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Tyson released from jail

Mike Tyson ate sloppy joes and read the mobster epic American Gangster during his 24-hour jail term for a DUI conviction. The former heavyweight champion was released on Wednesday morning, sheriff's officials said. Tyson was held apart from the 1,500 other inmates and in a secluded part of Tent City, an open-air jail. The 41-year-old boxer had faced four years, three months in prison. He pleaded guilty on Sept. 24 to one count of felony cocaine possession and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.


LA Angels sign Hunter

The Los Angeles Angels reached a preliminary agreement on Wednesday to sign free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter to a five-year contract thought to be worth at least US$80 million. The agreement is subject to a physical. "They play the game the right way," Hunter said. "They play hard-nosed baseball." The 32-year-old, who would protect Vladimir Guerrero in the batting order, hit .297 with 28 homers and 107 RBIs for Minnesota last season. The center fielder is a seven-time Gold Glove winner. "Not only is he an outstanding ballplayer but he's also an outstanding human being. He'll impact our ballclub and community in a very positive way," new Angels general manager Tony Reagins said.


Wigan delay presentation

Steve Bruce's presentation as the new Wigan Athletic manager has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, the Premier League strugglers said on Wednesday. Bruce, who left his post as Birmingham City manager to take up the job at the JJB Stadium, had been due to be unveiled on Wednesday. But Wigan chief executive Brenda Spencer said the move had been put on hold because of "an issue between Birmingham and Steve."


Stadium strike resolved

Construction workers at one of the stadiums to host the 2010 World Cup in South Africa returned to work after their dispute was resolved with the employers, officials said. "The Mbombela Stadium Joint Venture, the stadium contractors and union representatives met on Wednesday and resolved a labor dispute that developed earlier that morning," 2010 provincial head, Desmond Golding, said in a statement. More than 1,000 workers building a new stadium in the northeastern city of Nelspruit had downed tools in a dispute over pay and working conditions just two days after a similar strike at a stadium in the eastern city of Durban was called off.


Lippi rejects Blues offer

Italy's World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi has rejected an offer to replace Steve Bruce as manager of Birmingham City. Blues co-owner David Sullivan had said the club would bring in a top foreign coach in the wake of Bruce's departure to Wigan Athletic. Sullivan confirmed on Wednesday the club had approached Lippi, who enjoyed great success at club level with Juventus before leading Italy to soccer's ultimate prize last year, but said the Italian turned his offer down. "We made an approach and Lippi turned it down. This is not a stunt. It's genuine. He is available at the moment and we are looking at bringing in a manager of his stature and calibre, if at all possible," Sullivan told the Birmingham Mail.

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