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Sports briefs, March 20, 2007

March 20th, 2007 2:03 am by Staff Report











No criminal charges for Isles' Simon


Golfweek ranks Davies No. 1


Ainge has knee surgery


Cobi Jones to retire after MLS season


Porter involved in NFL casino fist fight


Clark to retire from competitive skiing


Valdes named K-Met pitching coach


South's Witherspoon to swim at King


Medlen injured in Funny Car crash


GAINESVILLE, Fla. - NHRA driver Eric Medlen was critically injured Monday in an accident at Gainesville Raceway, his team said. Medlen, who drives for John Force Racing, was injured when his Funny Car crashed into the right guard rail during a test session. The 33-year-old was transported by helicopter to the University of Florida medical center, where he was being treated in the intensive care unit, the team said on its Web site.


No criminal charges for Isles' Simon

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MINEOLA, N.Y. - New York Islander Chris Simon, suspended a league-record 25 games for a vicious on-ice hit, will not face criminal charges. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said her office considered "the willingness of the potential victim to support a criminal prosecution" and other factors in reaching its decision. The NHL suspended Simon for his two-handed stick attack to the face of the New York Rangers' Ryan Hollweg during a March 8 game at the Nassau Coliseum. Hollweg, who needed a few stitches on the chin but was not seriously hurt, met with prosecutors from Rice's office last week but told reporters afterward that he didn't think Simon should be arrested.


Golfweek ranks Davies No. 1

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JOHNSON CITY - On the strength of back-to-back tournament victories in the last two weeks, East Tennessee State senior Rhys Davies has moved to No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual national rankings. Meanwhile, Davies and the Bucs have moved to No. 13 in the national team rankings.


Ainge has knee surgery

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KNOXVILLE - Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge underwent successful surgery on his right knee Monday and has been released from UT Medical Center. Head athletic trainer Jason McVeigh reports that the torn meniscus cartilage was removed and he expects Ainge to make a recovery to full activity within 3-6 weeks. The Vols conclude their spring practice with the Orange and White Game on March 31. "This injury to Erik is not expected to impact the 2007 season or his long-term health in any way," McVeigh said.


Cobi Jones to retire after MLS season

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LOS ANGELES - Cobi Jones planned to retire before the 2007 season - but when the Los Angeles Galaxy signed David Beckham, he decided to play another year. Jones, a pioneer on the U.S. national team during the 1990s, said Monday he will retire after the 2007 Major League Soccer season. Jones, who turns 37 in June, first played for the United States in 1992 and last played in four games for the national team in 2004. He has 15 goals in a U.S. record 164 international appearances, and he played every minute of the U.S. games at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, as well as appearing during the 2002 tournament.


Porter involved in NFL casino fist fight

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LAS VEGAS - Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter was accused of punching Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Levi Jones after police said the players exchanged trash talk at a casino blackjack table. Porter was issued a summons on a misdemeanor battery charge after the Sunday altercation that began inside the Palms hotel-casino, Las Vegas Officer Martin Wright said. Porter could face up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. "It seems they go against each other on the field, and here they take it into the public," Wright said, citing an initial report from a Las Vegas police lieutenant who said the two players had a history of on-field trash talking with each other.


Clark to retire from competitive skiing

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PORTLAND, Maine - Three-time Olympian Kirsten Clark, the only skier to win four consecutive U.S. downhill titles, will retire after this month's Alpine championships. The 29-year-old skier, who won downhill titles from 1998-01, plans to complete her 13-year career at the U.S. Alpine Championships, which begin March 27 in Alyeska, Alaska.


Valdes named K-Met pitching coach

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KINGSPORT - Former major leaguer Marc Valdes will be the pitching coach for the Kingsport Mets this summer. Valdes, 35, saw time at the big-league level in parts of six seasons, ending with nine outings with Atlanta in 2001.


South's Witherspoon to swim at King

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Sullivan South senior Lindsey Witherspoon has signed a letter of intent to swim for King College. Witherspoon qualified for the Tennessee state meet all four years at South and was part of the Lady Rebels' 2005 Northeast Tennessee regional championship team.


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