May 20, 2011 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Sidelined Tennis players Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero withdrew from the French Open tennis tournament Thursday after failing to recover from right shoulder injuries. The 11th-ranked Roddick pulled out of the singles event at this week’s Open de Nice to give himself a chance of recovering in time for Roland Garros. Ferrero, the 2003 champion and runner up in 2002, has only played five matches this season.

• Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will not race this weekend, sitting out both the All-Star race and the Nationwide Series event in Newton, Iowa. Bayne spent a week at the Mayo Clinic undergoing treatment for what doctors have called an inflammatory condition. He has not raced since April at Talladega, Ala.

Resigned NBC Sports Group chairman Dick Ebersol has resigned. Ebersol, an industry giant who helped launch “Saturday Night Live” and built the network into the home of the Olympics over the past two decades, said he couldn’t agree to terms on a new contract with Comcast, which merged with NBC earlier this year. The network said NBC Sports Cable Group president Mark Lazarus will take over for Ebersol.

Signed The Chicago Blackhawks and Corey Crawford agreed on a three-year contract after a standout rookie season in which he emerged as the team’s top goalie. Financial terms were not disclosed. Crawford went 33-18-6 and led rookie goalies in wins. He was eighth among all goalies with a 2.30 goals-against average during the regular season.

Contended Former Connecticut forward Jamal Coombs-McDaniel says his recent arrest in Vernon, Conn., on marijuana possession charges had nothing to do with his decision to transfer from the national champions. The 6-foot-7 forward said he decided to leave UConn before he was arrested on April 21. Coombs-McDaniel said he will attend summer school at UConn before transferring to either Hofstra, UC Irvine, Miami or Missouri.

Investigated Police are investigating whether drugs had a role in the death of Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box after a witness told authorities he believed Box, 22, overdosed before he was found unconscious in a house in El Reno, Okla. According to the police report, officer Todd Ward said that upon arriving at the house he made contact with John Cobble III, who was performing CPR on Box and said he suspected his friend had overdosed.


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