Academics sideline Tigers' McElrathbey
Klitschko stops Austin in second round
LB Edwards agrees to deal with Chiefs
Simon has disciplinary hearing
Artest apologizes, returns to team
Nationals renew Zimmerman's contract
Raiders sign Griffith as new blocking back
Wallace suspended for 16th technical
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson running back Ray Ray McElrathbey, who took custody of his 12-year-old brother last year, was suspended from the team for at least four practices because of academic concerns. Coach Tommy Bowden said McElrathbey may return to the team after spring break if he gets his class work in order. McElrathbey is raising his brother, Fahmarr, because of their mother's drug addiction. Bowden was asked if McElrathbey's numerous responsibilities led to academic problems. "I think we have been awful patient in that regard," Bowden said. "We've gone above and beyond the call of duty."
MANNHEIM, Germany - Wladimir Klitschko retained his IBF heavyweight title Saturday night, stopping American challenger Ray Austin in the second round. The Ukrainian knocked down Austin 87 seconds into the round with two left hooks. The American climbed to his feet, but the referee stopped the fight. Klitschko improved his record to 48-3 with 43 knockouts in the mandatory defense, while Austin fell to 24-4 with four draws and 16 knockouts.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Donnie Edwards is coming back to Kansas City. Edwards, the free-agent linebacker who spent the first six years of his NFL career with the Chiefs, agreed Saturday to a three-year deal after the San Diego Chargers didn't try to re-sign him. Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore confirmed the agreement, but said reports of the deal being worth about $14 million were wrong. "It'll happen, but nothing's signed yet," Moore said.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Chris Simon met with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell on Saturday, then waited to find out how long he will be suspended for his vicious two-handed stick attack to the face of Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg. The New York Islanders forward, suspended indefinitely Friday for his retaliatory hit against Hollweg the night before, attended a disciplinary hearing at the league office in Manhattan along with representatives from the team and the NHL players' association. There was no immediate announcement of how many games Simon will miss.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Five days after his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, Ron Artest said he'd stumbled as a father and husband - and the Sacramento Kings announced they would let the volatile player return to the team. "First, I want to apologize to my wife, to my family," Artest said Saturday. He then lowered his head and fought back tears for nearly a minute before continuing. "I want to apologize to the Kings, to my teammates, to the NBA, everybody." The Kings had excused Artest indefinitely Tuesday from all team activities, one day after he was arrested at his home in a Sacramento suburb. Artest will play today against the Denver Nuggets.
VIERA, Fla. - Ryan Zimmerman was given a $400,000 salary for 2007 by the Washington Nationals after finishing second in NL Rookie of the Year voting last season. The third baseman won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2011 season. Zimmerman hit .287 with 20 homers and 110 RBIs for Washington in 2006.
The Oakland Raiders added another running back to their roster Saturday, agreeing to a $3.8 million, three-year contract with free-agent fullback Justin Griffith. The deal with Griffith comes a day after Oakland signed running back Dominic Rhodes to a $7.5 million, two-year deal to team with LaMont Jordan as the team's featured runners. The Raiders also signed a pair of free agent tight ends on Saturday, getting Fred Wakefield from Arizona and Tony Stewart from Cincinnati.
NEW YORK - The NBA suspended Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace one game for receiving his 16th technical foul of the season. Wallace received his most recent technical foul with 4:56 remaining in the second period Friday night in the Pistons' 95-82 win over the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Wallace will serve his suspension today when Detroit visits the Los Angeles Clippers. A player or coach receives an automatic one-game suspension after getting his 16th technical foul.