Today we saw a Cy Young pitcher come to terms on a new deal ... An NFL linebacker released and then reinstated by his own team ... And the naming of the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2010 ... But all of the day's stories were overshadowed by the death of an Olympic athlete in Vancouver.
Tragedy struck at the Whistler Sliding Centre Friday morning when 21 year old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili flew off the track at high speed, hit a metal girder and died.
Tim Lincecum and the Giants have forged a two-year deal that will pay him $23 million. The agreement came just before arbitration was to begin on Friday.
The Miami Dolphins released linebacker Joey Porter, then had to put him back on the roster, at least until March 5, after finding out the move was an 'invalid termination.'
Frank Thomas announced his retirement Friday following a 19-season career in which he hit 521 homers and won two American League MVP awards with the Chicago White Sox.
Tiger Woods is not playing the Match Play Championship next week as the deadline to enter came and passed on Friday.
19 finalists were named Friday for the Basketball Hall of Fame. Included were two-time NBA MVP Karl Malone, six-time champion Scottie Pippen and the 1992 Olympic Dream Team.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been given a new five-year contract. The league is heading into an important period of labor negotiations that might bring a work stoppage in 2011.
A report in the Lawrence Journal-World says that the Big Ten has had "preliminary exchanges" with Texas about joining the conference.
UConn's Jim Calhoun discussed for the first time publicly the absence that caused him to miss seven games. He would not, however, speak about specifically what kept him out of action.