Newly acquired Jeremy Giambi agreed to a one-year contract with Boston on Tuesday as the Red Sox pursued their strategy of signing players to short-term deals.
Robert Johnson, the billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television, has been chosen as owner of the NBA's new Charlotte expansion franchise, The Associated Press learned Tuesday night.
Oklahoma State coach Les Miles has agreed to a contract extension, ending rumors that he was in the running for the Alabama job. The university would not provide details of the agreement, but spokesman Steve Buzzard said it was a long-term contract that Miles "is comfortable with, and that is competitive within the Big 12 Conference."
Carson Palmer had quite an audience for his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. Saturday night's award ceremony drew a 3.09 cable rating on ESPN, a 67 percent increase from last year. It's the highest rating for the event since ESPN began televising it in 1994. More than 2.6 million households tuned in.
Edmonton Oilers founder Bill Hunter died Monday at 82. Born in Saskatchewan, he spent 65 years as a coach, owner and promoter. Hunter, known in Canada as "Wild Bill," also fought for Britain in World War II, flying in the RAF's International Squadron.
Franchione sure bobbled this move
It sounded like such a good idea at the time, but Dennis Franchione bobblehead dolls in Alabama are now about as practical as ice-cube trays on the Titanic.
"We thought it'd make the perfect Christmas gift for people," said Daniel Hopper, Crimson Tide marketing director for athletics, explaining why he ordered up 5,000 replicas of the football coach.
Unfortunately for bobblehead sales, Franchione, who wowed Alabamans by going 10-3 this season, quickly angered the masses by bolting for Texas A&M.
"Chalk it up to bad luck," Hopper told the Birmingham Post-Herald. "They were very hot when they came out. It's kind of gone by the wayside now."
Hopper says he can recoup his production costs if he can sell 1,000 of his remaining 4,500 for $15 each.
Maybe, to get sales going again, Bobblehead Dennis should make like Barbie and accessorize -- adding something like, say, voodoo pins.
-- From wire reports