Junior Seau is reportedly heading back to the New England Patriots. The veteran linebacker has not played this season and has been the host of a television show on the Versus Network, which revealed Seau's return on its web site. The Patriots have not yet made an official announcement and head coach Bill Belichick would not acknowledge the move during a conference call relating to this coming Sunday's game against Tennessee when asked about the signing. The Patriots apparently brought Seau in for a physical last week. He played four games for New England last year after signing with the team in December and notched 22 tackles. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer will be returning for a 20th season in the NFL and fourth with the Patriots. A 12-time Pro Bowl selection, he spent the first 13 years of his career with San Diego and also played three seasons with Miami.
Each team holding home field advantage in the four Division Series came away with series-clinching wins on enemy soil, setting up an intriguing final four in the League Championship round. The National League will get things started at Chavez Ravine Thursday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies in a rematch of last year's NLCS. LA is back thanks to a surprising three-game sweep of the Cardinals, and the Phillies wrapped up an exciting series against Colorado with a comeback win on Monday.
Game 1 of the American League Championship Series won't take place until Friday in New York, as the Yankees host the Angels. Both teams swept their respective Division Series matchups this past weekend. The Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins and the Angels toppled the Boston Red Sox.
The San Francisco Giants announced on Tuesday that manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean will remain with the club after reaching two-year contract extensions with club options for the 2012 season. Financial terms of the deals were not announced. Bochy, who took over for Felipe Alou following the 2006 campaign, saw his three-year and more than $2 million per year contract expire following the 2009 regular season. Prior to joining San Francisco, the skipper spent the previous 24 seasons in the San Diego organization as a player, coach and manager.
Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek will be sidelined for a few weeks due to an upper body injury he suffered during Tuesday's 6-2 win over Detroit. Vanek scored twice in the second period, but it is believed that he suffered the injury prior to his second goal, which was scored with 7:14 remaining in the period. The 25-year-old Vanek is fresh off a 40-goal campaign last season.
Fifth-ranked Boise State has its first true road test of the 2009 season on Wednesday, as the Broncos travel to H.A. Chapman Stadium and battle the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Tulsa's only defeat this season came against nationally- ranked Oklahoma, while the Broncos have cruised in four games following a convincing victory over Oregon in the season opener. Tulsa has never beaten a Top-5 program, with its best victory coming against No. 7 Arkansas in 1971.
Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick was forced to retire from his second-round match due to a left knee injury Tuesday at the Shanghai Masters in China. The fourth-seeded Roddick, who had a bye into the second round, was leading Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 4-3 in the first set when he called it quits. Roddick suffered the injury a day after criticizing the ATP for its grueling schedule.