Friday’s Sports In Brief
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks.
Two people familiar with the trade told The Associated Press that Harvin, a star in last season’s Super Bowl but injury prone through his career, was headed to the Jets. The people spoke anonymously because the deal wasn’t officially announced by either club.
The 26-year-old Harvin has played in 60 games with only 47 career starts since being a first-round pick (22nd overall) by Minnesota in 2009. He was traded to the Seahawks in 2013, appearing in just one regular-season game because of hip surgery. But he had two rushes for 45 yards and ran back the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in Seattle’s 43-8 win over Denver in the Super Bowl.
New York gave up a conditional draft pick.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has no doubts that he will recover from a serious injury to his right knee and return to football next season.
Speaking to the media for the first time since tearing the patella tendon and undergoing surgery earlier this week, Cruz said doctors have told him that his rehabilitation will last four to eight months. The 27-year-old says his spirits are high.
Cruz said teammates Marcus Harris and Zack Bowman have had surgery on their patella tendons and they told him they came back ”better than ever.”
Cruz says he has made a videotape for the Giants to see on Saturday night in Dallas, a day before their must-win NFC East game with the Cowboys.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Jeff Banister is a baseball lifer who calls Texas home. He grew up there and played his entire amateur career there before getting drafted.
Now the former catcher who got a pinch-hit single in his only major league at-bat, who was temporarily paralyzed from the neck down after a home-plate collision in junior college and who overcame bone cancer with multiple surgeries in high school is a big-league manager in the Lone Star State.
Banister was introduced as the new manager of the Texas Rangers after 29 years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as a player, coach and instructor at all levels.
The 50-year-old Banister, who lives in the Houston area, was the bench coach the past four seasons for Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, whose only season as the Rangers’ hitting coach was when they went to their first World Series in 2010. Banister’s introduction came six weeks after manager Ron Washington’s resignation for personal reasons.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – In the middle of Andrew Friedman’s introduction as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, a question was asked from a corner of the room.
”Are you looking to acquire a younger, faster, stronger first baseman?” someone queried. Friedman swiveled his head to see who was speaking, and then he laughed. The question came from incumbent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who lives in Southern California during the offseason.
Friedman plans to hire a new general manager and to retain Don Mattingly as manager. Friedman said he’s having conversations about hiring a GM to work under him but offered no timetable.
A 37-year-old former Wall Street analyst, Friedman was hired this week from the Tampa Bay Rays, where he guided the team to four postseason appearances, including division in titles in 2008 and 2010.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Jameis Winston has complied with the first deadline in Florida State’s code of conduct hearing process, the adviser for the quarterback’s family said.
Lawyer David Cornwell said in a statement that Winston will cooperate with the procedure but will not ”waive our right to challenge any aspect of this process.”
Winston is facing a hearing to determine whether four sections of the code of conduct have been violated – two for sexual misconduct and two for endangerment. A former female student said he sexually assaulted her in December 2012.
Winston was required to strike one of three former Florida Supreme Court Justices from a list that will produce the hearing official. He also had to give possible dates for an information session that will precede the formal hearing.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Andrew Putnam birdied two of the last three holes for a 6-under 65 and a share of the second-round lead with Russell Knox in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Putnam, played his fourth PGA Tour event, earned his tour card this year through the Web.com Tour.
Knox, from Scotland, had a 67 to match Putnam at 10-under 132 at TPC Summerlin. Knox had six birdies and two bogeys – on Nos. 2 and 3 – in the second round.
Andrew Svoboda and Tony Finau were a stroke back. Finau shot 65, and Svoboda had a 67. Defending champion Webb Simpson topped the group at 8 under after a 65.
Martin Laird, the 2009 winner who was tied with Stewart Cink for the first-round lead, was in the group at 8 under after a 70. He had a double bogey on the par-4 seventh – his 16th hole of the day.
CONOVER, N.C. (AP) – Jay Haas and Joe Durant shot 8-under 63 to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic.
The 60-year-old Haas, the 2005 and 2009 champion, had an eagle and seven birdies on the first 14 holes on Rock Barn Golf and Spa’s Champions Course, dropped a stroke on the par-4 15th and closed with two pars. The former Wake Forest player won the last of his 16 Champions Tour titles in June 2012.
Durant had his best score since joining the 50-and-over tour in April. He rebounded from two early bogeys with eight birdies and an eagle.
Roger Chapman and Scott Dunlap shot 65. Kirk Triplett, a two-time winner this season, was another stroke back along with Bill Glasson, Mike Goodes, John Riegger and Rocco Mediate.
Colin Montgomerie opened with a 69.