Vitt calls wiretapping probe something out of ‘Star Wars’
NEW ORLEANS – While state police and the FBI start a wiretapping probe into the Saints and general manager Mickey Loomis, assistant head coach Joe Vitt is calling the allegations that Loomis’ had his Superdome booth wired so he could listen to opposing coaches “ludicrous.”
Vitt, the interim head coach while Sean Payton serves his yearlong bountygate suspension, called the suggestion Loomis listened in to opposing coaches’ radio communications “impossible.” He said he’s never heard of something like that before; he said it sounds more to him like something out of “Star Wars,” and then he said those who made the allegations are “irresponsible.”
Nonetheless, a joint Louisiana state police and FBI task force began investigating the allegations Tuesday, one day after they were made by anonymous sources in an ESPN report.
Grunwald promoted out East; Myers promoted out West
NEW YORK – The New York Knicks promoted Glen Grunwald to executive vice president and general manager Tuesday after he assembled numerous pieces of a playoff roster this season.
Grunwald has been serving on an interim basis since July, after Donnie Walsh opted not to return.
OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors promoted Bob Myers to general manager to replace Larry Riley as planned.
Golden State said in Tuesday’s announcement Riley would remain with the organization as director of scouting. The 37-year-old Myers was a sports agent for 14 years and hails from the Bay Area.
U.S. women draw Columbia, France and North Korea
WEMBLEY, England – With tension escalating between their governments, the United States and North Korea were drawn Tuesday into the same first-round group for this summer’s Olympic women’s soccer tournament.
The Americans will play in Group G, which includes France, Colombia and the isolated Asian nation, an opponent four times at the Women’s World Cup but never at the Olympics.
The Americans will open the group stage against the French on July 25 at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, where the U.S. also will play Colombia three days later. The Americans will complete the first round against North Korea on July 31 at Old Trafford in Manchester.
The final is at Wembley on Aug. 9.
The U.S., which lost to Japan in the final of last year’s Women’s World Cup, won the gold medal in 1996, 2004 and 2008.
Wimbledon gets a pay bump, even the low-ranked players
WIMBLEDON, England – The All England Club increased the prize money at this year’s Wimbledon tennis championship by 10 percent, with a majority of the cash directed to help lower-ranked players.
Although the men’s and women’s singles champions each will receive a record $1.85 million, most of the $2.4 million increase to the overall pot will go to players who lose in qualifying or the early rounds.
Those losing before the fourth round of the singles’ competitions will receive an increase of at least 13 percent.
There will be a total $26 million in prize money.
And they’re off ... Thomas wins Romandie prologue
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Geraint Thomas of Britain raced through the rain to win the weeklong prologue of the six-day Tour de Romandie on Tuesday.
Thomas, a reigning Olympic and world champion in team pursuit on the track, clocked 3 minutes, 29.43 seconds over the 2-mile course in Lausanne.
Italy’s Giacomo Nizzolo almost was five seconds slower in second. Mark Cavendish of Britain was third, trailing his Team Sky colleague Thomas by six seconds.