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Sports Briefs: Tennis Announcer Facing Assault Charge

  • FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2007 file photo, Justin Gimelstob returns a shot to Andy Roddick at the US Open tennis tournament in New York. Now a tennis broadcaster and coach, Gimelstob faces a felony assault charge following his Halloween night arrest for allegedly attacking former friend Randall Kaplan in Los Angeles. The 41-year-old former pro player is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)

  • FILE - In this July 23, 2008 file photo, Justin Gimelstob, then a member of Kastles' World Team Tennis, smiles during a match in Washington. Now a tennis broadcaster and coach, Gimelstob faces a felony assault charge following his Halloween night arrest for allegedly attacking former friend Randall Kaplan in Los Angeles. The 41-year-old former pro player is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

  • This April 18, 2017, photo provided by ESPN shows Jessica Mendoza posed at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, Conn. Mendoza will have more of a presence on various ESPN platforms starting next baseball season. Mendoza signed a multiyear extension with ESPN to remain part of the "Sunday Night Baseball" announcer's booth and make more studio appearances. (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images via AP)



Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Los Angeles — Tennis broadcaster and coach Justin Gimelstob faces a felony assault charge following his Halloween night arrest for allegedly attacking a former friend in Los Angeles.

The 41-year-old former pro player was scheduled to appear in court today.

Gimelstob’s attorney, Shawn Holley, didn’t immediately respond on Tuesday to an email and call seeking comment.

Gimelstob was arrested on suspicion of attacking Randall Kaplan from behind as they trick-or-treated with their kids on the evening of Oct. 31. Kaplan said Gimelstob struck him multiple times and threatened to kill him.

Sean Walsh, a spokesman for Kaplan, said a motive for the alleged assault is unknown. Kaplan alleges that Gimelstob previously threatened him because he was friends with the tennis commentator’s estranged wife, according to Walsh.

Gimelstob surrendered to police and was later released on $50,000 bail. He could not be reached for comment.

In a subsequent request for a temporary restraining order, Kaplan wrote that the attack left him with “large contusions and bruises on my face,” along with other bruises and possibly a concussion. A judge granted the order.

The broadcaster is divorcing from his wife, Cary Gimelstob. In 2016, she sought a domestic violence restraining order against Gimelstob, alleging he physically assaulted her in front of their child. He has denied the allegations.

Gimelstob won more than a dozen doubles titles as a player. He retired in 2007 and has since worked with the Tennis Channel.

College Football

BC Extends Addazio

Boston — Boston College has extended the contract of football coach Steve Addazio through 2022.

Athletic director Martin Jarmond made the announcement on Tuesday.

Addazio led the Eagles to a 7-2 record and a No. 17 ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 before losses in their last three regular-season games. They are scheduled to play Boise State in the First Responder Bowl in Dallas on Dec. 26.

Jarmond said he wishes there were more victories, but he believes the program took steps in the right direction.

Addazio is 51-49 in six seasons in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles are in a bowl game for the fifth time in his tenure.

Sports Media

Mendoza Staying at ESPN

New York — Jessica Mendoza will have more of a presence on various ESPN platforms starting next baseball season.

Mendoza signed a multiyear extension with ESPN to remain part of the Sunday Night Baseball announcers’ booth and make more studio appearances.

In 2015, Mendoza became the first female analyst for a nationally televised MLB game. She did her first Sunday night game on Aug. 30, 2015.

“Being in New York for 10 days during the World Series and appearing on a bunch of shows, I felt like it was a trial run to have more of a studio presence,” Mendoza said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “The more consistently I started to do it, the more I grew to love it. It allows me to push baseball ideas and content in a bunch of different places.”

Mendoza, who has been with the network since 2007, already has been a fixture on Baseball Tonight for many seasons, but the new agreement means she will appear more regularly on SportsCenter and Get Up! Mendoza’s main assignment will remain Sunday Night Baseball.

Colleges

Vandy Hires G League Boss as AD

Nashville, Tenn. — Vanderbilt has hired NBA G League president Malcolm Turner as its new athletic director, going with a business executive over candidates with experience in college athletic administration for the Southeastern Conference’s only private university.

Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos said athletic directors were among the diverse candidates Vanderbilt considered. Zeppos said Turner didn’t come up through college athletics, but he still believes Turner is a great fit for the Commodores.

He will start Feb. 1 and replace David Williams, the first African-American athletic director in the SEC to cap a search that started in September.

Turner says Vanderbilt is a really special place offering a rare combination of student-athletes and a commitment to an opportunity for excellence on and off the field.

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