Gillette ditch Woods
Gillette will not renew its endorsement deal with Tiger Woods at the end of the year, adding another name to the list of companies that cut ties with the star after revelations of marital infidelities. The company used Woods, Roger Federer, Lionel Messi and dozens of other athletes as part of its “Gillette Champions” marketing campaign. Gillette said on Thursday it was phasing out that program and not renewing the contract with Woods and several other athletes. The golfer was the first athlete to earn US$1 billion from endorsement agreements, but many corporations cut ties or distanced themselves from Woods after the scandal that broke just over a year ago. Accenture LLP, AT&T Inc and Gatorade all dropped Woods as an endorser. Gillette is also letting its contracts with other athletes, including soccer players such as Messi, Thierry Henry and Kaka end as part of the conclusion of the marketing program. However, the company was keeping some of the athletes — such as Federer, NHL star Alex Ovechkin and New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter — for new local marketing campaigns.
Star’s dad facing charges
Kenneth Maurice Ziegler, the father of Memphis Grizzlies player OJ Mayo, faces attempted murder after allegedly hitting an officer with his car while fleeing police. Two police officers were searching for someone else at about 3:30am on Thursday when they saw the 39-year-old Ziegler apparently trying to hide from them by lying down in the front seat of his car, a news release from the Huntington Police Department in West Virginia said. When they confronted him, he allegedly drove into one of the officers and dragged him for several meters, police said. Police pursued the vehicle for several kilometers before disabling it and Zeigler was apprehended after a short chase on foot. Police said they found about 85g of marijuana and several chunks of crack cocaine in Ziegler’s vehicle. He was charged with attempted murder, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, obstructing, fleeing in a vehicle and fleeing on foot, police said. Police said there are also outstanding warrants charging Ziegler with fleeing, driving on a suspended license and burglary.
Ryal becomes a Giant
The Arizona Diamondbacks have sold utility player Rusty Ryal to the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese League. Ryal will follow in the footsteps of his father, Mark, who spent two seasons with the Chunichi Dragons during his 16-year professional career. The 27-year-old Ryal hit .261 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 104 games with the Diamondbacks last season. He played 36 games in left field, 24 at first base and eight at third base. Ryal hit .263 over parts of two seasons in the majors.
Star has ‘weak nerves’: PCB
A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) committee has been told that wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who sought asylum in London last month, has a complex personality and “weak nerves.” Haider flew to London seeking asylum, claiming he had received death threats in an attempt to make him throw matches. The committee recommended that the PCB request more information from Haider because it is unclear why the wicketkeeper quit the team and left for London. The committee interviewed Pakistan team members and support staff, and were told that Haider “is a person who is easily convinced into believing whatever is said to him.”