Names In The Game
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A late afternoon thunderstorm didn’t dampen the spirits of the estimated 7,500 to 10,000 fans who turned out to honor the American Hockey League champion Portland Pirates.
″No one is going to rain on our parade,″ Pirates coach Barry Trotz told the crowd as he hoisted the Calder Cup into the rain. ″You guys have been a big part of our success this year.″
The Washington Capitals affiliate beat Moncton 4-1 on Sunday to take the best-of-7 series 4-2.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Brett Favre is tired of questions he can’t answer about his unresolved contract situation with the Green Bay Packers.
″Players ask me every day, ‘How much have you signed for?’ ‘Where are you at in your deal?’ They’re talking about it,″ the quarterback said Wednesday as the Packers opened their third minicamp of the year.
He said the delay is the fault of NFL players union president Gene Upshaw, who ″sold out″ and accepted the owners’ salary cap provision.
″I’m not happy with it at all,″ Favre said. ″I don’t think there should be a salary cap. It’s not fair that you have 47 players and you have five guys that are making unbelievable amounts of money and the rest are being asked to take pay cuts for the least amount of money that’s possible. That’s not fair.″
LOS ANGELES (AP) - American-born sumo champion Akebono is expected to be able to compete in a tournament in Nagoya, Japan, on July 3 after double arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday.
″We feel he’ll have a full and complete recovery and will be competing in July,″ said Dr. Michael Schreiber, who assisted Dr. Daniel Silver in the procedure on the 6-foot-8, 500-pound Akebono at Century City Hospital.
″They were minor tears, but they were not going to get better on their own, so they were removed arthroscopically.″
Akebono, whose American name is Chad Rowan, was injured during a tournament in Japan on May 18.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Carlton Haselrig surprised the Pittsburgh Steelers when the offensive guard showed up for the first day of minicamp after not speaking to coach Bill Cowher since April 1.
Haselrig, who did not take part in the Steelers’ offseason workout program, went directly to meetings Wednesday night and was not available for comment.
There has been speculation Haselrig would be replaced by former Minnesota Vikings agent Todd Kalis, who signed as a free agent May 19.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Calgary sportswear manufacturer Sun Ice Ltd. is moving its design and product development department to Connecticut to be closer to the New York garment district.
″We have to be in a more central location that has a more global flavor than Calgary,″ co-owner Vic Rempel said Wednesday. ″Sun Ice is taking a step that is necessary to survive and make a profit in today’s world.″
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lynn Zinser of the Charlotte Observer was elected president of the Association for Women in Sports Media during the organization’s seventh annual convention.