TIGER JOINS GATORADE: Tiger Woods will have his own brand of sports drink next year under an endorsement deal announced Tuesday with Gatorade that marks a couple of firsts for the world's No. 1 golfer his first U.S. deal with a beverage company and his first licensing agreement.
Gatorade said it will introduce "Gatorade Tiger" in March, with more products to follow. Woods even picked out the flavors himself, with the drink available in a cherry blend, citrus blend and grape.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Golfweek magazine reported last month it was for five years and could pay Woods as much as $100 million, moving him closer to the $1 billion mark in career endorsements."There have been some licensing elements to things we've done," said Mark Steinberg, his agent at IMG, who cited video games produced by EA Sports as an example. "But everything he does with Gatorade is going to be creating new products. It's something Tiger and I and our licensing business has been looking at for some time."
HARRINGTON LEADS: Someone forgot to tell Padraig Harrington this is supposed to be a working vacation. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf felt much more like work Tuesday, with the British Open champion grinding so hard to keep control of his game that he barely noticed the turquoise coastline below the Mid-Ocean Club on his way to a 3-under 67 and a one-shot lead in Tucker's Town, Bermuda.
"I was struggling with my game, so my head was very much down," Harrington said. "I saw a little bit of the nice coastline and scenery, but it was very much a workmanlike day. Every shot I was a bit worried. It was a tough day out there for me, and luckily, the putts were dropping and it kept me right in there."
U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera nearly caught him until his 15-foot eagle putt came up short on the 18th hole, giving him a 68. Masters champion Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk each had a 71.The Grand Slam of Golf is the most exclusive field in golf reserved only for the year's major champions.
SYRACUSE SUCCESSOR: Jim Boeheim has known for a while who he wanted to succeed him as head coach of the Syracuse Orange when he decides to retire, and now it's official that assistant coach Mike Hopkins is the man.
Hopkins said Tuesday that he had reached an agreement on a plan to succeed the Hall of Fame coach."Just to be thought of like that by a guy who I respect, one of the greatest coaches of all time, it's very flattering. I'm very humbled," said Hopkins, who grew up in California. "Syracuse is the place where I got married. I've been here now 18 years. He (Boeheim) is just constantly telling me new things and just educating me. Being around Coach and being around (associate head coach) Bernie (Fine), I've had a great bunch of mentors. They've really been there for me."
LAS VEGAS RELOCATES: The Arena Football League will relocate the Las Vegas franchise to Cleveland, where former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar will run the team.
The move was approved last week in Chicago, and team owner Jim Ferraro announced Tuesday that Kosar will be the team's president. Home games will be played at Quicken Loans Arena, home of the NBA's Cavaliers.
"We are excited to be bringing the fast-paced action of Arena Football to the city of Cleveland," Ferraro said. "We will have one of the best arenas in the league, and Bernie is the perfect match to lead the charge."
Kosar won a national championship with the Miami Hurricanes in 1983, then played 11 seasons in the NFL with the Browns, Cowboys and Dolphins.