Sports briefs for May 2, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN
Posted May 02, 2013, at 6:53 p.m.

Eddington Salmon Club breakfast on tap

The Eddington Salmon Club will hold its traditional opening day breakfast on Saturday, 4 a.m.-10 a.m. On the menu: pancakes, eggs cooked to order, home fries and baked beans. Adults will pay $6, children under 12 pay just $3.

Kahn out as Wolves president

Minnesota Timberwolves team president of basketball operations David Kahn is out after the team didn’t renew his contract.

He’s expected to be replaced with former Wolves coach Flip Saunders, team and league sources told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Thursday.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor chose not to pick up an option on Kahn’s contract.

“We want to thank David for all of his efforts the past four years with our basketball team,” Taylor said in a statement. “These are always difficult decisions, but at this time, we believe it is in the best interest of our organization to make a change.”

Kahn replaced Kevin McHale in May 2009. During that span, he drafted point guard Ricky Rubio and pursued Rick Adelman to be the team’s head coach. He also secured a number of failed lottery picks Jonny Flynn (6th overall in 2009) and Wes Johnson (4th overall in 2010).

Eagles’ Vick beats McCoy in race

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick showed he still had plenty of speed Thursday when he beat teammate running back LeSean McCoy in a 40-yard dash at practice.

McCoy, 24, had reportedly been chiding the 32-year-old Vick for weeks, calling him “old man” and challenging him to a race. Vick laughed it off until Thursday, when head coach Chip Kelly allowed the players to race.

Vick outran McCoy and then tweeted about it.

“So today at the field 1 of my teammates called me old,” Vick wrote, adding that the teammate begged him to race the 40-yard dash. “Anybody want to guess which player?”

“Beat him by a few yards too lol,” he wrote, adding #SpeedKILLS to the tweet.

Buccaneers to retire Sapp’s No. 99

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp, one of the most feared players of the mid to late 90s, will have his No. 99 jersey retired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“Warren Sapp is clearly one of the most iconic players in franchise history,” Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said at Thursday’s press conference. “There really was no other choice.”

A six-time All-Pro defensive lineman, Sapp will join former defensive end Lee Roy Selmon as the only players in franchise history to have their numbers retired.

Sapp spent nine of his 13-year NFL career with Tampa Bay, from 1995-2003, and recorded 77 sacks and 15 forced fumbles in 130 games. He added 19 1/2 more sacks and four more forced fumbles in four seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

LeBron James donates $1 million to high school

LeBron James will contribute a $1 million donation to St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, to pay for a complete renovation of the school’s gymnasium.

James won three Ohio High School Athletic Association championships and the private, co-ed, Cathloic institution built in 1972 has seven boys basketball state titles, pre-dating the merger of St. Vincent and St. Mary.

James, 28, was born and raised in Akron.

According to Forbes, James makes approximately $40 million per season in endorsements in addition to his $17.5 million salary.

Headley won’t talk contract during season

Padres third baseman Chase Headley “loves” San Diego and is happy to hear that the team loves him back.

He just plans to wait until the offseason to discuss a contract extension.

“We made it abundantly clear (before) that we didn’t want to talk about it during the season,” Headley told MLB.com on Thursday. “I didn’t think that for me and for the team that it was good to get caught up with all of this during the season.”

On Wednesday, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said he gave general manager Josh Byrnes permission to start talks on a long-term deal to make Headley the “highest-paid player in club history.”

Headley can’t leave until after the 2014 season. He’s coming off a year in which he finished fifth in the National League MVP Award voting.

Headley is making $8.75 million this year and is the second-highest-paid player on the team behind left fielder Carlos Quentin ($9.5 million).

ESPN, SEC to launch Atlanta channel

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN unveiled a partnership Thursday that will bring the SEC Network to viewers beginning in August 2014.

The SEC will have an around-the-clock presence in football and basketball through the 20-year agreement. The deal includes a new television network and digital platform that will air more than 1,000 events in the first year.

Included in the programming will be football games, men’s and women’s basketball games, baseball games and assorted events from the other 17 SEC sports. The network will also contain studio shows and coverage of special events like signing day and football pro days.

“The SEC Network will provide an unparalleled fan experience of top quality SEC content presented across the television network and its accompanying digital platforms,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement.

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