Staff and wire reports
7:49 PM PST, December 28, 2013
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving Saturday morning in Florida after his Mercedes-Benz was clocked traveling 110 mph in a 70-mph zone, police said.
The arrest came less than two months after Puig had speeding-related charges dropped in Tennessee.
Puig, who makes his off-season home in Miami, was driving westbound on Interstate 75 between Naples and Fort Lauderdale when he was pulled over, said Lt. Greg Bueno of the Florida Highway Patrol. Puig was handcuffed and taken to Collier County jail, Bueno said. Officers on the scene described Puig as cooperative in their report.
The Dodgers withheld comment, as a team spokesman said they were still gathering facts on the incident.
Dodgers officials have warned Puig on multiple occasions about his driving, especially after he was arrested in April while playing for the Dodgers' double-A affiliate in Chattanooga, Tenn. Puig, who allegedly was driving 97 mph in a 50-mph zone, was charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance. The charges were dismissed last month, in large part because of community service he performed in Los Angeles.
NFL: Bill O'Brien on Houston Texans' short list
The Houston Texans plan to wrap up their coaching search by Tuesday, according to NFL.com. The Texans interviewed Bill O'Brien on Thursday, and the Penn State coach has emerged as "the overwhelming favorite" as the sides work on a deal, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified people in the league. Also interviewed have been interim Coach Wade Phillips and former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, but Texans owner Bob McNair told the Houston Chronicle on Saturday night that more interviews are to be done and the "process isn't over."
The Minnesota Vikings downgraded running back Adrian Peterson from doubtful on the original injury report to out against Detroit on Sunday, when the Vikings play their last game at the Metrodome. Peterson sprained his right foot Dec. 8 at Baltimore.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb has been activated from injured reserve and listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
ETC: Novak Djokovic wins title at Abu Dhabi
Novak Djokovic maintained his unbeaten record at Abu Dhabi by beating David Ferrer, 7-5, 6-2, to win his third straight world tennis championship title at the United Arab Emirates capital. Earlier, top-ranked Rafael Nadal won a third-place playoff match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Utah State basketball center Jarred Shaw has been arrested on suspicion of felony distribution of a controlled substance. Shaw, 23, who leads the Aggies (9-2) in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, also was to face misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Shaw was indefinitely suspended by Coach Stew Morrill on Sunday, when police responded to a call at a home near the university and found marijuana.
Mitchell Whitmore won the men's 500 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials at Kearns, Utah, but more of the drama centered on the fourth spot on the team. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis claimed the last berth, but only after Jonathan Garcia was disqualified for failing to wear a timing transponder on his ankles while skating a personal-best time that would've earned him a trip to Sochi. U.S. Speedskating officials granted Garcia a re-skate about a half hour later, after everyone else was done, but he didn't come close to matching his previous time. That gave the fourth spot to Davis, who finished behind Whitmore, Tucker Fredricks and Brian Hansen. "It's really unfortunate," said Davis. "I remember the special feeling I had when I went [to the Olympics] the first time. I was really pulling for Garcia to pull through and take the spot, even if it knocked me off the team.
Anna Fenninger of Austria used a flawless second run at Lienz, Austria, to win a women's World Cup giant slalom for her fifth career victory. Cheered by a home crowd of 8,500, Fenninger was second after the first run and overtook leader Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden in the final leg to win in a combined time of 2:17.00. Lindell-Vikarby was second, and U.S. teenager Mikaela Shiffrin third. Lindsey Vonn skipped the race to rest her injured right knee ahead of the Sochi Olympics.
Todd Lodwick earned a spot in his sixth Winter Olympics, winning the Nordic combined competition in the U.S. trials at Park City, Utah. Bryan Fletcher was second overall and Bill DeMong third.
The Minnesota Wild placed left wing Zach Parise on injured reserve because of a bruised foot.
Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will sit out the rest of the season because of torn ligaments in his right knee. He was injured in the third period Friday night when he became entangled with Ottawa forward Cory Conacher behind the Bruins' goal.ced left wing Zach Parise on injured reserve because of a bruised foot.
Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will sit out the rest of the season because of torn ligaments in his right knee. He was injured in the third period Friday night when he became entangled with Ottawa forward Cory Conacher behind the Bruins' goal.
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