Briefs: Local Sports December 12, 2008
• Two Mavs make Central Regional team
Mesa State College soccer players Deb (Benson) Vigil and Dani Ramirez made the 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II All-Central Region team.
Vigil, a senior, defender, and Ramirez, a sophomore forward, made the third team.
They were two of 14 players from the RMAC to make the all-region team. Metro State’s Nicole Cito made the NSCAA All-America team.
• Judge extends injunction in suspension case
MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge extended his preliminary injunction against the NFL’s suspension of five players for violating the league’s anti-doping policy, a move their lawyer said will let them play the rest of the season.
In his ruling Thursday, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson asked both parties to propose a schedule by Dec. 22 for further proceedings that would lead to an eventual hearing on the merits of the case, a process that could take months. The regular season ends Dec. 28.
“The players and the union are thrilled,” Jeffrey Kessler, an attorney for the NFL Players Association, told The Associated Press. Kessler said the judge’s time frame is long enough that the players can finish the season and go to the playoffs if their teams make it that far.
• Pavin selected U.S. Ryder Cup captain
NEW YORK — Corey Pavin’s hand was shaking so badly that all he could do was drop the ball and hope it stayed on the tee. It was his first Ryder Cup overseas, and he had the opening tee shot at The Belfry.
Pavin composed himself and won three matches to help the United States to victory in 1993. That was the last time the Americans won the Ryder Cup in Europe, and the last time they successfully defended the cup.
Now the pressure is on Pavin to repeat those feats — this time as a captain.
“The nerves you feel at the Ryder Cup are nothing like you feel anywhere else in golf,” Pavin said Thursday as he was introduced as captain at a news conference. “I’ve won the U.S. Open — it felt like a walk in the park compared to the Ryder Cup.”
• Miss. State introduces Mullen as coach
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Dan Mullen started playing catch at 2, wore a helmet and jersey to career day when he was in kindergarten, learned to count in multiples of seven, and decided when he was 17 he wanted to be a head coach.
He took the latest step in his lifelong obsession with football when he was introduced as the new coach at Mississippi State on Thursday to the clanging of cowbells and the cheers of about 200 fans on campus.
“Football has been my life from a very, very early age and so when I realized people didn’t want a 6-foot, 180-pound quarterback with a weak arm that made up for it with a real lack of speed, I figured I’d better get in the coaching profession soon and be able to use my mind,” Mullen said.
• Heart condition forces Mobley to retire
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — New York Knicks guard Cuttino Mobley retired from the NBA on Thursday because of heart disease that he said has gotten worse.
Mobley said doctors told him he faced significant risks if he kept playing. The 11-year veteran said by walking away now, he could live a long life.
Mobley announced his decision at a press conference at the Knicks’ training center, where he confirmed he has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The condition causes the heart muscle to thicken, making it harder to pump blood, and the 33-year-old Mobley said he had no choice but to end his career.
“The specialists I’ve seen made it clear that my heart condition has gotten worse and I couldn’t continue to play professional basketball without putting my health and life in serious danger,” Mobley said. “As much as I want to keep playing in the NBA, I have no choice but to follow the advice of my doctors and step away from the league.”
Getting it right
“Getting it right” appears as needed to correct erroneous information that has appeared in The Daily Sentinel’s news columns, to add details that should not have been omitted from a story or to correct typographical errors that changed the meaning of the story.
• Aaron Wagler was incorrectly referred to as Josh Wagler in the Dec. 11 story about the Palisade High School wrestling team’s victories over Eagle Valley and Delta.