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Mitch Mustain has a chance to avoid criminal charges

The former USC quarterback will avoid misdemeanor charges if he completes a drug education and community service program.

March 16, 2011|Staff and wire reports

Former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain, who was arrested last month on suspicion of selling prescription narcotics, will not face misdemeanor charges if he completes a pre-file diversion program, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office said Wednesday.

Mustain, 23, must complete a drug-education program, perform 100 hours of community service and not be involved in another instance with police over the course of one year, city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said.

Mustain was arrested for allegedly selling Adderall, an amphetamine, to an undercover officer in the San Fernando Valley. But the Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to file charges because the substance sold to the undercover officer was "lisdexamfetamine dimesylate," which is not listed as a controlled substance.

County prosecutors sent the case to the city attorney for a possible misdemeanor filing.

Mustain did not return phone calls seeking comment.

—Gary Klein

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Mike Dunleavy testifies in lawsuit

Former Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy testified Wednesday that he routinely overrode then-executive vice president Elgin Baylor on player-personnel matters.

As Baylor's wrongful-termination lawsuit against the team continued in Los Angeles, Dunleavy said in sworn statements that he was told by owner Donald Sterling to take a more aggressive role in personnel matters because Baylor was "getting up in age, getting older, [that] you should take on a part of this."

Dunleavy said he took to discussing possible trades with other team officials and discussed free-agent signings with Sterling and team President Andy Roeser outside Baylor's presence.

Asked why he sought input from Sterling and not Baylor, Dunleavy testified, "He [Sterling] owned the team, he made all the decisions. ... It had to be approved by Mr. Sterling."

Baylor, 76, claims in his suit that the team committed age discrimination. He is seeking unspecified damages.

Dunleavy said he handled by himself the 2008 acquisition of Marcus Camby.

When asked why answers in a prior sworn deposition conflicted with his Wednesday testimony — in which Dunleavy signed a document saying he had not witnessed any discrimination against Baylor by the Clippers — he said he was telling the truth Wednesday.

Dunleavy has filed a claim against the Clippers to collect money after being fired by the team as coach and general manager last year.

—Lance Pugmire

Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar has lost an eye after he was struck in the face by a line drive while watching a spring training game.

Braves General Manager Frank Wren said Wednesday that doctors were unable to save Salazar's left eye after the accident March 9. The former major league player expects to manage Lynchburg (Va.) of the Class-A Carolina League this season.

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Tiger Woods said he will play the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week in Florida. Woods has won the event at Bay Hill six times.

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Marty Marion, the brilliant shortstop and 1944 National League most valuable player with the St. Louis Cardinals and a former manager of the Cardinals and St. Louis Browns, has died. He was 93.

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