Richardson trade shocks Browns while Colts celebrate
Several Cleveland Browns expressed shock at the team's decision to trade star running back Trent Richardson. "It was a shock to everybody," receiver Josh Gordon said. "Everyone was in disbelief."
Cleveland dealt Richardson to Indianapolis on Wednesday for a first-round draft pick next year, a move that came on the same day third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer was named this week's starter.
Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, one of the team's captains, said the Richardson trade "is a reality of this business, but you have to put your hard hat on and move forward."
Jackson said the Richardson trade "is right up there" with anything he has experienced in his seven-plus years in Cleveland. Although some Browns fans view the deal as the front office giving up on this season for the future, Jackson said "that's not even realistic, there's too much pressure on everyone to win."
The Browns signed free-agent running back Willis McGahee, a capable veteran who spent last season with Denver. He passed his physical Thursday as the Browns were practicing.
Meanwhile, the Colts expect their newest player to become a workhorse running back, grow alongside young franchise quarterback Andrew Luck and carry them into the playoffs for years to come.
Richardson arrived in the locker room to find his new teammates hooting and hollering, a horde of reporters hanging on every word.
■ Former University of Kentucky linebacker Wilbur Hackett, the first black team captain in any sport in SEC history, has been named a 2013 Southeastern Conference Legend.
Hackett was a Sophomore All-SEC selection in 1968, an honorable mention All-SEC pick as a junior and was Kentucky's Co-Most Valuable Player as a senior. He is a member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.
Joining Hackett in the 2013 class are Marty Lyons (Alabama), Wayne Martin (Arkansas), Frank Sanders (Auburn), Wes Chandler (Florida), Tim Worley (Georgia), Kevin Faulk (LSU), Jeff Jerrod (Ole Miss), Glen Collins (Mississippi State ), Phil Bradley (Missouri), Max Runager (South Carolina), Inky Johnson (Tennessee), Dat Nguyen (Texas A&M), and Jimmy Williams (Vanderbilt). The class will be honored at the 2013 SEC Football "Weekend of Champions" Dec. 6-7 in Atlanta, Ga. , in conjunction with SEC Football Championship Game, at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 7.
Vegas Vacation wins Little Brown Jug
Vegas Vacation beat Urbanite Hanover, covering the mile in 1:50, to win the Little Brown Jug on Thursday at the Delaware County (Ohio) Fairgrounds.
It was the second straight Little Brown Jug victory for trainer Casie Coleman, who won with Michael's Power in 2012.
Driver Brian Sears got Vegas Vacation to the front at the three-quarters mark in 1:22 and came home in 28 seconds to earn the two-length victory in the second leg of the Triple Crown for three-year-old pacers.
Vegas Vacation has now won nine times in 15 starts this season.
Captaintreacherous won the Cane Pace — the first leg of the Triple Crown — but did not race in the Little Brown Jug. The horse's owners decided to focus on other races. The third leg of the pacing Triple Crown is the Messenger Stakes on Nov. 2 at Yonkers Raceway.
Mayweather fight richest ever
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s dominating win over Canelo Alvarez Saturday was the richest fight ever, a box-office smash at the arena and on television. Showtime said Thursday that at least 2.2 million homes bought the pay-per-view for the bout, second only to the 2.44 million homes in Mayweather's 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya.
With the highest pay-per-view boxing price — at an average of more than $70 — the fight will generate nearly $150 million in revenue in TV sales alone.
Nevada boxing regulators say the gate for the bout was just more than $20 million, also a record. A total of 16,146 seats were sold for the event at an average price of almost $1,240 per ticket.
Promoter Richard Schaefer said total revenues would approach $200 million upon final count, surpassing the $165 million generated by the Mayweather-De La Hoya fight.
Parker reportedly MVP of WNBA
Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker has won her second WNBA MVP, according to a person familiar with the situation. The official announcement was scheduled for late Thursday night.
Parker edged out Minnesota's Maya Moore and Chicago's Elena Delle Donne after averaging 17.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists and leading the Sparks to second place in the West.
Andy Murray to miss rest of season
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will have surgery on a long-standing back problem and miss the rest of the season, including the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London on Nov. 4-11.
■ With one lab suspended and its replacement unfinished, Brazil won't be able to handle drug testing for the 2014 World Cup alone and is looking overseas for help. Marco Aurelio Klein, the executive director of the country's anti-doping authority, said the new lab in Rio de Janeiro should be running in time for the 2016 Olympics, but not next year's World Cup.
The last word
A few days after Alabama won the 2013 national championship, a University of Texas regent talked with Nick Saban's agent about the possibility of the Crimson Tide coach replacing Longhorns Coach Mack Brown. But when Brown, who is under contract until 2020, said he wanted to keep coaching, the matter was dropped. Joe Jamail, Brown's attorney, wants it to stay that way and says he won't tolerate pressure for Brown to resign. Jamail said:
"If there are any more, get ready for a lawsuit. Mack has publicly stated he wants to coach."