Tommy Maddox released from hospital
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox was released from the hospital on Tuesday, two days after suffering head and spinal cord injuries in a 31-23 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Maddox's latest round of neurological tests came back normal and neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon said the quarterback will need no other treatment other than time and rest to recover from the psychological implications of the injury.
No timetable has been given for Maddox's return, but Maroon said Maddox can probably participate in non-contact workouts as soon as next week.
Maddox was injured Sunday after being hit by linebacker Keith Bulluck on the final play of the third quarter. He immediately lost consciousness, causing his head to slam into the turf. Maddox lay motionless for several minutes before being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was diagnosed with cerebral and spinal cord concussions.
A first-round pick in 1992, Maddox revived his career in the Arena League and XFL and was responsible for all of Pittsburgh's five wins after replacing an ineffective Kordell Stewart in a Sept. 29 overtime win over Cleveland.
But after throwing for a career-high 473 yards in a Nov. 10 tie against Atlanta, Maddox threw for just 194 yards and was intercepted three times by Tennessee before he was injured.
Maddox, 31, entered Sunday's game as the AFC's second-highest ranked passer with a quarterback rating of 97.9.
After three years out of football, Maddox starred in the Arena League in 2000 and the XFL in 2001, winning Most Valuable Player honors in the defunct league, before signing with the Steelers last year.
Padres sign two veteran pitchers
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The San Diego Padres, who have one of the National League's youngest rotations, bolstered their pitching staff on Tuesday by signing veterans Jesse Orosco and Francisco Cordova to one-year contracts.
Orosco, the all-time leader in games pitched and baseball's oldest active player at 45, was 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA and one save last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Despite his age, he continues to perform as a situational reliever, holding opponents to a .229 batting average in 2002.
A San Diego native, Orosco joins his seventh team. He has a career mark of 85-78 with 142 saves and a 3.04 ERA in parts of 23 seasons.
Cordova, 30, missed all of last season after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his right elbow. He was Pittsburgh's Opening Day starter in 1998 and 1999 and went 42-47 with a 3.96 ERA in 166 games over four seasons for the Pirates.
Robinson retained by Expos
MONTREAL, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Montreal Expos Tuesday announced that Frank Robinson, who left his job as the Vice President of On-Field Operations to manage the team last season, agreed to a one-year contract.
The Hall of Famer was named manager last February and led the Expos to a surprising second-place finish in the National League East with an 83-79 record, their first winning season since 1996. He finished third in the voting for National League Manager of the Year two weeks ago.
Montreal's financial operations were run by the league last season after Jeffrey Loria sold the club to become the owner of the Florida Marlins.
The Expos have been hurt by poor attendance the last few years and have been rumored to play some home games in Puerto Rico in 2003.
General Manager Omar Minaya told MLB.com, baseball's official website, that he was most impressed by Robinson's "ability to adapt to the game," despite not having managed in more than a decade. Minaya said that the game now is filled with much younger and more culturally diverse players.
Robinson, 67, a member of the elite 500 home run club, became baseball's first black manager when he was hired by the Cleveland Indians in 1975. He also managed the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles, winning AL Manager of the Year in 1989. He hadn't managed since 1991, and served at his post with Major League Baseball for three years. Robinson has a career record of 763-830.
Record-setting discus thrower dead
COLUMBIA, Mo., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Ben Plucknett, the American record-holder in the discus who was in his prime during the 1980 Olympic boycott, died Sunday at age 48.
The cause of death was not available. It was confirmed by the
University of Missouri, where Plucknet starred in the late 1970s. He was an All-American in 1976.
In 1981, Plucknett set a world record with a throw of 233 feet 7 inches. Less than two months later, he broke his mark with a throw of 237-4, which remains an American record.
Jurgen Schult of Germany shattered the world record in 1986 with a 243-foot effort.
Plucknett made the 1980 U.S. Olympic team that boycotted the Moscow Games. He finished fourth in the 1988 Olympic trials, failing to qualify for the U.S. team in Seoul.
In 2000, Plucknett was inducted to the University of Missouri Hall of Fame.
Hip injury sidelines Hakim for season
ALLEN PARK, Mich., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim of the Detroit Lions will be lost for the remainder of the 2002 season after sustaining a hip injury in Sunday's 31-14 loss to the New York Jets.
Hakim, the Lions leading receiver, was taken off the field on a cart during the contest with a dislocated and chipped left hip.
"Az Hakim has a hip dislocation," said Lions Coach Marty Mornhinweg, who said doctors did not mention a need for surgery. "I just was talking to the doctors and they did not mention any surgery. They got it back in place and the chip fracture should heal up."
Hakim suffered the injury on the Lions' opening drive of the game. He caught a shovel pass from quarterback Joey Harrington and has carried it 14 yards to the New York 16-yard line.
Hakim leads the Lions with 37 catches for 541 yards and three touchdowns. He also posted a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown on a reverse this season.
He was not the only player among the walking wounded after the loss to the Jets.
At least three others -- defensive linemen Luther Elliss (ankle), Robert Porcher (knee) and Jared DeVries (foot) -- were hurt.
Porcher, who was thought to have a hyper-extended knee and was limping after an MRI on Monday, has been diagnosed with a bone bruise.
Elliss, who sprained an ankle, underwent an ultrasound which indicated he does not have the more serious high-ankle sprain.
DeVries, whose foot problem was thought to be the most serious injury of the three, has a mid-foot sprain, and is definitely out of next Sunday's game at Chicago.
A decision about the playing status of Elliss and Porcher will be made later in the week.
France names team for Davis Cup final
PARIS, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- France on Tuesday named its team for next week's final against Russia as it tries to defend its Davis Cup title.
Sebastien Grosjean, Arnaud Clement, Nicolas Escude and Fabrice Santoro will play Nov. 29-Dec. 1 on clay at the Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy, captain Guy Forget announced. Paul-Henri Mathieu, who never has played in the Davis Cup, will be a substitute.
Only Clement has reached the final of a Grand Slam tournament this year, losing to Sweden's Thomas Johansson at the Australian Open. Grosjean is France's top-ranked player at No. 16 in the ATP Champions Race.
France is undefeated in eight rounds of Davis Cup play over the last two years and is seeking a 10th title. It has not defended a Davis Cup championship since 1931-32.
Last year in Melbourne, France upset Australia, which was led by world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. In the opening match, Hewitt lost to Escude, who has a 10-2 record in Davis Cup play.
France never has faced Russia but was 2-1 against the Soviet Union. Russia was Davis Cup runner-up in 1994 and 1995 but never has won a title.
Under Davis Cup rules, teams must select their four-man teams at least 10 days before the tie. As many as two players may be changed within an hour of the draw on Nov. 28.
The United States holds the Davis Cup record with 31 titles.
Jose Theodore to miss two games
MONTREAL, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Jose Theodore, last season's winner of both the Hart Trophy as league most valuable player and Vezina Trophy as top goaltender, will miss the Montreal Canadiens' upcoming two-game road trip due to a left hip flexor.
Theodore suffered the injury during Montreal's 5-4 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night but was able to finish the game.
Backup Jeff Hackett, who has outplayed Theodore this season, is expected to start in goal when the Canadiens visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday and Ottawa on Thursday.
The Canadiens on Tuesday recalled goaltender Eric Fichaud from Hamilton of the American Hockey League to serve as a backup to Hackett.
Theodore cashed in with a three-year, $16.5 million contract from Montreal after becoming just the second goaltender in four decades to win the Hart Trophy last season. He was 30-24-10 with a 2.11 goals-against average and a league-leading .931 save percentage as the Canadiens earned their first playoff berth since 1998.
Theodore is not playing at the same level this season, sporting a 4-5-2 record and 3.29 GAA with an .892 save percentage and one shutout in 11 games.
Hackett is 4-1-2 with a 2.47 GAA and a .932 save percentage in eight games.
Two Dallas veterans out for rest of season
IRVING, Texas, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Strong safety Darren Woodson and guard Larry Allen of the Dallas Cowboys, who have combined to play in 12 Pro Bowls, will miss the remainder of the season with injuries.
Coach Dave Campo Tuesday said that Woodson will have season-ending surgery for an abdominal injury. He did not indicate when the surgery would take place.
Allen, who has been hampered by bone spurs in his left ankle that have forced him to miss four games, will be placed on injured reserve.
Woodson, an 11-year veteran and member of the Cowboys' three Super Bowl-winning teams in the 1990s, was injured in the first half of Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Losing Woodson, a five-time Pro Bowl selection who is the leader in the secondary, is a blow to the Dallas defense, which has played well, ranking 10th in the NFL.
The Cowboys (3-7) have lost four straight games and are in last place in the NIFCO East, mainly because of a pathetic offense, which has been held to 14 or fewer points in eight of 10 games.
Allen, a second-round pick in 1994, played on one Super Bowl team with the Cowboys in '95, and is a member of the NFL's All-Decade team in the 1990s. The seven-time Pro Bowler has played both guard and tackle this season.
Nagurski Award finalists announced
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Linebacker E.J. Henderson, who has helped spark a remarkable turnaround in football at Maryland, Tuesday was named one of five finalists for the Nagurski Award.
Defensive ends Terrell Suggs of Arizona State and David Pollack of Georgia, and defensive backs Terrence Newman of Kansas State and Shane Walton of Notre Dame are the other finalists.
The Nagurski Award is presented each year to the best all-around defensive player in college football.
Henderson has helped Maryland (9-2) win eight straight games, and has topped the century mark in tackles for the third straight season. He has 118 this season.
Pollack helped Georgia win the SEC East Division title. He had an interception return for a touchdown against South Carolina.
Suggs already has set a Division I-A single-season sack record with 20.
Newman has four interceptions this season while Walton had a three-interception game in the season opener, a 22-0 win, ironically against Maryland.
The winner of the award, determined in balloting by the Football Writers Association of America, will be announced by the Charlotte Touchdown Club on Dec. 9. Safety Roy Williams of Oklahoma won the award last season.
Washington scheduled for surgery
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Wide receiver Kelly Washington of Tennessee Tuesday was set for surgery on his cervical spine and will not play again this season.
The surgery in Dallas could also end the Tennessee football career of Washington, a sophomore who has stated previously that this will be his last season with the Volunteers before entering the NFL draft.
Washington, 23, has not played since Oct. 12 against Georgia, when he landed hard on the back of his head and neck and was diagnosed with a concussion.
Washington has played in only four games this season. He had 23 catches for 443 yards and one touchdown.
The Volunteers also will be without backup tailback Gerald Riggs for the last two regular season games. He has a fractured finger in his left hand.