May 19, 2011 in Sports

In brief: Spokane Shock add two quarterbacks to roster

 

Arena football: The Shock added quarterbacks Steven Sheffield (in photo) and Casey Hansen to their roster Wednesday after the team had two quarterbacks injured in last week’s win over Dallas.

Quarterback Bill Stull joined Kyle Rowley on the injured reserve list, which means both are out a minimum of four weeks.

The team also released wide receiver Chas Gessner.

Hansen was a backup for the Shock in 2009, hitting 42 of 58 passes for 543 yards with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Sheffield completed his collegiate career at Texas Tech last season.

Both new QBs are eligible to play in Friday’s game in Spokane against Tampa Bay. A starter has not been named.

Bliss takes on new challenge

Running: Local doctor and ultramarathoner Lisa Bliss is taking on a new challenge this summer – she is going to try to cover the 136 miles of the Badwater Ultramarathon solo and self-contained.

Bliss, who will be raising money for a Crosswalk program, would be the second person after Marshall Ulrich in 1996, to accomplish the feat of crossing Death Valley and finishing on Mt. Whitney, with no help.

“I’m not sure I can do it, but I’m training for it,” said Bliss, 42, who has finished Badwater supported in 44 hours. “It was put to me as, ‘It’s impossible for a woman to do.’ ”

Bliss, who is 5-foot-1, 95 pounds, will push a specially built trailer with her water and other supplies for all but the final few miles. She will sleep on the trailer.

Bliss, who will again head up the medical team for the 35th annual race in mid-July, will start her attempt on July 25.

Dave Trimmer

Raiders’ plan: Just sell, baby

NFL: During the lockout, every member of the Oakland Raiders organization is now part of the ticket staff.

Instead of forcing employees to take pay cuts or unpaid furloughs during the lockout, the Raiders have implemented a plan that allows people to keep their full salary if they sell a certain number of season tickets.

The plan applies to essentially all employees, including coaches.

To avoid a pay cut, employees must sell season tickets worth 10 percent of their salary during the lockout.

Associated Press


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