SportShorts for Saturday, April 12, 2014
Weems takes pay cut to stay with Bears
Ultimately, Eric Weems made the decision that accepting a pay cut from the Bears was better than the uncertainty of the open market.
Weems renegotiated the final year of his contract on Thursday, according to NFLPA records, agreeing to reduce his base salary from $1 million to the minimum for a veteran with 6 years of experience – $730,000.
The wide receiver and special teamer retained the $100,000 workout bonus in the contract so he can earn up to $830,000 this season and will have a cap number of $1.33 million, down from the $1.6 million for which he was slated.
Tarkanian admitted to hospital
A family member says former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is being treated for pneumonia and a possible heart attack at a Las Vegas hospital.
Tarkanian’s son-in-law, Zafi Diamant, said Friday that the 83-year-old Tarkanian’s condition was “definitely stable,” and that he was awake and talking at Valley Hospital.
Tarkanian was hospitalized Wednesday with weakness, breathing trouble and lethargy. Diamant says more tests will determine Tarkanian’s ailments.
Tressel applies for Youngstown State presidency
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has applied to become president at Youngstown State less than a month after he applied for the same position at Akron.
The Youngstown Vindicator reports that the head of a firm leading Youngstown State’s search said Tressel applied for the post Friday.
Tressel coached at Youngstown State before leaving for Ohio State where he was forced out following a scandal that led to NCAA sanctions. He has worked as an administrator at Akron for 2 years, and he applied in mid-March for the president’s job there.
Mizzou’s Beckham-Green kicked off team
Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, once heralded as the No. 1 recruit in the nation out of high school, has been kicked off the team.
The move was announced Friday, a day after police in Columbia, Mo., said no charges would be filed in a suspected burglary because of reluctant witnesses fearing retaliation.
Green-Beckham was suspended indefinitely from the team on Monday for unspecified violation of team rules.
Gardenhire to miss 2 games
Manager Ron Gardenhire will miss Minnesota’s games on Friday and Saturday against Kansas City to attend Saturday’s funeral of Michael Hirschbeck in Ohio.
Hirschbeck, the son of umpire John Hirschbeck, died Tuesday at age 27. He had battled adrenoleukodystrophy, a disease that affects the brain and nervous system.
Once while in Minneapolis for medical tests at the University of Minnesota, former Twins manager Tom Kelly invited the younger Hirschbeck to be the team’s batboy for a game. It was the beginning of a relationship between Michael and the Twins that continued when Gardenhire became manager.