National Sports Briefs
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 16, 2009
LOS ANGELES ó Walking into a courtroom Tuesday to face the man who posted naked videos of her online left Erin Andrews momentarily shaken, the ESPN sideline reporter admitted later.
But by the time she started to tell a federal judge about the devastation and humiliation that Illinois insurance executive Michael David Barrett caused her, the veteran sideline reporter was determined and composed.
She called him a sexual predator, occasionally looking over to steal a glance at the suit-clad man who she said has shaken her confidence and hurt her career.
“I don’t know him,” she said. “I haven’t met him. I hope he never sees the light of day.”
NEW YORK ó The blockbuster trade sending Roy Halladay to Philadelphia and Cliff Lee to Seattle could be completed today, and it’s become a four-team swap that involves Toronto shipping a prospect to Oakland.
The Blue Jays would send Halladay and $6 million to the Phillies for three minor leaguers: catcher Travis d’Arnaud, right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Michael Taylor.
Philadelphia would also deal Lee to the Mariners for a trio of prospects: right-hander Phillippe Aumont, outfielder Tyson Gillies and right-hander Juan Ramirez.
Toronto would then trade Taylor to the Athletics for third baseman Brett Wallace, obtained by Oakland last July from St. Louis in the deal for outfielder Matt Holliday.
Halladay would receive a $60 million, three-year contract extension through 2013 with the Phillies, a deal that would include a 2014 option.
RALEIGH ó Former Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Michael Leighton has been claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Hurricanes said Tuesday Leighton cleared waivers last week and had been assigned to their AHL affiliate in Albany on Saturday.Leighton was 1-4 with a 4.29 goals-against average in seven games this season with Carolina.
– ST. LOUIS ó Three years after the St. Louis Blues retired Brett Hull’s No. 16 jersey, the team is honoring him again for his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Before a ceremony Tuesday night attended by members of his dream team with St. Louis, Hull joked that fans were probably sick of him by now. He received a standing ovation from a sellout crowd before the Blues’ game against the Calgary Flames, the club that traded him to St. Louis in 1987.
NEW YORK ó USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, will make concussion information a point of emphasis to coaches and league commissioners in 2010.
The organization also will launch annual studies into youth football injury rates, which will include concussions.