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ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk and talking on his cell phone at the time of his fatal accident, and marijuana was found in the sport utility vehicle he was driving. Medical examiner Michael Graham said at a news conference Friday that the 29-year-old reliever was dead "within seconds" from head injuries in the crash early Sunday on Interstate 64 in St. Louis. His vehicle hit the back of a tow truck parked on the highway to assist a driver from a previous accident. Hancock's blood-alcohol level was 0.157, nearly twice Missouri's legal limit of 0.08. Police Chief Joe Mokwa said 8.55 grams of marijuana and a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana were found in the rented Ford Explorer. Toxicology tests to determine if drugs were in his system had not been completed. Before the game, the team banned alcohol in the clubhouse in what manager Tony La Russa termed a largely symbolic move. The Cardinals also were considering banning alcohol on the road.

Predators pick up option on coaching staff

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NASHVILLE - David Poile hired Barry Trotz as his coach in 1997 as the general manager started building the Nashville Predators. He isn't changing now despite a third straight first-round playoff loss. Poile picked up the option on Trotz and his assistants for next season Friday as a reward for the best season in franchise history. That includes Brent Peterson and Peter Horachek, goaltending coach Mitch Korn and video coach Robert Bouchard. Nashville is the only team to make the playoffs in each of the last three seasons with more regular-season points than the year before.

Smith tops motorcycles in NHRA qualifying

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MADISON, Ill. - Matt Smith topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle field Friday night in the NHRA Midwest Nationals, the only qualifying session completed because of rain and high humidity at Gateway International Raceway. Smith had a track-record 6.970-second run at 188.96 mph on his Torco Race Fuels Buell to lead the two-wheel category. The Pro Stock drivers completed a partial round, with former NBA player Tom Hammonds leading the pack, while Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors were unable to make any runs.

Wofford guard Gibson tests NBA waters

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Wofford point guard Drew Gibson has decided to enter the NBA draft, but has not hired an agent and can return to school for his senior season. Gibson, of Los Angeles, averaged 12.8 points a game and 5.4 assists last season. He ranked third in the Southern Conference with 56 steals last winter.

Charges dropped against one Penn State player

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Prosecutors dropped charges against one of six Penn State football players involved in an off-campus fracas, but pursued their case against the five others at a preliminary hearing Friday. Starting cornerback Justin King had been charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment, but prosecutors said they were dropping him from the case because of a lack of evidence. All six players were in court Friday for a hearing over their roles in the April 1 fight at an apartment that sent two people to the hospital.

Indians lose home game after Seattle snowouts

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BALTIMORE - The Cleveland Indians will lose a home game and three days off in making up the four-game series against Seattle that was postponed last month by snow. The games of April 6-8 will be played at Jacobs Field on May 21, June 11 and Aug. 30. The April 9 game will be held in Seattle on Sept. 26 as part of a doubleheader.

Date set for Sullivan North athlete physicals

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KINGSPORT - Physicals for Sullivan North athletes will be given at the high school on Wednesday, May 16 for the 2007-2008 school year. Cost is $15 per athlete. This is the only time physicals will be available through the school.

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