Sports Briefs


Wed, Jan 13, 2010 - Page 19


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.