Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. reportedly injured his kidney and liver while attempting stunts on his high-powered motorcycle last month. He will undergo surgery today on the right knee he tore up in the accident.
Winslow, 21, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee when he crashed his motorcycle into a parking lot curb at 35 mph. He was hospitalized for nine days after being thrown over the handlebars.
In his first interview since the accident, Winslow told the Akron Beacon Journal that he lacerated his liver and kidney, bruised his right shoulder and cracked a bone in his upper right leg in the crash, in addition to the torn knee ligament.
He said all of his injuries have healed except for his knee. He added he was aware that riding a motorcycle is listed as a hazardous activity in his contract.
"I'm grown. I still have to live my life," Winslow told the newspaper. "I did know the circumstances behind it, but I'm still learning. I'm young. You think you're invincible. You think nothing's going to happen to you. It was a mistake."
Yesterday, the opening day of Cleveland's minicamp, Browns Coach Romeo Crennel said Winslow will miss the entire 2005 season -- the first time the team has been allowed to reveal that information because of federal privacy laws. . . .
Quarterback Akili Smith, who was the third overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
* HORSE RACING: Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year who was brilliant in winning the Metropolitan Handicap two weeks ago, was retired after the discovery of a hairline fracture of his left front ankle.
The minor injury was detected after Ghostzapper's 61/4-length victory in the only race of his 5-year-old campaign. . . .
Horses from the last of three Churchill Downs barns under quarantine because of an equine herpes outbreak resumed regular training hours and racing.
* GOLF: Dana Quigley won the rain-shortened Bayer Advantage Classic, holing an 11-foot birdie putt on the only hole he played to beat Tom Watson and Gil Morgan in a playoff in Overland Park, Kan.
* TENNIS: Two-time champion Serena Williams will play at Wimbledon next week after struggling with an ankle strain since May. Williams, who missed the French Open, will join the top 20-ranked women in the Wimbledon draw. . . .
Martina Navratilova, 48, played her first singles match since Wimbledon last year, losing to Luxembourg's Claudine Schaul, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, in the first round of the Ordina Open in Den Bosch, Netherlands.
* WNBA: Nicole Powell scored 18 points, including two three-pointers in the final 1 minute 38 seconds, and the Sacramento Monarchs remained unbeaten at home with a 74-68 victory over Houston.
* COURTS: A judge in Lexington, N.C., ruled in favor of the late Dale Earnhardt's car owner, saying an insurance company failed to share legal documents in the case over whether benefits should have been paid after the NASCAR star's death. Earnhardt died in a last-lap crash in the Daytona 500 in 2001. . . .
A former Alabama football booster convicted of bribing a high school coach to get a top recruit to sign with the Crimson Tide was sentenced in Memphis to six months in prison. Logan Young, 64, also was sentenced to six months home confinement after his release.
-- From News Services