May 27, 2011 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Added Cyclist Lance Armstrong is adding two lawyers to his legal team who previously won a major legal victory against federal investigators in a doping case. John Keker and Elliot Peters of San Francisco represented Major League Baseball players as they won a key appeals court case two years ago. A top investigator in that case, Jeff Novitzky, has been leading a federal probe into whether seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong took performance-enhancing drugs and led a systematic doping program on his U.S. Postal team. Last week, “60 Minutes” broadcast a report in which former Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton said he saw Armstrong use performance-enhancing drugs.

Sentenced The brother of Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 21/2 years in jail despite tearful pleas from the skater and her family to spare him any more time behind bars. Mark Kerrigan, 46, was convicted Wednesday in Woburn, Mass., of assault and battery, but acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2010 death of Nancy and Mark’s 70-year-old father, Daniel Kerrigan, at the family’s home in Stoneham, Mass., just north of Boston. Nancy Kerrigan broke down and cried as she asked the judge to send her brother home instead of back to jail.

Retired Age and injury finally caught up to Doug Weight, who retired from the NHL after a three-decade career that ended with a stint as the New York Islanders’ captain. The longtime captain who played for six teams announced his retirement at a Long Island hotel and accepted a job with the Islanders as an assistant coach and senior adviser to general manager Garth Snow.

Committed NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon’s charitable foundation committed to donate $1.5 million over three years to help children fight cancer in Africa. The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation announced this week it will team up with Partners in Health and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to develop a comprehensive program in Rwanda.

Postponed A judge in Fairfax, Va., postponed Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth’s road-rage assault trial to give Haynesworth an opportunity to settle the matter with the alleged victim.

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