To two years' probation for his role in a sports gambling operation, ex-Coyotes
assistant coach Rick Tocchet. The former NHL star was at the center of a case
last year that unfolded during the Olympics with allegations of mob ties and
game fixing—none of which ever materialized. Tocchet, who says he never bet on
hockey, has been on an indefinite leave from the Coyotes since he was charged
last February, but says he hopes to return to the game.
Of cancer at age 81, Sam Pollock, who put together the Montreal Canadiens teams
that won nine Stanley Cups in his 14 years as G.M. Pollock was one of hockey's
great schemers. In 1970 he acquired the Oakland Seals' first-round choice in
the '71 draft and later traded forward Ralph Backstrom to Los Angeles to help
ensure that the Kings would finish ahead of the Seals, permitting Montreal to
grab Guy Lafleur with the No. 1 pick. "Sam was the G.M. guru," says Lou
Nanne, the Minnesota North Stars G.M. from '78 to '88. "When he wanted
something from you in a trade, he would seem generous and outgoing. But you had
the sense you should be worried."
By Marco Materazzi, the slur that drove Zin�dine Zidane to head-butt him in the
World Cup final. In his new book the Italian defender says that Zidane, who had
been complaining that Materazzi was holding his jersey, said, "If you want
my shirt, you can have it after the match." Materazzi then replied, "I
prefer the whore that is your sister." Zidane was given a red card, and
Italy won the game against France on penalty kicks. Earlier this month French
coach Raymond Domenech applauded Materazzi for getting Zidane sent off: "I
say 'bravo' to him," Domenech said.
Guilty to two felonies for betting on games he officiated and giving inside
information to gamblers, former NBA referee Tim Donaghy. The 40-year-old faces
up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced in November. Last Friday ESPN
radio reported that Donaghy would name 20 other officials who have gambled.
None of their alleged wagering is believed to be illegal or on basketball, but
NBA rules bar officials from taking part in any gambling activity except for
off-season trips to the racetrack.
By Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, that she and her husband of
27 years are divorcing. Summitt, who is the alltime winningest coach in college
basketball history, cited irreconcilable differences. Her husband, R.B.
Summitt, is a banker. The filing comes two years after UT renamed its
basketball court The Summitt. The school did not say if it would change the
name again if Summitt decides to use her maiden name.
That he will retire at season's end, Nextel Cup driver Ricky Rudd. It's not the
first time that Rudd, 50, has called it a career. He left the sport after the
2005 season but was coaxed back by owner Robert Yates this season. Rudd has
struggled—he has just one top 10. "Continuing to race in Cup was more of a
time commitment than I was willing to put in," said Rudd, who has finished
in the top 10 in the points race 19 times in his 32-season career.
After being diagnosed with the measles, a member of the Japanese Little League
World Series team. The player, who wasn't identified, began showing signs of
the disease shortly after his team arrived at the dorm where players bunk. Last
Saturday Little League officials asked players who have never had the disease
or had a measles shot to take a blood test or receive a shot. No other players
came down with the disease, and the player was released from an infirmary at
the LLWS complex on Sunday.
Of second-degree murder for killing former USC basketball player Ryan Francis
(left), 20-year-old D'Anthony Ford. In May 2006 Francis, who had just completed
a freshman season in which he was the Trojans' starting point guard, was home
in Louisiana visiting his family for Mother's Day when he was shot while at an
intersection (SCORECARD, May 22, 2006). Prosecutors said the intended victim
was a friend of Francis' who'd earlier had a dispute with Ford. "I'm glad
it's over with. Now Ryan can rest, and I can rest," said Francis' mother,
Paulette. Ford faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole.