Two killied in car accident
Two members of an Argentine news team covering the Dakar Rally died on Thursday when the car they were driving in fell into a ravine, Super Rally magazine said. “The dead are journalism student Agustin Mina, 20, and Daniel Ambrosio, 51, who loved auto racing,” magazine manager Francisco Delgado said. Also in the vehicle were 31-year-old Martin Delgado, the magazine manager’s son, and Rodrigo de Quesada, 36. Both men are photographers for Super Rally magazine. The survivors were taken to a hospital in Tucuman. The group came from the central province of Cordoba, except for Quesada, who is Peruvian. The cause of the crash was not clear, Francisco Delgado said by telephone. “[The car] fell 100m over a cliff and those in the front seat were killed instantly. The others were saved,” he said.
Redskins appoint Gruden
Jay Gruden, who spent the past three years as offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, was named on Thursday as the new coach of the Washington Redskins. Gruden replaced Mike Shanahan, who was fired one day after the Redskins completed a disastrous 3-13 season, dropping their final eight games of the campaign. “I look forward to the challenge,” Gruden said of his first NFL head coaching post. “I don’t know what happened last year [in Washington] and I don’t care what happened last year. I am only concerned about the future.” The Redskins went 24-40 under Shanahan, winning an NFC East Division title in 2012, but flopping badly last season, despite some moments of success for run-pass double threat Robert Griffin III at quarterback.
Irvine handed jail sentence
Former driver Eddie Irvine was sentenced to six months in prison by an Italian court on Thursday in a trial over a brawl in a nightclub, lawyers said. The judge found the Northern Irishman and Gabriele Moratti, the son of a former Milan mayor, guilty of “mutual injury” during the incident in the VIP section of the Hollywood nightclub in Milan in 2008. Each had accused the other of being the aggressor and using a glass in the brawl. Both men were sentenced to six months in prison, but the sentences can be appealed and if confirmed would probably be suspended so neither are likely to end up going to jail, lawyers said. The lawyers disagreed on whether the fight had occurred because the former racing driver made contact with a former girlfriend of Moratti. Irvine, 48 and from County Down, drove for Jordan, Ferrari and Jaguar before retiring in 2003.
De Villiers goes under knife
South Africa wicketkeeper A.B. de Villiers was set to undergo hand surgery yesterday, but is expected to be fit for the upcoming series against Australia, a Cricket South Africa spokesman said on Thursday. De Villiers was having a plate in his hand removed after it started to cause him discomfort, in a delayed procedure announced a week ago. The plate was inserted after he suffered a break in the Indian Premier League two years ago. “The recovery period is usually three to four weeks and he should be ready in time for the series against Australia in February,” South Africa manager Mohammed Moosajee said. South Africa are resting key fast bowler Dale Steyn, who suffered a small fracture in his rib in last month’s Test win over India, so that he can also be fit for the series. South Africa play three Tests and three Twenty20s against Australia, with the first Test starting in Pretoria on Feb. 12.