EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Punter Jeff Feagles signed a two-year contract with the NFL champion New York Giants on Tuesday, a little more than a week after becoming the oldest player to play in a Super Bowl. He turns 42 next month.
Feagles represented himself in negotiations -- he declined to say how much money he would earn, but he made $1 million last year in the final year of a five-year deal.
"Jeff is the best directional punter of all time," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "This guy can eliminate the opponent's punt returner. He is a pro's pro."
Feagles has not missed a game in 20 years, playing in an NFL-record 320 consecutive regular season contests. Jim Marshall, a defensive end who played for Minnesota and Cleveland from 1960-79, is second on the list with 282. ...
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will meet today with Sen. Arlen Specter to discuss the Spygate case involving the New England Patriots. The Pennsylvania Republican has asked Goodell to explain his decision to destroy the tapes and notes from the case. ... Electronic Arts will continue to produce exclusive NFL video games through the 2012 season after it extended its contracts with the league and the Players Association.
Right-hander Livan Hernandez agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins, joining a group ransacked by the departures of Johan Santana (traded to the Mets) and Carlos Silva (signed by Seattle). Last year he went 11-11 with a 4.93 ERA in 33 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who advanced to the NL Championship Series. In 1997, he won a World Series with the Florida Marlins as a rookie.
Marat Safin withdrew from the upcoming SAP Open in San Jose on Tuesday because of a stress fracture in his right leg. Safin, who won the 2000 U.S. Open and 2005 Australian Open, had been scheduled to play an exhibition next Monday against Pete Sampras to kick off the tournament. Tommy Haas will replace Safin in that match. The tournament still features top Americans Andy Roddick and James Blake.
Five-time national champion Blaine Wilson earned a spot on the U.S. men's gymnastics team and will receive funding for three months as he trains in an attempt to make his fourth Olympics. Wilson, trying to make a comeback at 33, finished in the top 10 in all four events he competed in at last weekend's Winter Cup.
A new U.S. men's team will be chosen after nationals, which are May 22-24 in Houston and are the first step in the selection process for the six-man team for the Beijing Olympics.
Track and Field
Sprinter Dwain Chambers will run for Britain at the World Indoor Championships March 7-9 in Valencia, Spain, after winning a legal fight to get a spot on the team. However, the British selection committee said it reluctantly agreed to put him on the team. Chambers was banned for two years between 2003-05 after testing positive for the steroid THG, and returned to the sport only six weeks ago after flopping as a wide receiver for NFL Europe's Hamburg Sea Devils.
Investigators stand by the initial conclusion that pro wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife and 7-year-old son and then himself in their suburban Atlanta home last June. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office has closed its investigation.