The NFC and AFC Pro Bowl rosters were announced on Tuesday and the Minnesota Vikings topped all teams with eight selections. The Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys clocked in with six picks apiece. Amongst the big names picked to patrol the sidelines in Miami for the NFC are Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen, Larry Fitzgerald, David Akers, Lance Briggs, Darren Sharper and Charles Woodson. For the AFC, Peyton Manning, Brian Dawkins, Wes Welker, Antonio Gates, Alan Faneca, Haloti Ngata, Ed Reed and Josh Cribbs. This year's Pro Bowl will take place the week before Super Bowl XLIV, unlike previous years when it was played the week following the NFL's ultimate contest.
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction against a school-imposed suspension, hoping to coach the Red Raiders in Saturday's Alamo Bowl game against Michigan State. A hearing on the motion is expected to be heard on Wednesday. Texas Tech suspended Leach after wide receiver Adam James and his family filed a complaint about Leach's treatment of the athlete following an injury. James is the son of former NFL player Craig James, who works for ESPN as a college football analyst. Texas Tech sent a letter Monday to Leach saying the complaint was a serious matter, and suspended Leach until the investigation was complete.
In the later of two bowl games, John Clay ran for a pair of scores, as 24th- ranked Wisconsin held on to beat No. 14 Miami-Florida, 20-14, in the Champs Sports Bowl. Miami scored with 1:22 left to get within one touchdown before recovering an onside kick, but the Badgers stifled the Hurricanes' offense, forcing a turnover on downs to secure the victory. Clay, the Big Ten's leading rusher and offensive player of the year, totaled 121 yards to provide a rushing complement to the Badgers' passing game. Scott Tolzien threw for 256 yards, with one interception, and was an efficient 19-of-26. Wisconsin (10-3) lost this bowl last year to Florida State, but won Tuesday with a defense that limited Miami (9-4) to 245 total yards and recorded five sacks of Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris. With the victory, the Badgers got their first 10-win season since 2006.
Kevin Prince threw for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns as UCLA rallied from a 14-point deficit to down Temple, 30-21, at the EagleBank Bowl from chilly RFK Stadium. Nelson Rosario posted four catches for 66 yards and one score for the Bruins (7-6), who finished their first winning campaign since 2006 with victories in four of their last five games. UCLA got a go-ahead interception return for a touchdown by Akeem Ayers en route to its first bowl win since the 2005 Sun Bowl. Vaughn Charlton finished 13-of-23 for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Owls (9-4), who posted their first winning season since 1990 but failed in their bid to win their first bowl appearance since 1979.
Wednesday's bowl schedule includes two games, highlighted by the matchup between 22nd-ranked Arizona and No. 20 Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. Arizona finished its regular season with two wins to improve to 8-4, and will face a 9-4 Nebraska team that was seconds away from playing in a BCS bowl. The Huskers, led by star defensive tackle and Heisman Trophy finalist Ndamukong Suh, were up on Texas in the Big 12 Championship game until the Longhorns kicked a field goal on the final play to earn a berth in the BCS national title game. Nebraska will look to finish its season on a positive note in a rematch of the 1998 Holiday Bowl, won by Arizona.
Also Wednesday, Bowling Green and Idaho, both 7-5, will play in the Humanitarian Bowl. Idaho is in a bowl game for the second time in school history, thanks to a quick turnaround after the program totaled just three wins between 2007 and 2008. The Vandals' only other postseason experience came in 1998, when they defeated Southern Miss in this bowl contest. Meanwhile, Bowling Green rides a four-game winning streak into Wednesday's contest, and will look to score its first bowl win since beating Memphis in the 2004 GMAC Bowl.
The New York Mets have reportedly come to terms with outfielder Jason Bay. WFAN reported that an official announcement will come once Bay passes a physical, while a New York newspaper is reporting that the deal is for four years and $66 million with a vesting option for a fifth season. Bay, who spent some time in the Mets minor league system in 2002, hit .267 last season for the Red Sox, but set career-highs with 36 home runs and 119 RBI. The 31-year- old native of British Columbia had reportedly been seeking at least a five- year deal and was also being courted by the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. A three-time All- Star, Bay is a career .280 hitter with 185 home runs and 610 RBI in 922 games for the San Diego Padres, Pirates and Red Sox.
The San Francisco Giants have signed infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, but various reports earlier this week indicated the deal to be worth close to $12 million. DeRosa hit the free agent market upon rejecting arbitration from the Cardinals earlier this month. He was acquired from Cleveland in late June and helped St. Louis capture the NL Central crown. In splitting the 2009 season between Cleveland and St. Louis, DeRosa batted a combined .250 with a career-high 23 homers and 78 runs batted in over 139 games. The 34-year-old had surgery on his left wrist following the end of the season and will make San Francisco his third team in two years.
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has confirmed the team is looking to trade seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady. In the final year of his contract, the high-priced McGrady has been disgruntled with his playing time since returning from microfracture surgery on his left knee earlier this month, averaging just 7 1/2 minutes over his first six games. He was given a leave of absence last weekend and his representatives asked the Rockets to seek a trade, though the Houston Chronicle has reported a deal is not imminent. A two-time league scoring champion, McGrady averaged 15.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 35 games last season before having the season- ending surgery in February. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on the same knee in May of 2008. The 13-year veteran, who has never reached the second round of the postseason, has career averages of 21.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 790 games with Toronto, Orlando and Houston, which acquired him via trade with Orlando in June, 2004.
The Sacramento Kings signed president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie to a multi-year contract extension on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Prior to Petrie's arrival in Sacramento in 1994, the Kings had advanced to the postseason only once in the previous nine seasons. Since he took over, the Kings have qualified for the playoffs in nine of the past 16 seasons. He is also a two-time NBA Executive of the Year award winner. Under Petrie, the club claimed Pacific Division titles in 2001-2002 and 2002-03 and reached the 2002 NBA Western Conference Finals.