Former Trojans quarterback Pat Haden will replace Mike Garrett as athletic director at USC, beginning August 3. Garrett came under fire recently when USC was put on probation for a series of NCAA infractions. The school also announced it will give Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy back and remove all memorabilia and pictures of both Bush and O.J. Mayo from the campus.
The NHL is rejecting the 17-year, $102 million contract Ilya Kovalchuk agreed to with the New Jersey Devils. According to a person familiar with the issues raised, the league thinks the contract circumvents the salary cap. Neither side believes Kovalchuk will play for the duration of the contract, so the final years were only included to lower the salary cap hit.
Chicago Cubs manager announced Tuesday he will retire after the season. Piniella said he loved his time with the Cubs but it's time to move on to a new phase of his life. The three-time manager of the year ranks 14th All-Time with 1,826 wins.
Serena Williams is now questionable for the US Open after injuring her right foot, stepping on glass at a restaurant. The WTA said last week she needed surgery and would miss three tournaments leading up to the Open. Williams’ agent says they are still hopeful the No. 1 player in the world can recover in time.
Juwan Howard officially signed his contract with the Miami Heat on Tuesday. "We feel that Juwan's ability to play both the four and five spot will be complimentary to what we have put together. He also gives us incredible professionalism and is a perfect fit behind Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem," team president Pat Riley said.
Dirk Nowitzki will not play in the upcoming FIBA World Championships. Nowitzki says he wants to focus on his professional team, the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs signed the 32-year-old forward to an $80 million deal this summer. He is expected to be back with the German national team for the 2011 European Championships.
Amar'e Stoudemire will not be with Team USA at the FIBA World Championships. Stoudemire was expected to be one of the key big men for Team USA, but could not get insurance on his surgically-repaired knee. The five-time All-Star would be eligible to play in the 2012 Olympics if his insurance situation gets straightened out.
The Dallas Cowboys are negotiating a contract with first-round pick Dez Bryant. In years past, the Cowboys have waited for the market to set a price for first-round picks. With camp starting this Saturday, they don’t have that luxury. Vice president Stephen Jones said, "We won't have as much to go on. We usually have a lot more contracts to go off of. That will make it more challenging.''
Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez had a huge night at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field Tuesday. Ramirez hit three home runs and drove in seven runs during the Cubs 14-7 rout of the Astros. It's the 4th time in his career that Ramirez hit the "hat trick" in a game. The two-time All-Star has hit nine home runs this month after hitting just six in the first three months of the season combined.
JaMarcus Russell pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of possession of a controlled substance. The former Oakland Raiders quarterback was arrested on July 5 after an undercover narcotics team found a bottle of codeine syrup in his home. Investigators said Russell did not have a prescription for the opiate.
After leading the United States to its 7th straight world softball championship earlier this month, star pitcher Jennie Finch is retiring. Finch set an NCAA record at Arizona with 60 consecutive wins. She then led the United States to gold at the 2004 Olympics and silver in 2008 Games. The 29-year-old star says it's time to focus on her family.