NFL: Bess arrested at Florida airport
MIAMI (AP) — Cleveland Browns and former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested Friday on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer at an airport, the latest in a series of personal problems for the NFL player.
According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Bess was approached by Deputy Thomas O’Brien inside the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport terminal because he was “acting irrationally, dancing, singing with his pants repeatedly falling down.”
“I inquired if he was all right and received no response,” O’Brien said in the report, adding later that Bess “appeared to be looking through me” while they talked.
Bess, 28, then picked up a cup of hot coffee from a counter and squeezed it, “which caused the cup to break with the liquid going all over my uniform,” the deputy wrote. Bess then took up a “fighting stance,” and O’Brien said he hit the player on the leg with a baton to no effect.
“Bess proceeded to take off his shirt and once again took up a fighting stance refusing my repeated orders to get on the ground,” O’Brien said, adding that Bess was finally taken into custody when backup officers arrived.
Vanderbilt hires Mason as coach
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt took less than a week before filling its vacant head football coaching position, announcing the university had tabbed Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason. Mason was to be introduced at a news conference this morning.
A-Rod’s lawsuits remain separate
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal judges say two lawsuits Alex Rodriguez filed against Major League Baseball can remain on separate tracks for now.
U.S. District Judges Lorna G. Schofield and Edgardo Ramos issued a joint order in Manhattan on Friday granting a request by the New York Yankees’ third baseman’s lawyers. MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association had asked that they be combined before one judge.
In October, Rodriguez sued the league and Commissioner Bud Selig, saying they went on a “witch hunt” to wreck his career and reputation. Rodriguez filed another lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn arbitrator Fredric Horowitz’s ruling that suspends him from baseball for the 2014 season and postseason for violating the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract.
The judges said the lawsuits should remain separate at least until it is decided whether his first lawsuit stays in federal court rather than return to state court, or is dismissed.
Manuel returns to Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charlie Manuel has returned to the Philadelphia Phillies as a senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday.
Manuel led the Phillies to the 2008 World Series title, five division championships and two NL pennants from 2005-13. His 780 victories are more than any manager in franchise history.
Manuel, 70, will work with minor league hitters, scout at the major and minor levels and serve as a consultant for the baseball operations staff.
The Phillies also reached a one-year deal with outfielder John Mayberry Jr. for $1,587,500. They exchanged salary arbitration figures with outfielder Ben Revere, offering $1.4 million while he sought $2,425,000, and reliever Antonio Bastardo, who asked for $2.5 million to the team’s $1,675,000.
Schumacher remains stable
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Michael Schumacher remains in stable condition following a skiing accident that left the Formula One great with severe head injuries and in a coma since Dec. 29, his manager said Friday.
The statement from manager Sabine Kehm does not mention the word “critical” for the first time in describing the condition of the seven-time world champion.
Schumacher has been in an induced coma in a Grenoble hospital since the crash in the French Alps.
“Michael’s family is very happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael, and they trust them completely. Michael’s condition is still considered as stable,” Kehm said in an email.
In the first statement since Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, appealed for the family to be left in peace on Jan. 7, Kehm repeated that “any information regarding Michael’s health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as pure speculation.”
Doctors treating Schumacher in Grenoble have not commented on his condition since Jan. 6, when they said they still regarded him to be critical.
Schumacher, 45, hit his head on a rock at the Meribel ski resort.
Schumacher retired from F1 in 2012 as the most successful driver in series history.