Reports: Phillies bring back reliever Pat Neshek with 2-year deal

Neshek, 37, has a 33-22 career record with eight saves, a 2.75 ERA and 447 strikeouts in 445 2/3 innings. He has pitched in 494 games — all relief appearances — for Minnesota, San Diego, Oakland, St. Louis, Houston, Philadelphia and Colorado.

In a game nearly obscured by a wayward nipple, the Panthers suffered heartbreak at the hands of the Patriots. Super Bowl XXXVIII — 38, if you’re nasty — featured one helluva fourth quarter comeback quelled by a familiar sight: Adam Vinatieri squaring up, kicking in the clutch and pumping his fists.

The Panthers had been down 21-10 in the fourth before DeShaun Foster scored, setting up the heroics of two Jake Delhomme touchdown passes that squared the game at 29-29. But a mishit John Kasay kickoff soared out of bounds, leaving the Patriots in prime field position. They drove into field-goal range. And with four seconds remaining, Vinatieri’s field goal sailed true. And the Panthers learned a painful truth: That often losing seasons are easier to endure than coming up just four seconds and a field goal short.

The Charlotte Hornets finally won a road game. In a tough spot, too.

Dwight Howard scored 23 points to help the Charlotte Hornets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-103 on Monday night. It was Charlotte’s first victory on the road since Oct. 30 at Memphis.

That shouldn’t be a problem, since they’re both still in the Big 12 — the Power Five league the Horned Frogs joined during Del Conte’s tenure. Del Conte hired Donati to run the fundraising TCU Frog Club in 2011 before Donati was promoted twice, most recently to deputy athletic director last year.

The 40-year-old Donati inherits a program that has been a Big 12 championship contender under longtime football coach Gary Patterson and is coming off an NIT title in the first season under men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon, Del Conte’s most significant hire.chargers_023

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