Sports Briefs


PHILADELPHIA — Placido Polanco is putting aside his Gold Glove and switching positions to have a chance at winning a championship.

Polanco returned to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, agreeing to an $18 million, three-year contract.

The 34-year-old free agent won Gold Gloves at second base for the Detroit Tigers in 2007 and this year, but will shift to third base, which hasn't been his primary position since 2002. He replaces Pedro Feliz, who became a free agent after the Phillies declined his $5.5 million option.


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Although Ron Artest's streetball games in New York usually included breaks for water or Gatorade, the Queens teenager knew other players who would recharge with Olde English malt liquor.

Those bad examples stayed in his mind while he went through college at St. John's and into the NBA, where Artest says he sometimes drank cognac during halftimes early in his career with the Chicago Bulls.

Artest recently made several provocative admissions in an interview with the Sporting News, most notably saying he sometimes drank during games in Chicago, where he spent his first 21/2; seasons. He acknowledged buying alcohol at a liquor store down the street from the United Center and slipping it into his locker.

Artest also said he only made his admissions because he plans to begin a youth program in Los Angeles in which he'll teach others about managing the dangers and temptations of young adulthood.


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Ian Poulter and Zach Johnson are tied for the lead at 4-under 68 after the first round of the Chevron World Challenge, and only one of them was happy about it.

Poulter was in control at Sherwood Country Club until a few wild shots on the final hole led to a double bogey. Johnson, who already is looking ahead to the 2010 season, made up most of his ground on the par 5s.

The tournament is missing its host — Tiger Woods, who withdrew citing injuries from a car accident last week outside his home.


RENTON, Wash. — Tim Ruskell has resigned as president and general manager of the Seattle Seahawks. Ruskell announced his resignation Thursday, weeks before his five-year contract with the team ends.

The team's ownership gave Ruskell full authority to shape the franchise soon after he arrived before the 2005 season. Seattle made its only Super Bowl that season.

Since then, he has presided over decisions including failed top draft choices, expensive free-agent busts — and the awkward ouster of popular coach and former GM Mike Holmgren at the end of his contract this past January.

Ruskell brought in his own coach for 2009, Jim Mora. The 4-7 Seahawks are on their way to a second straight season without a playoff berth. Last season they finished 4-12, their worst record since 1991.

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson could lose his driver's license after police clocked him driving at 109 mph — nearly twice the posted speed limit — on a suburban Minneapolis highway last weekend.

Peterson was pulled over just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday while driving his BMW in a 55-mph zone on state Highway 62 — a normally busy stretch of road known as the Crosstown that connects Minneapolis with southern and western suburbs, Edina police spokeswoman Molly Anderson said. She said Peterson was given a citation and allowed to drive away after what appeared to be a "very routine" traffic stop.

Anderson said police clocked the 24-year-old Peterson going 109 mph, but Peterson told the AP he wasn't driving that fast.

TORONTO — Mark Sanchez threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards before hurting his right knee, and the New York Jets' stingy defense finished the job in a 19-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night.

Sanchez went 7 of 15 for 104 yards and a 13-yard scoring strike to Edwards that put the Jets up 16-10 late in the first half. But the rookie first-round pick was knocked out of the game when he injured his knee diving headfirst on an 8-yard run early in the third quarter.

Jay Feely hit four field goals, including a 49-yarder, as the Jets (6-6) won their second straight game.

The Bills (4-8) struggled in the second half, when their offense was limited to 36 yards and four first downs.

College football

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas coach Mark Mangino has resigned amid an investigation into his treatment of his players, stepping down just two years after leading the Jayhawks to the greatest season in their checkered football history.

The university made the announcement Thursday as athletic director Lew Perkins met with players to give them the news.

The school said last month it would probe Mangino's treatment of his team. In the following days, many former players described insensitive, humiliating remarks they claim he made to them in the heat of games or practice, often in front of others.

But next came a wave of support by former and current players who remained loyal, insisting Mangino had strengthened the long-struggling program with structure and discipline, crediting the rotund 53-year-old with making them better players and men.

Mangino said he had done nothing wrong and intended to return for a ninth season. He and his supporters said his trouble with Perkins, who arrived at Kansas after Mangino was hired, stemmed mostly from the season-ending, seven-game skid.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — With costs growing and few students even bothering to go to the games, Hofstra shut down its football team.

The decision came in a unanimous vote by the board of trustees Wednesday night, jolting the players and marking the end of a sport at the school that had been around since the university's founding in 1937.

Hofstra president Stuart Rabinowitz said that, despite having sent several players to the NFL, the team does not attract enough national attention. The $4.5 million spent annually on the team will be used on scholarships and other priorities.

Rabinowitz noted the scant interest on campus in the team. He said students were offered free tickets to games, but an average of only 500 attended games at the 13,000-seat campus stadium, and that included cheerleaders and a pep band. Hofstra has a student body of 12,500, but only 4,200 live on campus. The average attendance this season — students and nonstudents — was 4,260.

— The Associated Press

Rabinowitz said the stadium will still be used for NCAA lacrosse matches, where crowds sometimes top those at football games. It also will be used for high school football playoff games and possibly outdoor concerts.

The decision follows a two-year review of sports spending at Hofstra. Rabinowitz said there are no plans to cut any other sports at the Long Island school.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra University dropped football because of costs and fading interest and will use the $4.5 million spent annually on the team on scholarships and other priorities.

The board of trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night to shut the program, which had been in existence since the school's founding in 1937.


ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France — Two-time Grand Slam champion Amelie Mauresmo retired from tennis Thursday, saying she no longer had a burning desire for competition.

The 30-year-old Frenchwoman is a former No. 1 player who finished this season at No. 21.

Mauresmo, who won both of her Grand Slam titles in 2006, at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, said she was happy to leave on a good note after winning her 25th singles title — her first in almost two years — in Paris this season. She also had seven wins over Top 10 players in her final year.

Mauresmo, who was the No. 1 in 2004, played her last match in the second round of this year's U.S. Open, losing to Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada 6-4, 6-0. She pulled out of her last two tournaments of the year.

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