September 21, 2010 in Sports

In brief: Adenhart defendant’s interview seen

 
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Nick Adenhart was 22 when he died in a car crash last year.
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A man charged with murder in a drunken-driving crash appeared shocked in a videotaped interview when police told him about the collision that killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others.

“I did a horrible thing,” defendant Andrew Gallo said as he sobbed in the recording played Monday during the trial in Orange County.

Gallo, 23, also rubbed his eyes as the jury watched the interview done soon after the April 9, 2009, collision.

Adenhart, 22, died just hours after pitching six scoreless innings at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Gallo was seen sitting in a corner of a small room, rubbing his shoulder and sipping from a cup of water between questions.

Gallo pleaded not guilty after he was indicted on three counts of second-degree murder, a felony count of fleeing the scene of a traffic collision involving death or permanent injury, and two other felonies involving driving under the influence.

He could face a maximum sentence of 54 years and eight months to life in state prison if convicted of all counts.

Prosecutors said they took the unusual step of charging Gallo with second-degree murder because he had a prior drunken-driving conviction and because he was driving on a suspended license.

Former coach Bana behind fake team

Soccer: Former Togo coach Tchanile Bana was responsible for taking a fake national team to play an exhibition against Bahrain and has been banned for three years, the Togo soccer federation said.

The squad, made up of unidentified players and claiming to be Togo’s national team, lost 3-0 in the Sept. 7 game in Bahrain. Togo’s interim soccer federation and sports ministry said the team was not authorized to represent the country and did not have permission to travel to Bahrain.

• Beckham to hold coaching clinic in Trinidad: David Beckham will guide players and coaches in Trinidad this weekend to help boost support for England’s World Cup bid.

• Klinsmann says he ended talks over U.S. job: Juergen Klinsmann said he negotiated with the U.S. Soccer Federation for nearly a month to become coach before ending talks when the USSF wouldn’t put his authority in writing. Instead, Bob Bradley was rehired.

Utah QB to start throwing again

College football: Utah coach Kyle Whittingham says injured quarterback Jordan Wynn should begin throwing in practice again this week.

Wynn injured the thumb on his throwing hand early in the season opener against Pittsburgh.

• DL Anthony La Lota has transferred to Rutgers: Defensive lineman Anthony La Lota has transferred from Michigan to Rutgers and will be eligible to play for the Scarlet Knights next season.

Miscellany: Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers is motivated to win another NBA championship because he plans to auction his ring from last season’s title to raise money for mental health counseling in schools.

He said some celebrities and investors have offered him between $50,000 and $100,000 for the ring. But he wants to have a raffle auction so fans everywhere will have a chance at it, with tickets likely going for between $1 and $3.

• Robredo reaches 2nd round at Metz: Tommy Robredo beat Daniel Brands 6-1, 7-6 (3) to reach the second round at the Open de Moselle in France.

Robredo had seven aces and broke Brands’ serve twice in the second set.

• Williams, Martinez agree to rematch: Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez will fight on Nov. 20 in a rematch of last year’s acclaimed bout.

• Kazakhstan’s Maneza sets weightlifting world mark: In Turkey, Maiya Maneza of Kazakhstan has set a world record by lifting 143 kilograms in the clean and jerk in the women’s 63-kilogram category at the weightlifting world championships.

• Ex-Whalers owner taking over AHL team: The former owner of the Hartford Whalers, Howard Baldwin, is taking control of business operations of the city’s minor league hockey team and renaming the franchise the Connecticut Whale.

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