February 6, 2008 in Sports

Knight offers one last blast at officials

The Spokesman-Review
 

Bob Knight took another swipe at the referees after resigning as Texas Tech’s basketball coach in the middle of the season.

“Well, I won’t have to see any more bad calls, that’ll be one thing,” he said Tuesday on Minneapolis radio station WCCO-AM.

“I mean, we had some horrendous officiating in games this year,” Knight told Minneapolis Star Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman on the radio show. “And I think that really, to me, has never been a part of the game, but this year it just seemed to bother me more than at any other time.”

•An Ohio University-Chillicothe basketball player died after collapsing during practice.

Jonathan Davis, 20, a sophomore from Hampton, Va., fell to the floor Monday evening and was taken to Adena Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, school spokesman Jack Jeffery said.

Football

Books take record hit

Nevada sports books lost a record $2.6 million on Super Bowl bets when the New York Giants upset the New England Patriots on Sunday.

The sports books handled just more than $92 million on the game, the third-highest amount but down for the second consecutive year.

•New York Giants assistant Steve Spagnuolo was to be picked up by one of Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder’s planes and flown to Washington so the two could talk face to face about the coaching vacancy in Washington.

•New England Patriots defensive back Willie Andrews pleaded not guilty to drug possession in Lowell, Mass., hours after authorities said they found him with a half-pound of marijuana.

•The Green Bay Packers signed coach Mike McCarthy to a five-year contract, worth about $4 million per season.

•Sen. Arlen Specter and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could meet next week to discuss the league’s investigation into spying allegations against the New England Patriots.

•Ken Konz, 79, a safety with the Cleveland Browns in the 1950s, died of complications from pneumonia in Alliance, Ohio, the team said.

•Arkansas will ask the NCAA to allow transfer quarterback Ryan Mallett to play immediately for the Razorbacks without sitting out a year.

Mallett transferred from Michigan after Coach Lloyd Carr retired.

Baseball

Jeter settles on taxes

Derek Jeter settled his case with tax officials, who had said the New York Yankees captain should have paid three years of taxes as a New York state resident.

Tax officials contended Jeter should have been taxed as a state resident from 2001-03. Jeter, who has a Manhattan apartment, said he was a Florida resident and didn’t owe New York taxes. Florida does not have a state income tax; New York state and city do.

•Second baseman Freddy Sanchez and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed on a contract that is worth about $11 million over two years and includes an option for 2010.

•Outfielder Alex Rios avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $4,835,000, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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