Tiger Woods has suffered a fresh blow with the announcement that a third sponsor, AT&T, has withdrawn its support for the world No1. The US mobile phone giant joined other major sponsors including Accenture and Gillette in dropping or cutting back their association with the shamed sports star.
AT&T’s logo appeared on the golfer’s bag. The company did not comment on its reasons for dropping Woods, but said it would continue to sponsor the AT&T National PGA event in July.
In a statement, AT&T said: “We are ending our sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods and wish him well in the future.”
The deal had been billed as a “multi-year” agreement when it was announced at the beginning of 2009.
Here is a different kind of review for 2009 in the NBA: It’s the year in fines, and there have been quite a few: 28 in total, adding up to $690.000 (£434.000) – and it’s not only players who get into hot water. Owners, coaches and even agents can find themselves out of pocket as the list below shows. We’ve included links to the original stories on each entry, so you can see for yourself what went on at the time:
03 January: Joel Przybilla fined $7500 (£ 4700) for flagrant foul & role in altercation in a game against the Chicago Bulls.
16 January: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fined $25.000 (£ 15.700) for “improper interactions” with Denver Nuggets J.R. Smith.
02 February: Boston Celtics Kendrick Perkins fined $10.000 (£ 6300) for flagrant foul in game vs. Detroit Pistons
07 February: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers fined $15.000 (£ 9400) for verbally abusing referees in game vs. Los Angeles Lakers.
12 February: Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown fined $25.000 (£15.700) for comments about officiating.
27 February: Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace fined $25.000 (£ 15.700) for throwing a towel into the stands after ejection.
19 March: Doc Rivers fined $25.000 (£15.700) for criticising referee during a game vs. Chicago Bulls.
29 March: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fined $25,000 (£15.700) for criticising referees on Twitter.
28 April: Doc Rivers fined $25.000 (again) for criticising officiating. Celtics franchise was also fined $25.000 (£15.700)
28 April: Portland Trailblazers coach Nate McMillan fined $25,000 (£15.700) for criticising officials.
28 April: Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman fined $25,000 (£ 15.700) for criticising officials.
04 May: Kenyon Martin fined $25.000 (£15.700) for flagrant foul.
26 May: LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson and the Lakers organization fined $25.000 (£15.700) each for Jackson criticising referees.
04 June: Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James fined $25.000 (£15.700) for skipping postgame press conference.
15 September: Stephen Jackson fined $25,000 (£15.700) for publically asking to be traded.
13 October: Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas fined $25.000 (£ 15.700) and Wizards fined an additional $25,000 for failing to make himself available for media interviews.
14 October: Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins fined $25,000 (£15.700) for publically criticising referees.
14 October: Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown fined $35.000 (£ 22.000) for verbally abusing referees and refusing to leave the court. The league fined him an additional $25.000 (£15.700) for publically criticising the refs after the game and fined Charlotte Bobcats $60.000 (£ 37.700) for Brown’s actions.
16 October: Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy fined $35.000 (£ 22.000) for publically criticising referees and Orlando Magic fined $35.000 for his actions.
01 November: NY Knicks forward Al Harrington fined $25.000 (£15.700) for criticising referees.
10 November: Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard fined $15.000 (£9400) for criticising referees in his blog.
28 November: Orlando Magic forward Matt Barnes fined $20.000 (£ 12.600) for throwing ball into the stands after a game against the Miami Heat.
29 November: Charlotte Bobcats center Tyson Chandler fined $7500 (£ 4700) for comments made on Twitter.
29 November: Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire fined $7500 (£ 4700) for comments made on Twitter.
29 November: Rasheed Wallace fined $30.000 (£ 18.900) for publically criticising the referees.
07 December: Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah fined $15.000 (£ 9400) for throwing ball into stands and hitting a photographer.
18 December: Brandon Jennings fined $7500 (£ 4700) for posting to his Twitter account before post-game interview.
28 December: NY Knicks guard Nate Robinson fined $25.000 (£ 15.700) for comments made by his agent demanding a trade for Robinson.
The Betinternet.com Daily Sports Betting Preview for Wednesday, 30 December 2009:
Football: Today sees Manchester United take on Wigan at Old Trafford. United will be looking to add to their victory against Hull and keep up the pressure on Chelsea with another victory. Wigan have not won in their last 4 games so will be looking to put in a good performance to help kick start their season. Can they cause an upset at Old Trafford?
The other great game of the day is the clash between Portsmouth and Arsenal. Can Portsmouth put their disappointing display against West Ham behind them and play like they did against Liverpool? Or will Arsenal keep up their run of high scoring form without their star player Cesc Fabregas who is a doubt with a hamstring problem?
Rugby Union: Two Top 14 games today, Montpellier v Stade Francais & Stade Toulousain v USA Perpignan.
Darts: More PDC World Championship action coming up from 13:10 GMT.
Handball: Seven German Bundesliga games from 18:00 GMT.
Basketball: British League, German Bundesliga and Spanish SCB today.
US Sports: Ten NBA and eight NHL games tonight, starting from 00:05 GMT onwards.
Horse Racing: Meetings today in Kempton, Lingfield and Taunton.
Good Luck with all your bets!