Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, who has been a vocal critic of the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell, called a false start against the league yesterday. Specter isn't satisfied with the NFL's early stance regarding the eight videotapes that former Patriots employee Matt Walsh turned over to the league yesterday. "I think it is very unfortunate that the NFL has already started its 'nothing new' spin before watching the tapes or finding out what Mr. Matt Walsh has to say," Specter said in a written statement. "Let's see where the evidence leads." Walsh is scheduled to meet with Goodell Tuesday in New York, then will travel to Washington to huddle with Specter later that day. Comment
For his 45th birthday in 11 days, David Wells wants something pinstriped. The free-agent left-hander told The Post yesterday he has been working out near his home in San Diego and believes he could bolster a Yankees' rotation suddenly besieged by question marks. Hank Steinbrenner admitted yesterday that Wells has crossed his mind as a possibility for the Yankees' rotation. Comment
For anybody who thinks Rick Carlisle was a name out of the blue to become the Mavericks' new coach, a history lesson is needed. President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson has known Carlisle for about 20 years, and they have a connection that goes back further. Both attended Worcester Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts. They were not at the school together; Carlisle preceded Nelson by a couple years. But both played basketball there, then went on to diverse careers in the game. The Mavericks, Carlisle and his agent were working out details of the agreement Thursday night, and an expected news conference today may be pushed back to allow for the deal to be completed. There are no serious snags, apparently, meaning Carlisle is on schedule to become the new coach. It's a matter of attorneys clarifying details of the deal. Comment
Texas Rangers pitcher Kason Gabbard is tackled by Seattle Mariners' Richie Sexson (44) after Gobbard threw a pitch close to Sexson in the fourth inning of the game in Seattle. (AP Photo)
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