Columbus had two players that made "The Hockey News" list of players most likely to be traded by the deadline. One of them, Geoff Sanderson, does have to pack his bags. The Blue Jackets send the forward to Vancover for a 3rd-round pick. In an earlier trade, Lasse Pirjeta was sent to Pittsburgh for Brian Holzinger, a former Bowling Green star who won the Hobey Baker Award in 1995 as the nation's top college hockey player.
A new era begins in Cleveland, as the Browns sign Jeff Garcia to a 4-year, $25-million dollar contract. The quarterback's played the last five seasons with San Francisco, throwing for over 3,000 yards in three of those years. Garcia was let go last month by the Niners when the two sides couldn't agree on a renegotiated contract. Garcia will probably replace Tim Couch, the Browns number-one overall pick in 1999. Couch refused a 50% pay cut last week.
An arbitrator in Geneva, Switzerland has ruled that the Russian Ice Hockey Federation violated rules by trying to keep Nikolai Zherdev after Columbus picked the forward with their first pick last year. Therefore, Zherdev will stay with the Blue Jackets. He has 7 goals and 11 assists so far in his rookie season.
Former Cincinnati Reds majority owner Marge Schott died today in a Cincinnati hospital at age 75.
The cause of death was not announced. Schott was a controversial and outspoken owner.
She bought the team in 1984 and sold but one share in 1999.
Though she knew little about baseball, she ran the club tightly. She established an office at the team’s ballpark, required her approval for any expense over 50 dollars, and let her dogs have run of the park. ...
Marvin Lewis names Carson Palmer the Bengals' starting quarterback heading into camp. Last year's #1 pick spent this past NFL season on the sidelines as the backup to Jon Kitna. Now, the roles are reversed... and Palmer will look to improve the Bengals from their near-playoff, 8-8 season. Lewis says the quarterback decision came early so that the team could have more time to adjust to their new signal-caller.
Jerome Bettis will be staying in Pittsburgh. The running back takes a pay cut for next season... from 3.75 million dollars to a 1 million dollar, one-year base pay. Bettis can earn another million through incentives. He's currently 6th on the NFL's all-time rushing list.
The OAC gave out its postseason awards for women's basketball Saturday. Lindsay Mast was the only representative from Muskingum College. The Ridgewood grad made the league's second team. Baldwin-Wallace's Erika Schultz was named Helen Ludwig Player of the Year after finishing in the league top-10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. Ohio Northern's Carrie Miller was the 1st OAC Freshman of the Year after setting school freshman records for assists and steals. Capital's Dixie...