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Reports: Donte Stallworth was driving drunk at time of accident

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver struck and killed a pedestrian.

March 20, 2009|Chris Foster | Staff and Wire Reports

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was driving drunk when he struck and killed a pedestrian in Miami, according to published and broadcast reports Thursday.

WSVN-TV reported Thursday that unnamed sources with knowledge of the investigation said Stallworth's blood-alcohol level was between .08 and .16.

The legal limit is .08.

The Miami Herald also cited an unnamed source as saying that Stallworth's blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit.

The Miami Beach Police Department refused to confirm the reports.

No charges have been filed against Stallworth, 28.

If Stallworth was drunk, he could be charged with DUI manslaughter, which carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence.

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The New England Patriots signed veteran wide receiver Joey Galloway, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in February after an injury-plagued year. . . . The New Orleans Saints have cut cornerback Mike McKenzie, who played five seasons with the Saints after the team acquired him in a 2004 trade with the Green Bay Packers.

GOLF

Furyk takes lead after first round

Jim Furyk made two long birdie putts and was equally thrilled with a 10-foot par save on his final hole that gave him a six-under 65 in the first round of the Transitions Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla. It was the first time he has held the outright lead since his last PGA Tour victory 20 months ago. Stephen Ames was one shot behind after a 66.

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The PGA Tour's stop in Memphis, Tenn., will be known as the St. Jude Classic for 2009, dropping its reference to the Stanford Financial Group, which is under investigation. . . . Annika Sorenstam said she is expecting her first child, about a year after ending her Hall of Fame career.

BASEBALL

Probation is asked for Tejada

A federal prosecutor recommended that All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada get probation and no prison time for misleading Congress about the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

U.S. attorney Jeffrey Taylor said in a memo to Federal Magistrate Judge Alan Kay that Tejada deserves that reduced sentence because he has admitted wrongdoing, accepted responsibility and has no criminal record.

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Catcher Ivan Rodriguez is set to join the Houston Astros as soon as his physical is complete. He and the Astros have agreed to a one-year, $1.5-million contract.

ETC.

Moya to miss spring practice

UCLA tight end Ryan Moya will miss spring practice after having two surgeries. Moya, who will be a senior, had his medial meniscus repaired in his right knee and also had scar tissue cleaned out in his right Achilles' tendon.

Moya, who had 38 receptions for 364 yards last season, is expected to be ready for fall camp in August.

-- Chris Foster

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Days after breaking the NHL record for wins by a goalie, the Devils' Martin Brodeur has been dealt an alimony setback by a New Jersey appeals court.

The court ruled that Brodeur must pay his ex-wife $500,000 a year until 2020.

Brodeur appealed, asking that he only be required to pay alimony until he retires, which he estimated to be in 2012.

According to court records, the marriage ended after Brodeur admitted to having an affair with his sister-in-law, who was living with the Brodeurs to help take care of their four children.

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Fredy Montero had a two goals and an assist, and the expansion Seattle Sounders FC came away with a convincing 3-0 win over the New York Red Bulls at Seattle to begin the 14th season of Major League Soccer. A crowd of 32,523 attended the match at Qwest Field.

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The Galaxy signed veteran defender Tony Sanneh, 37, who was a part of two MLS Cup championship teams with D.C. United.

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Skier Lindsey Vonn worries she might need a second operation on the thumb she sliced open on a champagne bottle last month. Vonn, the first American woman to win two overall World Cup titles, told the Associated Press she can't fully bend her right thumb.

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