Chargers’ Kiel pleads guilty

first_imgIf he does that before his Aug. 7 sentencing and doesn’t break any laws, the felony conviction will be dismissed and he’ll be placed on probation, said San Diego County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sontag. “We’re mindful of the fact that it looks like he’s just getting a slap on the wrist because he’s an athlete,” Deputy District Attorney James Fontaine said after the settlement conference. “But we’re expecting things from him. Ultimately, what happens is up to Mr. Kiel.” San Diego Chargers safety Terrence Kiel pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony and misdemeanor drug charges for shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas, part of a plea bargain that could allow him to avoid jail time. One of six Chargers involved in eight run-ins with police since April, Kiel was ordered to do 100hours of volunteer work, including talking to young people about the dangers of drugs, and undergo counseling for gambling. A decision could come as early as today. Turner and Phillips remained in their respective cities Wednesday night waiting on the Cowboys to make a decision. Earlier Wednesday, Indianapolis assistant coach/quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell became the 10th man to interview for the position vacated by Bill Parcells on Jan. 22. “It will be in short order,” Caldwell said of a potential timetable. “It won’t be long.” England goes crazy over game: The NFL’s first regular-season game outside North America already looks like a big hit. More than 500,000 tickets were requested by about 160,000 fans in the three days following Friday’s official announcement, the NFL said. The ticket request process ends Feb. 18, two months before tickets go on sale for the Oct. 28 game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants at Wembley Stadium, which is expecting to seat between 85,000-90,000 for the game. “Nearly all these requests have come from UK-based fans,” said Alistair Kirkwood, the managing director of NFL UK. “These figures do not take into account the allocation of tickets for Dolphins and Giants fans from the United States, so we anticipate a very quick sellout when tickets go on sale in early March.” Stadium plan for 49ers: The San Francisco 49ers said they will have a comprehensive stadium plan for Santa Clara officials by early April. Larry MacNeil, the 49ers chief financial officer, and Jed York, son of team owners John York and Debbie DeBartolo York, told city leaders the proposal should be ready in the next few weeks. It will include a plan to jointly finance the structure, estimated at $600 million to $800 million. Coaching moves: Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer hired Clancy Barone as tight ends coach and Matt Simon as running backs coach … The Oakland Raiders hired Kelly Skipper as assistant offensive line coach and Mark Jackson as director of football development. Skipper spent the past four years coaching running backs and special teams at Washington State. He previously worked at UCLA, where he was offensive coordinator, and Fresno State. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Kiel was in court, but didn’t speak. He also didn’t comment afterward. “I think it was a fair resolution,” said Kiel’s attorney, Bob Grimes. Kiel still has a Feb. 20 court appearance after being cited for urinating outside a nightclub Dec.18 in downtown San Diego, several hours after the Chargers’ home victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. Report: Cowboys’ search down to two: The Dallas Cowboys’ coaching search has been narrowed to two candidates, according to a report in today’s Dallas Morning News. San Francisco offensive coordinator Norv Turner and San Diego defensive coordinator Wade Phillips are the two finalists for the vacant head coaching job, a source close to the search said. last_img read more