The Giants continued their roster purge Wednesday after missing the playoffs, cutting halfback Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty. The release of two starters came one day after New York let starting weakside linebacker Michael Boley go after four seasons. The three veterans all contributed to the Giants’ Super Bowl win over the Patriots a year ago but also had big salaries and battled injuries this past season. Bradshaw, the Giants’ leading rusher the past three seasons, has been bothered by foot and ankle problems and was to earn $4.5 million in 2013. Canty had knee problems and was to get $6.5 million . . . A fiery crash hours after the Super Bowl killed relatives of 49ers tight end Delanie Walker, Louisiana State Police said. The crash about 5:30 a.m. Monday killed Alice and Bryan Young Sr. of Victorville, Calif. Walker said in a Twitter posting that his aunt and uncle were killed “by a drunk” at 5 a.m. Monday. The message’s subject line read, “Horrible.” Police said the Youngs’s vehicle was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 10 when it was hit by a car driven by Nechole T. Thomas, 26, of Houston. Thomas was jailed on charges of drunken driving and two counts of vehicular homicide.
Rockies’ Helton faces DUI chargesRockies star first baseman Todd Helton was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Denver suburb of Thornton and charged with drunken driving and careless driving. In a statement released by the Rockies, Helton said he’s embarrassed and apologized to his family, the team, and the community. Helton, 39, played only 69 games last year before undergoing hip surgery in August. He considered retiring before deciding last month to return for the final season of his contract . . . Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is named in the records of Tony Bosch, the director of the Biogenesis wellness clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., that is the target of an MLB investigation into performance-enhancing drugs, SI.com reported, citing sources familiar with the records. Peralta brings to 12 the number of players connected to Bosch’s notes although he does not appear to be directly tied to PEDs in the records . . . A rare 148-year-old baseball card, discovered at a rural Maine yard sale and depicting the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club, has been auctioned for $92,000. The name of the buyer was not released.
Group files to move Kings to Seattle
NBA commissioner David Stern said that the group that has reached agreement to purchase the Sacramento Kings has formally filed to relocate the franchise to Seattle. He called the Seattle group, led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, ‘‘very strong,’’ and said the appropriate committees have been convened to look over the proposed sale of the Kings and the prospective move to Seattle. The deadline for teams to file for relocation is March 1 . . . Stern also said the NBA is on track to begin testing its players for human growth hormone, perhaps as early as next season . . . The WNBA’s Seattle Storm will be without three-time MVP Lauren Jackson for the 2013 season while she stays in Australia to recover from hamstring surgery.
Jamaica surprises with tie in Mexico
Mexico, one of the favorites to qualify for Brazil 2014 from the North and Central American and the Caribbean, lost a 19-game winning streak at Azteca Stadium with a 0-0 draw against Jamaica in its first match of the final round of World Cup qualifying. In another CONCACAF qualifier, Panama tied Costa Rica, 2-2 in Panama City . . . Luiz Felipe Scolari endured disappointing returns to international soccer as Brazil lost, 2-1, to England, while Spain, Germany, and Argentina all won high-profile friendlies. World champion Spain stretched its unbeaten run to 17 games by beating Uruguay, 3-1; Germany came from behind to beat France, 2-1; and Argentina beat Sweden, 3-2. Scolari, in his first game in his second tenure as Brazil’s coach, saw Frank Lampard score a second-half winner for England in its first win over Brazil in 23 years.
Report: Armstrong may talk to USADA
Less than a month after confessing to using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career, Lance Armstrong is in talks with the United States Anti-Doping Agency to possibly disclose who helped him dope and how he covered up his doping for nearly a decade, the New York Times reported. The antidoping agency had told Armstrong that it would make his lifetime ban permanent if he did not come forward by Wednesday with substantial information about his doping program before announcing that it had given him a two-week extension . . . Rafael Nadal defeated Federico Delbonis, 6-3, 6-2, in the second round of the VTR Open in Vina del Mar, Chile, his first singles match since losing in Wimbledon more than seven months ago. Nadal won in doubles Tuesday with partner Juan Monaco, but the singles debut was a bigger test for the Spaniard’s injured left knee . . . Jarkko Nieminen beat Nikolay Davydenko, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8), in the second round of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.