Former Detroit Lions defensive lineman Reggie Rogers, a first-round draft choice in 1987, is free after serving a year in prison for the traffic deaths of three teen-agers in 1988. Rogers and his attorney said last week that the former defensive lineman would settle in Seattle and likely abandon his football career.
* Edward McCaskey, chairman of the Chicago Bears, was in good condition at a hospital after undergoing tests for a heart condition. McCaskey, 71, became ill while in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl and returned Tuesday to be examined by his doctors in Chicago.
Her lawyer says Esther Canseco still loves her husband, Jose, but has counterfiled for divorce in California, where the couple would be Mr. and Mrs. 50-50. Mrs. Canseco filed her petition on Wednesday, one day after seeking to stop her husband's divorce action in Florida. Unlike community property states such as California, Florida does not require an equal division of a couple's belongings, her lawyer said.
* An appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the drug and tax conviction of Thomas P. Gioiosa, who went to prison for hiding Pete Rose's racetrack winnings from tax authorities. The federal appeals court rejected Gioiosa's argument that the indictment against him was vague and didn't give him a chance to defend himself. He began serving a five-year prison term last February.
Track and field
Australian walker Kerry Saxby set the 30th world best of her career. Saxby's time of 11 minutes, 51.26 seconds in a 3,000-meter walk in a track meet at Olympic Park in Melbourne trimmed almost 10 seconds off the record of 12:00.61 held by German Beate Anders.
Joe Greenday, a Philadelphia Daily News writer for 47 years and a former president of the Golf Writers Association of America, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 65. Greenday was inducted into the Sportswriters Hall of Fame last October.
Bits and pieces
The Towson Lacrosse Club will hold its first practice at 10:45 a.m. tomorrow at Poly. Anyone interested in joining should call Tom Furman at 356-0684. . . . A fast-pitch softball clinic will be held today, beginning at 1 p.m., and tomorrow at Days Inn in Frederick. The clinic costs $50 for pre-registration or $60 at the door. For information, call Steve Linger at 898-7732. . . . The United States Slo-Pitch Softball Association is forming a men's Monday night league and a coed Friday night league. The league will hold umpires meetings at Poly on Feb. 18 and 25 and on March 4. Call Mark Schlenoff at 828-7007.