Golfer Bill Haas escapes serious injury in fatal accident

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2018, file photo, Bill Haas watches his ball from the third tee box during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. Haas has been released from hospital after being a passenger in a car crash which left one person dead and two injured, police in Los Angeles have said. The crash involved a Ferrari and a BMW in the Pacific Palisades neighbourhood at 6.31pm on Tuesday evening , Feb. 13, 2018, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A car that the LAPD said belonged to the actor Luke Wilson was hit by the Ferrari just before the crash. (Patrick Breen/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)/The Arizona Republic via AP)
Bill Haas, who won the Waste Managment Open Feb. 1, won’t be playing in this week’s Genesis Open because of a car accident Tuesday that cost the life of one person.

Golfer Bill Haas was hospitalized but escaped serious injuries following a rollover crash in Los Angeles that killed the driver of the Ferrari he was riding in and injured the driver of a BMW, officials said. Officer James Stoughton says the Ferrari collided with the BMW in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood Tuesday evening. Stoughton says the male driver of the Ferrari, Mark William Gibello, 71, died at the scene. The other driver, a 50-year-old woman, was hospitalized in serious condition. Haas was staying with Gibello’s family as he prepared to play this week in the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club. Actor Luke Wilson, whose own car was clipped by the Ferrari in the three-vehicle accident, pulled the 50-year-old woman from the smoking wreckage of her BMW, according to a witness to the accident. Wilson was not seriously hurt. Haas had pain and swelling in his legs, but no broken bones. He was released after a brief hospitalization and withdrew from the tournament, returning to his Greenville, S.C., home, according to a statement from the PGA Tour and Allen Hobbs, his manager . . . Tiger Woods resumes his comeback from a fourth back surgery at the Genesis Open, marking his return to the Riviera Country Club course where he made his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur.


Terry Francona’s father dies

Former major leaguer John ‘‘Tito’’ Francona, the father of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, died unexpectedly at his home in New Brighton, Pa. He was 84. Terry Francona, who has been affectionately called ‘‘Tito’’ for years in a respectful bow to his dad, will leave the team for several days during spring training to be with family. There will be private services to celebrate the elder Francona’s life . . . Yankees slugger Aaron Judge took batting practice for the first time since left shoulder surgery and said he is on track to play on Opening Day . . . Pitcher Bud Norris and the St. Louis Cardinals finalized a $3 million, one-year contract. The righthander led the Los Angeles Angels with 19 saves in 23 chances last season . . . Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia won his salary arbitration case and will get a raise to $6.7 million instead of the club’s $5.85 million offer . . . The Colorado Rockies already have talked to leadoff hitter and last season’s NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon about the possibility of hitting in the middle of the order as they attempt to fill the hole left by the apparent loss of mainstay Carlos Gonzalez, who remains a free agent but does not appear to be in the team's plans . . . Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza pleaded not guilty in in Chula Vista, Calif., to drug charges following his arrest for allegedly possessing 44 pounds of suspected cocaine. Loaiza would face up to 20 years and eight months in prison if convicted.


WEEI stops broadcast for sensitivity training

WEEI canceled its live programming Friday for its full staff to participate in sensitivity training, a response to the advertiser backlash to a host mocking Tom Brady’s agent with a stereotypical accent last week. Christian Fauria, a midday host on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni and Fauria program, was suspended for five days after mocking Don Yee with a racially insensitive Asian accent while the hosts were discussing reporter Ron Borges’s erroneous story in Friday’s Boston Herald. In the fallout over the past week, WEEI has had at least five advertisers, including Comcast Corp., Citizens Bank, and the Massachusetts State Lottery, suspend or terminate commercial purchases with the station.


College basketball

American holds off BU


Sam Iorio scored 22 points on five 3-pointers, blocked a career-best six shots and pulled down 10 rebounds, Sa'eed Nelson scored 17 and American University’s men’s team (6-20, 3-12, Patriot League) defeated Boston University, 60-56, in Washington, ending a seven-game skid. Max Mahoney led the Terriers (12-14, 8-7) with 25 points and eight rebounds. BU extended its losing streak to four games, remaining winless in February . . . On the women’s side, BU (10-14, 5-9 Patriot League) rallied from 18 points down to get within 5 with five minutes to play, but Patriot league leader American (21-4, 14-0) held off the Terriers, 61-54, at Case Gym. Nia Irving (20 points) led the Terriers in scoring for the fourth straight game.


Manziel starts return

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Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel tweeted that he signed with the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts. He was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns in 2014, but was cut in 2016 . . . San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has his man to snap the ball for the next several seasons after center Daniel Kilgore received a three-year extension, the 49ers announced The Cincinnati Bengals took their first step in bolstering their offensive line, signing former New York Giants tackle Bobby Hart . . . The Jets promoted quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator. Bates replaces John Morton, who was fired last month after just one season . . .Fox Sports will broadcast the NFL draft this season, along with the NFL’s usual television partners of ESPN and NFL Network . . . The Vancouver Canucks signed GM Jim Benning to a multiyear contract extension. Benning has served four years in the role since joining the Canucks in May 2014. Prior to joining the Canucks, Benning spent seven seasons as the Bruins assistant GM, being part of a Stanley Cup champion in 2011 . . . Danica Patrick let it slip that she will drive the Indianapolis 500 for Ed Carpenter Racing. The 35-year-old Patrick was upset about the error. She dropped the microphone at Daytona 500 media day and mumbled in disgust. Patrick rejoined longtime sponsor GoDaddy to run the final two races of her career. She has dubbed the feat the "Danica Double."