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Javaris Crittenton due in L.A. courtroom

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The former Laker was robbed of $55,000 worth of jewelry in April, police say. He is accused of fatally shooting a woman Aug. 19, and is to appear in court in L.A. on Wednesday.

August 30, 2011|Wire reports

A former Laker player who is accused of shooting an Atlanta woman to death appeared to be retaliating for being robbed of $55,000 worth of jewelry, police said.

Javaris Crittenton, who was suspended from the NBA along with his ex-teammate Gilbert Arenas for having guns in a locker room, was arrested late Monday at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. He has been charged with murder in the Aug. 19 shooting death of Jullian Jones outside her house in Atlanta, the FBI said.

Crittenton's attorneys have said he will exonerated.

Crittenton told police he and a friend were leaving a barbershop around 10:50 p.m. April 21 when two teenagers surprised them as they returned to their car, according to police report released to the Associated Press.

One teenager held Crittenton at gunpoint and ordered him to "give me what you got," he told police. He said he handed over a $25,000 black diamond necklace, a $30,000 black diamond watch, an iPhone and $25 cash, according to the report.

Jane Robison of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said prosecutors expect to charge Crittenton Wednesday with being a fugitive from justice and he may be arraigned on Wednesday too.

An Atlanta Police spokeswoman said the timetable for Crittenton's return depends on whether he waives extradition.

Jones, a 23-year-old mother of four, was outside her house with 18-year-old Trontavious Stephens when a black Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid pulled up and opened fire. Authorities have said they don't believe Jones was the intended target. Stephens told the Associated Press he had never met Crittenton and wasn't involved in the robbery.

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De La Hoya says he's been going to rehab

Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya says he thought about suicide and has been going to rehab because he has become dependent on drugs and alcohol.

In an interview with Spanish-language network Univision that aired Tuesday night, De La Hoya says he has been sober for three months after hitting rock bottom within the past two years.

He said he was unfaithful to his wife and that they were separated for a while.

Rick Adelman was in Minnesota Tuesday to meet with the Timberwolves again, the second time this month that he has traveled from his home in Oregon to talk about the team's vacant head coaching position.

Adelman arrived in the Twin Cities on Tuesday to meet with owner Glen Taylor and other Timberwolves officials, a person with knowledge of the discussions told the Associated Press.

The 65-year-old Adelman is 945-616 in 20 seasons as a head coach of four NBA teams.

The Timberwolves are coming off an NBA-worst 17-65 season under Kurt Rambis.

Team executives have also interviewed Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Sam Mitchell and Bernie Bickerstaff for the job.

The Philadelphia Flyers signed forward James van Riemsdyk to a six-year contract extension.

The Flyers and van Riemsdyk announced the news on their Twitter feeds.

He had 21 goals and 40 points last year with the Flyers, then scored seven goals in 11 playoff games.

He's expected to carry a bigger offensive burden this season with the departures of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

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