Blimp goes down at US Open
ERIN, Wis. (AP) — The pilot of a blimp is "OK" after the aircraft crashed near the U.S. Open in Wisconsin during the opening round of the golf tournament, a representative for the company that operates the blimp said Thursday.
Justin Maynard, a sales manager for Florida-based AirSign, said the company's operations team on the ground in Erin, Wisconsin, reported on the pilot's status. Maynard said he had no more information on the status of the pilot, who has been taken to a hospital, nor on the cause of the accident. He said no one else was on board the aircraft.
The U.S. Golf Association said in a statement that the advertising blimp crashed in an open field about half a mile from the Erin Hills golf course. The USGA said the pilot was being treated for unknown injuries and that no other people were involved.
Maynard could not confirm witness accounts that the pilot skydived from the blimp and said the aircraft's pilots do not regularly carry parachutes
The Open, one of golf's four majors, opened play Thursday at the course in Erin, Wisconsin.
Tiger Woods' arraignment on DUI delayed
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The arraignment of golfer Tiger Woods on a DUI charge has been delayed until August.
Court documents filed Thursday show the presiding judge canceled the original July 5 hearing and reset it for Aug. 9. No details were provided.
Woods was charged with driving under the influence after police in Jupiter, Florida, found him asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz about 2 a.m. May 29. Breath tests showed no presence of alcohol, but Woods told officers he had a reaction to several prescription drugs, including Vicodin and Xanax.
Woods could qualify for a diversion program in which the DUI charge is downgraded to reckless driving, which results in probation, fine and other conditions such as taking a DUI course.
Woods' attorney did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Lions acquire OT Robinson from Rams
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have bolstered their offensive line to make up for the potential loss of tackle Taylor Decker.
Detroit acquired offensive tackle Greg Robinson from the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday morning for a draft pick that was not announced.
The Lions also signed free agent Cyrus Kouandjio, another sign they are bracing for at least starting the season without Decker protecting Matthew Stafford's blind side. Decker is out indefinitely after an offseason injury led to shoulder surgery.
"Those guys give us an opportunity to get better, and that's a key," Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said before the team's third and final minicamp practice. "Some things have changed."
Robinson was Los Angeles' starting left tackle in 14 games last season. The Rams drafted him No. 2 overall in 2014 out of Auburn, but he has not played up to expectations.
"I'm not concerned about that," Caldwell said. "I'm concerned about what he does for us."
Kouandjio played in 12 games for the Buffalo Bills last season, his third in the NFL.
Detroit also waived long snapper Jimmy Landes and tackle Arturo Uzdavinis.
Athletics fire longtime pitching coach Curt Young
OAKLAND (AP) — Pitching coach Curt Young has been fired by the Oakland Athletics and bullpen coach Scott Emerson was promoted to the position.
The A's announced the moves Thursday, ahead of the opener of a four-game home series against the New York Yankees.
Young spent two stints with the club and currently was in his sixth season back with the A's after previously serving as pitching coach from 2004-10. He was Boston's pitching coach in 2011.
A fourth-round draft pick by the A's in 1981 and member of the 1989 World Series champions, Young pitched 10 of his 11 major league seasons for Oakland. He coached in the franchise's farm system for eight seasons as well.
Minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson was set to work as bullpen coach through the weekend.