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TAMPA, Fla. - The Yankees don't intend to offer Alex Rodriguez a contract extension, leaving him the option of opting out of his deal after the season and becoming a free agent. "Alex has a significant contract. The most significant in baseball history," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday. "He has a decision to make. It's in his contract. It's a right he's earned." Rodriguez has four seasons left in the record $252 million, 10-year agreement he signed with Texas before the 2001 season. He is owed $27 million in each of the final three seasons - with the Yankees responsible for $50.7 million and the Rangers owing $30.7 million, including $9 million in deferred money. Under the terms of the deal, Rodriguez can terminate it after this season.

Artest charged with four misdemeanors

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest faces four misdemeanor charges stemming from a domestic dispute at his home earlier this month. The charges were filed late Tuesday night. Placer County deputy district attorney Dan Quick said Artest will be arraigned Thursday on charges of battery and corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. Each carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison. Artest was arrested March 5 at his estate in Loomis, 25 miles northeast of Sacramento. He was released from custody after posting a $50,000 bond.

Two Michigan football players arraigned

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Two Michigan football players were arraigned Wednesday on assault charges after police say they attacked a fellow student in a residence hall on St. Patrick's Day. Carson Butler, of Detroit, and Christian Richards III, of Pacoima, Calif., were charged with one count each of aggravated assault, and assault and battery, campus police spokeswoman Diane Brown said. The aggravated assault charge is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of one year. The assault and battery charge is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 93 days. The players, both 19-year-old sophomores, were arraigned in Washtenaw District Court and released on $5,000 personal bonds pending a March 27 pretrial hearing, Brown said.

Illinois won't discipline AD for outbursts

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois will not discipline athletic director Ron Guenther for yelling at men's basketball coach Bruce Weber and Illini players during the team's NCAA tournament loss Friday. Guenther yelled substitution advice to Weber - who was just a few feet away - and at one point called Illini forward Warren Carter an idiot, according to a report on CBS Sportsline.com. Guenther also pounded the table throughout Illinois' 54-52 loss to Virginia Tech in Columbus, Ohio. Richard Herman, chancellor at the Urbana-Champaign campus, said Wednesday that Guenther - in his 15th year as AD at Illinois - would not be disciplined. He said Guenther had apologized to Weber and Carter.

U.S. basketball to face Venezuela

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LAS VEGAS - The United States will open qualifying for the 2008 Olympics against Venezuela in the FIBA Americas tournament. Brazil, Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands also were placed in the same group as the Americans in a draw held Wednesday. The tournament will be held from Aug. 22-Sept. 2 at the Thomas & Mack Center. The top two teams will earn spots in Beijing, while the teams finishing third through fifth have another chance in a qualifying tournament to be held in July 2008. Each team plays the other four teams in its group, with the top four finishers advancing to the second round.

Bucs' Rainer posts fast time

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MACON, Ga. - East Tennessee State sprinter James Rainer clocked an NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 10.43 in the 100 meters at the Charlotte 49er Classic this past weekend. Rainer is seeking to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season.

Lady Bucs raise money for Bluffton

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JOHNSON CITY - The East Tennessee State women's softball team will remember those who were part of the tragic Bluffton University baseball bus accident on March 2 by taking donations during the rest of the season to help support the families of the players who were injured or killed in the crash.

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