Mets reliever Ambiorix Burgos was arrested late Monday night on suspicion of beating and biting his girlfriend in a Queens hotel, the police said. According to a criminal complaint, Burgos threw the woman, Maria Lopez, against a wall and repeatedly slapped and punched her inside a Holiday Inn near Shea Stadium. The complaint, citing Lopez's account, said that she called 911 but declined to seek medical attention after sustaining a lump on her head and scratches on her back, arms and chest. Burgos was charged with one count of third-degree assault, punishable by up to one year in prison, and one count of second-degree harassment.(The New York Times) Comment
Bengals wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco is learning first-hand how seriously the NFL takes its ability to license players and their names. Before he can wear a jersey with his new surname emblazoned on the back, he first must buy every "C. Johnson" jersey for sale nationwide. And there are thousands of "C. Johnson" replica jerseys available, with a production cost of about $48 apiece. "When a player requests a name change or a number change, the player is responsible for that unsold inventory," NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said. (Cincinnati Enquirer) Comment
The Heat has been informed by the NBA that point guard Mario Chalmers will not be suspended for his role in the incident that led to last week's expulsion from the Rookie Transition Program. Although a suspension initially was a concern, Chalmers' penalty will be a $20,000 fine, as well as the requirement he repeat the program next year. The second-round pick out of Kansas was expelled on the eve of the four-day symposium in Rye Brook, N.Y., for an incident involving outside guests at the league hotel. The scent of marijuana also was noticeable in the room where Chalmers and fellow Kansas product Darrell Arthur were present, with Chalmers last week issuing a statement that he "did not smoke marijuana," an assertion also made by Arthur, a Grizzlies forward drafted in the first round. (South Florida Sun Sentinel) Comment
Angels left fielder Reggie Willits is unable to make a diving catch on an RBI single by Xavier Nady, scoring Alex Rodriguez. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
1974 -- Lou Brock ties (104) and then sets (105) baseball stolen base mark. 1950 -- Joe DiMaggio becomes first to hit three HR in a game at Griffith Stadium. 1966 -- Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in twelfth round for heavyweight boxing title.
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