Jim Tressel, forced to resign in disgrace last May amid a cash-for-tattoos scandal at Ohio State that toppled the football powerhouse, was introduced as Akron’s vice president of strategic engagement - a position created just for him. Tressel, who started his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant for the Zips in 1975, will earn a base salary of $200,000 per year, more than $3 million less than he made during the last of 10 years guiding the Buckeyes. Tressel will begin his new job May 1. He is not permitted to have any direct involvement with the school’s athletic department, one of the conditions of the five-year, show-cause sanction he was given by the NCAA . . . Louisiana Tech running back Tyrone Duplessis died yesterday morning after medics responded to an emergency call at his off-campus apartment. Hazel Woods, the chief investigator for the Lincoln Parish coroner’s office, said the cause of death was not yet known and an autopsy is pending. A roommate of the 21-year-old Duplessis made the emergency call after the running back woke up with chest pain, Louisiana Tech spokesman Patrick Walsh said.
Nationals, Jackson agree to 1-year deal
Edwin Jackson agreed to a one-year contract with Washington, pending a physical, a deal that gives the Nationals seven potential starting pitchers. Jackson, 28, was 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA last season for the White Sox and World Series champion Cardinals, who acquired him July 27. The deal is worth in the range of $9 million to $12 million . . . The Red Sox hired Gary Hughes, a longtime scout who tried to sign Patriots quarterback Tom Brady out of high school to play baseball. Hughes, 70, will work with the team as a professional scouting consultant. He spent the last nine seasons with the Cubs . . . Lefthander Casey Fossum, 34, agreed to a minor league contract with the Orioles. A Red Sox first-round pick in 1999, the 34-year-old Fossum last pitched in the majors in 2009 with the Mets . . . The Dallas Morning News reported Rangers outfielder and recovering drug addict Josh Hamilton relapsed this week when he drank alcohol at a bar. Hamilton, 30, was suspended for more than three years for drug and alcohol use while in the Tampa Bay organization . . . A woman has been charged with stalking and shaking down Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Prosecutors say Louise Neathway, also known as Louise Meanwell, extorted $6,000 from Cashman, tried to squeeze $15,000 more, and engaged in “a long-term effort to control and manipulate’’ him. Her lawyers said Cashman had “an inappropriate relationship’’ with Neathway, and he turned on her when it ended badly. Neathway sometimes called and texted Cashman more than 10 times a night and threatened to harm someone he knew, prosecutors said.
A person familiar with the situation says Bobcats swingman Gerald Henderson will miss 2-4 weeks with a strained right hamstring. Henderson, who is averaging 15 points and 4.4 rebounds, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s 112-68 loss to Portland . . . A lawyer has entered a no contest plea for Kyle Lowry in a bid for dismissal of a misdemeanor battery case alleging the Rockets guard threw a basketball at a female referee and threatened her during a game at a Las Vegas gym last September. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman agreed to the dismissal if Lowry completes 100 hours of community service at a battered women’s shelter or a similar program, completes an impulse control counseling program, and stays out of trouble for six months.
Revolution pick up Colombia’s Moreno
The Revolution strengthened their Colombian connection, acquiring forward Jose “Pepe’’ Moreno on loan from CD Once Caldas. Moreno, 30, started his professional career with Deportivo Pasto in 1999 and played for clubs in Argentina, Peru, Romania, and Ukraine. Moreno, 6 feet 1 inch, 183 pounds, won championships in Colombia in 2001 and 2002 with America de Cali, the club of recently-acquired Revolution defender JhonJairo Lozano and midfielder Fernando Cardenas. Moreno becomes the first Revolution player with Colombian national team experience since Leonel Alvarez (1999-2001). The Revolution open the MLS season in San Jose March 10.
Mickelson fights anonymous attacks
Phil Mickelson has filed a lawsuit against Videotron S.E.N.C., an Internet service provider in Canada to learn the identity of a person who posted “vexatious statements’’ that the four-time major champion says is a deliberate attack on his reputation. Mickelson cited comments posted on Yahoo! Sports in November, in which one or more persons under the pseudonyms “Fogroller’’ and “Longtitude’’ allege Mickelson’s wife had an affair and that he fathered an illegitimate child . . . An attorney for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien says it appears his client will be going to trial in a boating while impaired case in Minnesota, stemming from an Aug. 31 incident on Lake Minnetonka . . . Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., won her 13th straight World Cup moguls title at Deer Valley Resort in Salt Lake City.