Play­ers are warned to curb trash talk

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

The NFL has warned play­ers to cut out the trash talk, specif­i­cally when it threat­ens other play­ers.

“ Ray An­der­son re­minded play­ers that com­ments of a phys­i­cally threat­en­ing na­ture are al­ways taken into ac­count in eval­u­at­ing dis­ci­pline for any il­le­gal phys­i­cal con­tact on the field,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said Satur­day.

An­der­son, the NFL ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of foot­ball op­er­a­tions, is the league’s chief dis­ci­plinar­ian. He told teams, in­clud­ing all eight re­main­ing in the play­offs, ba­si­cally to watch it.


In Honolulu, Stu­art Ap­pleby fin­ished with three straight birdies to tie Shigeki Maruyama for the lead at the Sony Open. It set up a long fi­nal round in which just about ev­ery­one is in the game.

Be­cause the open­ing round was washed out, Sun­day will fea­ture a 36-hole fi­nal.

Maruyama holed out from the bunker to the right of the par-3 sev­enth late in his round and shot an­other 65. Ap­pleby had a strong fin­ish for the sec­ond straight day and shot 66. They were at 10-un­der-par 130.


Free-agent re­liever Kyle Farnsworth, 34, has agreed to a oneyear, $3.25 mil­lion con­tract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The deal in­cludes a club op­tion for 2012. He went 3-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 60 games for the Kansas City Roy­als and At­lanta Braves last year. . . .

Catcher Geo­vany Soto has agreed to a one-year, $3 mil­lion deal with the Chicago Cubs — and in so do­ing he avoided ar­bi­tra­tion. Soto, the 2008 NL Rookie of the Year, bat­ted .280 with 17 homers and 53 RBI. . . .

The St. Louis Car­di­nals and re­liever Kyle McClellan avoided ar­bi­tra­tion af­ter they agreed on a one-year con­tract worth $1,375,000.

The 26-year-old right-han­der ap­peared in 68 games in a setup role last sea­son. He was 1-4 with a ca­reer-best 2.27 ERA and two saves. He made $425,000. . . .

The Philadel­phia Phillies have avoided ar­bi­tra­tion with out­fielder Ben Fran­cisco, agree­ing to a one-year, $1,175,000 con­tract. Fran­cisco hit .268 with six homers and 28 RBI in 88 games last sea­son. . . .

The Oak­land Ath­let­ics and re­liever Brad Ziegler have agreed to a one-year con­tract that avoids salary ar­bi­tra­tion. He went 3-7 with a 3.26 ERA in 64 re­lief ap­pear­ances last year.


Manch­ester City hung on to beat Wolver­hamp­ton, 4-3, and move past Manch­ester United for the English Premier League lead. Af­ter Kolo Toure can­celed out Ne­nad Mil­i­jas’s opener for Wolves, City went ahead 4-1 in the sec­ond half through Car­los

Tevez’s dou­ble and Yaya Toure’s

strike. But Kevin Doyle and Ron­ald Zubar struck back to give City a scare.

Mean­time, de­fend­ing cham­pion Chelsea beat Black­burn to end a two-match win­less streak and Arse­nal com­pounded West Ham’s woes.

City went a point ahead of United, which plays the first of three games in hand at Tot­ten­ham on Sun­day.

Tot­ten­ham was dis­lodged from fourth place— tem­po­rar­ily at least — when Chelsea beat Black­burn, 2-0. Arse­nal re­mains third af­ter a 3-0 vic­tory at West Ham. Ham­mers Man­ager Avram

Grant is fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture with the team now that it is rock bot­tom in the stand­ings.

Also, West Bromwich moved four points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone by beat­ing Black­pool, 3-2, to end a run of six suc­ces­sive de­feats.

Bolton was con­signed to its fifth con­sec­u­tive away de­feat as Stoke won, 2-0, and An­drew

John­son’s late goal sal­vaged a 1-1 draw for Ful­ham at Wi­gan. . . . Amer­i­can mid­fielder Mau­rice Edu scored his first goal of the Scot­tish Premier League sea­son as Rangers routed Hamil­ton, 4-0. Edu, a sub­sti­tute, sealed the Rangers’ win in the 82nd minute.


All-Amer­i­can safety Mark

Bar­ron said he’ll be back for his se­nior sea­son at Alabama, which had al­ready lost three star ju­niors.

The ju­nior made the an­nounce­ment on the fi­nal day for un­der­class­men to en­ter the NFL draft. Bar­ron led the Crim­son Tide with 75 tack­les and had three in­ter­cep­tions de­spite missing the team’s Cap­i­tal One Bowl vic­tory over Michi­gan State with a torn pec­toral mus­cle he in­jured against Auburn.


In Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia,

Lley­ton He­witt de­feated Gael Mon­fils of France 7-5, 6-3, in the fi­nal of the Kooy­ong Clas­sic, a tra­di­tional warmup tour­na­ment for the Aus­tralian Open.

The 29-year-oldHe­witt took a 4-1 lead af­ter break­ingMon­fils’s serve twice.

He was serv­ing for the set at 5-3 but Mon­fils fought back, forc­ingHe­witt to four set points in the 12th game.


Klaus Kroell of Aus­tria de­feated Swiss vet­eran Didier Cuche to win the clas­sic World Cup down­hill race on the Lauber­horn in Wen­gen, Switzer­land.

Amer­i­can Bode Miller was eighth. Kroell fin­ished in 2 min­utes 31.28 sec­onds on the tour’s long­est track, edg­ing Cuche by 0.14 sec­onds.


Ful­ham's Clint Dempsey ges­tures dur­ing his team’s 1-1 tie against host Wi­gan in the English Premier League.

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