Ex-player gets 18 months
Ex-National Basketball Association player Jayson Williams pled guilty and agreed to serve at least 18 months in jail for accidentally shooting his limousine driver to death. He pleaded guilty on Monday to an aggravated assault count for the 2002 death of Costas Christofi. Williams was awaiting a retrial on a reckless manslaughter charge. Williams told the judge that he failed to properly check a shotgun he was showing off to friends before snapping it closed. “I didn’t look in the direction the muzzle of the gun was pointed,” said Williams, who was charged with drinking and driving after smashing his car into a tree in New York last week. The aggravated assault charge includes a minimum 18-month sentence while he could have faced a maximum 10-year prison sentence on the earlier reckless manslaughter charge. Williams will serve 18 months in jail for the aggravated assault and up to five years for a previous conviction of trying to cover up the shooting. The sentences are to run concurrent meaning he will be eligible for parole after 18 months.
Carroll to coach ’Hawks
Pete Carroll, coming off a brilliant run in charge of the University of Southern California (USC), agreed on Monday to become head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll, who previously coached the New York Jets and New England Patriots, spent the last nine years with USC, where he won seven consecutive Pac-10 titles (2002-08), two national titles and had a 97-19 record. He takes over from Jim Mora who was fired last week after leading Seattle to a 5-11 season in his one year at the helm.
Fake labels target Tiger
Gatorade says bootleg labels with a picture of Tiger Woods, the word “unfaithful” and the Gatorade name have been found on bottles in Colorado stores. Gatorade spokeswoman Karen May said on Monday the labels were fakes. She declined to say whether the bottles contained real Gatorade. She says the US Food and Drug Administration was investigating, but she declined to say whether any problems have been linked to the bottles. She says consumer safety is the company’s top concern. Gatorade sponsors Woods, who has taken an indefinite leave from golf after admitting to infidelity.
Mourinho faces hearing
Inter boss Jose Mourinho faces a disciplinary hearing over an altercation with a journalist after a Serie A match last month, the Italian Football Federation said on Monday. The Portuguese coach has been charged with insulting the journalist and “gripping his forearms” following a 1-1 draw with Atalanta. Mourinho, whose side are eight points clear at the top of the table, has admitted verbally abusing the journalist but denied that there was physical contact. The 46-year-old said he snapped because the journalist had been standing by the team bus for months despite his protests.
Sainz retains lead
Nasser al-Attiyah of Qatar won the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally, cutting into the overall lead of Spain’s Carlos Sainz. In the motorbike category, Marc Coma of Spain won the 338km stage from Copiapo to La Serena, Chile. Al-Attiyah won in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 28 seconds, 5:59 ahead of Volkswagen teammate Sainz. Al-Attiyah’s victory cut Sainz’s overall lead to only 8:36 with five stages remaining. The rally ends on Saturday in Buenos Aires, where it began.
As professional soccer returned to Denmark, fans used Zoom to be part of the action. Thousands of Danish soccer fans on Thursday logged on to the conferencing software and were transported to Ceres Park for a league match between AGF and Randers that heralded the resumption of the nation’s pandemic-affected soccer season. While the stadium itself was without fans, the faces of thousands of supporters who joined the Zoom call were shown on giant screens that ran along one side of the pitch. Families wearing club shirts and scarves cheered inside their living rooms. Some were seen clenching their fists in joy after
DRIVING AMBITION: ‘I was excited by playing at the Olympics ... Who knows what’s going to happen? Hopefully, I could have a chance to win a medal,’ Tiffany Chan said After just three tournaments this year, a chance of Olympic glory postponed and two weeks alone in quarantine, golfer Tiffany Chan could be forgiven for feeling sorry for herself. Instead, Hong Kong’s first LPGA Tour player is sporting a broad grin and taking the positives from the game’s COVID-19 shutdown, determined to establish herself in the fiercely competitive world of women’s golf. The talented 26-year-old kept herself fit physically and mentally during the lockdown, and is happy to be back on the fairways since the easing of coronavirus restrictions last month. “When I came back to Hong Kong [in March], I actually did
Eleven-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown, who is hoping to become Britain’s youngest Olympian next year, fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California. Brown posted a video of the accident on Instagram, but reassured supporters that she was fine. “I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them ... but this was my worst fall. I just want everyone to know that it’s OK — don’t worry, I’m OK,” she said. “I’m going to push boundaries for girls with my skating and surfing. I’m going for gold in 2021
It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a soccer country? That is the question that some in France have been asking this week while its European neighbors work to bring the sport back after the COVID-19 shutdown. Debate has raged ever since Ligue 1 decided in late April to bring a premature end to the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. By contrast, two weeks have passed since the Bundesliga restarted, while Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora on Thursday confirmed that Serie A would return on June 20, and La Liga and the English Premier