Certain alarms on Transocean Ltd.’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig had been disabled for a year before it exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the biggest U.S. oil spill in history, a rig worker said.
Geno Smith’s National Football League debut was a winning one, as the New York Jets’ rookie quarterback directed a go-ahead drive in the closing seconds of an 18-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that featured three lead changes in the final five minutes.
At least one federal crime had indisputably been committed when oil started spewing into the Gulf of Mexico and approached land. Another criminal act became clear when the first oil-covered sea bird died.
Terrell Owens agreed to contract terms with the Seattle Seahawks as the former Pro Bowl receiver seeks a return to the National Football League after missing last season while recovering from knee surgery.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was chosen the National Football League’s Comeback Player of the Year in his second season after serving a federal prison term for his participation in a dog-fighting ring.