NFL notebook: Ex-Penn State center Shipley traded to Ravens
By Staff and Wire Reports
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:30 p.m.
The Ravens acquired center A.Q. Shipley from the Colts for a conditional 2014 draft pick.
Shipley, a former standout at Moon High School and Penn State, played in 14 games last season with the Colts, getting five starts.
Shipley will compete with Seton-La Salle graduate Gino Gradkowski, a University of Delaware product, to replace 2012 starter Matt Birk, who retired during the offseason.
Shipley played a key role on an offensive line that was often decimated by injuries. He participated on special teams for Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game in Baltimore last season.
But Shipley became expendable after the Colts selected Khaled Holmes, a center and guard from Southern California in the fourth round of last month's draft — part of Indy's revamped offense line that has added four new players through free agency and the draft.
The 6-foot-1, 309-pound Shipley was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 draft by Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Steelers' practice squad in 2009 and on Philadelphia's practice squad in 2010 before signing with Indianapolis in 2012.
Snyder says Redskins will never change name
Daniel Snyder is owner of the Washington pro football team he grew up adoring. Would he ever consider changing the team name that many American Indians and others believe is a racial slur?
“We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder told USA Today this week. “As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it's all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.”
“We'll never change the name,” he said. “It's that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”
Judge dismisses charge against Rolando McClain
A Decatur, Ala., city judge has dismissed a charge accusing Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain of lying to police about his identity.
The charge stemmed from McClain writing profanity on a ticket for a window-tint violation on April 21 instead of signing his name.
Circuit Clerk Jessica Hayes said Thursday municipal Judge Billy Cook Jr. dismissed the charge at the prosecution's request. She says McClain pleaded guilty to the window tint violation and paid a $182 fine.
The former Butkus Award winner at Alabama still has other cases pending in his hometown.
Vikings shore up agreement to play at TCF Stadium
The Vikings wrapped up an agreement with the University of Minnesota to play their home games at TCF Bank Stadium while the new Vikings stadium is being built. And it's going to cost them.
The Vikings will pay the university $250,000 for every game and up to an additional $50,000 in concession and advertising revenue. That could add up to as much as $3 million per season. The university will also keep all parking revenue.
The contract allows for just one night game during the week per season, which will take place late in the year when school is not in session. The Vikings will also pay to add seating and heat the field.
The university's board of regents is expected to approve the contract on Friday.
Walter Payton's mother dies after long illness
Alyne S. Payton, the mother of late NFL Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, has died in Jackson, Miss. She was 87.
Family members say she died in the hospital Monday after a long illness.
Officials with Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home say services are scheduled for Friday at Black's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson. Burial will be Saturday in Resthaven Cemetery in Columbia.
Alyne Payton's husband Edward died of an aneurysm in 1978.
Walter Payton, who played college football for Jackson State and starred with the Chicago Bears, died of liver disease in 1999.
Alyne Payton was a former member of the board for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Survivors include a son, Eddie, also a football standout at Jackson State; and a daughter, Pam.
Eagles ink 5 draft picks
The Eagles signed five draft picks on the eve of their rookie camp.
Tight end Zach Ertz (2nd), safety Earl Wolff (5th), defensive end Joe Kruger (7th), cornerback Jordan Poyer (7th) and defensive end David King (7th) each agreed to deals on Thursday.
Tackle Lane Johnson (1st), defensive tackle Bennie Logan (3rd) and quarterback Matt Barkley (4th) remain unsigned.
The Eagles will start a three-day rookie camp on Friday under new coach Chip Kelly.
Sensabaugh decides to retire with Cowboys
Gerald Sensabaugh is retiring with the Cowboys after spending the last half of an eight-year career with them.
The safety signed a one-day contract with the Cowboys on Thursday. He was released for salary cap reasons in March.
The 29-year-old Sensabaugh started 84 of 112 games for Jacksonville and Dallas. He had 14 interceptions and 469 tackles.
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