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CHICAGO - Darryl Stingley, paralyzed after a vicious hit during an NFL exhibition game nearly 30 years ago, died Thursday. He was 55. Stingley was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after he was found unresponsive in his Chicago home, according to Tony Brucci, an investigator with the Cook County medical examiner's office. The cause of death was not immediately available. An autopsy was scheduled. Stingley, a star receiver with the New England Patriots, was left a quadriplegic after he was hit from behind by Oakland's Jack Tatum while trying to catch a pass. The hit on Aug. 12, 1978 broke Stingley's neck, and he spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Stingley regained limited movement in his right arm and operated his electric wheelchair on his own. Stingley was born and raised in Chicago. A star running back at John Marshall High School, he attended Purdue on a football scholarship. In 1973, he was a first-round draft pick of the Patriots, owned by Robert Kraft.

Florida's Wilson arrested

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida offensive lineman Ronnie Matthew Wilson was arrested Thursday, accused of firing a semiautomatic rifle in the air during a dispute with another man that started in a nightclub. Wilson, 19, was charged with aggravated assault, simple battery and the use or display of concealed weapon during the commission of a felony, according to jail records. Wilson was being held in the Alachua County Jail awaiting his first court appearance. Wilson, 6-3, 300 pounds, enrolled as a redshirt freshman in the spring of 2005.

Artest's hearing postponed

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AUBURN, Calif. - Ron Artest's court hearing on misdemeanor domestic battery charges was postponed three weeks on Thursday. The Sacramento Kings forward did not attend the brief proceeding in Placer County Superior Court. "Both sides continue to talk and pursue their independent investigations," Artest's attorney, William Portanova, said. The matter was continued to April 26. Artest was charged March 21 with battery and corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. Each carries a maximum penalty of a year in county jail. He has pleaded not guilty.

Saints release John Carney

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NEW ORLEANS - Kicker John Carney was released by the Saints on Thursday after asking to be let go after the team obtained Olindo Mare in a trade with Miami. The 43-year-old Carney was the Saints' all-time leader in field goal accuracy percentage (.833). He joined the Saints in 2001 and will be entering his 18th NFL season. "John wanted to explore other opportunities that are available in the NFL," said General Manager Mickey Loomis. Carney is ranked second in club history with 661 points and 150 field goals.

Phillies get Rosario from Blue Jays

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PHILADELPHIA - Hoping to bolster a beleaguered bullpen, the Philadelphia Phillies acquired hard-throwing right-hander Francisco Rosario from Toronto for cash on Thursday. Rosario was 1-2 with a 6.65 ERA in 17 games with the Blue Jays last year. The 26-year-old Rosario was 20-26 with a 3.38 ERA in 148 games over parts of eight seasons in the minor leagues. He had 478 strikeouts in 498 2-3 innings in 148 games, including 84 starts. "We like this guy's arm," general manager Pat Gillick said.

Kroenke buys stake in Arsenal

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DENVER - Colorado real estate developer Stan Kroenke bought a 9.99 percent stake in London's Arsenal soccer team from the British television network ITV. Kroenke said Thursday that he also entered into "conditional arrangements" with ITV involving the sale of the network's 50 percent share in Arsenal Broadband. Kroenke already owns the NBA's Denver Nuggets and the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, co-owns the NFL's St. Louis Rams and operates Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids. Kroenke Sports Enterprises announced in February it had formed a partnership with Arsenal to exchange business, commercial and marketing information and share coaching and training philosophies.

Davies A-Sun golfer, again

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MACON, Ga. - After earning medalist honors in both events he participated in and capturing the nation's No. 1 ranking, East Tennessee State senior Rhys Davies has been named the Atlantic Sun's Golfer of the Month for March, the eighth time he's received the honor.

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