Monday’s Sports In Brief
DALLAS (AP) HOCKEY
The game between Dallas and the Columbus Blue Jackets was postponed by the NHL after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during the first period.
Play was halted 6:23 in as Peverley was quickly carried from the bench. A public address announcement was made several minutes later that the 31-year-old Peverley was conscious and taken to a hospital.
There was no immediate announcement of when the game would be made up. Columbus was leading 1-0.
The Stars conveyed the message to the Blue Jackets that they weren’t up for finishing the game.
Peverley missed the preseason and the season opener because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical. He made his Stars debut on Oct. 5 against Washington. He sat out last week’s game at Columbus because of an irregular heartbeat.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Barry Bonds certainly thinks he’s worthy of election to the Hall of Fame.
”Without a doubt,” baseball’s home run king said at the San Francisco Giants’ spring training camp, where he will serve as a hitting instructor for a week.
The 49-year-old Bonds spent his last 15 big league seasons with San Francisco, finishing in 2007 with 762 homers.
But his final years were clouded by suspicions of performance-enhancing drug use, and the seven-time NL MVP was convicted of one obstruction count in April 2011 by a jury that found an answer he gave was criminally evasive during 2003 testimony before a grand jury investigating the distribution of PEDs. And he didn’t even come close to election to the Hall in his first two turns on the ballot.
MIAMI (AP) – Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has offered to pay the entire tab for up to $400 million in stadium renovations in exchange for a property tax break.
The upgrades would help keep South Florida competitive in bidding for Super Bowls and college football’s championship games.
Stymied last year in his efforts to secure public money, Ross has agreed to pay for the project himself, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Ross seeks $2 million to $4 million a year in property tax reductions and would continue to pay some property taxes, one of the people said. Ross has discussed his proposal with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who said obstacles to a deal remain.
DETROIT (AP) – Martha Ford will take over her late husband’s controlling interest in the Detroit Lions, keeping the team within the family after a half-century under the leadership of William Clay Ford.
William Clay Ford died Sunday. The 88-year-old Ford was the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford.
William Clay Ford Jr. remains in his role as vice chairman of the Lions.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Michael Bennett gambled last offseason that playing on a one-year deal in Seattle would pay off in the future with the long-term contract he always wanted.
He was proven to be correct. Bennett now has a Super Bowl title and a new four-year contract that will keep him with the Seahawks.
Bennett was considered one of the top free agents in the NFL after a breakout season with the Seahawks where he led the team in sacks and proved a versatile option as a defensive end and defensive tackle. But he never made it all the way to the start of free agency after the Seahawks came up with a satisfactory deal.
Terms were not announced by the team. Pro Football Talk reported Bennett’s deal was worth about $28.5 million with $16 guaranteed.
NEW YORK (AP) – Tone Time is over for the New York Jets.
The Jets parted ways with wide receiver Santonio Holmes, cutting the talented but injury-plagued playmaker after four seasons.
The move, which had been expected, saves the Jets $8.25 million, which Holmes was due to make as his base salary this season. He was also scheduled to have a $10.75 million cap number, a lofty total for a one-time Super Bowl MVP who has struggled with injuries and inconsistency the last two seasons.
The Jets also released cornerback Antonio Cromartie on Sunday, clearing $17.75 million of salary cap space before the NFL’s free agency period starts Tuesday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota lawmaker apologized for his tweet about NBA players that some saw as racist, saying he was rightly held accountable for inaccurate stereotyping.
State Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from the St. Paul suburb of Farmington, tweeted Sunday night: ”Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.”
Garofalo initially stuck by his words even after they drew hundreds of negative comments and more than 1,000 retweets, insisting they were misinterpreted.
But in his statement the next day, he said he’d reconsidered.
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Software billionaire Larry Ellison says in a book excerpt that he’d like to have the next America’s Cup in Hawaii, although his sailing team CEO says officials are still in the process of picking a venue.
According to an edited excerpt posted on the San Francisco Chronicle’s website, Ellison’s vision is for the 35th America’s Cup match to be sailed off Honolulu following a series of eliminations around the world.
The excerpt said Ellison detailed his vision for the next America’s Cup in a series of exclusive interviews with the book’s author, Chronicle writer Julian Guthrie, over several months.
NEW YORK (AP) – The organization that manages game officials for Major League Soccer has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the union it locked out, accusing the referees of attempting to intimidate replacements.
The Professional Referee Organization made the filing with the National Labor Relations Board three days after the lockout began. The Professional Soccer Referees Association previously filed a pair of unfair labor practice charges against PRO, which also are pending.