Police charged Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent with intoxication manslaughter Saturday after he flipped his car in a predawn accident in Irving, Texas, that killed teammate Jerry Brown, a practice squad player. An Irving police spokesman said the accident happened at about 2:20 a.m. in the Dallas suburb, hours before Brent was to be on a team flight to Cincinnati for the Cowboys’ game Sunday against the Bengals. Police said Brown, 25, a linebacker who also was Brent’s teammate at the University of Illinois, was found unresponsive at the scene and pronounced dead at a hospital. Brent was speeding when the vehicle hit a curb and flipped at least once. When officers arrived at the scene on a state highway service road, Brent was dragging Brown from the vehicle, a Mercedes, which was on fire. Officers conducted a field sobriety test on Brent and arrested him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The charge, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison, was upgraded after Brown was pronounced dead. Police said Brent, who pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge three years ago at Illinois, was being held without bond, and that he missed a 10 a.m. booking session because he was intoxicated.
Fehr still insists a labor deal was close
NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr is sticking to his belief that the NHL and the union were close to a deal before talks broke off Thursday. Fehr repeated his stance during a speech to the Canadian Auto Workers union in Toronto Saturday. He told reporters he thought the owners and players were ‘‘very close’’ to agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman angrily disputed the claim Thursday night.
Phillies acquire Young from Rangers
The Phillies acquired seven-time All-Star infielder Michael Young from the Rangers for relievers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla. Young, who chose a full-time role at third base over staying home, agreed to waive his no-trade clause. He is due to earn $16 million in 2013 and the Phillies will pay him $6 million of it . . . A person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press that free agent outfielder Ryan Ludwick is returning to the Reds with a two-year, $15 million deal . . . The Mariners finalized their one-year contract with ex-Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay. Bay’s contract with the Mets was terminated last month, but he is still getting paid the $21 million he was owed.
Perry-O’Hair take a two-stroke lead
Kenny Perry and Sean O’Hair took a two-stroke lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla., birdieing the final six holes in better-ball play for an 11-under-par 61. Perry and O’Hair were 19 under overall, ahead of first-round leaders Davis Love and Brandt Snedeker (65) . . . Shanshan Feng won the Dubai Ladies Masters by five strokes over Dewi Claire Schreefel after shooting a 3-under 69 for a 21-under 267 total . . . John Senden finished with a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke lead over Justin Rose (70) after three rounds of the Australian Open in Sydney . . . Overnight leader Charl Schwartzel had a 4-under 68 for a three-round total of 18-under 198 to extend his lead over Daniel Chopra to five shots at the Thailand Golf Championship in Chon Buri.
Vonn stays unbeaten in speed races
Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup Super-G ski race in St. Moritz, Sweden, to stay unbeaten in four speed races this season, while American teammate Julia Mancuso finished third behind World Cup overall leader Tina Maze . . . Figure skater Mao Asada of Japan won the Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia, topping American Ashley Wagner. Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi won the men’s gold, besting teammate Yuzuru Hanyu and Canada’s Patrick Chan. Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the ice dancing gold, beating Canadian world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir . . . Texas Tech’s Tommy Tuberville agreed to become the University of Cincinnati football coach, replacing Butch Jones, who left to become Tennessee coach . . . Western Kentucky’s Willie Taggart is taking over as South Florida’s football coach, replacing Skip Holtz, who was fired following a 3-9 season . . . Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux scored as the US women’s soccer team defeated China, 2-0, in Detroit to stay unbeaten on its post-Olympic tour . . . Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler stopped Brian Magee in the third round to take the Northern Irishman’s WBA super-middleweight title in Herning, Denmark . . . Benson Henderson came home and impressively retained the UFC lightweight championship in Seattle, unanimously outpointing Nate Diaz . . . Arnold Dean, 82, a longtime sports radio host and a member of the Connecticut Sports Hall of Fame, died Saturday at his home in Rocky Hill, Conn.