Sox Prospect Accidentally Shoots Himself in Leg
Fort Myers, Fla. — Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said outfield prospect Bryce Brentz accidentally shot himself in the leg last month, but could recover in time to play in spring training. Brentz was cleaning the gun when it went off, the bullet passed through Brentz’s left leg.
Cherington said Brentz wasn’t doing anything illegal. The GM said the team had talked to the 24-year-old about the accident. Brentz was a first-round draft pick by the Red Sox in 2010. He hit a combined .290 with 17 home runs and 76 RBIs last season in Double-A and Triple-A.
2 Tied for Lead at Pebble
Pebble Beach, Calif. — Brandt Snedeker had his ninth straight round in the 60s on Saturday. One more like that and he might really have reason to celebrate.
Snedeker ran off four straight birdies along the prettiest part of Pebble Beach for a 4-under 68, giving him a share of the lead with 31-year-old rookie James Hahn going into the final round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
A runner-up in consecutive weeks to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, this time the spotlight belongs to Snedeker.
Hahn had a 66 at Spyglass Hill, making birdie on the last three holes to join Snedeker at 12-under 202. Chris Kirk birdied his last hole at Monterey Peninsula for a 64 and was one shot behind the leaders.
For all the celebrity antics that are part of the Saturday show at Pebble Beach, the video most likely to go viral belonged to Mickelson. The defending champion took a spill on the rocks below the 18th fairway.
Mickelson was looking to see if his tee shot could be found — and played — when his right foot gave way and he landed hard on his back side, bracing the fall with his hands.
Mickelson hit his next shot into the Pacific Ocean and had to scramble for a triple bogey, leaving him 11 shots behind and ending his hopes of a record-tying fifth win at Pebble Beach.
Saints Hire Ryan
Metairie, La. — The Saints hired Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator and added Stan Kwan as an assistant special teams coach.
Saints coach Sean Payton, who announced the additions to his staff on Saturday, said the Saints found Ryan’s defenses challenging when they played his previous teams. In 2010, Ryan was Cleveland’s defensive coordinator when the Browns’ defense intercepted Drew Brees four times as Cleveland beat the Saints 30-17 in the Superdome.
Ryan, the brother of Jets coach Rex Ryan, spent the past two seasons as Dallas’ defensive coordinator and was fired after last season. Ryan said joining the Saints is a “great opportunity” and he’s getting started right away. Kwan has been an NFL assistant 23 years, the past three in Buffalo.
Former Army QB Dies
Jackson, Miss. — Doug Kenna, quarterback of West Point’s 1944 undefeated national championship team and former president of the National Association of Manufacturers, has died. He was 88.
Kenna died Jan. 28 in North Palm Beach, Fla., according to Nicholas Hollis, a longtime friend. He will be buried today in Jackson, Miss., where he was born. A memorial service is scheduled for May 13 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Svindal Dominates Downhill
Schladming, Austria — Aksel Lund Svindal was far ahead of his downhill competitors at worlds championships in every aspect — technically, physically and tactically.
Mastering a bumpy and icy course made more difficult by a light snowfall and low visibility, Svindal won the downhill title Saturday by a huge margin.
Other contenders ran into trouble on the 2-mile Planai course, especially on the steep, final pitch where skiers had to dig their edges in hardest just when their legs began to weaken. Svindal clocked 2 minutes, 1.32 seconds to win by nearly half a second and secure his second world title in skiing’s signature event, having also won in Are, Sweden, in 2007.
Dominik Paris of Italy, who leads this season’s World Cup downhill standings by three points ahead of Svindal, took the silver medal, 0.46 behind, and David Poisson of France was a surprise third-place finisher.
Americans Tie Fed Cup
Rimini, Italy — American Varvara Lepchenko won in her Fed Cup singles debut to lift the United States to a 1-1 tie against Italy on Saturday.
Lepchenko rallied past Roberta Vinci 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 after Sara Errani defeated Jamie Hampton 6-2, 6-1.
Serena and Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens are injured, so Hampton and Lepchenko made their Fed Cup singles debuts. Italy beat the U.S. in back-to-back Fed Cup finals in 2009 and 2010.