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McPherson Charged in Theft of Check

November 28, 2002|From Times Wire Services

Former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson was arrested Wednesday on charges of stealing a blank check and receiving nearly $3,500 after it was cashed.

McPherson, kicked off the team Monday by Coach Bobby Bowden, surrendered to police and was later released after posting bail.

The sophomore, who started the last four games for the Seminoles, was charged with misdemeanor theft for stealing a blank check from R&R Truck Accessories in Tallahassee, Fla., and felony grand theft for receiving stolen goods after the check was cashed.

A McPherson friend, Melvin Capers Jr., was arrested earlier and charged with grand theft and passing a forged check. He was released on bail Monday.

Police said Capers cashed a $3,500 check and gave the money to McPherson, who then gave his friend $30 "to get something to eat."

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Texas A&M player Brandon Fails died from a blood clot that formed as a result of a leg injury, according to preliminary results from the Travis County medical examiner's office.

The 6-foot-1, 307-pound Fails hurt his right knee in practice and had knee surgery Oct. 22.

When a blood clot, or a portion of it, breaks free and circulates through the bloodstream to the lungs it can become trapped in the arteries. If the clot restricts blood flow to a large section of the lungs, sudden death can result.

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Bobby Williams, who was fired Nov. 4 as coach of Michigan State, will receive $550,000 in a contract settlement with the school.... Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser, who suffered a high right ankle sprain, pulled calf muscle and bruised knee against Washington, remains on crutches and says swelling must go down before doctors can determine if he will play Dec. 7 against UCLA. Linebacker Jason David and cornerback Ira Davis will play against the Bruins. Davis was suspended by Coach Mike Price before the Oregon game for breaking David's cheekbone in a locker-room assault. Price decided Davis would remain on suspension until David was ready to play.... Miami defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (calf injury) is expected to play against Syracuse.... Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang (injuries to left knee and the thumb on his throwing hand) says he's ready to play against Alabama.... Nevada Coach Chris Tormey has been give a one-year contract extension.

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