In Brief


FOOTBALL

Burglary, drug charges mean Leaf could get years in prison

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was formally charged in Helena, Mont., with four felonies on accusations that he broke into an acquaintance's home to steal prescription painkillers, then robbed a second home two days after being released from jail.

Cascade County Attorney John Parker charged Leaf with two counts of burglary and two counts of criminal possession of a dangerous drug in court documents filed Thursday but only available Friday.

If convicted, Leaf faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years on each burglary charge and five years for each possession charge.

An arraignment has not been scheduled. A message left with Leaf's attorney in Great Falls was not returned.

Leaf is jailed without bond on a 30-day hold while Montana and Texas authorities exchanged information on whether the Montana arrest violated the terms of his probation from a 2010 plea deal in Texas. In that case, Leaf was accused of burglarizing a player's home while he was a quarterbacks coach for Division II West Texas A&M, and an investigation turned up that Leaf had obtained nearly 1,000 pain pills from pharmacies.

Also: Grambling State football coach Doug Williams sued the school, claiming officials reneged on contract promises and are trying to pressure him to sign a reduced deal on a "take it or leave it" basis.

The state court lawsuit said Williams agreed in February 2011 to a contract that included a guaranteed salary and performance bonuses after negotiations with Grambling president Frank Pogue.

The University of Louisiana System governing board never voted on the contract as required by law. Pogue told Williams last summer that "there was a problem with his contract being approved." Pogue suggested renegotiation, which Williams rejected, the lawsuit said.

London Fletcher agreed to a two-year deal to re-sign with the Washington Redskins. The veteran free-agent linebacker, the anchor of Washington's defense for five seasons, has never missed a game in his NFL career.

The Bengals re-signed tight end Donald Lee and linebacker Dan Skuta. Lee joined the Bengals as a free agent Sept. 13 of last season, playing in nine games. Skuta has appeared in the past 37 Bengals games, including two postseason ones.

TENNIS

Capriati's up-and-down career culminates with Hall of Fame

Jennifer Capriati went from teen prodigy to off-court troubles to Grand Slam champion, and now she's headed to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Capriati, 36, joined a 2012 class that includes Gustavo Kuerten, Manuel Orantes, Randy Snow and Mike Davies.

"Tennis has been my passion and dedication for my entire life, and to be acknowledged for this passion and dedication is truly icing on the cake," Capriati said. "Finally, to all of my fans: You mean so much to me. I am, and have always been, blessed beyond words by your support."

With a power-based game and competitive fire, Capriati won the Australian Open in 2001 and 2002. She won the French Open in 2001 and a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. She also reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings.

She retired in 2004 with a 430-176 record, including 14 singles titles.

Also: Prize money at the French Open is going up significantly this year for players who lose in the early rounds.

Roland Garros organizers said the overall purse is going up 7 percent to $24.6 million, with the men's and women's singles champions each getting $1.64 million, an increase of 4.17 percent.

Proportionately, the biggest increases are for those who get knocked out early. First-round losers get a 20 percent boost, from $19,700 to $23,670.

LOCAL COLLEGES

Five-run seventh sparks UNLV baseball past Nebraska-Omaha

A five-run seventh inning, highlighted by Danny Higa's three-run double, sent UNLV to a 10-7 nonconference baseball victory over Nebraska-Omaha at Wilson Stadium.

Higa, Joey Swanner, Trent Cook and Trevor Kirk had two hits apiece for the Rebels (15-18), and Cook and Brandon Bayardi each drove in two runs. Zack Hartman struck out the side in the ninth on 11 pitches to claim his fourth save this season.

Also: Boise State scored twice in the ninth inning off Amanda Oliveto to defeat UNLV 3-2 in the teams' Mountain West Conference softball opener in Boise, Idaho.

The Rebels (19-19) were limited to three hits -- a two-run double in the fifth inning by Stefany Valentino and singles by Paige Emerson and Tayler Van Acker. The winning run scored when catcher Heather Harrison dropped the ball as she tried to tag a Boise State runner caught in a rundown between third and home.

Cory Welch and Jordan Van Hoosier homered to power the College of Southern Nevada to a 12-11 victory over Southern Idaho in the second game of a Scenic West Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader at Morse Stadium.

Welch went 3-for-6 with four RBIs, Van Hoosier was 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs, and Morgan Stotts finished 3-for-5 with two runs for the Coyotes (27-15, 14-12 SWAC). CSN lost the first game, 6-3.

CSN lost to Salt Lake Community College 9-0 and 15-0 in SWAC softball action at the Russell Road Recreation Complex. Brigit Godfrey had two hits in the first game and Lianna Bajarin two in the second for the Coyotes (17-29, 12-22 SWAC).

GOLF

Knost bunches birdies to take two-shot lead in RBC Heritage

Colt Knost shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Carl Pettersson after the second round of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Knost, tied for the first-round lead with former UNLV standout Chad Campbell and Vaughn Taylor after a 67, had three birdies in a four-hole stretch midway through the round and finished at 9-under 133.

Pettersson had a 65, his best showing in 32 career rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links. Two-time RBC Heritage winner Boo Weekley (66) and Harris English (68) were another shot off the lead at 6 under.

Also: Bruce Fleisher shot a 6-under 65 to lead Michael Allen and Chien Soon Lu by one stroke after the first round of the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am on the Champions Tour in Lutz, Fla.

Louis Oosthuizen shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead in the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur after the completion of the rain-delayed second round. He is at 10-under 134.

Football Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice was 23 over for 27 holes when he withdrew in the second round of the Nationwide Tour's TPC Stonebrae Championship in Hayward, Calif.

MISCELLANEOUS

Illinois bowler gets No. 1 seed for Tournament of Champions

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., won six of his final nine matches and tied two others, including his final showdown with Australia's Jason Belmonte, to win the top qualifying position for Sunday's final in the Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock.

Rash, 29, is seeking his fifth PBA Tour title and first since winning the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Masters. He also is trying to break a streak of 14 consecutive television finals without a title, including six previous telecasts this season. Rash advanced to the 10 a.m. ESPN finals with a 12-4-2 match play record and 235.94 average for an 18-game total of 8,884 pins.

Belmonte, who led the tournament going into Friday night's final round, spent the day texting his pregnant, overdue wife between frames. The 28-year-old two-handed player qualified second with 8,825 pins. Mike Fagan of Dallas and Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., will round out Sunday's field. Dave Wodka of Henderson finished 16th and won $6,900.

Also: A Maine man who accused former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molestation reversed course and said he made up the story.

Zachary Tomaselli of Lewiston said he fabricated the allegations and took pride in his ability to convince people his claims were true. He said he is a "habitual liar and sociopath" who lacks feelings for others.

Fine has not been charged and has denied the abuse claims. His attorney declined comment.

Tomaselli begins serving a prison sentence next week for molesting a boy in Maine.

A bankruptcy court judge in Delaware gave his approval to the Los Angeles Dodgers' plan to sell the team for $2 billion.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross' approval of the Dodgers' reorganization plan came at the conclusion of a two-part morning and evening hearing he called a "doubleheader." The decision allows the team to exit bankruptcy.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. regained the lead with 23 laps left when he charged past Austin Dillon, then held on after the final restart to give Roush Fenway its fourth consecutive NASCAR Nationwide victory at Fort Worth, Texas.

After the restart with six laps left, Stenhouse pushed in front before Denny Hamlin got side-by-side at the start-finish line. Stenhouse was ahead by 0.001 seconds after that first lap before securing his second win this season.

It was the fourth career win for the defending series champ, and the ninth Nationwide for owner Jack Roush at the 1½-mile, high-banked track.

 

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