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Erratic behavior may land Williams in prison

A New Jersey judge today will consider whether former NBA star Jayson Williams should be sentenced for covering up a fatal shooting at his mansion in 2002, given Williams’ recent erratic behavior, including an assault arrest in North Carolina.

Williams, 41, was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter in 2004 but convicted on four counts of trying to cover up the shooting of a hired driver at his Hunterdon County mansion. The jury couldn’t reach a verdict on a reckless manslaughter count, and State Superior Court Judge Edward M. Coleman has delayed sentencing pending Williams’ retrial on that charge.

Prosecutors are asking the judge to reconsider the sentencing delay because of Williams’ recent run-ins with the law.

In April, police used a stun gun on Williams during an altercation in a New York hotel room, and in May he was arrested in North Carolina and charged with assault for allegedly punching someone in a barroom dispute. Earlier this year, his wife filed divorce papers claiming he was abusive and had a drug problem.

The four cover-up counts that Williams was convicted on — including witness and evidence tampering — carry a combined maximum sentence of 13 years in prison. But Williams was not expected to receive a term longer than five years, the maximum sentence for the most serious charge.

Also: Hasheem Thabeet canceled a pre-draft workout Sunday with Memphis, citing a shoulder injury, but the 7-foot-3-inch center from Connecticut also had plans to talk to other undisclosed NBA teams, the Grizzlies said.

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Phelps wins 100 free for Canada Cup sweep

Michael Phelps won the 100-meter freestyle at the Canada Cup in Montreal, a day after posting a personal-best time in winning his other race at the event, the 100-meter butterfly.

His time of 48.65 seconds in the 100 free improved on the 48.87 he swam one week earlier, when he finished second to defending world champion Brent Hayden of Canada in Santa Clara, Calif.

Also: Lance Armstrong won the Nevada City Classic, a challenging one-day race in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Nevada City, Calif.

Armstrong finished ahead of third-place teammate Levi Leipheimer on the repeated 1.1-mile loop through the historic mining town. More than 15,000 fans cheered on the seven-time Tour de France winner.

Armstrong committed to the event only five days earlier as he prepares for another run at the Tour after a three-year absence from cycling.

Fabian Cancellara captured the Tour of Switzerland after a convincing victory in Bern in the race’s final stage.

Cancellara beat Tony Martin of Germany in the 24-mile time trial to become the first Swiss rider since Alex Zuelle in 2002 to win the race.

A tour bus carrying the London Silverbacks, a semi-professional football team from London, Ontario, crashed into an SUV in northeastern Indiana, killing one person and injuring 14 others.

Angola Fire Department spokesman T.R. Hagerty said 12 people were taken to an Angola hospital with minor injuries after the morning crash and two others were airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital with serious injuries.

Christian Nilsson earned his first European Tour title by shooting a bogey-free 2-under-par 69 to win the Saint-Omer Open in Saint Omer, France, by a record six strokes.

Oil Man rallied from fifth in the final furlong to beat Arcodoro by one length in the $100,000 Cinema Handicap at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.

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