Giants extend Coughlin through 2014
June 7, 2012
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NFLTom Coughlin signed a two-year contract extension with the Giants through the 2014 season Wednesday. The 65-year-old Coughlin, who led the team to its second Super Bowl under him in February, has coached the Giants since 2004. His contract was in its final year. Coughlin became the oldest coach with a Super Bowl title this year, and also took the Giants to the 2007 title . . . Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove, and Scott Fujita will have their appeals in the bounty scandal heard by commissioner Roger Goodell June 18, NFL.com reported . . . Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he doesn’t care how All-Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs injured his Achilles’ tendon. Suggs has denied reports he suffered the injury playing basketball, insisting he got hurt during a conditioning session. He had surgery last month . . . Former Bengals linebacker Nate Webster, 34, was sentenced in Ohio to 12 years in prison for having sex with the underage teen daughter of a former assistant coach for the Bengals . . . Jaguars rookie receiver Justin Blackmon said he is done drinking for now, three days after he was arrested and charged with aggravated DUI in Stillwater, Okla. . . . Lawyers for former players plan to file a single lawsuit Thursday in Philadelphia, consolidating complaints brought against the league accusing the NFL of concealing information linking football-related head injuries to permanent neurological problems.
7 Sandusky jurors have Penn State ties
CollegesA jury dominated by people with Penn State loyalties was selected to decide Jerry Sandusky’s fate in the child sexual abuse scandal. The seven women and five men who will hear opening statements Monday, include an engineering administrative assistant at Penn State, a dance teacher in the continuing education program, and a professor who has been on the faculty for 24 years. At least seven of the 12 jurors and two of the four alternates have ties to Penn State . . . Guards Derrick Gordon of Plainfield, N.J., and Curtis Davis of Dallas, and center Isaac Freeman of Manassas, Va., will join the Massachusetts men’s basketball team in the fall . . . UMass is in the eight-team field for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at San Juan Nov. 15-18 along with Akron, UNC Asheville, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Providence, and Tennessee.
Friend tried to help beaten Giants fan
BaseballA friend who witnessed a vicious attack on a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium testified he threw his body over his friend’s head to prevent further attacks by a raging assailant. Corey Maciel, a paramedic who came to the game with victim Bryan Stow, testified at a preliminary hearing for Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, two men charged with the attack. Stow has been permanently disabled with brain damage . . . Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said the blood clot in his right calf has cleared up and he will have surgery on his injured knee Tuesday. Rivera suffered a torn ACL and damaged meniscus May 3 while shagging fly balls . . . Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis will face a court hearing on charges he touched two female students at a Michigan high school, where he was in line to become football coach. Curtis is charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct . . . The Mets activated former Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay from the 15-day disabled list. Bay spent six weeks on the DL with a rib fracture.
Oilers GM Tambellini gets extension
HockeyThe Edmonton Oilers and general manager Steve Tambellini agreed on a contract extension. Tambellini, who is looking for a head coach since Tom Renney’s contract wasn’t renewed after the season, has been GM of the team since 2008. The Oilers haven’t made the playoffs since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2006 . . . The Canadiens fired assistant coaches Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur, a day after hiring Michel Therrien as head coach. Cunneyworth finished the season as Montreal’s interim head coach after the team fired Jacques Martin in December . . . Vladimir Krutov, one of the Soviet Union’s all-time great players and part of the national team’s formidable KLM Line, died. He was 52. Krutov was taken to a hospital several days earlier for stomach bleeding, according to the Tass News Agency in Moscow. Obituary, B14 . . . Court records show retired NHL player Darren McCarty and his wife got personal protection orders against four former friends in suburban Detroit, claiming harassment by the three women and one man.
Karolyi puts retirement plan on hold
MiscellanyMartha Karolyi said she would like to continue as women’s national gymnastics team coordinator rather than step down after the London Olympics, as she once planned. Karolyi, who has been in the job since 2001, turns 70 Aug. 29. Karolyi and her husband, Bela, have said USA Gymnastics can continue using their ranch outside of Houston as the national team training center. Since Karolyi took over, the Americans have won 46 world and 13 Olympic medals, far more than any other country . . . The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, once again faces fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell in the Diamond League meet in Oslo Thursday . . . Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 17 points and the host Minnesota Lynx improved to 8-0 with a 79-55 WNBA rout of Seattle . . . Olympic champions Michael Johnson, Dan O’Brien, and Babe Didrikson will be among the 24 athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame being opened by track and field’s governing body this year.
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