Finnegan, Johnson fined
The NFL’s disciplinary officials slapped Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan and Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson with US$25,000 fines each for fighting. Finnegan and Johnson were ejected following a fight halfway through the final quarter of Houston’s 20-0 victory on Sunday. Each player tore off the other’s helmet as they exchanged punches with all-star receiver Johnson landing the majority of the blows to Finnegan’s face and neck. Both players dodged a bullet though as the NFL decided not to suspend them.
Bucs players out for season
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a blow to their surprising run for the playoffs with the loss of guard Davin Joseph and safety Cody Grimm for the rest of season due to injuries, the NFL club said on Monday. Joseph broke his foot and Grimm broke his leg in the Bucs’ 17-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Joseph, in his fifth season, started all 11 games this season for the Bucs, who were 3-13 last year, but are 7-4 this year. Grimm, son of Redskins Hall of Famer Russ Grimm, had seen increased playing time after being inserted into the lineup to replace suspended Tanard Jackson in Week 3 and registered 57 tackles and two interceptions in 11 games.
All-Star McDougald dies
Gil McDougald, an All-Star baseball infielder who helped the New York Yankees win five World Series championships during the 1950s, has died. He was 82. The Yankees released a statement on Monday saying McDougald died on Sunday of prostate cancer at his home in Wall Township, New Jersey. McDougald spent his entire 10-year major league career with the Yankees and played a key role on one of baseball’s greatest dynasties. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1951 and teamed with Hall of Famers such as Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and manager Casey Stengel to lead New York to eight American League pennants from 1951 to 1960.
Champs divvy up bonus
The World Series champion San Francisco Giants divided up their postseason bonus money of nearly US$20 million into 50 full shares worth more than US$317,000, Major League Baseball said on Monday. American League champion Texas Rangers, who fell in five games to the Giants in the Fall Classic, split their US$13 million haul into 44 full shares worth US$246,000 each. The players’ pool is formed from 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series and 60 percent of receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series and the World Series.
Anderson mistaken for Cook
England fast-bowler James Anderson yesterday said Australian fans were mistaking him for Alastair Cook, who hit a record 235 not out in the drawn opening Ashes Test. “In the airport waiting for flight to Adelaide. Had three people come up to me and say well batted. I only got 11?” Anderson tweeted. Anderson reached 11 before being bowled in the first innings, while Cook, who is also tall with dark hair, eclipsed even the legendary Donald Bradman with his Gabba-record second knock. The mix-up comes after many Australian supporters stayed away from the game’s final stages, as a likely victory slipped from the home team’s grasp.