Bengals sign Cedric Benson — (SportsNetwork.com)
The Cincinnati Bengals signed running back Cedric Benson on Tuesday and placed running back DeDe Dorsey on injured reserve, ending his season. Benson was waived by the Chicago Bears in June following a pair of alcohol- related incidents in the off-season. Benson was charged with boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest, then was charged with driving while intoxicated and released on bond just over a month later. He was recently cleared of all charges in both cases.
Phillies taking good with the Brad — (Philly.com)
ALL RIGHT, so that Freddy Garcia trade didn’t work out so well. And signing Adam Eaton to that 3-year, $24.5 million contract doesn’t seem like the brightest idea at this point. And Geoff Jenkins pretty much lost his job to Jayson Werth.
Nobody’s perfect, and that includes Phillies general manager Pat Gillick.
At the same time, give Gillick credit for the deals that clicked. And in a bottom-line business – you either make it to the playoffs or you don’t – the one he made during the general managers’ meetings in Orlando last November might have been the most pivotal of his Philadelphia tenure.
Baseball Fever Sweeps White Sox, Cubs Fans — (cbs2chicago.com)
The last time both the Cubs and White Sox were in the playoffs, Teddy Roosevelt was in his second term as president. Now, for the first time in 102 years, it’s happening again, and baseball fever is descending on every part of the city. As CBS 2’s Joanie Lum reports, to say fans of the Cubs and White Sox are infamous for their rivalry is the understatement of the century. But the good news about that is the home games do not compete against each other. The Cubs’ first playoff game against the Los Angeles Dodgers is set for Wednesday at Wrigley Field, while the White Sox are traveling for their first game against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday.
Blue Jays decide to keep Gaston’s staff together — (sportsline.com)
The Blue Jays will keep their coaching staff intact for next season. The team agreed to two-year contract extensions Tuesday with pitching coach Brad Arnsberg, bench coach Brian Butterfield, third base coach Nick Leyva, first base coach Dwayne Murphy, hitting coach Gene Tenace and bullpen coach Bruce Walton. Leyva, Murphy and Tenace were hired June 20 when Cito Gaston replaced John Gibbons as manager, while Arnsberg, Butterfield and Walton are holdovers from Gibbons’ staff. Gaston, who led Toronto to a 51-37 record after being hired, signed a two-year extension last week.
With Troubles Behind It, N.H.L. Tries to Build Momentum — (nytimes.com)
“He’s their LeBron,” said Bruce Jacobson, creative consultant at Young & Rubicam, the advertising agency that created the N.H.L.’s new television spots that will begin appearing Wednesday as part of a campaign valued at more than $15 million.
“He’s their Jordan, their Bird,” said Cliff Skeete, also a creative consultant at Young & Rubicam.
On Saturday, the N.H.L. opens its 2008-9 season, putting yet more distance between the league and its former financial troubles, which wiped out the entire season four years ago after management and the players union failed to reach a collective bargaining agreement
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