Pro Football


Henson to leave Yankees, take shot at career in NFL

Drew Henson has agreed to leave the New York Yankees to pursue a career in the NFL.

Henson's agent, Casey Close, told the Yankees the third baseman is quitting after three mediocre seasons in the minor leagues, a baseball official said yesterday on the condition he not be identified.

Henson will forfeit the $12 million he is owed from the contract he agreed to with the Yankees in 2001, the official said.

The NFL's Houston Texans, who hold the former University of Michigan quarterback's rights, announced that Henson would work out with the team on Feb. 12 in a showcase for the other 31 NFL franchises.

The Texans chose Henson with a sixth-round pick last April but likely will trade him because they already have a young, developing quarterback in David Carr.

Henson, who turns 24 later this month, hit .234 with 14 homers, 40 doubles and 78 RBIs for Triple-A Columbus last season, striking out 122 times and making 28 errors at third base.

DRAFT: Louisiana State defensive end Marquise Hill will forgo his senior season and enter his name in the NFL draft after his involvement with an agent put his college eligibility in question.

Et Cetera

Colorado president says no sexual assault occurred

University of Colorado president Elizabeth Hoffman said that while students drank alcohol and did "very irresponsible things" at a 2001 party at which a former student claims she was raped, no sexual assault occurred.

More sworn testimony is expected to be released this week that will shed a different light on the alleged football recruiting scandal and show that there was no sexual misconduct at the party for football recruits, Hoffman added.

A former student is suing the university in U.S. District Court, claiming she was raped at the 2001 party attended by football players and high school athletes being recruited for the team.

Hoffman also said she hopes to announce by Friday the names of the chair or co-chairs of an investigative panel that will conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations.

HORSE RACING: The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Winter Mixed Sale at Timonium grossed $1,303,000, a 175 increase in gross from last year. The average was $9,871, an increase of 123 percent, and the median of $5,000 represented an increase of 67 percent. Topping the sale was the El Prado mare Garden Dance, which sold for $59,000. ... Racing was canceled at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., for the second straight day after jockeys again expressed safety concerns over soaked track conditions.

BOXING: National collegiate light heavyweight champion Amir Sharif of the Naval Academy will be featured on an amateur card Thursday night at 8 at the Towson American Legion, 125 York Road. Tickets are $25 at the door. Call 410-375-9175. ... Baltimore heavyweight James Thompson (1-1) scored a first-round knockout over previously unbeaten William Terry in Philadelphia on Saturday night.

SOCCER: Sophomore All-Metro midfielder Drew Yates of Archbishop Curley was chosen the Maryland State Player of The Year by The Addidas/National Soccer Coaches' Association of America.

The quiz

On the move: Former Oriole Todd Zeile, who signed with the Mets last week, has played for 11 major league teams, the most in history by a position player. Whose record did he break last season? And what pitcher holds the overall record of 12 teams? Hint: Both are former Orioles. (Answer in For The Record)

Quiz answer

Tommy Davis'. Mike Morgan.

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