National Sports Briefs
WASHINGTON ó Well, that should quiet things down for a while. The Jim Zorn unemployment watch is over.
Jerry Gray, as it turns out, isn’t a coach-in-waiting about to get promoted any day now. Another week of Washington Redskins craziness ended with an actual message of stability Friday: The front office said Zorn will be the coach for the rest of the season.
“We were the soap opera for the NFL the last two weeks,” quarterback Jason Campbell said, “so hopefully it’ll calm down a little bit.”
– CHARLOTTE ó Carolina Panthers leading tackler Thomas Davis is questionable for Sunday’s game against Buffalo with a hamstring injury.
– NAPA, Calif. ó Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable won’t face charges after being investigated over allegations that he assaulted one of his assistants.
CHARLOTTE ó Zach Randolph had 16 points and eight rebounds for Memphis and the Grizzlies held off the Charlotte Bobcats for a 95-92 victory on Friday in the final exhibition game for both teams.
Allen Iverson worked out before tipoff but said it’s a “long shot” he’ll be cleared for the Grizzlies’ the opener Wednesday against Detroit.
Raymond Felton had 15 points and Boris Diaw scored 14 for the Bobcats (2-6).
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ó Rickie Fowler, in his second PGA Tour event since turning pro, shared the lead with Englishman Greg Owen halfway through the Frys.com Open on Friday.
Both shot 6-under 64s in the second round in ideal conditions on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club to reach 11-under 129.
– SAN ANTONIO ó Champions Tour rookies Keith Clearwater and Russ Cochran and shot 5-under 66s to share the first-round lead in the AT&T Championship.
LOS ANGELES ó Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt was fired by her estranged husband, team owner Frank McCourt, a day after the Dodgers lost the National League championship series. Jamie McCourt learned she was no longer employed by the Dodgers, who ended their season Wednesday afby the Philadelphia Phillies for the second straight year.
LEXINGTON, Ky. ó Kentucky freshman guard John Wall practiced with his teammates in front of students on Friday, day after a report that the highly touted guard might not be eligible to play.
Wall is among three freshmen expected to start for the Wildcats. But SEC commissioner Mike Slive told ESPN.com on Thursday the NCAA’s agents and amateurism group is looking into the eligibility of Wall.
ESPN.com reported that Wall’s AAU coach, Brian Clifton, was a certified agent from 2007-2008.
DENVER ó After watching injured teammate Darcy Tucker leave the ice on a backboard, Milan Hejduk and Wojtek Wolski scored in quick succession for Colorado.
Tucker was checked into the boards by Carolina forward Tuomo Ruutu as he tried to play the puck in the Hurricanes’ end at 14:34 of the second period. Tucker’s face hit the glass hard and he fell to the ice on his back unconscious.
Penguins 3, Panthers 2
PITTSBURGH ó Sidney Crosby scored twice in the third period and had the only goal in the shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a two-goal deficit to win their seventh straight game, 3-2 over the Florida Panthers.
Playing his 300th career game, Crosby had a power-play goal and a short-handed score.
Blues 3, Wild 1
ST. LOUIS ó David Perron had a goal and an assist for his first points of the season.