Cincinnati signs free agent pitcher Cory Lidle. Lidle was a Blue Jay last year, going 12-15 with a 5.75 ERA. Before that, he pitched in Oakland, going a combined 21-16 with a 3. 74 ERA in two years on the West Coast. Lidle's deal is for one year and $2.75 million dollars.
NHL-leading goal scorer Rick Nash turns puck over deep in his own zone, and Ryan Johnson beats Marc Denis for the winning goal with under 4 minutes left. Columbus goals were scored by Geoff Sanderson and Todd Marchant. The Blue Jackets recalled top goalie prospect Pascal LeClaire from Syracuse before the game to replace the injured Freddie Brathwaite. As for the Blues, starting goaltender Chris Osgood was hurt early when a clearing...
-The Bengals needed a win and a Baltimore loss to make the playoffs. Neither happened. Cleveland breaks a 5-game losing streak, thanks in large part to rookie 4th-rd draft pick Lee Suggs. The Virginia Tech product rushed for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rudi Johnson scored twice for Cinci. One important point in the game may bave come right before the half when, deep in Browns territory, Bengals QB Jon Kitna decided to take the sack...
-Lady Panthers outplay previously-unbeaten Lady Blue Devils for the final 4 minutes of the game... from down 54-50 to the game's final score... Julie Guiler scores 29, pulls down 10 boards, as Maysville advances to the tournament finals Sat. 8pm @ Rogge Gymnasium v. Shadyside
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-Lady Bishops only muster 2 points in first quarter, finish with 30 turnovers overall... advance to consolation...
Slumpbuster central: Columbus won for the first time ever in the United Center, won on the road for the first time all year, and ended a 9-game winless string. David Vyborny scores twice, and Rick Nash scores league-leading goal #22.
Cleveland signs Ron Belliard. The infielder's the cousin of former major leaguer Rafael Belliard, and hit .277 last year with the Rockies. Belliard gets a one-year contract with Cleveland. He's also played in Milwaukee.
QB Josh Harris connects with Cole Magner for their 2nd touchdown connection of the game with 4 minutes left to take the lead for good. Harris sets a bowl record for completions in the game (38)... Magner for receptions (12)... MAC conference 2-0 in bowl play.
Pittsburgh players vote Hines Ward as their team MVP for the second straight season. Ward is headed to his 3rd Pro Bowl, is in the midst of his 3rd straight thousand-yard receiving season, and thinks the honor is the biggest he's ever won.
Jay Payton enjoyed a career year for Rockies in 2003.
So naturally the Zanesville native will spend next season with a different team.
Welcome to the business side of baseball.
The Rockies non-tendered Payton's contract this weekend, essentially making him an unrestricted free agent for next season. Instead, Colorado signed 34-year-old left fielder Jeromy Burnitz to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million.