Sports briefs for Feb. 2, 2014

Posted Feb. 02, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.

Terry Bradshaw’s father dies

Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw did not appear on the network’s Super Bowl pregame coverage Sunday because of his father’s death.

Bill Bradshaw died Thursday after a long illness, according to Fox. He was 86. Terry Bradshaw was in Louisiana with his family.

Michael Strahan replaced Bradshaw on the pregame show.

Bill Bradshaw, who was a U.S. Navy veteran, retired as vice president of manufacturing for Riley Beaird.

Terry Bradshaw won four Super Bowls as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970′s.

Sapp apologizes to Strahan

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp said Sunday he apologized to former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan for disparaging comments he made about him last week.

Sapp made news when he questioned Strahan’s Hall of Fame credentials last week. After Strahan responded, Sapp challenged him to a fight.

Strahan was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. Sapp said he apologized to him afterward. Sapp was on hand for the induction of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate, linebacker Derrick Brooks.

“I saw Michael Strahan last night on my way going to (see) Derrick Brooks,” Sapp said Sunday. “I walked up to him, I grabbed him and hugged him and wouldn’t let him go. I said please forgive me.”

Broncos’ Miller gets to keep bonus money

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller gets to keep $1.2 million of his signing bonus he forfeited from his six-game suspension earlier this season, ESPN reported Sunday.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, a player suspended under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy automatically forfeits part of his bonus.

Likely, the NFL Players Association argued that the suspension came from a negotiated settlement that omitted part of his bonus money — not from the appeals process. Therefore, Miller could recoup the money.

Miller recorded five sacks in nine games this season.

Rockets’ Lin earns his first NBA triple-double in win over Cavs

HOUSTON — Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin authored another chapter to the storybook tale that is his improbable professional career by recording his first NBA triple-double — and doing so in a reserve role.

Beyond that statistical benchmark, Lin provided the requisite thrust to help Houston overcome a lethargic start to the second half in its 106-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday at Toyota Center.

Lin totaled 15 points, a career-best 11 rebounds and 10 assists, completing the triple-double with an assist when Houston center Dwight Howard converted a bank shot off the pick-and-roll with 53.5 seconds left. By that stage, even Lin could not ignore the raucous crowd and team-wide effort to help him reach the milestone, even if Lin was initially oblivious.

“I didn’t know until I needed a couple more assists,” said Lin, who became the first Houston player to record a triple-double off the bench since Cedric Maxwell posted 23 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists against the Indiana Pacers on Mar. 31, 1988. “That’s when everyone started talking about it. Prior to that, I didn’t know.

Fister, Nationals settle on 1-year deal

Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract with the club on Saturday.

Terms of the deal were not released.

Fister, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a December trade, was seeking $8.5 million and the Nationals countered with $5.5 million.

Fister went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA in 32 starts for Detroit last year.

 

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