Former UK QB Mossakowski enrolls at FCS-level Lamar
Former University of Kentucky quarterback Ryan Mossakowski enrolled at Lamar and will go through spring practice with the Cardinals, a Texas newspaper reported Wednesday. The Beaumont Enterprise said Lamar Coach Ray Woodard confirmed the addition of Mossakowski to the Cardinals program via a text message.
Mossakowski was a four-star recruit from Frisco, Texas, when he signed with Kentucky in 2009. However, he suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder during his senior year of high school, underwent surgery and was redshirted at UK in 2009.
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In 2010, Mossakowski played in three games for Kentucky as a reserve, but never threw a pass in a game. He left the UK team in January 2011 after he did not play against Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl even through UK starting quarterback Mike Hartline was suspended and the Wildcats' offense struggled with Hartline's replacement, Morgan Newton, at the controls.
Mossakowski eventually transferred to Northwest Mississippi Community College. Last season, he completed 177 of 293 passes (60.4 percent) for 2,422 yards with 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as the Rangers went 6-3. He also ran for seven TDs.
Mossakowski will be a fourth-year junior during the 2012 football season. Last season, Lamar went 4-7 and 2-5 in the FCS (formerly I-AA) Southland Conference.
■ Penn State will pay out a total of roughly $4.4 million in severance to more than a half-dozen assistants who weren't retained by new head coach Bill O'Brien. Acting Athletics Director David Joyner said Friday the status of the assistant coaches who aren't coming back from former coach Joe Paterno's staff hasn't been finalized. Some may choose to retire, others could seek different jobs at Penn State or move on. Joyner said the severance figure does not include Paterno, who was ousted in November in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
■ Texas Tech rejected an offer by former football coach Mike Leach to settle his lawsuit against the school. Leach, who's now the coach at Washington State, informed Tech in a Nov. 28 letter that he'd "settle and move on" if he was paid what he was due for his last season. He didn't specify an amount. The letter was written two days before Washington State hired Leach. Texas Tech attorney Dicky Grigg said the offer was unanimously rejected by Tech regents because the university believes Leach has been paid what he was owed.
Shackleford puts in bullet work for Donn
Shackleford, last year's Preakness Stakes winner, made a strong step forward as he readies for his expected start in the Grade I Donn Handicap on Feb. 11, covering 5 furlongs in a bullet :58.60 at Gulfstream Park on Friday.
"It was a super work. That's what we were looking for out of him," trainer Dale Romans said. "He looked really good doing it. He'll do whatever you want him to do, he's very, very versatile."
Shackleford gave Romans his first win in a Triple Crown race but the Louisville-based trainer hopes he has another top Kentucky Derby contender this year in Dullahan.
Dullahan, who captured the Grade I Dixiana Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last October, is expected to make his 2012 debut on the turf in the Grade III Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream on March 11 with the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 14 his prospective final pre-Derby prep.
Dullahan is a half brother to 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs this past November in his first start on the dirt.
"I think the last few days he's been really impressive in his gallops," Romans said of Dullahan. "To quote (owner) Jerry Crawford, it looks like he's really turning the corner."
First foal by Quality Road born
The first reported foal by multiple Grade I winner Quality Road was born at WinStar Farm on Jan. 17, according to a release from Lane's End Farm, which stands the son of Elusive Quality. The foal is a colt out of the stakes-winning mare Dorm Fever, who was one of 149 mares bred to Quality Road in his first season at stud in 2011.
Owned and campaigned by the late Edward P. Evans, Quality Road was a four-time Grade I winner on the track who earned more than $2.2 million in his career.
Long shot Coach Bob wins at Santa Anita
Coach Bob, the longest shot by far in a field of five 3-year-olds, led from the gate and won with ease Friday in the $58,000 Nothing to Chance Purse for California-breds at Santa Anita.
Running for the first time in Southern California and having won just once in seven starts in Northern California, Coach Bob and jockey Eswan Flores shot straight to the front and only extended their lead in the homestretch, covering 6 furlongs in 1:09.14.
Coach Bob went off at 45-2 odds and paid $47, $12 and $4.20. Exotic Slew was second and paid $4.40 and $3. Rockinarz Recruit paid $3 to show. The heavy favorite, Motown Men, was fourth.
Madson, Reds finalize $8.5 million deal
Free-agent closer Ryan Madson and the Cincinnati Reds finalized their $8.5 million, one-year contract. Madson saved 32 games in 34 chances last year for NL East champion Philadelphia. He replaces Francisco Cordero as the Reds' closer.
■ The Indians acquired right-hander Kevin Slowey from Colorado, a move prompted by Fausto Carmona's arrest in the Dominican Republic. The Indians sent reliever Zach Putnam and cash to the Rockies for Slowey, who pitched for Minnesota last season and was traded to Colorado on Dec. 6. Slowey split last season between the Twins and Triple-A Rochester. He went 0-8 in the majors and spent time on the disabled list.
Sports in the courts
Estate of ex-Bengal Henry files lawsuit
The estate of former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry is suing his fiancée, accusing her of negligence in his death in Charlotte. The Charlotte Observer reported that a wrongful death lawsuit filed this month on behalf of Henry's estate claims that his injuries were caused by Loleini Tonga's negligence. Police said Henry and Tonga were involved in a domestic dispute on Dec. 16, 2009. She drove away in a pickup truck, but as she drove, Henry jumped into the truck bed and later fell. Henry died the next day. No charges were filed against Tonga, who has said Henry jumped from the truck, but not to harm himself.
Women's tennis rolls over Marshall
Kentucky's women's tennis team opened regular-season play with a 5-2 victory against Marshall at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center. The Wildcats' No. 1 singles player, Jessica Stiles, cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win against Dominika Zaprazna and teamed with Khristina Blajkevitch to defeat Maria Voscekova and Zaprazna 9-8 (8) in doubles.
■ Kentucky's gymnastics team lost 196.275-194.075 to eighth-ranked Florida at Memorial Coliseum. UK saved its best event of the night for last, earning a season-high mark of 48.625 on floor.
The last word
The days of big, brash talk by Rex Ryan could be over. The New York Jets coach told WFAN Radio on Friday that he'll remain confident but might tone down his comments after his Super Bowl guarantees and bravado might have hurt his team this season. Ryan said:
"Clearly, when you have a team that went to back-to-back championship games, what else is there to go for? It's Super Bowl or bust. Well, we busted. ... I've got to look at the entire dynamic of what I say and how it doesn't just affect me."