On Thursday, Billy Wagner's targets were a bank of empty Mets lockers across from his, lockers whose occupants had already departed for the day after the team's dispiriting 1-0 loss to the Nationals. "Can somebody tell me why the closer's being interviewed and I didn't even play" Wagner said. "Why they're over there not getting interviewed? I get it. They're gone. Shocker." Wagner's anger, and gestures, seemed to be particularly directed at the locker of Carlos Delgado, who lined into a double play to end the game. Delgado, who has not been much of a Mets voice in his three seasons in New York despite his veteran status and who has been booed often in 2008, left Shea Stadium on Thursday before reporters ever had a chance to interview him. For the angry Wagner, the issue was accountability, and in raising it he was echoing a complaint made last year by Paul Lo Duca, when he was the Mets' catcher. At that time, Lo Duca suggested that reporters seek out some of the Mets' Hispanic players for comments instead of continually coming to him. "Some of these guys have to start talking," he said. "They speak English, believe me." Comment
Throughout the past five months, several Dolphins employees have observed a unique relationship building between Ricky Williams and Bill Parcells, the Dolphins' vice president of football operations. The new boss likes Williams' diligent work ethic, taking note of his desire to build his body back into elite form during the offseason. According to one team employee, Parcells also has reminded Williams, who turns 31 next week, that he isn't too old to make an impact in this league, pointing to former Giants and University of Miami running back Ottis Anderson as motivation. In 1989, under Parcells, Anderson was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year and the MVP of Super Bowl XXV. At the time, Anderson was 32. Comment
Yankee Stadium's status as one of the front-runners to host the NHL's next outdoor game could be in jeopardy, Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "There is some construction going on, which may impact us," he said. "There are some winterization issues because it's an older stadium. As I sit here today, I don't know whether or not they can be resolved."...Bettman said he received a letter from Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell asking the league to look into playing a Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers game at Penn State's football stadium. An announcement could come by early next month, Bettman said. Comment
Players for the Danish soccer team AaB celebrate after winning the Danish championship at Aalborg Stadion in Aalborg, Denmark, on Thursday. (AP Photo)
Swiss defensemen Philippe Furrer slaps the puck into his own goal. .