Court papers: Donaghy help was exaggerated

Disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy has exaggerated his cooperation in a gambling investigation in hopes of lessening his prison term and avoiding paying hefty restitution, prosecutors said in court papers filed Friday.

Donaghy also has minimized his role in the scheme, according to the filing in Brooklyn, N.Y., federal court.

Prosecutors rebuffed defense arguments that Donaghy should get a break on his sentence for voluntarily coming forward and giving prosecutors inside dirt about alleged game-fixing and other misconduct by other referees and league officials.

In the court papers, prosecutors said by the time Donaghy decided to cooperate last year, “the government had a clear understanding of the criminal conspiracy, and who was involved.” Though he deserves credit for giving investigators information on his two co-defendants, his claims of other internal NBA corruption “did not lead to evidence of prosecutable federal offenses,” the papers said.

Also: San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry has decided against retirement and wants to return to the NBA for a 17th season, a Houston TV station reported.

Horry, who turns 38 in August, is set to become a free agent Tuesday.

The New Jersey Nets extended a qualifying offer to restricted free-agent center Nenad Krstic, allowing them to match any contract proposal by another team.

Davidson coach Bob McKillop agreed to a multiyear contract extension, three months after the Wildcats’ surprising NCAA Tournament run. He is 340-225 in 19 seasons at Davidson.

Georgia coach Dennis Felton dismissed Billy Humphrey, the team’s second-leading scorer last season, following his third arrest in a year.

Humphrey, 20, was charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain his lane and the underage purchase of alcohol.

Ohio University hired Ohio State assistant John Groce as its men’s coach.


Bills’ Lynch loses license after hitting pedestrian

Bills running back Marshawn Lynch had his driver’s license revoked for an unspecified length of time in traffic court after saying he didn’t know he hit someone while driving on a Buffalo, N.Y., street last month.

Administrative Law Judge Thomas Gagola found Lynch’s behavior May 31 “constituted a reckless disregard of human life or property.” He also imposed the maximum $100 fine and $50 surcharge after Lynch pleaded guilty to failure to exercise due care toward a pedestrian.

Also: The trial of former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry will continue Monday, but the wide receiver will face one less charge.

Henry, who had been accused of punching a man in the face and breaking his car window with a beer bottle, had been charged with assault and criminal damaging.

Hamilton County (Ohio) Municipal Court Judge Richard Bernat dismissed the criminal damaging charge. Henry testified he swung at his accuser in self defense.

Defensive end Paul Spicer signed a two-year, $8 million contract extension with the Jacksonville Jaguars, giving him a chance to end his career with the team. Spicer, 32, led the Jaguars with seven sacks last season.

Aaron Garcia threw for nine touchdowns to lead the New York Dragons to a 77-63 upset victory over the Dallas Desperados in the first round of the Arena Football League playoffs at Dallas.


Dutrow says doping violation a ‘mistake’

Big Brown trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. has taken responsibility for a positive drug test on another horse he trains but is appealing his 15-day suspension.

Salute the Count was found to have more than the allowable limit of Clenbuterol — a drug that enables horses to breathe easier — after the 8-year-old gelding finished second in a race at Churchill Downs on May 2, the day before Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby.

“It’s just a mistake in the barn that happened,” Dutrow said. “But it’s not as big a deal as everyone is making it out to be.”

Dutrow said he was appealing because “I need to be with my horses now.”

Also: Heatseeker, the 7-5 morning-line favorite for the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, is out of today’s race because of a left ankle injury.

Cyclist Floyd Landis will find out Monday if he can reclaim his 2006 Tour de France title.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it will announce the result from a five-day appeal hearing in New York in March.

The Anaheim Ducks placed Todd Bertuzzi on unconditional waivers and intend to buy out the final year of his contract.

The forward was due to make $4 million in the second and last year of his contract.

The Dallas Stars signed forward Loui Eriksson to a two-year contract extension worth $3.2 million.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Jeff Carter agreed to a multiyear contract. Terms were not released.

WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev tore his Achilles tendon while sparring this week, forcing the cancellation of his title rematch against Nikolai Valuev in Hannover, Germany, on July 5.

Chagaev completely tore his tendon during the next-to-last round of his final sparring session Thursday, Universum Box-Promotion announced on its Web site.

Ricardo Williams Jr. needed one round to win his first fight since his release from prison this year.

The 27-year-old Williams, the 2000 Olympic silver medalist who served a three-year sentence for cocaine distribution, stopped Sebastian Hamel at 1:31 of their welterweight bout at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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