Cousins rejoins Kings
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was reinstated by the NBA club on Monday, two days after being suspended indefinitely for unprofessional behavior and detrimental conduct. Cousins missed the Kings’ 108-96 home victory over Portland on Sunday because of the suspension, a triumph that lifted the team’s record to 9-18, still last in the Pacific Division. Cousins exchanged angry words in the locker room with coach Keith Smart at half-time of the Kings’ 97-85 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Smart decided to bench Cousins for the entire second half, ordering him not to join the other players when they returned to the court for the second half. After the game, an apologetic Cousins said his outburst was wrong.
Vick likely to start again
Michael Vick is expected to start again for the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday’s NFL season finale after the team said on Monday that quarterback Nick Foles has suffered a broken right hand. Foles, who became a starter after Vick suffered a concussion seven weeks ago in a loss to Dallas, was hurt during the first half of last Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins. “Nick will obviously not play this week,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “This was something that showed up on the MRI this morning. It wasn’t present on the X-ray.” Foles threw for 1,699 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions over seven games and to replace him, the Eagles will activate Vick for Sunday’s season-ending game against the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants. “There’s a pretty good chance Michael will be the starter,” Reid said. Vick, 32, was an NFL superstar with the Atlanta Falcons for six seasons before being sent to prison for his role in a dogfight gambling ring.
Owen desperate to score
Michael Owen is desperate to break his scoring duck against former club Liverpool today and end an eight-year wait. The 33-year-old hit 118 goals during his prolific Anfield career, but since leaving for Real Madrid in 2004, he has not been able to break through.“It is a strange feeling really playing against your old club, especially one where you were for around 15 years,” Stoke striker Owen told reporters. “Liverpool are a big part of my life and career and I had some of the best times of my life at the club. So certainly I have happy memories. I have not been so happy playing against them since; I have never scored and not particularly enjoyed it,” he said.
Lockout reaches 100th day
National Hockey League (NHL) players and club owners reached the 100th day of the league’s shutdown over money issues on Monday with no talks planned and shrinking hope to salvage even a shortened season. Owners locked out players in September after the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement that was reached after the 2004 to 2005 season was wiped out by a similar bitter fight over money. Team owners have wiped out 625 games through Jan. 14, just over half the planned schedule that was to have started in October, and vow they will not stage a season with less than 48 games per team, requiring a mid-January deal. Players, who were paid 57 percent of revenues under the old deal, have moved closer to the 50-50 split found in other North American sports, but want owners to increase the amount of shared revenue from strong teams to bolster the fortunes of owners pleading poverty under the previous system.