Although the trade for guard Logan Mankins seemed like a lucky break at the last moment, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first thought about the possibility in June. Two weeks ago they began discussions on the deal with the New England Patriots. General manager Jason Licht and John Robinson, the team’s director of player personnel, both worked for New England’s Bill Belichick and they are familiar with the Patriot Way of dispensing with high-priced veterans a year or two before their expiration date. The Bucs may have given the Patriots a little push.
Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium – unshaven, his eyes glassy – and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as ”one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with.” Ninety minutes later, he climbed into his No. 14 car and sped toward the high-banked oval at Atlanta Motor Speedway, drawing a cheer from the crowd gathered around his garage. He missed the last three races, going into seclusion after the sprint car he was driving struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., who had stepped on the track to confront him during a race. FONTANA, Calif. (AP) – Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale.