William & Mary removes Sharper from Hall of Fame
William & Mary has removed former Tribe and NFL safety Darren Sharper from the school’s Hall of Fame.
Athletic director Terry Driscoll said the move was made after Sharper’s recent guilty plea on one of numerous rape charges he faces. Sharper eventually pleaded guilty or no contest to raping or attempting to rape nine women in four states.
The former safety for the Tribe was enshrined in 2008. He ended a 14-year NFL career in 2011. He was working as an NFL network analyst when women began telling police in several cities similar stories of blacking out while drinking with him and waking up groggy to find they had been sexually abused.
William & Mary says he shared space on a plaque with other members of his hall class.
▪ Baltimore Colts tight end Jim Mutscheller, who caught a 6-yard pass from Johnny Unitas to set up the overtime touchdown that won the 1958 NFL championship game, has died. He was 85.
He died Friday of kidney failure at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Towson, according to Ruck Funeral Home.
Mutscheller played for the Colts from 1954-61 and made the Pro Bowl in 1957. His most memorable play was the sideline catch to the 1-yard line against the New York Giants, with Mutscheller’s block on the next snap helping clear the way for Alan Ameche to barrel into the end zone for the title.
Mutscheller caught five passes in the 1959 NFL title game as the Colts beat the Giants to repeat as champions.
Mutscheller, a 6-1, 198-pound native of Beaver Falls, Pa., also played at Notre Dame under coach Frank Leahy on the 1949 national championship team. He set a school record in 1950 with 35 pass receptions.
▪ All-Pro fullback John Kuhn is headed back to the Green Bay Packers.
Kuhn’s agent, Kevin Gold, said the veteran signed a one-year deal with Green Bay on Monday for the minimum salary of $870,000. The contract includes a workout and Pro Bowl bonuses.
Lions dispute offer sheet: The Detroit Lions have disputed Tampa Bay’s offer sheet to restricted free agent defensive end George Johnson.
The person confirmed Detroit’s objection on condition of anonymity Monday because the NFL is not commenting on the matter. Johnson, 27, is coming off a productive season as a backup for the Lions. He had six sacks, the third-most on the team.
According to the collective bargaining agreement, a dispute over an offer sheet is to be resolved by an arbitrator, who identifies what terms would have to be matched by the player’s current team.
▪ When the Denver Broncos reported for offseason workouts, minus franchised receiver Demaryius Thomas, who’s skipping team activities while awaiting a new contract, new coach Gary Kubiak’s message was familiar to the Broncos: Super Bowl or bust.
▪ The Indianapolis Colts put outside linebacker Aaron Morgan, 26, on the reserve-retired list. A shoulder injury forced Morgan to miss all of last season. The team did not say why Morgan was retiring. Morgan was originally signed to a futures contract on Dec. 31, 2013, after spending three seasons in Jacksonville and Tampa Bay. In 18 career games, he had eight career tackles – two on special teams.
▪ Free agent cornerback Zack Bowman signed with the Miami Dolphins, who are trying to fill the starting spot opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes.
Bowman is a seven-year veteran who started seven games for the Bears in 2013 and five games for the Giants last year. A fifth-round pick by the Bears in 2008, he has 28 starts and 12 interceptions.
The Dolphins need to replace starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who retired. Veterans Jamar Taylor and Will Davis are also expected to compete for the job.
▪ East Carolina junior guard Terry Whisnant, a former Cherryville High star, has opted to skip his senior season and pursue a professional career, coach Jeff Lebo announced Monday.
Last season, Whisnant averaged 12.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game as one of only two players to start all 33 games. Whisnant ranked among the top 10 in The American Athletic Conference in 3-point field goals made (2.3/4th), 3-point field goal percentage (.370/9th) and free throw percentage (.764/9th).
▪ Joni Crenshaw, 36, was introduced as Andy Landers’ successor with the Lady Bulldogs. Landers retired in March after Georgia was not invited to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years.
▪ Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Michigan’s John Beilein are among college basketball coaches who will participate in a round of golf at Oakland Hills Country Club on June 1 to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Oakland University coach Greg Kampe is organizing the event, which also will include Roy Williams, Sean Miller, Steve Alford, Rick Barnes, Bob Huggins and Josh Pastner.
Hole-in-one: Ken Dunnett was playing with Brenda Curtis and Ian Walsh at Springfield Golf Club in Fort Mill on Sunday when he aced the 132-yard, par-3 No. 13. It was Dunnett’s first hole-in-one.
Whistleblower hotline: The International Olympic Committee has set up a hotline for whistleblowers to report match-fixing and other corruption.