Steelers trade WR Holmes to Jets
The New York Jets sure know how to make Headlines.
In their latest big move of a busy offseason, the Jets acquired talented but troubled wide receiver Santonio Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers last night for a fifth-round pick in this month's draft, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams had yet to announce the trade.
Holmes, the 2009 Super Bowl MVP, gives second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez another big-time target to throw to in an offense that already includes receivers Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, promising tight end Dustin Keller and recently signed running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
"Wow we got Holmes this is crazy," All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis posted on his Twitter account. "We makin big moves this off-season. Putting the pieces together to get closer to that superbowl ring."
Holmes has 235 career catches for 3,835 yards and 20 touchdowns, but also brings his share of off-field issues, which could explain the relatively low price the Jets paid to get him.
The 26-year-old Holmes is facing a lawsuit in Florida from a woman who claims he threw a glass at her, cutting her above the eye, in an Orlando nightclub.
The police also have been investigating the woman's claims. Holmes denies hurting the woman, and a witness has since taken responsibility for tossing the glass, according to Holmes' lawyer.
CROSBY NETS 51
Sidney Crosby finished the regular season with a flourish, scoring twice to reach 50 goals for the first time and adding three assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 6-5 overtime victory against the host New York Islanders yesterday.
Crosby's second-period breakaway gave him 51 goals this season, tying him with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos for the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league's top goal scorer.
Jordan Leopold scored at 4:25 of overtime for the Penguins, who will be the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference when the NHL playoffs begin this week.
HELIO TAKES FIRST
Helio Castroneves held off Scott Dixon to win the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama yesterday, coasting to the finish line after coming off caution with two laps to go at Birmingham, Ala.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner took over in the stretch run when Marco Andretti headed to pit road with seven laps to go.
Castroneves won by just over half a second over Dixon and nobody else was closer than 7 seconds to the lead, making it a two-man chase at the end.
CHELA EARNS TITLE
Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina won his first tournament in over three years with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory against American Sam Querrey at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships yesterday in Houston.
The unseeded Chela turned aggressive in the second set and pulled away from the hard-serving Querrey, ranked No. 25, for his fifth tour championship and his first since beating Carlos Moya in Acapulco in March 2007.
Top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka beat Romania's Victor Hanescu, 6-2, 6-3, to win the Grand Prix Hassan II yesterday in Casablanca, Morocco.
The third-seeded Hanescu rallied to make it 5-3 in the final set, but the Swiss player saved two break points in the ninth game before clinching victory.
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat Olga Gorvotsova, 6-2, 7-5, to defend her title at the MPS Group Championships yesterday in Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Wozniacki came back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set for the win.