49ers waive Jackson
The San Francisco 49ers waived receiver Darrell Jackson on Saturday after one unproductive season with the club. Jackson joined the 49ers in a trade last April after eight seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He made at least one catch in each of his 15 starts for San Francisco, but finished the season with just 46 catches for 497 yards and three touchdowns in the NFL's least productive offense. "I always had a great deal of respect for Darrell," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "While we are going in a different direction, I know he can still produce and be an asset to an NFL team this year."
McMahon gets star on Walk of Fame
It was a smackdown -- Hollywood-style. Vince McMahon, the promoter who helped turn professional wrestling into prime-time TV entertainment, got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday. He humbly thanked wrestlers and fans before shifting into the cocky, evil Mr. McMahon persona he uses in World Wrestling Entertainment. "I already know I'm a star," he said, drawing cheers from the crowd. "I'm the biggest star of all time." McMahon, WWE's owner, was honored in the television category. He has often appeared in the ring himself and helped wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and The Rock become mainstream show business stars.
Basketball stars get their own cups
Jason Kidd and Carmelo Anthony are being honored for going from All-American to America's team. The U.S. Olympic basketball stars are among five NBA and one WNBA player who are pictured on special edition McDonald's cups through the rest of the month, celebrating their achievements at the high school and international levels. Amare Stoudemire, Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh are the other NBA players with their own cups, joining the WNBA's Seimone Augustus. Each cup shows two pictures of the player, one as a high schooler in a uniform from the McDonald's All-America game, the other in a USA Basketball uniform. Anthony, Stoudemire, Bosh and Augustus all were McDonald's All-Americans in 2002, 10 years after Kidd. Howard was picked in 2004.
Graf, Navratilova play 'Dream Match'
Once again, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova needed a tiebreaker to settle the score. Playing "Dream Match 2008" before a sellout crowd at Tokyo's Ariake Stadium on Saturday, Graf defeated Navratilova 8-7 after winning a tiebreaker 10-5. In their first match in 14 years, Graf took a 6-3 lead before Navratilova tied the match at 6-6 and forced a tiebreaker. Before retiring, Graf and Navratilova met 18 times and each won nine times. The last time the two greats met was at the 1994 Toray Pan Pacific in Tokyo, when Graf won 6-2, 6-4.