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Harrison could be charged in shooting
Under Pennsylvania law, Marvin Harrison can be charged with a misdemeanor if it's proven his gun was used in a shooting, even if someone else pulled the trigger. If Harrison is found to have been involved in any gun-related crime, it could subject him to discipline, including a suspension, by the NFL under its Guns and Weapons Policy or Personal Conduct Policy.
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Mavs, Carlisle closer to deal
The Mavericks and Rick Carlisle are inching closer to an agreement that would make him the team's new coach. While no deal is done, Carlisle said Tuesday that both sides continue to discuss the options about him becoming the ninth coach in franchise history. "My agent has returned from Europe, and we're still talking," Carlisle said. "We're moving in a good direction. Things are moving along."
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MLB talks to Sox about blow-up dolls
Officials from commissioner Bud Selig's office contacted the White Sox on Tuesday to discuss the team's controversial display of two inflatable dolls in their clubhouse over the weekend in Toronto, but no punishment is expected to be handed down, according to team and Major League Baseball sources. Stopping short of an apology, Sox general manager Ken Williams expressed disappointment over the display.
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Pierce: Starhan played last game
As far as the future of Michael Strahan, at least one member of the Giants believes Strahan will retire. "My inside tells me that Strahan played his last game with the New York Giants as a champion, and that's not a bad way to go out," Antonio Pierce said on WFAN.
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Jagr leaning towards Rangers return
Jaromir Jagr walked into his future on Tuesday and sounded a little more encouraging about returning to New York. "First, I am going to talk to the Rangers," said Jagr, an unrestricted free agent. "That's No. 1 option for me. I don't like to change. I feel very comfortable here, with all the people around this organization who are nice to me. They give me a chance to show everybody I still can play hockey."
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APR report hits WSU hard
The bill came due Tuesday for the attrition in the football regime of Washington State coach Bill Doba, and it was considerable. Deficiencies in the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Rate statistics means Washington State will be assessed a total loss of eight scholarships in the program, compared to the NCAA limit of 85. "It definitely hurts, but I don't think it's a death sentence," said Doba from Pullman, where he is selling his home after announcing his retirement following the 2007 season. The APR report, released Tuesday by the NCAA, shows 17 Football Bowl Subdivision -- formerly Division I-A -- schools facing sanctions of some kind. But only Idaho (also eight) and Akron (nine) equaled the scholarship hit taken by the Cougars.
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Franchitti out for Darlington
Dario Franchitti, full-time driver of the No. 40 CGRFS Dodge, will sit out this weekend's NSCS race at Darlington Raceway. Franchitti was fitted for a carbon fiber brace last week but will take another weekend off to give his ankle more time to heal. His status behind the wheel of the No. 40 Dodge will continue to be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.
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Girlfriend ignited Ronaldo incident
Ronaldo's depressed state of mind was made worse, apparently, by an argument with his girlfriend that led him to stomp -- perhaps limp might be a better verb, given the state of his knee -- to a nightclub in search of solace. After a night out at a bar and disco, the invitation to three prostitutes to accompany him to a nearby motel, the humiliating but sadly belated discovery that they were, in fact, men and not women, all add up to prime tabloid fodder. Throw in the fact that Ronaldo -- three-time FIFA world player of the year, two-time World Cup winner and United Nations goodwill ambassador -- offered to pay the unsavory trio just to leave and be done with it, and the fact that one of the three allegedly tried to extort more money by threatening to reveal all to the media, and you have all the makings of a steamy Brazilian soap opera. o his credit, he is facing up to the fact that this is one stain on his reputation that no amount of scrubbing will remove. It has nothing to do with his soccer abilities but everything to do with his character.
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