Jaromir Jagr finally is a Ranger. New York acquired the five-time NHL scoring champion from Washington for forward Anson Carter. The trade ends speculation that began before Jagr was sent to Washington by the Penguins in 2001. Entering Friday, he was tied for 14th in scoring with 16 goals and 29 assists in 46 games. Washington signed him to a seven-year, $77-million contract, some of which it will pay, upon acquiring him. But attendance has sagged for the franchise that already was losing about $20-million per season.
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Soft walls coming to NASCAR's tracks
NASCAR officials hope to install soft walls at most of its tracks by 2005, with Daytona and Talladega adding them this season. The barriers, which absorb impact and reduce G-forces of crashes, cannot be installed in time for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 15 but will be in place for the second race July 3, said Robin Braig, president of Daytona. Talladega previously installed the walls on the inside retaining wall, extending from the exit of Turn 4 along the main straightaway and trioval and into the first turn, about 3,000 feet. Talladega will add them to the outside walls in all four turns in time for its first race April 25, said Rick Humphrey, vice president and GM of the track.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
The San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers made history in 2003. How?
"Some people want to be a big-leaguer for a day. I got my name on the ballot for a day."
_ BOB TEWKSBURY
ex-baseball pitcher on not being embarrassed because he received no Hall of Fame votes
CHECK IT OUT
OT, FUMBLE, COMEBACK, DRIVE: ESPN Classic airs four of the best NFL playoff games in history today. At 4:30, it's the Chargers' 41-38 victory against the Dolphins in 1981. At 6, it's Earnest Byner's fumble in 1987. At 7:30, it's the Bills' huge comeback in 1992. And at 9, it's John Elway's drive in 1987.
Both played poorly enough to earn the top pick in the draft. San Diego will be the first city to have the top picks in baseball and football in the same year.