February 24, 2013 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Retired Syracuse retired former star Carmelo Anthony’s No. 15 jersey during halftime of its game against Georgetown on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. A sellout crowd of 35,012, the largest to see a college basketball game in an on-campus arena, watched a large replica of Anthony’s jersey get unveiled in the rafters. The New York Knicks star was presented a framed jersey at center court. Anthony, who played only one year of college ball and helped lead the Orange to their lone national championship in 2003, was greeted with a rousing ovation.

Announced The new interim president of the international wrestling federation says reforming the sport’s often incomprehensible rules will be a top priority while seeking to retain Olympic status. Nenad Lalovic admitted that wrestling is partly to blame for the IOC’s decision to drop the sport from its program for 2020. He says wrestling needs more user-friendly rules that would benefit spectators, television and athletes.

Signed The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached a deal with 41-year-old pitcher Jose Contreras on a minor league contract. He was 1-0 with a 5.27 ERA in 17 games for Philadelphia last year.

Extended The Buffalo Bills have extended the contract of assistant general manager Doug Whaley, smoothing the transition for him to eventually replace GM Buddy Nix.

Sidelined Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis has broken his right collarbone and is expected to miss six weeks.

Auctioned The bloody sock worn by Curt Schilling during the 2004 World Series is set to be sold off. Online bidding opened several weeks ago at $25,000 and by Friday had reached $60,000. Chris Ivy, director of sports for Heritage Auctions, says he expects the sock will fetch at least $100,000.

• The jersey worn by hockey great Mike Eruzione in the U.S. Miracle on Ice victory at the 1980 Winter Olympics has been auctioned for almost $660,000.

Hired The Washington Redskins have signed Mike McDaniel as their new wide receivers coach.

Returned Rays third baseman Evan Longoria returned to camp after missing three days due to the birth of his daughter. Desired The Carolina Panthers want to keep their highly paid, backfield tandem intact. Despite being about $10 million over the projected $122 million salary cap, the Panthers hope to keep both running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Williams, 29, is due to make $5 million this year and has a cap figure of $8.2 million. The Panthers signed Stewart to a five-year, $36.5 million extension last August.

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