Schilling at 3,000 K’s and counting
OAKLAND, Calif. – Boston ace Curt Schilling became the 14th pitcher in major league history to reach 3,000 strikeouts Wednesday when he fanned Oakland’s Nick Swisher in the first inning.
The 39-year-old Schilling allowed a leadoff double to Jason Kendall before getting Swisher swinging for the milestone strikeout. His accomplishment was announced and Schilling received a lengthy ovation. He stepped off the mound and tipped his hat, his wife Shonda and children watching from nearby in the stands.
Schilling is the first pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts since Greg Maddux fanned San Francisco’s Omar Vizquel for No. 3,000 on July 26, 2005.
Grizzlies land Sooners lineman
Former Oklahoma offensive lineman J.D. Quinn enrolled at the University of Montana with plans to walk on to the football team, school officials announced.
Montana is a Division I-AA school where Quinn would be eligible to play immediately if the NCAA reinstates him.
Quinn, a sophomore, was dismissed by Oklahoma earlier this month for violating NCAA rules by receiving pay for more hours than he worked at a car dealership.
The 6-foot-3, 296-pound Quinn, of Garland, Texas, was projected to be a starting guard at Oklahoma after starting four games last season.
Yzerman’s jersey will be retired
DETROIT – Steve Yzerman, who led the Detroit Red Wings to three Stanley Cups, will have his No. 19 jersey retired Jan. 2.
Yzerman, 41, retired in July after playing each of his 22 seasons in Detroit – 20 as captain – where he became one of the most famed athletes in Michigan history.
His jersey will be hoisted in Joe Louis Arena to hang among Gordie Howe’s No. 9, Terry Sawchuk’s No. 1, Ted Lindsay’s No. 7, Alex Delvecchio’s No. 10 and Sid Abel’s No. 12.
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