September 11, 2010 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Jailed Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was jailed briefly in Las Vegas on Friday on a felony charge after his ex-girlfriend alleged he beat her and stole her cell phone during an argument in front of their three children. Mayweather, 33, said nothing as he was released from the Clark County jail on $3,000 bail after being booked on a grand larceny charge. He could face up to five years in state prison if he is convicted of taking items valued at less than $2,500. He is scheduled for an initial appearance Nov. 9 in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Retiring Veteran offensive lineman Kevin Mawae announced his retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons and eight Pro Bowls in a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. The president of the NFL Players Association said he got one offer from a team this year, but it came too late and Mawae said he decided being with family was more important than his passion to keep playing in the league.

Signed The New Jersey Nets signed veteran free-agent forward Joe Smith to a one-year contract and hired Milton Lee as director of basketball operations. Smith received the veteran minimum of $1,352,131, the team said. Lee will oversee the statistical and analytical efforts, while helping assistant general manager Bobby Marks with player personnel.

Resigning University of San Francisco athletic director Debra Gore-Mann is resigning to pursue other opportunities. The school said that Gore-Mann’s resignation is effective Sept. 17. Charles Cross, USF’s vice president of business and finance, will assume interim athletic director duties while a national search is conducted to find a replacement. In June, the NCAA placed USF on probation for two years after more than a dozen athletes spent more than $13,000 in scholarship money to improperly buy textbooks.

Granted A federal judge has delayed sentencing for a second former University of Kansas athletics official so he can help prosecutors investigate a $1 million ticket scalping scandal. Brandon Simmons was assistant athletic director for sales and marketing at Kansas. He pleaded guilty in July to essentially knowing about the scam and hiding it from authorities. U.S. District Court judge Wesley Brown delayed sentencing to March 7 at Simmons’ request.

Banned The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has issued a lifetime ban to cyclist Duane Dickey for a second violation for his use and possession of the banned endurance- boosting hormone EPO and his refusal to give a sample for testing. USADA announced that Dickey’s ban began Sept. 1 and ordered him to forfeit any medals, points and prizes.


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