OS ANGELES -- Hideki Irabu joined the New York Yankees 14 years ago in a swell of international excitement. The quirky, flamethrowing Japanese right-hander seemed destined to become a pioneering star for American baseball's marquee franchise.
Irabu never reached those enormous expectations, and his career spiraled. On Wednesday, the 42-year-old was found dead, an apparent suicide in a home in Rancho Palos Verdes, a wealthy Los Angeles suburb.
The Dolphins completed a trade for Bush on Thursday by negotiating a new contract with him. Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed the deal, which sends reserve safety Jonathon Amaya to New Orleans and also involves an exchange of undisclosed draft picks.
Earlier today, we discussed the Giants' decision to release offensive linemen Shaun O'Hara and Rich Seubert. The moves continue. According to Shawn Andrews' Twitter account, he and the Giants were unable to come to agreement on a restructuring of his contract and he's out as well. Adam Schefter reports that they are going to re-sign Kevin Boothe to a new two-year deal, so that helps, but they're going to need to be in the offensive line market in free agency.
WASHINGTON -- After months of public nastiness and private negotiations, of court filings and rulings, of players and owners squabbling over more than $9 billion a year, NFL fans finally saw the handshake and heard the words they awaited: "Football's back."