Texas Tech’s Crabtree set to enter NFL Draft
Michael Crabtree’s father says the Texas Tech receiver is going to the NFL, according to a newspaper report.
His father, also named Michael Crabtree, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Friday that draft projections in the top 10 were too good to pass up. His dad said a nagging ankle problem in 2008 raised concerns about bigger injuries next season.
The receiver’s father declined to comment to The Associated Press, saying his son was planning a Tuesday news conference to discuss his future.
Crabtree is a two-time Biletnikoff winner as the nation’s top receiver. He had 3,127 yards receiving and 41 touchdowns in two seasons with the Red Raiders.
Also: Brigham Young receiver Austin Collie said he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 206-pound Collie, from El Dorado Hills, Calif., led the nation in total receiving yards (1,538) and receiving yards per game (118.31) as a junior in 2008 with 106 receptions, including 15 for touchdowns.
Collie averaged 162.46 yards per game to rank 12th in the nation while helping BYU to a 10-3 record and No. 25 ranking in the final AP rankings.
Other college players announcing they will enter the draft: Missouri wide receiver and return specialist Jeremy Maclin, a two-time All-American who led the nation this season in all-purpose yardage (2,833); Alabama running back Glen Coffee, who ranked second in the Southeastern Conference with 1,383 yards; and West Virginia offensive lineman Greg Isdaner, a three-year starter for the Mountaineers.
South Carolina quarterback Chris Smelley is leaving the team to play baseball at another school.
Smelley played in 21 games at South Carolina, going 5-4 as a starter.
Bobby Bowden says he will be back for a 34th season as coach at Florida State.
The 79-year-old Bowden said details of his new contract are being finalized. He earns slightly more than $2 million a year.
Bowden’s 382 career wins are one fewer than Penn State’s 82-year-old Joe Paterno, who is the winningest coach in major college football.
Mets agree to deal with pitcher Redding
The New York Mets moved to add a pitcher while still negotiating with higher-profile free agents, reaching a preliminary agreement with Tim Redding on a $2.25 million, one-year contract.
Redding’s deal is subject to him passing a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. Redding could earn about $750,000 more in performance bonuses.
A right-hander who turns 31 next month, Redding was 10-11 with a 4.95 ERA last season for the Washington Nationals — the only 10-game winner on the team.
Also: The Boston Red Sox finalized a one-year contract with pitcher Brad Penny, a deal worth about $5 million.
Penny, 30, is a two-time All-Star who struggled with injuries to his shoulder and side last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 6-9 with a 6.27 ERA in 17 starts and two relief appearances.
Pitcher Shawn Estes has agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers that could be worth as much as $1.55 million.
Estes would receive $550,000 if added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster and would be able to earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses based on starts, from five to 30.
The 35-year-old left-hander had a 2-3 record with a 4.74 ERA in nine games for the San Diego Padres last season.
Utilityman Willie Bloomquist agreed to a $3.1 million, two-year contract with the Kansas City Royals.
Kansas City also agreed to a one-year contract with right-hander Kyle Davies, who had been eligible for salary arbitration.
Dave Roberts, a left-handed pitcher who played for the 1979 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates during a 13-year career in the majors, died of lung cancer. He was 64.
Roberts died at his home in Short Gap, W.Va., according to family members.
Roberts had developed lung cancer from asbestos exposure as a young man. During the offseasons, he worked as a boilermaker.
Roberts went 103-125 with a 3.78 ERA for eight teams.
Major League Baseball authorized nearly 8 percent of its players to use drugs for ADHD last season, which allowed them to take otherwise banned stimulants.
A total of 106 exemptions for banned drugs were given to major leaguers claiming attention deficit hyperactivity disorder from the end of the 2007 season until the end of the 2008 season, according to a report released by the sport’s independent drug-testing administrator.
Ferraro’s overtime goal lifts Wranglers to win
Right wing Peter Ferraro scored 48 seconds into overtime as the Wranglers beat the Utah Grizzlies 3-2 in an ECHL game in West Valley City, Utah.
The victory moved struggling Las Vegas (15-14-3, 33 points) over .500 for the first time this season.
The Wranglers led 2-0 after two periods but surrendered a pair of third-period goals, including the tying score with 46 seconds to play in regulation.
Jason Dest and Chris Neiszner also scored for Las Vegas.
Also: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko will miss four to six weeks with a broken right hand.
Fedotenko injured his hand less than two minutes into Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers in a one-punch fight against former Penguins player Colby Armstrong.
Defending Qatar Open champion Andy Murray beat Roger Federer 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2 — his fourth straight win over the former top-ranked player — to reach the tournament’s final.
Murray, who improved his career record against Federer to 5-2 in tour matches, will face Andy Roddick in today’s final in Doha.
Roddick reached the final by defeating Gael Monfils, 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3.
Venus Williams struggled past Anna Chakvetadze 7-6 (1), 6-3 and Vera Zvonareva defeated Gisela Dulko 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 to leave Team Americas and Team Russia tied 1-1 in the best-of-5 final of a women’s exhibition tennis tournament in Hong Kong.
Elena Dementieva beat fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-1 in the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, to claim her 12th WTA singles title.
Top-ranked Jelena Jankovic pulled out of a team exhibition tournament in Hong Kong, leaving the ill Serbian with little match practice before the Australian Open.
Jankovic was to play China’s Zheng Jie in a match between losing semifinalists Team Europe and Team Asia Pacific but told the crowd at Victoria Park Center Court she had withdrawn.