Adrian Wyld, Associated Press
Toronto Argonauts' Ricky Williams was reinstated Wednesday by the NFL, and the winless Miami Dolphins might welcome him back to the line-up.
NFL reinstates Ricky Williams

DAVIE, Fla. — Ricky Williams' suspension ended after more than 18 months when he was reinstated Wednesday by the NFL, and the winless Miami Dolphins might welcome him back.

The 2002 league rushing champion was scheduled to fly to South Florida for a physical today and meet with coach Cam Cameron, said Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg.

The first-year Miami coach, whose team is 0-9, said he talked with Williams by phone for "five or six minutes" Wednesday, but hadn't made a decision about activating him.

"I want to see where he is, and also let him know where we're headed, and we'll go from there," Cameron said.

Cameron has been mum for months regarding whether he would want Williams back. But Steinberg said he was encouraged by a phone conversation Wednesday with Matt Thomas, Dolphins general counsel-football administration.

"His indication was they were interested in Ricky," Steinberg said. "The spirit of the discussion was welcoming. It was a very similar discussion to what you would have regarding a draft choice or any returning player. The only contingent was whether they would have him practice Friday or Monday."


MANAGERS OF THE YEAR: Bob Melvin and Eric Wedge barely made a ripple as players. Backup catchers, they both batted a pedestrian .233 in the big leagues.

All that time spent pondering on the bench paid off. Far more successful in the dugout than on the field, they were honored Wednesday as managers of the year.

Wedge became the first Cleveland manager to win the AL award, chosen by a wide margin after the Indians and Boston tied for the best record in baseball. Melvin was the first Arizona manager to get the NL prize, picked after leading his young team to the top mark in the league.

Wedge and Melvin are among nearly a dozen former catchers who manage in the majors.

"There's been quite the trend," Wedge said on a conference call. "The catcher has to be aware and knowledgeable of every aspect."

"It's a leadership position. That position demands a great amount of passion for your teammates and the game of baseball," he said.


RODDICK, FEDERER SET FOR SHOWDOWN: Andy Roddick gets another crack at Roger Federer and likes his chances. And he's not dwelling on his 1-14 record against the No. 1 player.

"There's no reason for me to be nervous," Roddick said. "I can go out there and let it fly. The way I see it ... I can just go out there and play and go for my shots and play aggressive and try to knock him out."

The fifth-ranked Roddick was nearly untouchable Wednesday, beating No. 7 Fernando Gonzalez 6-1, 6-4 to clinch a semifinal spot at the season-ending Masters Cup.

Federer is the defending champion in a tournament featuring the top eight players. The Swiss star is trying to rebound from an opening round-robin loss to Gonzalez, the first time in 4 1/2 years he has dropped back-to-back matches.

Federer started a new winning streak by beating No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-3 to even his record at 1-1 and set up a Friday match with Roddick. Federer and Gonzalez are both in the running for the second semifinal spot from their Red Group.