Drunk-driving auto accident kills a Cowboys’ player
IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in a one-car accident Saturday, and teammate Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident happened about 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the Dallas suburb. Brent was speeding when the vehicle hit a curb and flipped at least once, Argumaniz said.
Argumaniz said the 25-year-old Brown was found unresponsive at the scene and pronounced dead at a hospital. The police spokesman said officers conducted a field sobriety test on Brent, then arrested him. The charge was upgraded after Brown was pronounced dead.
Cincinnati hires Tuberville; South Florida hires Taggart
CINCINNATI – Texas Tech’s Tommy Tuberville was hired Saturday as Cincinnati’s next football coach, leaving the Big 12 for a school trying to move up to a better conference.
The agreement came one day after Butch Jones left to become Tennessee’s next football coach, ending a week of uncertainty for the Bearcats (9-3). Cincinnati has won a share of four of the last five Big East titles and will play in the Belk Bowl.
Tuberville went 20-17 in three seasons at Texas Tech, after coaching at Mississippi and Auburn. The Red Raiders (7-5) will play Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl after missing out on a bowl last season.
TAMPA, Fla. – Willie Taggart is taking over as South Florida’s football coach after establishing himself as one of the nation’s top young prospects by turning around a losing program at Western Kentucky.
USF scheduled a news conference for Saturday afternoon to introduce the 36-year-old Taggart, who grew up in the Tampa Bay area before heading off to play and later coach at Western Kentucky. He replaces Skip Holtz, who was fired after the worst season in USF’s 16-year history.
Marquez knocks out Pacquiao in sixth round
LAS VEGAS – Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out cold with a vicious right hand at the end of the sixth round Saturday night, putting a ferocious end to the fourth fight between the two boxers.
Pacquiao had been down in the third round but knocked Marquez down in the fifth, and the two were exchanging heavy blows in the sixth round before Marquez threw a right hand that flattened Pacquiao face down on the canvas at 2:59 of the sixth round. The referee waved the fight to an end as Marquez celebrated, and the sold-out crowd at the MGM erupted. Pacquiao was down for about two minutes before his handlers managed to get him up.
World Cup Ski Racing
Frenchman’s shot in the dark earns victory at Val d’Isère
VAL D’ISÈRE, France – Alexis Pinturault of France produced a brilliant second run under floodlights to improve from sixth place and win a World Cup slalom race Saturday.
Pinturault flew down the Stade Olympique de Bellevarde course to capture the second event of his career in front of home fans in Val d’Isère. The second run was pushed back to the evening and held under floodlights because of heavy snowfall at the resort.
The 21-year-old held off defending World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who led after the first run but eventually dropped to third behind Germany’s Felix Neureuther.
Vonn and Mancuso ski 1-3 in World Cup super-G
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup super-G on Saturday to stay unbeaten in four speed races this season, and American teammate Julia Mancuso finished third.
Vonn timed 1 minute, 2.71 seconds to beat World Cup overall leader Tina Maze by 0.37 seconds. Mancuso was 1.01 behind Vonn.