Giambi returns to A’s
Jason Giambi is returning for a second spell with the Oakland Athletics after agreeing a one-year contract, the team said on its web site on Wednesday. Giambi, who turned 38 yesterday, spent the first seven years of his career with the A’s before signing with the New York Yankees as a free agent following the 2001 season. Terms of the deal were not announced but the San Francisco Chronicle said Giambi’s deal was for US$4 million, with a club option next year for US$5.5 million. The 2000 American League MVP hit 32 home runs and had 96 runs batted in for the Yankees last season.
NHL puts the bite on Ruutu
Ottawa Senators left wing Jarkko Ruutu of Finland was suspended for two games without pay by the National Hockey League on Wednesday, one day after biting Buffalo rival Andrew Peters. The biting incident came during an altercation in the first period of a 4-2 Buffalo Sabres home victory on Tuesday. Ruutu appeared to bite the right thumb of Peters, who was wearing his glove. The bite pulled the glove off Peters’ hand and the Sabre grabbed his thumb in pain and skated away to complain to officials. Ruutu denied biting Peters after the game but television replays of the incident were enough to prompt action from the NHL, banning Ruutu from Ottawa’s game yesterday at Boston and tomorrow against the New York Rangers.
Cowboys send Jones packing
The Dallas Cowboys released troubled cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones on Wednesday, ending a tumultuous season marred by controversy, injuries and a six-game suspension. Jones’ departure ends an unsuccessful reclamation project by the Cowboys, who acquired him from the Tennessee Titans after he was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the entire 2007 season following repeated violations of the league conduct policies and brushes with the police. Trouble followed Jones to Dallas, Goodell slapping him with a six-game ban following an alcohol-related altercation with one of his bodyguards at a Dallas hotel. In his first game back, Jones sustained a herniated disk in his neck playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He only returned for the final two games of the regular season. Jones has been arrested six times since the Titans made him the sixth overall selection in the 2005 draft.
Yale appoint first black coach
Tom Williams, a Jacksonville Jaguars defensive assistant coach, was named coach on Wednesday at Yale, becoming the first black coach in the university’s 137-year football history. Williams, 39, added his name to the Ivy League school’s landmark legacy. “I am thrilled for this tremendous opportunity to be the head football coach at such a historic and fabled institution,” said Williams, previously on college gridiron staffs at Hawaii, Washington, Stanford and San Jose State. Tom Beckett, Yale’s athletic department director, was an associate athletic director at Stanford when Williams was a student there. Williams replaces Jack Siedlecki, who retired after 12 seasons to serve as an assistant to Beckett. He compiled a 70-47 record and guided the Bulldogs to shares of the Ivy League title in 1999 and 2006. The Jaguars failed to qualify for the NFL playoffs this season, finishing 5-11. “[Williams] has shown strong leadership qualities and is a very good communicator,” Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. “This is a great opportunity for him.”