December 31, 2009 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Injured A hockey linesman’s neck was slashed during a junior league game in Woodstock, Ontario. Witnesses say his neck was gushing blood as he skated off the ice, and he collapsed before reaching the bench. Kevin Brown, 25, initially was reported in stable condition, but Woodstock Renegades owner Bill McLeod said he’s been told Brown is “not doing so well now.” Team trainers say Brown drifted in and out of consciousness as he was loaded into an ambulance. Brown was cut when two players fell to the ice late in a game between the Renegades and New Hamburg Firebirds. The Junior C game was immediately stopped.

Signed The Seattle Seahawks signed guard Trevor Canfield from the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad and put receiver Mike Hass on injured reserve. Canfield was Arizona’s seventh-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft. Seattle also announced it has signed receiver Patrick Carter, most recently with Tampa Bay, to its practice squad. Carter will fill cornerback Trae Williams’ roster spot. Williams has been signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers active roster.

•The Oakland Athletics re-signed right-handed starter Justin Duchscherer to an incentive-laden one-year contract after he missed all the 2009 season. The 32-year-old will receive a base salary of $1.75 million.

Fined Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson said he’s been fined $5,000 by the NFL for painting “DIII” under his eyes rather than using a standard strip of eye black during last weekend’s game at Atlanta. Jackson, who intends to appeal, was surprised by the punishment because he’s been wearing “DIII” – which stands for his Division III college football background – since the Coe College product first broke into the league with Buffalo in 2007.

Following University of Montana defensive coordinator Kraig Paulson said he is following former head coach Bobby Hauck to UNLV. Paulson said he did not get a formal interview for the Grizzlies head coaching job and decided to follow Hauck.

Died Former Oklahoma Sooner Steve Williams, who wrestled professionally as “Dr. Death” after a successful college wrestling and football career, died in Lakewood, Colo., after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 49.

Apology New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray issued a written apology concerning disparaging comments he made on Twitter about the officer that arrested him after a traffic stop this week. In the statement released by the EAG sports management agency, McCray said he regretted that private messages about his arrest were unintentionally posted.

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