Schilling retires with 'zero regrets'
Curt Schilling retired from baseball Monday, ending a career in which he won World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks and was one of the game's most dominant pitchers. Schilling, 42, said on his blog that he's leaving after 23 years with "zero regrets." The right-hander missed all of last season with a shoulder injury after signing a one-year, $8 million contract. Schilling, a former Oriole, had surgery in June and had said he might come back in the middle of this season, though he was not under contract. He made no reference to his injury on his blog. He was co-Most Valuable Player of the 2001 World Series with Randy Johnson while in Arizona. Schilling also won World Series titles with Boston in 2004 and 2007. He was drafted by the Red Sox in 1986 but was traded to the Orioles before playing for the big league club. He pitched for the Orioles from 1988 to 1990. He also played for the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies. Schilling ended his career with 3,116 strikeouts, 14th most in history, a 216-146 record and a 3.46 ERA. In the postseason, he was 11-2, the best record of any pitcher with at least 10 decisions, and 2.23 ERA in 19 starts.
Et cetera: : Giants pitcher Kelvin Pichardo was suspended for 50 games after a positive test for a banned performance-enhancing substance under baseball's drug program. Pichardo, 23, pitched last season at Double-A Connecticut and has not appeared in the major leagues. ... Brad Penny, who is coming back from shoulder trouble, pitched three hitless innings in his spring training debut as the Red Sox beat the Tigers, 7-6, in Fort Myers, Fla. ... Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez returned from a hamstring injury and went 0-for-3 in Los Angeles' 10-4 loss to the Angels in Tempe, Ariz.
Armstrong breaks collarbone in Spain
Lance Armstrong will have surgery after breaking his collarbone during a race in Spain, raising questions whether he can compete for an eighth Tour de France title. "I'm alive!" Armstrong wrote on his Twitter feed. "Broken [right] clavicle. ... Surgery in a couple of days." Armstrong, 37, is planning to fly back to the United States after he was knocked off his bike during a pileup in the first stage of the Vuelta of Castilla and Leon race. He was scheduled to compete in the Giro d'Italia in May and the Tour in July. Armstrong has returned to the sport after 3 1/2 years in retirement. "For the Giro, it's a very big problem," he said.
Lil E. Tee, winner of '92 Derby, dead
Lil E. Tee, who upset heavily favored Arazi to win the 1992 Kentucky Derby, has died. He was 20. The horse was euthanized Wednesday at Old Frankfort Stud in Lexington, Ky. Farm owner Jim Plemmons said the horse fell ill last month after an operation to repair an obstructed bowel and struggled to recover. Under jockey Pat Day, Lil E. Tee, at 17-1, roared past the front-runners at Churchill Downs, including European star Arazi, to win the Derby by a length. It marked the only Derby victory of Day's Hall of Fame career. But Lil E. Tee's winning time of 2 minutes, 3 seconds over a fast track was considered slow, and most of the aftermath was spent wondering what went wrong with Arazi, who faded to eighth. Lil E. Tee's bid for a Triple Crown ended when he took fifth at the Preakness Stakes. He skipped the Belmont Stakes because of a lung infection. He retired with seven wins in 13 career starts.
Owners on course to extend NFL season
NFL owners could vote in May on plans to lengthen the regular season to 17 or 18 games. The longer regular season, however, is unlikely to begin any earlier than 2011, commissioner Roger Goodell said at the NFL's annual meeting in Dana Point, Calif. Adding at least one regular-season game while reducing the preseason schedule is a critical component in the league's attempt to find new revenue while remaining attractive to fans in the challenging economic climate. There is almost no chance that the regular season will remain at 16 games.
More NFL: : Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels reiterated that he wants to keep disgruntled quarterback Jay Cutler. "He's our quarterback, we want him to be our quarterback," McDaniels told the NFL Network. ... Steelers Hall of Fame wide receiver John Stallworth is among three new partners added to Pittsburgh chairman Dan Rooney's ownership group, one that might expand further before it is finalized in several months. ... The Super Bowl champion Steelers will open the 2009 season at home Sept. 10 against the Tennessee Titans. ... Wide receiver Terrell Owens is a no-show for the start of the Bills' voluntary workouts.
Olympics: : The committee hoping to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago has an early commitment from President Barack Obama to be in Copenhagen, Denmark, for its final presentation and the International Olympic Committee vote in October.
Jurisprudence: : A New Jersey lawmaker is asking a judge to overturn a federal law that bans sports betting in 46 states. State Sen. Raymond Lesniak filed a lawsuit in Trenton arguing that a federal law is unconstitutional because it treats four states differently from the rest. The law prohibits sports betting in all states except Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. Casinos and their political allies say allowing people to bet on sports would give states a lucrative new source of revenue during an economic crisis.
Obituary: : Howard "Butch" Komives, who averaged nearly 37 points in leading the nation in scoring at Bowling Green in 1964 and went on to play 10 seasons in the NBA, died Sunday in Toledo, Ohio. He was 67.
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