In Brief


FOOTBALL

Lions defensive tackle Fairley arrested on marijuana charge

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested Tuesday in Mobile, Ala., on a charge of possessing marijuana, authorities said.

Citizens called to complain that Fairley's Cadillac Escalade was speeding through a lower-middle-class neighborhood, city police spokeswoman Ashley Rains said. Officers smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and found a small amount in an ashtray, Rains said. Fairley and a passenger were booked into Mobile's metro jail facility on misdemeanor marijuana possession. Fairley was released a short time later on $1,000 bail.

Fairley was a standout at Auburn and the Lions' first-round draft pick last year. His arrest comes after Lions running back Mikel Leshoure was caught chewing marijuana as a passenger during a traffic stop March 12 in southwestern Michigan.

Also: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin will have minor shoulder surgery soon to address a nagging injury he played with last season.

Harvin revealed the news via Twitter, and Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed it while attending a speaking event for his close friend, former NFL coach Tony Dungy. Frazier declined to specify which shoulder was hurt, but he said Harvin sprained the AC joint during the season.

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said the club agreed to terms on a five-year contract with free-agent linebacker David Hawthorne.

Hawthorne spent the past four seasons with Seattle, where he began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent and last season started 14 games, leading the team with 115 tackles.

The San Diego Chargers and free-agent wide receiver/kick returner Roscoe Parrish agreed to a one-year contract. Parrish spent his first seven seasons with the Buffalo Bills, averaging 12 yards on 135 returns, with three touchdowns.

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said he felt lucky returning to practice, hours after being released from a hospital following a weekend motorcycle crash.

Petrino, speaking for the first time since his Sunday night accident, arrived at Razorback Stadium wearing a neck brace and with multiple scrapes and red spots showing on his nose and face.

The 51-year-old said he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. State law does not require an adult rider to wear a helmet, but Petrino said he plans to wear one in the future.

BOXING

Ex-boxer Camacho turns self in on felony child abuse count

Former champion boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho is facing a felony count of child abuse and turned himself in to Florida authorities this week on a warrant filed late last year.

The 49-year-old Camacho posted a $5,000 bond at the Orange County Jail in Orlando on Monday and was released. According to the arrest affidavit, Camacho surrendered on a warrant that records show was filed by the state attorney's office in November.

State attorney's spokeswoman Danielle Tavernier said the office first received the case in May. She said a report that includes a narrative of what Camacho allegedly did was not immediately available.

Camacho's attorney, Linda George, released a statement that said a family dispute took place at the home of Camacho's children and that a neighbor called police because it "entailed yelling outside of the home."

George said police arrived, did not arrest Camacho and that there were no injuries and no medical attention required by anyone involved.

Also: Puerto Rico's Professional Boxing Commission suspended the license of former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez for one year for criticizing a referee after his March 10 loss to Mexico's Orlando Salido.

MISCELLANEOUS

Kirk powers UNLV baseball to rout over Southern Utah

Trevor Kirk went 5-for-5 with five runs scored and three RBIs, helping the UNLV baseball team rout Southern Utah 21-6 in Cedar City, Utah.

UNLV put the game out of reach with a five-run fifth inning and a four-run sixth, building a 14-3 lead. In the sixth, the Rebels (14-15) accomplished a rare feat as Kirk, Trent Cook and Casey Sato hit back-to-back-to-back home runs.

Also: Venus Williams beat qualifier Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-3 in the Family Circle Cup at Charleston, S.C., bouncing back from her quarterfinal loss at Key Biscayne, Fla., last week. Serena Williams beat Elena Vesnina of Russia, 6-3, 6-4.

Lionel Messi led reigning champion Barcelona into the Champions League semifinals for the fifth successive year, scoring two penalty-kick goals in the first half of Barcelona's 3-1 home victory over Milan.

The two teams had tied 0-0 in the opener of the home-and-home series.

Bayern Munich also advanced with a second straight 2-0 win over Marseille in Munich, Germany.

 

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