M’s, Bedard close to 1-year deal
Baseball: A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells the Associated Press that the Seattle Mariners and left-hander Erik Bedard are getting close to a one-year contract, pending a physical.
Bedard has been in his native Canada rehabilitating from surgery in August to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder.
Mariners trainer Rick Griffin said last week that the 30-year-old Bedard felt good while throwing. Griffin said Bedard has three to five months left of rehabilitation.
Be it resolved that Jack & Dan’s will get a copy
Basketball: A resolution honoring basketball legend John Stockton for his careers at Gonzaga Prep, Gonzaga University and the Utah Jazz has been introduced in the state House of Representatives.
It honors Stockton, the recent Hall of Fame inductee, for his basketball accomplishments, contributions to the city and state, and “for being a positive role model on and off the court.”
Rep. Timm Ormsby, D-Spokane, the sponsor and a fellow alum of St. Al’s Elementary School, said the resolution is expected to come up in a pro forma floor session – what sports announcers might call a break in the action – later this month.
Passage of such a resolution is routine, but the recipients at that point are a bit unusual. It asks the resolution be transmitted immediately to Stockton, the NBA Hall of Fame, the Spokane Youth Sports Association, Spokane City officials – and Jack & Dan’s Bar & Grill.
Shock add WR, trade another
Arena football: The Spokane Shock added wide receiver Willie Quinnie to their roster while trading receiver Terry Moss to the Alabama Vipers for future considerations.
Quinnie, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, is a two-year AFL veteran. Quinnie spent the 2007-2008 season with the Colorado Crush. In his rookie year, Quinnie recorded 72 receptions for 844 yards with 14 touchdowns. The following season, Quinnie tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions (30) and collected 123 receptions for 1,256 yards.
He played college ball at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He played in NFL Europe and also was signed as a free agent by three NFL teams but never played. He also played in the CFL.