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Two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White faces charges of public intoxication and vandalism, accused of drunkenly destroying...
Shaun White charged with intoxication, vandalism
Two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White faces charges of public intoxication and vandalism, accused of drunkenly destroying a phone at a Nashville hotel and ending up in the hospital after he hit his head.
Officers responded to the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at 2 a.m. Sunday after a drunken man identified as the 26-year-old White pulled a fire alarm, forcing the hotel to evacuate all guests. An employee also reported seeing White destroy a hotel phone.
White tried to leave the hotel in a cab before being stopped by a hotel guest who told the driver police had been called. According to police, White kicked at the man before running away. The man chased him and they collided when White turned around. White, who is also one of the world's top skateboarders, fell back and hit his head against a fence, police said.
White, who appeared to be drunk, was given the opportunity to sign misdemeanor citations and refused, police said. A spokeswoman for Baptist Hospital said White was treated there and released on Monday before being arrested and booked by police.
White was released by police late Monday afternoon on his own recognizance. His court date was set for Oct. 10.
Teams already hurt by labor dispute
With no labor negotiations on Monday and no imminent resolution to the dispute that led the NHL to lock players out late Saturday, teams began tightening their economic belts by laying off some employees and reducing the hours and wages of others.
The Ottawa Senators let go more than 10 people, the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks instituted a four-day workweek and 20 percent pay cut, and the Minnesota Wild — which committed $196 million to free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise on each player's 13-year contract — will cut some executives' pay.
Players continued to look overseas for the duration of the lockout, led by Ilya Kovalchuk arranging to play in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Joe Thornton and Rick Nash heading to Davos, Switzerland.
Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association told the Los Angeles Times on Monday he doesn't know where talks will go from here. Training camps are scheduled to open Friday with the first exhibition game to be played Sunday, but the NHL is expected to start canceling exhibition games by the end of the week.
"The answer is, I don't know for sure how it's going to play out," Fehr said. "We always are in the process of review, re-evaluation and reconsideration and all the rest of it. And we'll have to see how it develops ... If we come up with an idea, I'm not going to keep it to myself."
Eury out as crew chief for Danica Patrick
JR Motorsports parted ways Monday with crew chief Tony Eury Jr., 10 days after his father was ousted as competition director.
Eury Jr. was crew chief for Danica Patrick and is a partial owner of the Nationwide Series team.
"I had hoped he would be here for a long time, but as we've discussed the direction of JR Motorsports moving forward, it was clear our differences in ideas were too vast to overcome," said Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of four owners of the race team.
• U.S. Speedskating promised a thorough investigation into allegations of abuse against the head coach of the national short track team, even while promoting an assistant also accused of wrongdoing. An attorney for athletes who made the charges vowed they would never again compete for any of the coaches who allegedly mistreated them.
The governing body announced that assistant coach Jun Hyung Yeo will step in for Jae Su Chun, who was placed on administrative leave after issuing a statement denying any verbal, physical or psychological abuse. Yeo and a former assistant, Jimmy Jang, also were named in the complaint made by 14 current members of the national team. Seattle native and Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno did not sign the complaints.
• U.S. captain Davis Love III wanted Medinah set up to favor the Americans next week in the Ryder Cup, and he kept to a simple philosophy.
The rough is down. The speed of the greens is up.
"It's going to look like a major championship because Medinah is a big old golf course, with big trees and obviously big tents," Love said at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga.
"It's going to look like a major, but it's going to play probably easier than a major. That benefits our team. We're a long-hitting, freewheeling, fun-to-watch team. And I think it's going to be fun to watch," Love added.
• Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. has asked New York's top court to overturn his 10-year ban by the state Racing and Wagering Board, saying it raises substantial civil rights issues.
• Maya Moore made five of her six three-pointers in the third quarter to tie the WNBA record and had a career-high 29 points in Minnesota's 86-79 victory over Indiana. The defending champion Lynx (26-5) were a franchise-record 16-1 at home.
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