NFL fines Chargers $20K in sticky towel case
SAN DIEGO — The NFL has fined the San Diego Chargers $20,000 because it said a member of the equipment staff failed to immediately surrender towels when ordered to do so by a game official against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 15.
The NFL also said in a statement Wednesday that after investigating the Chargers’ use of towels that included an adhesive substance, it was determined that San Diego did not violate any rules.
After consulting with the Competition Committee, the league said it has advised all clubs that the use of towels or other products that contain any type of adhesive substance is prohibited on game days until further notice.
Pacers could be without Granger for 3 months
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers could be without top scorer Danny Granger for another three months.
The team issued a statement Wednesday saying Dr. James Andrews treated the forward’s injured left knee with an injection Tuesday, and that the expected recovery process is about three months.
He was diagnosed with patellar tendinosis.
It’s a big blow to a team that went into the season expecting to contend for the Eastern Conference title. Granger led the Pacers in scoring last season at 18.7 points per game. He has averaged 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in seven NBA seasons. He played through the injury during Indiana’s May playoff run, but it flared up again during offseason workouts. In September, Granger underwent blood-platelet treatment.
Carmen Basilio, who beat Sugar Ray Robinson, dies
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Carmen Basilio, a genial onion farmer’s son with a malevolent left hook who wrested the world middleweight boxing crown from Sugar Ray Robinson in 1957, has died. He was 85.
Edward Brophy, executive director of the Boxing Hall of Fame in upstate New York, says Basilio died early Wednesday morning in a Rochester hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.
Basilio lived in the Rochester suburb of Irondequoit (uh-RAHN’-duh-kwoyt) and was among the first class of hall of fame inductees in 1990, a group that included Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis and Jake LaMotta.
His career ended in 1961 with a 56-16-7 record that included 27 knockouts.
Basilio’s family said he’d been in failing health since heart-bypass surgery in 1992.
Mets, Jason Bay terminate contract a year early
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The New York Mets and Jason Bay have agreed to terminate their contract a year early and make the outfielder a free agent.
The 34-year-old Bay was a major disappointment in New York after signing a $65 million, four-year deal. The former All-Star hit .234 in three seasons with 26 homers and 124 RBIs, including a .165 average with eight homers and 20 RBIs this year.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says “the results weren’t there and we are in a results-oriented business.”
Bay was owed $16 million for next season and a $3 million buyout of a 2014 option.
Tigers’ Young pleads guilty to harassment in NY
NEW YORK — Detroit Tigers star Delmon Young has pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment for shouting an anti-Semitic slur and tackling a man to the ground outside a New York City hotel.
The 27-year-old outfielder was ordered to complete 10 days of community service and enroll in a program that teaches tolerance.
If Young completes the program successfully he’ll be able to withdraw his plea and plead guilty to a lesser charge.
His lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.
The incident occurred outside the Manhattan hotel at about 2:30 a.m. on April 27.
The Tigers lost the World Series to the San Francisco Giants.
Ex-Yankees prospect Taylor sentenced to prison
NEW BERN, N.C. — Former New York Yankees pitching prospect Brien Taylor has been sentenced to 38 months in prison after pleading guilty in August to distributing crack cocaine.
The 40-year-old Taylor told U.S. District Court Judge Louise W. Flanagan during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing that he was sorry for causing so much pain to his family and his five daughters.
Taylor was arrested in March. The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office said undercover narcotics agents bought a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from him over several months.
Taylor will also have three years of supervised release after his prison term.
Taylor was the No. 1 overall selection in the 1991 draft and got a then-record $1.55 million signing bonus, but he never threw a pitch in the major leagues.