Out Wide receiver Wes Welker’s season officially ended Wednesday when the New England Patriots placed the NFL’s leading pass catcher on injured reserve. Welker was running Sunday after making his NFL-best 123rd catch when his left leg buckled as he planted it to make a cut. He fell to the ground, grabbed his knee and was helped off the field.
Signed Punter Jon Ryan has a new multiyear deal with the Seattle Seahawks. The team confirmed the signing, but did not release details. The Canadian Press reported Ryan’s deal as a $9.1 million, six-year extension to remain with the team. The native of Regina, Saskatchewan, averaged 46.2 yards per kick this season.
•Right-handed reliever Clay Condrey and the Minnesota Twins agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The Twins also released righty reliever Bobby Keppel.
Announced UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Price was the Pac-10’s defensive player of the year.
•Florida All-America tight end Aaron Hernandez is leaving school early and entering the NFL draft.
Fired New York Giants co-owner John Mara demanded change after a disappointing season and coach Tom Coughlin is delivering, starting with his coaching staff. Coughlin fired defensive line coach Mike Waufle. He is the second Giants coach dismissed this week. Coughlin fired rookie defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan on Monday.
Sentenced Former Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers has been sentenced to 93 days in jail for contempt of court after drinking too much and passing out at a Mex- ican restaurant in Novi, Mich. Police officers arrested Rogers on a warrant for disobeying a sobriety court order. The order was imposed after Rogers pleaded guilty in September to impaired driving.
Appointed The U.S. Olympic Committee has appointed Scott Black- mun its new chief execu- tive officer. Blackmun, a Colorado Springs, Colo., attorney, agreed to a four-year deal with a base salary of $450,000.