasuta in northwestern Quebec on Sunday when the ice cracked and he plunged into the freezing water. Another man who was driving a separate snowmobile at the time confirmed Martin ended up in the water, Ouellet said. Martin, who would have turned 65 next week, lived on an island in the lake that was reached by boat in summer and snowmobile in winter.
Kamel to return to Kenya
Bahrain’s Kenya-born world indoor 800m bronze medalist Youssef Saad Kamel plans to ditch his Bahraini passport and return to Kenya next year, alleging mistreatment in the Gulf nation. The 25-year-old Kamel said the conditions were not favorable for his stay. “Promises are not honored. Sometimes I can go for several months without a salary. When I ask for the money I am told to wait,” said Kamel, who is credited with the second-fastest 800m time in the world behind Abubakar Kaki of Sudan. “I am prepared to come back home and run for Kenya at the 2009 World championships in Berlin.”