National Sports Briefs
LAS VEGAS ó Oakland Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker remained hospitalized with a concussion and a battered face Tuesday, one day after he was beaten, robbed and left unconscious on a Las Vegas street after a night of partying.
Police said a large amount of cash and some jewelry were taken from Walker, who suffered “a moderate concussion and significant injuries to his face.”
According to reports published Tuesday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Walker visited a nightclub, Tryst, at the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Saturday night. He spent Sunday night at another club, Body English at the Hard Rock hotel-casino, before leaving about 3:30 a.m. Monday, according to casino spokeswoman Dorian Cantrell.
Reports said detectives spoke briefly with Walker on Monday and planned a second interview Tuesday evening at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.
Walker, 29, signed a six-year, $55 million deal with the Raiders after being released by the Denver Broncos in February.
– GREEN BAY, Wis. ó It isn’t exactly a contract holdout, but Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant sat out Tuesday morning’s mandatory minicamp practice as he and the team continue to work on a new deal.
– IRVING, Texas ó Terrell Owens has been excused from the Dallas Cowboys’ mandatory offseason minicamp this week while dealing with a personal family matter. Owens was at the Valley Ranch facility Tuesday morning. But he left to catch a flight before the first of five scheduled practices during the three-day minicamp.
– WASHINGTON ó Sen. Arlen Specter said he won’t call for congressional hearings on the NFL’s investigation of the Spygate scandal after previously threatening to do so.
NEW YORK ó Hendrick Motorsports has passed Roush Fenway Racing as the most valuable team in NASCAR, according to Forbes’ annual rankings.
Hendrick is valued at $335 million, Forbes announced Tuesday. Roush Fenway, which topped the list in the first two years of the rankings, is second at $313 million.
Joe Gibbs Racing ($184 million), Gillett Evernham Motorsports ($150 million) and Richard Childress Racing ($130 million) round out the top 5.
Three Hendrick drivers top Forbes’ list of the highest-paid drivers. Jeff Gordon ($32 million) narrowly edged Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($31 million). Jimmie Johnson ($23 million) is third, followed by Tony Stewart ($19 million), who races for Gibbs.