Ex-Bengal Benson looking forward to facing his old team
Cedric Benson has something to prove to his new team, though he wouldn't mind reminding his old one what they are missing.
The veteran running back is expected to see his first pre-season game action for the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night in Cincinnati, where he spent the past four seasons.
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And while Benson spent several months waiting for the right opportunity in free agency before signing with the Packers, he doesn't seem overly concerned about proving something to the Bengals just because they didn't do more to bring him back.
"I don't hold anything personally against them, but naturally you're going to want to show up on a team that passed on you," Benson said.
Benson is trying to immerse himself in learning the Packers' offense — so much so that he has taken Coach Mike McCarthy's seat next to Aaron Rodgers in some of the Packers' meetings.
"He's been motivated," McCarthy said. "I think that's a good thing. ... I know he's looking forward to playing Thursday."
Vick insists he'll play in Eagles' opener
Quarterback Michael Vick said he is "doing good, feeling better," and there is no doubt he will be ready when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. Vick didn't practice Wednesday after bruising his ribs during a win at New England on Monday, and Eagles Coach Andy Reid said he probably won't play the rest of the pre-season. Nick Foles, the rookie third-round pick, will start in his place Friday night at the Browns. "That was a pretty good shot he took," Reid said of the hit that knocked Vick out of the game against the Patriots after just six plays. Vick has missed three games because of rib injuries in each of the past two seasons.
■ Joe Haden, arguably the Browns' best defensive player, was kicked off the practice field Wednesday by Coach Pat Shurmur, who felt the third-year cornerback was being too physical with rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin during a passing drill.
Bellarmine chosen Elite Eight host
Bellarmine University and Louisville, Ky., were selected as the hosts for the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Elite Eight. The games will be played on March 28 and 30 at Freedom Hall, which has hosted six NCAA Final Fours.
Pioneer Football League gets FCS bid
Beginning in 2013, the Pioneer Football League, which includes Morehead State, will have an automatic bid to the expanded, 24-team Football Championship Subdivision tournament. The PFL will join 10 conferences currently awarded an automatic bid.
Future Cat Heady makes U.S. team
Connor Heady, a senior at North Oldham High School who has committed to Kentucky, was named to the USA Baseball 18-and-under national team that will compete in the IBAF world championships to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 8 in Seoul, South Korea. Heady, a 6-foot, 165-pound infielder and right-handed pitcher, is the only Kentuckian on the 20-man roster. More than 140 players tried out for the team.
Green re-signs with Celtics
The Boston Celtics re-signed forward Jeff Green, who missed all of last season after a physical exam revealed an aortic aneurysm. He underwent surgery and became a free agent before signing Wednesday. The 6-foot-9 Green had been expected to play a key role as a backup forward last season and is being counted on to do that next season. The Celtics obtained him from Oklahoma City in February 2011.
Grasshoppers complete sweep
Josh Hodges and two relievers combined to hold the host Lexington Legends to seven hits, and the Greensboro Grasshoppers capped a three-game series sweep with a 6-1 victory Wednesday night. The Legends were held to one run in each of the three games and were outhit 34-13 in the series. Lexington scored its only run Wednesday night on a wild pitch by Greensboro reliever Charlie Lowell. The Legends have lost seven games in a row.
■ Lexington pitchers recorded 19 strikeouts, including 10 by starter Mike Foltynewicz, in a 3-1, 11-inning loss to the Grasshoppers on Tuesday night. Foltynewicz struck out the side in the third and sixth innings and allowed one unearned run in six innings.
Menard's crew chief fined, suspended
NASCAR fined Paul Menard's crew chief $100,000 for illegal modifications found on the Chevrolet last weekend at Michigan. Slugger Labbe was also suspended until Oct. 3 in penalties NASCAR announced Wednesday. NASCAR said the frame rails had been intentionally modified in an effort to deceive inspectors.
■ Timothy Peters won the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, leading all 204 laps for his second victory of the season and fifth overall. Peters is the first driver to lead every lap in a Truck race at Bristol since Ron Hornaday Jr. in 1997.
NCAA rejects tiebreaker system
The NCAA will not use a new tiebreaker system in college tennis. On Wednesday, less than a week after tennis insiders balked at the proposal, the men's and women's Division I tennis committee rescinded the recommendation to add a third-set super tiebreaker in the final set of singles matches and a new doubles tiebreaker at 6-all. The super tiebreaker would have awarded the third set to the first player with 10 points.
■ Andy Roddick was eliminated from the Winston-Salem Open on Wednesday, losing a third-round match to Belgium's Steve Darcis in straight sets. The fifth-seeded Roddick, a former world No. 1 player now ranked 21st, fell to the 81st-ranked Darcis 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3) in the final hard-court tournament before next week's U.S. Open in Flushing Meadow, N.Y.
Alabama AD Moore in hospital
Alabama athletic director Mal Moore remains hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat. Moore's personal physician, Dr. James B. Robinson, said the 72-year-old was admitted Tuesday evening to DCH Regional Medical Center as a precaution. Robinson said Wednesday test results were normal and Moore should be released soon.
The last word
Golf analyst Gary McCord, after alligators ate a couple of CBS's tee-box microphones during the PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, S.C.:
"It's one of their food groups."