Sports briefs for Jan. 24, 2014

Posted Jan. 24, 2014, at 5:59 p.m.

Broncos’ Welker not fined for hit on Pats’ Talib

Despite the criticism Patriots coach Bill Belichick heaped on Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker for his hit onPatriots defensive back Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship Game, Welker was not fined or disciplined by the NFL for the play, ProFootballTalk.com reported Friday.

The NFL confirmed its decision on Friday, according to the report.

Talib left the game with a knee injury as a result of the block, and Belichick called it “One of the worst plays I’ve seen.”

However, the league ruled it was a legal block.

Ex-Cowboys player gets 180 days for drunk-driving death

DALLAS — A Texas jury sentenced former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent to 180 days in jail and 10 years probation on Friday for causing a fiery one-car crash that killed his teammate after a night of heavy drinking in 2012.

The same jury that earlier this week convicted Brent, 25, of intoxication manslaughter for the death of Jerry Brown Jr., could have sentenced him to as much as 20 years in jail.

Brent stood silently and looked at Dallas County Judge Robert Burns as he read the sentence.

Brent’s mother and family burst into tears and hugged each other when the sentence was read.

But the judge had harsh words for the former defensive lineman, and for the Cowboys.

“Your actions bring shame to the city of Dallas,” Burns told Brent. “Mr. Brent, you are not the first Dallas Cowboy to kill somebody with a vehicle, but I sure hope you are the last.”

Moon victim of $200,000 scam

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who is now a radio analyst for Seattle Seahawks games, was scammed out of $200,000 by someone who sold Moon Miami Heat tickets that did not exist, MyFoxLA.com reported.

According to the report, a person known as George French Jones offered Moon four courtside tickets for a Heat game for $200,000. Moon also was told that if he bought the tickets, it would be seen as a down payment of sorts for a 5 percent ownership stake in the Heat.

Moon’s agent wired $200,000 to a bank in Pasadena, Calif., to complete the transaction.

Moon never received the tickets, and Jones has since disappeared.

Ruth’s ’23 Series watch being auctioned

Babe Ruth’s 1923 World Series championship pocket watch is expected to sell for at least $750,000 at a New York auction, according to the Associated Press.

For decades, it was thought that the watch was lost.

Ruth batted .368 with three home runs for the Yankees in the 1923 World Series, which they won over the New York Giants in six games. It was the Yankees’ first World Series title.

The pentagonal gold timepiece is being sold at Heritage Auction on Feb. 22.

“It was the beginning of what’s become the most dominant dynasty in American sports,” said Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions at the Dallas-based auction house. “It changed the culture and Babe Ruth’s the ultimate leader of that team.”

Instead of championship rings that players currently receive, players then got watches.

Fox scores with Hispanic TV, online ad sales for Super Bowl

Twenty First Century Fox, whose Fox network is getting an average of $4 million for a 30-second spot on its sold-out Super Bowl telecast, has almost reached that mark on its Spanish-language channel and online video stream.

Fox should have sold nearly 90 percent of available advertising time on Fox Deportes by the time the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks take the field on Feb. 2, said Tom Maney, executive vice president of advertising sales at Fox Hispanic Media.

Sponsors signed up so far include AT&T, Anheuser-Busch and Pfizer.

In November, the National Football League and Fox Deportes announced that the cable channel would be the first U.S. Spanish language TV outlet to carry the title game, typically one of the most-viewed sporting events in the world.

Advertisers on Fox Deportes’ Super Bowl telecast buy packages that also give them time on its video stream.

 

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