NFL: Brent to serve one-half year
DALLAS (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent avoided prison Friday and instead was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.
Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent's car. Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. He was also fined $10,000.
Brent, 25, closed his eyes when the judge read the jury's verdict. He was kept in custody after the hearing.
NEW YORK (AP) — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting in the final minute of the NFC championship game against San Francisco. Sherman's fine was confirmed by the league Friday.
Sherman was flagged after he made a choking gesture toward the San Francisco bench that he said was directed at quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Sherman had just deflected a pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone that was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith and clinched Seattle's 23-17 victory.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone wasted little time filling a big hole on his staff by reaching a deal with recently fired Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator.
• EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After getting permission from his 7-year-old daughter, New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl has retired after an 11-year career that included two Super Bowl championships.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has hired former Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur to hold the same position for the Fighting Irish.
LaFleur was an offensive assistant under Kelly at Central Michigan, and later was an offensive assistant for the Houston Texans before taking the job with the Redskins.
LaFleur was on staff to help Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins develop. In 2012, Griffin became the first Redskins rookie quarterback selected to the Pro Bowl, led Washington to its first NFC East title in 13 years and set rookie records for passer rating (102.4), rushing yards by a quarterback (815) and lowest percentage of passes had intercepted (1.3).
He was fired along with most of the Redskins staff after a 3-13 season. Notre Dame announced the hire Friday.
CHICAGO (AP) — As their win total plummeted last season, one thing remained steady for the Chicago White Sox — their faith in Robin Ventura.
The White Sox rewarded their manager with a multi-year contract extension, announcing the move hours before their annual fan convention opened.
• NEW YORK (AP) — Daisuke Matsuzaka is staying with the New York Mets.
The 33-year-old right-hander agreed to a minor league contract and was invited to big league spring training camp next month. Matsuzaka was 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA for the Mets last year after going 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts for Cleveland's Triple-A team at Columbus.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks locked up two of their cornerstone players before they could hit the open market this summer, signing three-year extensions with captain Joe Thornton and franchise leading goal-scorer Patrick Marleau.
The contracts prevent the two stars from becoming unrestricted free agents this summer and keep them under contract with the Sharks through the 2016-17 season.
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Defending overall World Cup champion Tina Maze won a downhill today for her first victory of what had so far been a difficult season.
Regaining her form just in time for the Sochi Olympics, Maze clocked 1 minute, 37.79 seconds down the Olympia delle Tofane course.
Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden of Switzerland finished second, 0.27 seconds behind, and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was third, 0.38 back.
This was the third of four races in four days. Elisabeth Goergl won a super-G on Thursday, Maria Hoefl-Riesch took a downhill Friday and another super-G is scheduled for Sunday.
Two of the races were originally scheduled for last weekend in Cortina but were wiped out by heavy snowfall. The other two were moved from Garmisch-Partenkirchen due to a lack of snow in the German resort.