Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sports Shorts

NFL: Steelers to cut Ward

The Steelers said they have informed Hines Ward, who holds franchise records for receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and helped the team win two Super Bowls, he will be released sometime in the next two weeks.

Former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian has joined ESPN as an analyst.

MLB: Dykstra to withdraw plea

Former Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra is seeking to withdraw his no-contest plea in Los Angeles on charges of auto theft and providing a false financial statement, officials said.

Dykstra is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, facing up to four years in prison as part of a plea deal.

Marlins slugger Mike Stanton said yesterday he prefers to be called by his given first name, Giancarlo.

Hoops: Fordham falls to R.I.

Anthony Malhoit scored a career-high 21 points leading Rhode Island to a 78-58 win over visiting Fordham.

Branden Frazier had 20 points to lead Fordham (10-18, 3-12) and Devon McMillan added 10. Fordham has lost seven of its last eight contests.

JaQuon Parker scored a career-high 28 points to lead Cincinnati to a 72-61 victory over No. 8 Marquette.

J awanza Poland scored 16 points and South Florida ruined No. 19 Louisville’s senior night with a 58-51 victory.

Khalif Wyatt scored 26 points to help No. 23 Temple beat visiting UMass 90-88 in overtime to clinch the A-10 tournament’s top seed.

soccer: Reyna, Meola in Hall

Former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna and goalkeeper Tony Meola have been elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Etc.: Kobe cleared to play

Kobe Bryant was cleared to play for the Lakers last night against Minnesota after breaking his nose and getting a concussion in the All-Star Game.

Bryant was declared symptom free.

Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief Chad Knaus was fined $100,000 and suspended six races by NASCAR while Johnson was docked 25 points for failing an inspection Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway.

Alex Morgan scored two goals, as the United States opened defense of its Algarve Cup title with a 5-0 win over Denmark in Portugal.

Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra, Steelers, Hines Ward, Fordham, Bill Polian, WardThe Steelers, Claudio Reyna, Mike Stanton, Dykstra, Tony Meola, Devon McMillan, ESPN

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