Ex-Patriots linebacker Spikes selling title ring
Brandon Spikes, released by the New England Patriots last week for ties to an alleged hit-and-run accident, placed his 2011 AFC Championship ring on eBay for just under $19,499.
Spikes spent last season in Buffalo but rejoined the Patriots in free agency.
Police found Spikes’ car damaged and abandoned on a highway near Foxborough. Investigators learned that a claim Spikes hit a deer was questionable because of a rear-end collision involving a Nissan Murano.
Spikes was released by the Patriots and subsequently charged in the accident.
Paterno named to state’s Hall of Fame
The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will honor former Penn State coach Joe Paterno as one of its inductees this year.
Among the 12-member class announced Tuesday will be two players that Paterno coached — quarterback Chuck Fusina and kicker Matt Bahr. The induction will take place on Oct. 24 at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pa.
Paterno was removed as Nittany Lions coach during the 2011 season after 46 years on the job in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. Penn State was hit with sanctions and probation, and Paterno was stripped of 111 of his NCAA Division I-record 409 victories from his coaching career that were restored by the NCAA in January.
Paterno, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, guided the Nittany Lions to five undefeated and untied seasons, national championships in 1982 and 1986, and Big Ten titles in 1994, 2005 and 2008.
Two months after Paterno was dismissed in 2011, he died of cancer.
Brewers Hall of Famer Uecker suffers concussion
Brewers Hall of Fame radio announcer Bob Uecker spent Monday night in a Milwaukee-area hospital after suffering a mild concussion when he was struck by a ball during batting practice Monday night at Miller Park.
The Brewers, on Tuesday, said the 81-year-old Uecker was struck on his forehead by a ball that ricocheted out of the batting cage. Brewers spokesman Tyler Barnes said Uecker went on with his radio broadcast of the game between the Milwaukee and Kansas City.
But Uecker began feeling a “bit out of sorts” during the broadcast and was examined by team medical personnel, who detected the mild concussion.
He was admitted overnight for observation.
Boston pitcher Workman undergoes Tommy John surgery
Boston right-handed pitcher Brandon Workman had successful Tommy John surgery on Monday on his right elbow.
Workman was injured toward the end of spring training and received an injection. His progress was unsatisfactory and the surgery was performed by noted surgeon, Dr. James Andrews.
“There are some changes to the ligament,” manager John Farrell told Boston-area media on April 19.
Workman, 26, might not pitch until 2017. He compiled a 5.11 ERA in 129 innings for Boston during the past two seasons while splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen.
Seahawks QB Wilson has insurance policy
Russell Wilson might be paid only $1.5 million in salary in 2015, but he will also be protected by a multi-million dollar insurance policy in case of injury.
ESPN reported Tuesday that Wilson had taken out the insurance policy, similar to the policies approved by the NCAA for college players expected to enter the NFL within a year.
Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are stalled in talks geared toward a long-term deal and the quarterback who guided the team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances said recently he is ready to play 2015 without a long-term deal.
The Seahawks are focusing on other contracts, including that of inside linebacker Bobby Wagner, seemingly pushing Wilson’s deal to next year’s business.