Sports BriefsPublished 1:41am Thursday, November 8, 2012
Young enters guilty
plea to harassment
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Detroit Tigers slugger Delmon Young pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated harassment for shouting an anti-Semitic slur and tackling a man to the ground outside a New York City hotel last spring.
The 27-year-old, who became a free agent after the World Series, was ordered to complete 10 days of community service and enroll in a program at the Museum of Tolerance New York as part of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office restorative justice program. His lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York and was accused of yelling anti-Jewish epithets at a group of tourists, tussling with them and tackling one to the ground in April, when the Tigers were in town to play the New York Yankees.
Royal dead at 88
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Darrell K. Royal, the former Texas football coach known as much for his folksy, simplistic approach to life as for his creative wishbone offenses and two national championships, has died. He was 88.
University of Texas spokesman Nick Voinis on Wednesday confirmed Royal’s death. Royal had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and recently fell at an assisted living center where he was receiving care.
Royal took over as head coach at Texas at age 32 in 1956 after starring as a halfback for Oklahoma and then taking head coaching jobs at Mississippi State and Washington.
In 23 years as a head coach, he never had a losing season, with his teams boasting a 167-47-5 record in his 20 years at Texas, the best record in the nation over that period (1957-1976).
Royal won 11 Southwest Conference titles, 10 Cotton Bowl championships and national championships in 1963 and 1969, going 11-0 each time.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White has agreed to seek alcohol treatment to settle public intoxication and vandalism charges.
Susan Niland, the Nashville District Attorney’s spokeswoman, said White entered a plea Wednesday will include dismissal of the charges if he undergoes treatment, performs 24 hours of community and pays restitution to a Nashville hotel. Police say he drunkenly destroyed a telephone at the hotel.
White’s lawyer didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Police said White was a hotel guest when he pulled a fire alarm at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 16, forcing all guests to evacuate.
According to police, White tried to flee but ended up in the hospital after he hit his head while trying to fight another guest.