Sports briefs for Jan. 1, 2013

From wire reports
Posted Jan. 02, 2013, at 10:55 a.m.

Norman wants his name off Medalist GC

–Greg Norman has demanded that his name, and that of co-designer Pete Dye, be taken off the course they designed at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.

Norman is unhappy with the club’s decision to hire Bobby Weed, who formerly worked with Dye, to do a rework on the Norman/Dye course that opened in 1995.

“It’s really a slap in the face at the end of the day,” Norman told Golfdigest.com. “It’s the end of a legacy, by the board doing what the board is doing now. It hurts a lot, to tell the truth. It’s a shame.”

In a letter Norman sent to Medalist president Dee Mudd, the golfer known as the Great White Shark also demanded that the club return memorabilia, including a signature shark above the bar in the men’s locker room, to him.

In May, Norman offered to do the redesign without a fee, but Weed already was under contract by then.

Texans place LB Sharpton on IR

The Houston Texans placed linebacker Darryl Sharpton on injured reserve because of a hip injury, the Houston Chronicle reported on Tuesday.

Houston takes on the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the AFC playoffs on Saturday.

Sharpton was injured during Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

He began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list because of a quad injury and started five of the final seven regular season games.

The Texans have other injuries at linebacker. Tim Dobbins, who most likely would replace Sharpton, has an injured shoulder and Brooks Reed has a groin injury. Their playing status is not clear.

The Chronicle reported that the Texans brought in linebacker Mister Alexander to take Sharpton’s roster spot.

Bills seek permission to interview McCoy

The Buffalo Bills are seeking permission to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for their head coaching job, ESPN reported Tuesday.

McCoy, 40, is already a candidate for the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals coaching jobs.

The Broncos have a bye after clinching the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

The Bills are also in the process of interviewing Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired by the Cardinals on Monday.

Holmgren interested in coaching again

Mike Holmgren said he would consider returning as a coach if one of the seven NFL teams with a vacancy contacts him, according to ESPN.

Holmgren, 64, left his executive position with the Cleveland Browns during the season when Jimmy Haslam took over as the new owner.

“If anyone is interested, I’ll listen,” he said, though he added that he is not aggressively looking for a job.

Holmgren, who won a Super Bowl as the Green Bay Packers coach and also took the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl, is living in Arizona.

Holmgren did not say which teams he is interested in coaching or if he has been contacted.

Bradley center arrested on drug charge

Bradley starting center Will Egolf was arrested Monday night on a possession of a controlled substance charge, according to the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star.

Egolf, a sixth-year senior, was booked into Peoria County Jail overnight.

A drug-related offense is considered a major violation of athletics department rules and carries a minimum suspension of 10 percent of the scheduled games, according to the 2012-13 Bradley Student-Athlete Handbook. However, convictions could mean more severe penalties, including removal from the team.

Since Bradley has 31 games left on its regular season schedule, Egolf will miss at least four games.

Bradley’s next game is Wednesday at Southern Illinois.

Egolf averages 8.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game through 13 games.

Bears GM dismisses Hester’s retirement talk

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a news conference Tuesday that he does not expect Devin Hester to retire.

Hester said Monday that he would walk away after the team fired coach Lovie Smith.

“Devin didn’t come by,” Emery said. “I saw the comments. I felt for Devin. Again, I take all that in context of these guys had played a long time. … Devin came in as a draft pick with Lovie. I certainly understand the emotion. There will be a time when his emotions clear.

“Devin has come into my office and we’ve talked before. My door is always open, and if he wants to do that, we can have the conversation. If he doesn’t, I’m open to that, too. Obviously, Devin is under contract, so if he sent his retirement papers in, I would know. But I don’t anticipate that. I think he’s a great competitor. I think that was an emotional situation that evoked an emotional response, and I certainly understand that.”

Hester said Monday that Smith’s firing was not the only reason he is considering retirement.

Sharapova pulls out of Brisbane International

BRISBANE — Maria Sharapova withdrew from the Brisbane International on Tuesday due to inflammation around her collarbone and the world No. 2 is still unable to hit a serve just two weeks before the start of the Australian Open.

Sharapova, who spoke optimistically about the new season on Monday, was forced to withdraw from her second-round match against Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova in Brisbane, saying it was the “smart move” to make.

The French Open champion also pulled out of an exhibition match against Caroline Wozniacki at the end of December in Seoul because of a sore collarbone.

“That’s why I had to pull out of the exhibition match I had in Korea,” she said at a news conference on Tuesday.

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