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Witnesses: Wizard loaded gun in dispute

Gilbert Arenas' suspension came as new details emerged about the locker-room confrontation between Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, a Wizards teammate, on Dec. 21 that suggest a potentially far more volatile incident than was originally reported by Arenas to team officials. The two players had been arguing during a card game on the Wizards' flight back from Phoenix Dec. 19, and the dispute spilled into the team locker room at Verizon Center before practice two days later. Arenas has acknowledged bringing his handguns to the arena and displaying them in the locker room that morning in what he maintained was a playful gesture aimed at his teammate. According to two first-hand accounts of the confrontation, Crittenton responded to Arenas's action -- which included laying the four unloaded weapons in Crittenton's cubicle with a note that read, "Pick One" -- by brandishing his own firearm, loading the gun and chambering a round. (Washington Post)Comment

Eagles employee spits on Cowboys star

Apparently, Terrell Owens isn't the only person to have disgraced the Dallas Cowboys' star. Dave Spadaro, editor of and an employee of the Eagles, videotaped his spitting on the centerfield star at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday before the Eagles played the Cowboys. The video was posted on the Web site, but was taken down. There's now an "Open letter of apology to the Cowboys" from Spadaro posted on (Philadelphia Inquirer)Comment

Agent: Mayo did not accept gifts, money

O.J. Mayo did not accept gifts or money while being recruited by or playing for USC, the player's agent said Wednesday. LaPoe Smith also said the NCAA, Pacific 10 Conference and officials from the school have not attempted to contact Mayo since August, when the former Trojans and current Memphis Grizzlies star became his client. (Los Angeles Times)Comment

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Ohio State's P.J. Hill (right) is fouled by Indiana's Jeremiah Rivers as he drives to the basket. (AP)

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This Day in Sports

  • 1981 -- Marcel Dionne of the Los Angeles Kings scores his 1,000th point with a goal in a 5-3 triumph over the Hartford Whalers.
  • 2006 -- The New England Patriots set an NFL mark with 10 straight postseason victories by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-3.
  • 2007 -- Phil Jackson gets his 900th NBA victory in the Lakers' 101-98 victory over Dallas. Jackson is the fastest to reach 900, doing so in 1,264 games.
  • 2008 -- LSU's Matt Flynn throws four touchdown passes in a 38-24 win over No. 1 Ohio State as the Tigers (12-2) become the first two-loss team to play for the BCS title -- their second in five seasons.