Thursday's Sports In Brief

Dec 18, 2009 - 10:54 AM CHARLOTTE, N.C.(AP) -- Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry died a day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck during what police said was a domestic dispute with his fiancee.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Henry died at 6:36 a.m. Henry was 26.

Police spokeswoman Rosalyn Harrington said homicide detectives have been assigned to the case but had no further information.

Police released two 911 tapes. The first was from an unidentified woman who said she was following a yellow pickup truck with a shirtless man on the back beating on the back window. Just over a minute later, an unidentified man called 911 and said he saw a man "laying in the road" and "definitely unconscious."

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Bruce Allen was introduced as the Washington Redskins' general manager. The former Tampa Bay GM is the son of late Redskins coach George Allen, who coached Washington in the 1970s and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Allen essentially replaces Vinny Cerrato, who resigned his position as executive vice president of football operations earlier in the day. Allen becomes the first person hired by owner Dan Snyder to hold the GM title, a notable milestone after a decade of various front office arrangements that usually centered around Snyder and Cerrato.

Allen says he'll use the final three weeks of the season to get a head start on 2010. Much of his time will be devoted to evaluating coach Jim Zorn, who has a 12-17 record over two seasons.

The Redskins are 4-9 heading into Monday night's game against the New York Giants.

WASHINGTON (AP) - After seeing the NFL make changes to its concussion policy since an October hearing, Congress wants to know whether the league is doing enough - and where things stand in college and high school football.

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a session called "Legal Issues Relating to Football Head Injuries, Part II" on Jan. 4 in Detroit.

On Oct. 28 in Washington, lawmakers questioned NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the league's approach to concussions and grilled him on whether head injuries in football can be linked to brain disease. Since then, Goodell has announced stricter return-to-play guidelines that make it tougher for players to get back on the field after head injuries and has made every team enlist an independent neurologist who can be consulted when players have concussions.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams canceled practice due to an undisclosed number of swine flu cases on the team, just three days before a home game against the Houston Texans.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo would not say how many players had the illness but said five or six players had flulike symptoms, and added that other players had reported symptoms the last few weeks. He anticipated the Rams would return to practice on Friday with a workout that will incorporate some of the elements missed.


HOUSTON (AP) - Tiger Woods was voted male player of the year by the Golf Writers Association of America by an overwhelming margin over Steve Stricker, with most ballots returns after he became embroiled in a sex scandal.

It was the 10th time Woods has won the award in his 13 years as a pro.

LPGA Tour rookie Jiyai Shin was voted female player of the year over Lorena Ochoa, while Loren Roberts won the senior player award.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Even as he held firm that golf would survive no matter how long Tiger Woods stayed away, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said the sex scandal of his No. 1 player was the biggest "curveball" he's ever faced.

Finchem tried to dispel a "gloom and doom" outlook for golf after the game's biggest star announced an indefinite leave to sort out his personal life. He predicted a successful season in 2010, while conceding no sport is as good without its best player.

Finchem, commissioner since 1994, said the tour had no input on Woods' decision to take a break from golf. He also suggested that the many salacious tales of infidelity would not be subject to discipline under the tour's "conduct unbecoming" clause.


MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Danica Patrick will ease her way into NASCAR by skipping the Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway in favor of a less-stressful debut one week later at California.

The IndyCar star is still working on piecing together a 13-race schedule for JR Motorsports in NASCAR's second-tier series, but announced she's marked the Feb. 20 race at Auto Club Speedway for her debut.

JR Motorsports also will field a car for Patrick in the Feb. 27 race at Las Vegas.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes is now a Hall of Famer.

The 2002 champion headlines the newest class for the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, joining three-time world pairs medalists Jenni Meno and Todd Sand and longtime Ice Capades director Robert Turk. The class will be inducted during a Jan. 21 ceremony at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash.


BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - Angela Ruggiero and Jenny Potter are headed to their fourth Olympics after being selected to the U.S. women's hockey team.

Ruggiero and Potter were among 21 players chosen by coach Mark Johnson for the final Olympic roster. USA Hockey made the announcement at the Mall of America before about 500 hockey fans amid red, white and silver streamers.

Forwards Natalie Darwitz, who grew up 10 minutes from the Mall of America, and Julie Chu were named to their third Olympic teams, while Caitlin Cahow and Molly Engstrom will become two-time Olympians. The roster includes 19 players who won the world championship last year.

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