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NEW YORK - Baseball struck a deal to keep its "Extra Innings" package of out-of-market games on cable television, an agreement that likely will allow the sport's new TV network to be available in at least 40 million homes when it launches in 2009. Baseball announced an exclusive $700 million, seven-year agreement with DirecTV on March 8, but during a hearing last week in Washington, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., pressed baseball to resume talks with iN Demand, which is owned by affiliates of Time Warner, Comcast and Cox. While baseball had set a March 31 deadline, the sides kept negotiating and announced an agreement Wednesday night. As part of the agreement, iN Demand will make the "Extra Innings" package available to other cable companies, which also would be required to carry the MLB channel.

Police to investigate more before charging Pacman

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NASHVILLE - Las Vegas prosecutors asked police to do more investigating before charges are filed against Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones in a strip club fight that led to a triple shooting. Since being drafted by the Titans in April 2005, Jones has been arrested five times and questioned by police in 10 episodes. Las Vegas police have recommended a felony charge of coercion and misdemeanor charges of threat and battery against Jones in the Feb. 19 altercation at Minxx, a club several blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip.

Officer struck by car after Florida celebration dies

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A police officer who was struck by a car after the Florida Gators' championship died Wednesday, authorities said. Lt. Corey Dahlem, a 22-year veteran, was struck by a black Toyota as police were clearing the streets at the University of Florida early Tuesday after the Gators' win against Ohio State, authorities said. The Florida Highway Patrol said the driver, Austin John Wright, 21, of Atlantic Beach, had a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal limit.

Harding picked No. 1 in WNBA draft, then dealt

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CLEVELAND - Lindsey Harding, the Phoenix Mercury's newest player, was signing autographs when she heard her name called again. Harding became the first No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft to be traded when the Mercury sent the former Duke point guard to the Minnesota Lynx for All-Star forward Tangela Smith. Both Harding and No. 2 pick Jessica Davenport were traded Wednesday. San Antonio sent Davenport, along with its first round pick in 2008, to New York for All-Star guard Becky Hammon and a second round pick in 2008.

Big Orange Caravan will visit Kingsport April 23

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The University of Tennessee's Coca-Cola Big Orange Caravan makes a stop in Kingsport on Monday, April 23. The stop will include dinner at AmeriCourt - the former Ramada Inn - located just off East Stone Drive. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. following a social at 6. Reservations are required. Please make checks payable to Kingsport-Sullivan County Alumni and send to Jeff Beverly at 5024 Dublin Rd., Kingsport, Tenn., 37664.

Local youth fourth in Junior Olympic shooting

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KINGSPORT - Elijah Ellis, 13, of Kingsport placed fourth in his age group J3 (14 and under) in the 2007 National Junior Olympic Men's Air Rifle Championships recently at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. He competed in two International Air Rifle matches, firing 120 shots from the standing (off-hand) position. He represented Tennessee in men's air rifle, along with Keegan Singleton from the University of Memphis.

Ripken, Gwynn to broadcast for TBS

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BALTIMORE - Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn earned a place in the Hall of Fame because of their talent on the baseball diamond. This summer, they'll showcase their knowledge of the game from the broadcast booth. Ripken and Gwynn will serve as analysts for TBS on the cable network's major league baseball package, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The arrangement was to be announced today. Ripken and Gwynn, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 29, are expected to fill major roles for TBS, which last year signed a seven-year deal with Major League Baseball to telecast one of the two league championship series.

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