Saturday, May 22, 2004

Sports briefs



Couch fires back against Browns

Quarterback Tim Couch (above) has filed a grievance against the Cleveland Browns, who have banned him from working out with them even though he is still under contract. The former University of Kentucky star didn't participate in the club's voluntary quarterback school this week. He also missed minicamp earlier this month after the Browns told him to stop coming to their training facility while they tried to trade him. The Browns have been attempting to work out a deal for Couch, a former No. 1 overall pick, since signing free agent quarterback Jeff Garcia as their starter in March. Team spokesman Todd Stewart said Couch had filed the grievance through the National Football League Players Association earlier this week. Stewart had no other comment. Couch had been working out at the team's training facility in Berea until Garcia was signed. Soon after, the Browns told Couch he was no longer welcome.

'Special Delivery' Jones dies at 84

Edgar "Special Delivery" Jones, who played for the Cleveland Browns in the 1940s, died at 84. Jones, a Scranton, Pa., native, died Tuesday. Jones starred in college at Pittsburgh, and the Chicago Bears drafted him as a running back in the 19th round in 1941. But he enlisted in the Navy and didn't join the Bears until 1945. He played one game for them and started with the Browns in 1946. His statistics with the Browns were not great, but coach Paul Brown said years later of Jones, "Under pressure, he was the greatest I ever had."

Italian great Baggio bows out

With six minutes left in the final game of a magnificent career, 80,000 fans in Rome stood and cheered Roberto Baggio. Nearly everyone on the field joined the applause for one of the greatest players in Italian soccer history. Paolo Maldini hugged his former teammate. "Leaving with the stadium on its feet is something that touches you deeply," Baggio said. "And then the hug from Paolo, that was the most emotional one." Baggio, with his signature ponytail, was a dazzling passer whose vision on the field was unparalleled. He finished his career with Brescia, retiring as the ultimate fan favorite.

CORRECTION

A story on page A1 of Friday's Enquirer should have said Mike Bobinski is the associate vice president for development for Xavier University.




XAVIER
Keeping Matta happy 1st order of business for new Xavier AD

REDS
Griffey makes Astros pay
Kearns ready to put injury behind him
Astros plus Clemens equals big crowds
P Reith fulfills vacant role

MORE BASEBALL
AL: Big Red Sox eighth leaves Jays behind
NL: Bonds walk works in Giants' favor
Red Sox place Williamson on the DL

PREP SPORTS
Colerain boys, girls sweep district
McNick outlasts Alter 2-1
NewCath, Holy Cross big winners in tourney
No-hitter wins final again for Firebirds
Prep results, schedule

HOCKEY
Bolts vow desperation against Flyers tonight

OLYMPICS
Shooter's Olympic quest to honor fellow soldiers

TV
Sports today on TV, radio

GOLF
Leonard, Lewis atop Colonial

OTHER SPORTS
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