Canadiens center records ace, wins car
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Montreal Canadiens center Scott Gomez might have another pro sports career ahead of him when he hangs up his skates.
The Anchorage native won a new, $50,000 Acura MD X Thursday when he hit a hole-in-one at his own Scotty Gomez Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament.
The Anchorage Daily News reports (http://is.gd/1JaFMg) Gomez got his hole-in-one on the par-3 sixth hole at the Eagleglen Golf Course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.
The car was from Continental Motors. Says dealership owner Marten Martensen, “”The guy wins a car at his own tournament. Can you believe it?”
Gomez is entering the sixth of a seven-year contract with the Canadiens, valued at $51.5 million.
Cubs acquire RHP Germano from Red Sox
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs have acquired right-hander Justin Germano from the Boston Red Sox for cash.
Germano was designated for assignment when Boston activated center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list last Friday. He threw 5 2-3 scoreless innings against the Yankees in his only appearance with Boston on July 7.
Germano, who turns 30 on August 6, is 8-20 with a 4.91 ERA in 80 major league games with San Diego, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Boston. He made his major league debut with the Padres in 2004.
The Cubs designated right-hander Jairo Asencio for assignment to make room for Germano, who is expected to be in uniform for the opener of a three-game series at St. Louis on Friday night.
Chicago announced the deal following its 4-2 victory over Miami on Thursday.
Reggie Jackson back in uniform with Yankees
OAKLAND, Calif. — Reggie Jackson rejoined the New York Yankees as special adviser Thursday and was in uniform for the opener of a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics after he made critical comments of slugger Alex Rodriguez and other former stars.
Jackson, a Hall of Famer nicknamed Mr. October for his postseason heroics, said last week he made a mistake questioning the credentials of A-Rod and others. The former A’s and Yankees star told Sports Illustrated that some of Rodriguez’s statistics were tainted by his admitted use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Manager Joe Girardi said Thursday it’s time for everyone to move forward, and he is happy to have Jackson back.
“I think it’s all behind us. I think that’s the most important thing,” Girardi said. “I think Reg has made a number of calls to try to rectify everything. I’m OK with it. I’m glad he’s here. Let’s just move on.”
Jackson declined to comment as he made his way through the clubhouse before New York took the field at the Coliseum for batting practice. He
“No. I’m here, like you, to watch the game — watch them keep winning,” Jackson said before heading out to the field, where he chatted up Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson behind the batting cage.
Confident Dragic returns to run Suns’ show
PHOENIX — Goran Dragic is back with the Suns, pronouncing himself a far more confident, vocal player than the one Phoenix traded to Houston not too long ago.
As evidence, he displayed his new jersey bearing No. 1, not the No. 2 he wore as Steve Nash’s understudy in his first two-plus seasons in the NBA.
“I’m a new guy now,” Dragic said at a news conference Thursday. “I’m a different player, a different person from when I was here and I want to have a fresh start here. That’s why I take a different number, No. 1. I think that’s a good number for me.”
The popular point guard signed a four-year, $30 million contract, which can rise to $34 million with incentives, to come back to Phoenix, bolstered by his play as a starter for 28 games with the Houston Rockets last season.
With Nash gone to the Los Angeles Lakers, Dragic will be at the controls, reunited with an obviously elated coach Alvin Gentry. The Suns had pretty much given up on Dragic when they traded him and a draft pick to the Rockets for point guard Aaron Brooks.
But they were more than willing to bring him back, and he was happy to return.
Missouri lawmaker slams Pinkel’s defense of Paterno
COLUMBIA, Mo. — A state lawmaker took Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel to task Thursday for his recent defense of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno as “a great man.”
State Rep. Sara Lampe issued a statement Thursday criticizing what she called the “Mizzou coach’s defense of a child rapist enabler.” Lampe is a Springfield Democrat seeking her party’s nomination for lieutenant governor in an eight-candidate primary election on Aug. 7.
Pinkel defended Paterno on Tuesday while speaking with reporters at the Southeastern Conference’s preseason football event. He called the Penn State sex abuse scandal a “tragic situation,” but said Paterno’s legacy shouldn’t be tarnished by the actions of Jerry Sandusky.
Paterno’s former top assistant coach is awaiting sentencing after being convicted last month of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. Paterno died in January of lung cancer at age 85.
“Joe Paterno’s a friend that I got to know professionally, and you can’t take away the greatness of this man,” Pinkel said. “He was a great man. However you analyze this, you can’t erase all that this guy’s done. You can’t do that. Nobody can do that.”
In an interview with The Associated Press, Lampe said she felt compelled to speak out after hearing Pinkel’s “revered comments.”
“I believe Coach Pinkel was using his public voice to do what’s right, and I’m doing the same,” said Lampe, a former high school teacher and principal. “I have spent 30 years standing up for children.”
Thunder’s Perkins has surgery on left wrist
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins had surgery for a ligament tear in his left wrist.
Perkins was injured in the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs and played through the injury as the Thunder lost to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The nine-year veteran is expected to be ready for next season.
Perkins had surgery on his right groin last week. He partially tore the groin in Game 4 of the first-round sweep of Dallas, although Oklahoma City withheld the extent of his injury until after the season. At the time, the Thunder only called it a strained hip muscle.