Sports Digest

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2007

JDHS grad Ryan Gorle earns academic honor

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JUNEAU - Ryan Gorle, a 2005 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and former Crimson Bears baseball player, received the 2007 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' All-Academic Sports Team Award.

Gorle posted a 3.5 GPA during his sophomore year at Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Wash.

Gorle is studying mechanical engineering at Shoreline and plans to transfer to a four-year college in the fall.

Bills' Kevin Everett likely to be paralyzed

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Kevin Everett sustained a "catastrophic" and life-threatening spinal-cord injury while trying to make a tackle during the Buffalo Bills' season opener and is unlikely to walk again, the surgeon who operated on him said Monday.

"A best-case scenario is full recovery, but not likely," orthopedic surgeon Andrew Cappuccino said. "I believe there will be some permanent neurologic deficit."

Everett was hurt Sunday after he ducked his head while tackling the Denver Broncos' Domenik Hixon during the second-half kickoff. Everett dropped face-first to the ground after his helmet hit Hixon high on the left shoulder and side of the helmet.

Cappuccino noted the 25-year-old reserve tight end did have touch sensation throughout his body and also showed signs of movement. But he cautioned that Everett's injury was life-threatening because he was still susceptible to blood clots, infection and breathing failure.

Russell, Raiders finally agree to contract

ALAMEDA, Calif. - JaMarcus Russell and the Oakland Raiders agreed in principle Monday night to a six-year contract that will guarantee the quarterback more than $30 million in the richest contract ever for a rookie.

The two sides met in person Monday for the third time in four days and were hashing out final details of the contract, according to a person familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not finalized.

The final contract needs to be approved by the NFL, but it will be worth at least $60 million with about $31 million guaranteed, the person said. An official announcement could come today.

The previous record deal for a rookie came when the Detroit Lions gave No. 2 pick Calvin Johnson $27.2 million in guarantees this year. Top pick Mario Williams got $26.5 million in guaranteed money a year ago from Houston.

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