Sporting KC acquires Feilhaber from Revolution
United State's goalkeeper Hope Solo points the crowd after beating China 2-0 in a international friendly soccer match at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Kansas City, Kan. — Sporting Kansas City has acquired midfielder Benny Feilhaber from the New England Revolution for allocation money along with the club’s first-round draft pick this season and second-round draft pick next season.
The 27-year-old Feilhaber, a veteran of the U.S. men’s national team, was added to the Sporting KC roster yesterday.
Feilhaber has made 39 appearances for the United States over the past five seasons, which included three games during the 2008 Olympics. He’s the only player to have appeared in the 2009 Confederations Cup, that year’s Gold Cup and the 2010 World Cup for the national team.
At the club level, Feilhaber made 52 appearances for the Revolution over the last two seasons with five goals and nine assists.
‘Bama Puts Four on A-A Team
New York — Alabama is No. 1 when it comes to All-Americans.
The second-ranked Crimson Tide placed four players on The Associated Press All-America team released yesterday. Among them was center Barrett Jones, who became a two-time first-team selection.
No other team had more than one player selected to the first team. The Tide also led with six players chosen to all three teams.
Notre Dame and Texas A&M were second with four players on the three teams, though linebacker Manti Te’o was the only Fighting Irish player to make the first team. Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was the first-team quarterback.
Alabama faces top-ranked Notre Dame in the BCS championship game Jan. 7.
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones also became two-time All-Americans.
Monken Hired at Southern Miss.
Hattiesburg, Miss. — Southern Mississippi has hired Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken as its next football coach.
The 46-year-old Monken was introduced during a Tuesday afternoon press conference on campus. He comes to the Golden Eagles after two successful seasons leading the Cowboys’ high-scoring offense, which is averaging nearly 45 points per game this season.
It’s the second time in five seasons that Southern Miss has brought in an Oklahoma State offensive coordinator to lead the program.
The Golden Eagles hired Larry Fedora away from the Cowboys after the 2007 season. He finished with a 34-19 record over four years at Southern Miss before leaving to become North Carolina’s coach.
Monken replaces Ellis Johnson, who was fired on Nov. 27 after finishing with a 0-12 record in one disappointing season.
Armstrong Wanted Secrecy
Austin, Texas — Lance Armstrong resisted turning over records sought by U.S Postal Service investigators, then tried to keep the inquiry under seal and out of the public eye, according to recently released court documents.
In 2011, Postal Service officials investigating Armstrong and his teams for doping wanted records from his team management groups, financial statements, training journals and correspondence with former training consultant Michele Ferrari. He eventually complied with the subpoena but as recently as October was still asking the courts to keep the inquiry private.
“They’ve been given everything they wanted and that they asked for … months ago,” Armstrong attorney Tim Herman said yesterday.
The Postal Service was Armstrong’s main sponsor when he won the Tour de France from 1999-2004. The team was sponsored by the Discovery Channel for Armstrong’s seventh victory in 2005. Armstrong was stripped of those titles this year.
Last week, federal Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson in Washington ordered the subpoena and Armstrong’s efforts to keep it private released to the public. The judge rejected Armstrong’s arguments that releasing the subpoena would violate the secrecy of the grand jury process or a pending whistleblower lawsuit filed against Armstrong by former teammate Floyd Landis.
Armstrong was still the target of a federal criminal grand jury investigation into allegations of doping on the Postal Service teams when the subpoena was issued. That investigation was closed in February with no charges filed.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigated Armstrong for doping and in August ordered him stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. In October, the agency released a massive report detailing performance-enhancing drug use by Armstrong and his teammates. The report included sworn statements from 11 former teammates, including Landis.
Armstrong denies doping and insists he never cheated, but chose not to fight the USADA charges.
Steelers’ Woodley Joins League
Pittsburgh — LaMarr Woodley is trading football cleats for bowling shoes.
The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker is among the new owners involved in the PBA’s Professional Bowling League that kicks off in the Detroit suburbs next month.
Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul are also part of the new venture.
Woodley, who bowled as a kid while growing up in Saginaw, Mich., will be the celebrity owner of the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits. Woodley says he was introduced to the PBA by Paul during a charity event.
The eight-team league held a draft last month and kicks off its inaugural season as part of the PBA Detroit Winter Swing from Jan. 19-27.