January 10, 2011 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Declared Georgia receiver A.J. Green has given up his senior season and declared for the NFL draft. Green is projected to be one of the top picks in the draft, his stock boosted even more by Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck’s decision to return to college next year. Green had 166 catches for 2,619 yards and 23 touchdowns in his three-year college career.

• West Virginia safety Robert Sands plans to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-5 Sands is projected by some scouting services to be among the top three safeties available in the draft. The first-team all-Big East selection had 53 tackles in 2010, including 1.5 sacks. He also had a forced fumble and made an interception. Sands was part of a defense that ranked in the top five in several statistical categories last season.

Practiced Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace did some light running at practice. He won’t play tonight against Memphis, but coach Paul Silas says the goal is to have him play Wednesday against Chicago. Charlotte’s second-leading scorer at 16.5 points per game has missed all but two games since Dec. 15 with a sprain and bone bruise.

Over Rangers forward Alex Frolov’s first season in New York is over because of a significant injury to his right knee. The Rangers say that the 28-year-old left winger has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a second degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament and a medial meniscus tear in his right knee that will require season-ending surgery. An MRI revealed the damage that occurred in the third period New York’s 2-1 win at St. Louis on Saturday night.

Demoted The Columbus Blue Jackets sent unhappy defenseman Mike Commodore to their top minor-league team while trying to unload him and his big salary. Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson announced that Commodore had been sent to Springfield of the American Hockey League and that defenseman Grant Clitsome was called up to take the veteran’s place. The 31-year-old Commodore has two goals and four assists in 22 games with the Blue Jackets. His cap hit is $3.75 million, limiting the number of interested teams.

Dead Former major leaguer David M. Sisler, the last surviving child of Baseball Hall of Famer George Sisler, has died. He was 79. The Lupton Chapel confirmed that Sisler died in St. Louis. Son David G. Sisler told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his father died from complications from prostate cancer. Sisler grew up playing sports, first in high school and later at Princeton. He went on to pitch in the majors from 1956 to 1962, then became an A.G. Edwards executive.


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