Sports briefs 2/3/04
Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Drew Henson has agreed to leave the New York Yankees to pursue a career in the NFL. Henson's agent, Casey Close, told the Yankees the third baseman is quitting after three mediocre seasons in the minor leagues. Henson will forfeit the $12 million he is owed from the contract he agreed to with the Yankees in 2001. The NFL's Houston Texans, who hold the quarterback's rights, announced Monday that Henson would work out with the team on Feb. 12 in a showcase for the other 31 NFL franchises. The Texans drafted Henson with a sixth-round pick last April and already have a young, developing quarterback in David Carr.
Jay Williams, who played one season with the Chicago Bulls before a motorcycle accident put his NBA career in jeopardy, reached a contract settlement with the team. The buyout is in the $3 million range. Williams had two more years worth about $7.7 million left on his original deal. Because riding a motorcycle violates the standard NBA contract, the Bulls could have terminated Williams' deal after the accident June 19. Instead, they put the former Duke star and No. 2 pick in the 2002 draft on injured reserve and continued to pay him. The buyout allows the Bulls to gain a roster spot and flexibility with the salary cap.
Cuthbert Victor of Murray State was named Ohio Valley Conference player of the week. Victor, a senior forward, averaged 24 points and 16 rebounds in victories over Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. Jared Newson of Tennessee-Martin was named newcomer of the week. On the women's side, Gerlonda Hardin of Austin Peay was player of the week. Hardin, a senior post, averaged 26.5 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 80 percent against Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State. Sami Jo Cotton, a junior guard for Southeast Missouri, was selected newcomer of the week. Cotton averaged 14 points and five rebounds in two games last week.
-- From wire reports