From AP REPORTS
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Former major leaguer Jim Leyritz was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and killing a driver after his car crashed into hers.
Leyritz was charged with DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage, said Detective Kathy Collins, Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman. He posted the $11,000 bond and was released from Broward County jail.
Police believe alcohol was involved in the crash, though investigators are awaiting results of blood alcohol tests, Collins said.
Leyritz played for six major league teams, starred in the 1996 World Series and was last in the majors in 2000.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Longtime college and NFL referee David Parry will be the first national coordinator of college football officiating.
Parry, coordinator of football officials for the Big Ten, will oversee national training programs for referees, assign and evaluate postseason officiating crews, and coordinate national meetings of the referees, the NCAA announced.
The NCAA and the Collegiate Commissioners Association also established College Football Officiating LLC, which will be governed by a 15-member board. Eleven representatives will come from the Division I Bowl Subdivision, two from Division I Championship Subdivision conferences and two will be appointed by NCAA president Myles Brand.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly all of the NFL's former drug testing agents filed a federal lawsuit, saying they were fired and effectively blacklisted because of a labor dispute.
The drug testers — most of whom were retired FBI and DEA agents — were replaced en masse this year after the league decided to outsource the job of collecting player urine samples to an independent company, Comprehensive Drug Testing, of Long Beach, Calif.
That drug program overhaul took place amid a campaign by the NFL's then sizable force of testing agents to have themselves declared league employees, rather than independent contractors.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Friday, 93 former drug program agents said the NFL's firings were retaliation for the attempt to clarify their employment status. The agents also claimed that they were improperly barred from obtaining jobs with Comprehensive Drug Testing because of the labor dispute, and that they were victims of age discrimination. All of the agents were over 40.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Rod Smith needs another operation on his surgically repaired left hip, and his NFL career could be over. The Denver Broncos co-captain revealed he needs another surgery. There's a strong possibility he'll require an artificial hip replacement, which almost certainly would end his 13-year NFL career.
Smith had been getting treatment at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., where he had a microfracture hip operation in February. He recently saw a specialist in Los Angeles, and surgery was scheduled there for next month.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Boston-area TV stations have resolved their dispute with the NFL Network over Saturday night's broadcast of the potentially historic Patriots-Giants game.
WCVB in Boston and Manchester, N.H., station WMUR, which are owned by the same company, and New York station WWOR had won bidding processes for the right to simulcast NFL Network games involving local teams.
Outside of the Boston and New York areas, the game was originally scheduled to be broadcast only on the NFL Network, which is available in fewer than 40 percent of the nation's homes with televisions. On Wednesday, the NFL announced the matchup would also be aired on CBS and NBC.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bob Sanders' big hits have finally paid off in a big way. The two-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year contract extension, a deal that will keep him with the Indianapolis Colts through 2012 and makes him one of the league's highest-paid safeties.
The deal is worth $37.5 million and includes $20 million in guarantees, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
Sanders' average salary of $7.5 million under the extension is nearly $1 million more than what Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu got in his new deal in July, and the guaranteed money is more than what Ed Reed got when he signed an extension with the Ravens in June 2006.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Jim Harrick announced he will resign as coach of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League for personal reasons. He did not elaborate on the reasons for his departure. A call to a team spokesperson was not immediately returned.
Harrick will step down after the Jam's game against the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Saturday. Assistant coach Sean Rooks will step in as the interim head coach, the statement said.
LIENZ, Austria (AP) — Denise Karbon of Italy won her third straight giant slalom in a World Cup race in which Julia Mancuso of the United States finished second and teammate Resi Stiegler crashed and broke her arm and shin.
Stiegler, America's giant slalom national champion, was hospitalized with a broken left forearm and right shinbone, torn ligaments in the right knee and a bruised face and hip after her spill halfway down the course. She will undergo surgery in the U.S. and will be sidelined two months.
Karbon led after the first leg and was fastest in the final run to finish in 2 minutes, 2.73 seconds. Mancuso was 1.28 seconds behind, moving from fourth after the opening leg. Nicole Gius of Italy was third, 1.62 seconds behind Karbon.