January 18, 2012 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Hired UCLA has selected Lou Spanos as defensive coordinator, completing new coach Jim Mora’s staff. Mora hired the veteran NFL assistant coach on Tuesday. Spanos was the Washington Redskins’ linebackers coach for the past two years. He spent the previous 15 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, helping the club to three Super Bowl appearances with a defense annually ranked among the NFL’s best.

Arrested Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who is leaving school early to enter the NFL draft, was arrested early Tuesday on a marijuana possession charge. Kirkpatrick was arrested in Bradenton, Fla., and charged with possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. He was released on $120 bond. Kirkpatrick is regarded as a potential top 10 NFL draft pick.

Dismissed Michigan football coach Brady Hoke has dismissed wide receiver Darryl Stonum, who was sentenced to 10 days in jail earlier this month after violating probation in a drunken-driving case. Stonum started 25 games for the Wolverines, catching 76 passes for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned 62 kickoffs for 1,538 yards and holds the single-season kickoff return mark with 39 returns for 1,001 yards in 2009.

Injured Swiss downhill racer Dominique Gisin had knee surgery and will miss the rest of the World Cup season. The Swiss ski federation said Gisin will need four months to recover. She underwent surgery Tuesday to repair cartilage in her left knee. The injury was more serious than expected. Gisin is fourth in the World Cup downhill standings this season. Her best finish was third in a race at Lake Louise, Alberta. Gisin has three career World Cup victories this season.

Retired Milwaukee Brewers infielder Craig Counsell has decided to retire and join the club’s front office. The Brewers said Counsell will become special assistant to general manager Doug Melvin. Counsell is a Milwaukee native and follows his father into the Brewers’ front office. John Counsell worked there from 1979-1987. The 41-year-old Counsell completed his 15th major league season last year. He compiled a .255 batting average with 218 doubles, 40 triples, 42 home runs, 647 runs and 390 RBIs. He also played for the Rockies, Dodgers and Diamondbacks.


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