Flutie elected to college football hall
Riley: Shaq not going anywhere
NCAA reduces O'Brien suspension
UT opens defense of SEC crown
Gouge signs with Milligan track team
AA Sectional track at North
Titans add Rattay, Gardner
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Titans want some competition behind Vince Young at quarterback, and they continued stocking up on ex-Indianapolis players on Wednesday. The Titans agreed to terms with seven-year veteran Tim Rattay, claimed linebacker Gilbert Gardner off waivers from the Colts and added two free agents, including the younger brother of Baltimore left tackle Jonathan Ogden. Tennessee carried only two quarterbacks on the roster in 2006 with veteran Kerry Collins backing up Young, and Matt Mauck was on the practice squad. Collins re-signed with the Titans this offseason.
NEW YORK - Doug Flutie was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday in his first year of eligibility, joining Ahmad Rashad and Anthony Thompson in the newest class of players and coaches honored by the National Football Foundation. Flutie won the Heisman Trophy in 1984 as quarterback for Boston College, the same season he pulled off one of the most famous plays in college football history. His 48-yard touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan as time expired gave the Eagles a 47-45 victory over Miami. The 5-foot-10 Flutie passed for 10,579 yards in his college career, and went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL and eight in the Canadian Football League. On Tuesday, Flutie became the first non-Canadian elected to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. The other new Hall of Famers are Oklahoma center Tom Brahaney, Michigan defensive back Dave Brown, Clemson linebacker Jeff Davis, Texas defensive back Johnnie Johnson, Ohio State quarterback Rex Kern, Houston defensive tackle Wilson Whitley, Dartmouth linebacker Reggie Williams, Southern California linebacker Richard Wood and Notre Dame defensive tackle Chris Zorich. Herb Deromedi, who won 110 games as coach at Central Michigan over 13 seasons, also was elected.
MIAMI - Coach Pat Riley issued a one-sentence statement Wednesday regarding the future of the Miami Heat: Shaquille O'Neal will be a part of it. "Amongst growing speculation in the media, in reference to Shaq, I want to set the record straight and say that we are not trading Shaq," Riley said. Putting O'Neal on the market became a rumor topic after the Chicago Bulls swept the defending NBA champion Heat in the first round of the playoffs. At age 35, O'Neal failed to reach the second round for the first time since 1994.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The NCAA on Wednesday reduced former Ohio State basketball coach Jim O'Brien's five-year suspension to two years, limiting his ability to seek athletic employment at another NCAA school during that time. The reduction follows the NCAA's decision last month to throw out violations that included accusations O'Brien improperly gave $6,000 to a recruit. The group dismissed three violations and part of a fourth because NCAA enforcement staff missed by two days a 2005 deadline for filing the charges. The appeals committee upheld other violations involving O'Brien, including improper benefits awarded to Boban Savovic, a member of the Buckeyes' Final Four team in 1999.
AUBURN, Ala. - The No. 1 Tennessee Lady Vols (53-4, 23-4) open defense of their Southeastern Conference softball tournament crown tonight at 8:30 p.m. against eighth-seeded Ole Miss (24-33, 11-17). UT leads the series agains the Rebels 24-4 all-time.
MILLIGAN COLLEGE - Elizabethton senior Andrew Gouge signed scholarship papers with the Milligan College Buffaloes on Tuesday and will begin competing this fall in cross country and track and field. Gouge, a four-year letterman, was a member of the 2004 Class A/AA cross country state championship team and captained the squad in 2006.
KINGSPORT - The 2007 TSSAA Class AA East Sectional track and field championships will be held today at Sullivan North. Field events begin at 10 a.m. followed by running events at 1:45 p.m. Top qualifiers advance to the state track meet in Murfreesboro on May 24-25.