Broncos place Davis on injured reserve
DENVER, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- One day after his emotional farewell, Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, officially ending his season and unofficially ending his career.
By placing Davis on injured reserve, the Broncos will save $1.2 million against the salary cap this season. Davis is not expected to send in his official retirement paperwork until after the season.
Monday, he got an emotional push into premature retirement from 69,343 fans, who gave him a standing ovation at Invesco Field at Mile High. Davis was in full uniform as he accompanied his teammates onto the field for the final time. Before Monday's exhibition game between the Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, he gave fans a last "Mile High Salute."
Davis has been limited 17 games over the last three seasons due to an assortment of injuries. Davis' latest injury is a degenerative condition in his left knee that showed no immediate signs of improving. In May, he had surgery on the knee for the second time in six months. But an MRI performed last week revealed an arthritic condition.
Just 29, Davis was limited to eight games last season but still led the Broncos with 701 rushing yards on 167 carries. He was the league's MVP in 1998, rushing for 2,008 yards, but that was his last full season. He tore his right ACL in the fourth game of the 1999 schedule. Davis was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXII, helping the Broncos defeat the Green Bay Packers, 31-24.
In his career, Davis rushed for 7,607 yards on 1,655 carries in 78 games. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and scored 60 touchdowns. A sixth-round draft choice out of Georgia in 1995, Davis holds or shares 56 team records, including 21 in the postseason.
Venus Williams beats Shaughnessy
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Top seed Venus Williams, maintaining her perfect record at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, cruised past fellow American Meghann Shaughnessy Tuesday night, 6-2, 6-4, to advance to the qarterfinals of the Pilot Pen Tennis hardcourt event.
The 22-year-old Williams continued her quest for a fourth straight title here. The world No. 2, who has won her last two tournaments, has reached six consecutive WTA Tour finals, including the French Open and Wimbledon, where she lost to younger sister Serena.
One of four seeds who received first-round byes, Williams owns a 51-6 match record this season, including a 27-3 mark on hard courts. Three of her six titles have come on this surface.
Shaughnessy lost in the early rounds for her fifth straight event and has not reached a quarterfinal since June at Eastbourne. She fell to 1-5 lifetime against Williams.
Second seed Lindsay Davenport of the United States posted a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory over Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan earlier Tuesday.
Ismail out for season with neck surgery
SAN ANTONIO, Tex., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Raghib Ismail will miss the entire season after suffering a neck injury in practice last week.
The 10-year-old veteran will undergo surgery Wednesday morning to repair an apparent disk problem in his neck.
The 32-year-old Ismail has been plagued by injuries in recent years, including a torn knee ligament in 2000.
It is major a blow for the Cowboys, who were hoping for the speedy Ismail to complement Joey Galloway in the West Coast offense installed by new coordinator Bruce Coslet.
Ismail was hurt last Wednesday when he was kneed by linebacker Dat Nguyen while trying to avoid a collision. Ismael did not return to practice and was held out of Saturday's exhibition game.
The Cowboys originally listed the injury as a strain, but Ismail returned to Dallas on Monday for further exams after having trouble with feeling in his arm.
Ismail was a standout at Notre Dame, but never has lived up to expectations in the professional ranks. He began his career in the CFL before signing with the Oakland Raiders in 1993.
Blazers release Sean Kemp
PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- As reported, the Portland Trailblazers, a team loaded with aging former NBA superstars and misfits, Tuesday waived one of them by releasing 6-10 forward Sean Kemp.
News about the release of the former six-time All-Star first was publicized in the Portland Oregonian on Tuesday morning. The Trail Blazers team restructured his contract and then waived him.
Kemp was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade in August 2000, but was not the same player who was once one of the premier power forwards in the NBA throughout the 1990s.
His weight had reached 280 pounds and that apparently factored into his overall lack of production. He averaged just 6.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest in 75 games last season.
In a major surprise, Portland, which has been eliminated in the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers five of the last six seasons, will pay Kemp about $20 million of his $46.5-million contract over the next 10 years. It is extraordinary for a player basically to give back money.
The 6-10 Kemp, who turns 33 in November, originally selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 17th overall pick in the 1999 draft, was 19 when he made his NBA debut. After averaging 6.5 points in his rookie season, he averaged at least 15.0 points in each campaign until he had just 6.5 in 68 games with the Trail Blazers in 2000-01.
Dolphins DE Bowens has hand surgery
MIAMI, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Miami Dolphins defensive end David Bowens underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a fracture in his left hand.
Bowens suffered the injury during practice Monday night and team officials said he will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.
Expected to start at left end, Bowens played eight games for the Dolphins as a reserve last season after being claimed off waivers from the Washington Redskins. The 6-3, 260-pounder recorded 13 tackles and a sack.
Wizards C White to undergo surgery
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The Washington Wizards on Tuesday announced that center Jahidi White will undergo surgery to repair a left quad tendon, putting in doubt his availability for the start of the season.
White is expected to have the procedure within the next week. The rehabilitation period is expected to last at least three months. The Wizards open the exhibition schedule on Oct. 10 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
In 71 games last season, White averaged 5.4 points and 6.3 rebounds.
Indians demote Drese
CLEVELAND, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Cleveland Indians rookie Ryan Drese, who showed a lot of promise early in the season, Tuesday was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo of the International League.
Drese went 1-2 with a 3.44 ERA in nine appearances in 2001 and was 5-3 in his first nine starts this year. But the young righthander is 1-3 in his last seven starts and was reached for five runs and six hits in four innings of Friday's 5-4 loss at Anaheim.
Drese, 26, who was selected by Cleveland in the fifth round of the 1998 draft, is 9-9 with a 6.73 ERA in 24 starts.
To take Drese's roster spot, Cleveland recalled righthander Ricardo Rodriguez from Buffalo.