Sports briefs for Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN
Posted Nov. 08, 2012, at 6:55 p.m.

Cohen named Thomas lacrosse coach

WATERVILLE — Jacob Cohen has been selected as the head coach of the men’s lacrosse program at Thomas College, athletic director David Roussel announced Thursday.

A native of Long Island, Cohen played three years of varsity college lacrosse at Pace University and SUNY Cobleskill.

Cohen recently served as assistant coach at SUNY Cobleskill, serving as the defensive coordinator. Also, he was in the same position at Oberlin College in Ohio for three years.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Cohen to Thomas College,” Roussel said in a press release. “He brings important coaching experience and leadership qualities to our staff and we look forward to the continued progress of our men’s lacrosse program.”

Along with his coaching experience, Cohen has worked with the Chicago Machine of the Major League Lacrosse as director of multimedia operations.

Carlton Fisk could lose license after DUI arrest

NEW LENOX, Ill. — Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk could lose his driver’s license for a year for refusing to take blood alcohol tests after an Illinois drunken driving arrest.

The Herald-News in Joliet reports ( http://bit.ly/RLcczZ ) Fisk’s attorney appeared at a hearing Thursday and filed motions to fight the license suspension and suppress evidence. Fisk was not in court. He was arrested last month after police found him asleep in his pickup truck in a cornfield southwest of Chicago. Police said the 64-year-old former ballplayer was behind the wheel with an open bottle of vodka on the floor.

Fisk is charged with driving under the influence, improper lane use and illegal transportation of alcohol.

Fisk played 11 seasons with the Boston Red Sox and 13 with the Chicago White Sox.

Go Daddy to air 2 Super Bowl spots with Patrick

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Danica Patrick is still Go Daddy’s Super Bowl girl.

Go Daddy executive chairman and founder Bob Parsons announced Thursday that Patrick will appear in the website domain provider’s two Super Bowl ads on Feb. 3.

Go Daddy recently signed New York agency Deutsch Inc. to produce its two 30-second Super Bowl spots, the first time the company has gone outside for the ads it has done itself since 2005.

The move raised speculation that Patrick, who has appeared in more Super Bowl ads than any other celebrity with 10, would no longer have such a prominent role in advertising with the company.

Parsons put an end to it at Go Daddy’s offices in Scottsdale, saying he never had a doubt Patrick would be in the company’s Super Bowl ads.

TSU player collapses at practice, dies at hospital

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee State freshman defensive back has collapsed during practice and later declared dead at a hospital.

William Wayne Jones, III, a freshman walk-on from Smyrna, Tenn., had just caught a ball and was throwing it to defensive backs coach Ed Sanders when he collapsed Wednesday afternoon. Trainers found the 19-year-old Jones unconscious with no pulse. He was taken to Baptist Hospital where he died at approximately 6:50 p.m. EST, according to a statement posted on the school’s athletic website.

Athletic director Teresa Phillips called it a very tragic day for Tennessee State and said in a statement that the university community is devastated by Jones’ death.

The Tigers (8-2) have an open date Saturday and conclude the regular season Nov. 17 at Tennessee Martin.

Walt Weiss hired as Colorado Rockies manager

DENVER — Walt Weiss is making the rare jump from the high school dugout to the big leagues.

The Colorado Rockies hired the former major league shortstop Wednesday night to replace manager Jim Tracy, who resigned Oct. 7 with one year and $1.4 million left on his contract rather than return to a club where its assistant general manager had moved into an office in the clubhouse.

The 1988 AL Rookie of the Year with Oakland, Weiss played shortstop for the Rockies from 1994-97 and was a special assistant to general manager Dan O’Dowd from 2002-08.

He left to spend more time with his family and last season coached Regis Jesuit High School outside Denver, in Aurora, to a 20-6 record and the 5A semifinals of the state championship. Weiss’ son, Brody, is in his senior year at the school.

The Rockies made the announcement after owner Dick Monfort and top officials deliberated at the general managers’ meetings in Indian Wells, Calif. — held at a hotel Monfort owns, the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

Weiss didn’t return a phone message and e-mail from The Associated Press. A team spokesman said Weiss would be introduced at a news conference Friday at Coors Field.

Luck among players shaving head to support Pagano

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck has joined the shaved squad, too.

Nearly three dozen players on the Indianapolis Colts have shaved their heads in a show of support for head coach Chuck Pagano, who is undergoing treatment for a form of leukemia.

Luck became a new member of the no-hair club Wednesday morning. Players and coaches were not available for comment because they were headed to Jacksonville, but a team spokesman confirmed that Luck will indeed look quite different when he takes off his helmet Thursday night.

“Buzzed heads and orange locks in honor of Chuck,” team owner Jim Irsay tweeted. He also included a link to a photo showing many of the players who had gotten buzzed.

Indianapolis (5-3) has gone to great lengths to give their ailing coach encouragement.

Reggie Wayne wore orange gloves against Green Bay, the ribbon color used to raise awareness for leukemia. Nameplates above player’s lockers at the team complex now include orange stickers with Pagano’s initials in the middle of Indy’s trademark horseshoe. They sent Pagano a game ball after their surprising win over the Packers on Oct. 4. Irsay has placed signs reading (hash)Chuckstrong in each end zone of Lucas Oil Stadium, and the team has been trying to raise money to support leukemia research.

Roger Federer reaches semifinals at ATP finals

LONDON — On an indoor court, Roger Federer can win even when he’s not playing his best.

He proved that again Thursday at the ATP finals, beating David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6 (5) and advancing to the semifinals with a group match to spare despite struggling with his serve and scrambling to stay in the long rallies.

“I’ve been very successful over the years. Probably won most titles indoors, maybe more than all the other guys combined,” said Federer, who called it a natural surface for him. “But that doesn’t make me the best this week.”

However, he is the big favorite.

The two-time defending champion is looking for his seventh title at the season-ending event for the top eight players in the world. He is 2-0 at the O2 Arena, with his last group match against Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday.

Del Potro will play Janko Tipsarevic in the other Group B match later Thursday.

Federer made only 53 percent of his first serves against Ferrer. And in his first two service games alone, he was forced to save six break points.

But he did save them, and three others, while getting broken only once.

Shaun White’s attorney amends court agreement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An attorney for two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White returned to court to amend an agreement to settle public intoxication and vandalism charges.

District attorney’s office spokeswoman Susan Niland said on Thursday that White’s lawyer has provided proof the athlete completed an alcohol assessment with a health care professional. White still must perform 24 hours of community service before the public intoxication charge is dropped.

The vandalism charge was dismissed Wednesday after White paid restitution to a Nashville hotel where he drunkenly destroyed a telephone in September. He also pulled a fire alarm and tried to fight a guest.

Prosecutors brought the case back before a judge Thursday because court records from the day before didn’t include the alcohol provision.

White’s attorney didn’t return calls seeking comment.

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