Giants trying to lure defensive star Strahan out of retirement

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The New York Giants are interested in luring Michael Strahan out of retirement after losing Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora to a season-ending knee injury Saturday.

Strahan’s agent, Tony Agnone, said he received a “courtesy” call from the Giants but said the two sides did no negotiating.

Agnone said he had not talked to Strahan, who is on vacation in Greece, about the Giants’ inquiry.

Strahan turned down a $6-million contract offer in the off-season.


Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson has a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder but said he would try to play through the injury.

Browns quarterback Derek Anderson wasn’t cleared to return to practice, so Brady Quinn will probably get his second consecutive start Thursday in the exhibition finale against the Chicago Bears. . . . The Carolina Panthers lost another wide receiver, Jason Carter, who will sit out the rest of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. . . . The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent kicker Jay Feely to a one-year contract.




Lakers sign Chinese guard Sun Yue

The Lakers signed Sun Yue, 23, their second-round draft pick in 2007. The 6-foot-9 Sun was a guard for the Chinese national team in the Beijing Olympics, averaging 6.8 points and 2.5 assists in six games.

The Dallas Mavericks re-signed forward Devean George, nearly six months after he blocked a trade to the New Jersey Nets.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics finished with a 16.2 rating and 28 share, an 8% increase over the 2004 Athens Olympics (15.0/26) but far short of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta (21.6/41).


Sunday’s rating for the closing ceremony (15.2/24) was the highest for the final night of the Summer Games in a site outside the U.S. since the 1976 Olympics in Montreal (19.4/39)

-- Steve Springer

Joe Gibbs Racing has picked 18-year-old Joey Logano to replace Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Sprint Cup Toyota next season.

Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk was turned down by the NCAA for the fourth time in his effort to get one more season of eligibility, leaving him down to his last appeal.


Barry Bonds asked a federal judge to toss out most of the government’s case against him that charges the slugger lied to a federal grand jury about his alleged use of steroids.

In a filing made in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Bonds’ lawyers argued that many of the charges stem from ambiguous answers to ambiguous questions.