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December 16, 2005 | Hector Becerra and Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writers
Former NFL football player Darrell Russell, whose prodigious physical talents were undercut by substance abuse and off-the-field problems, died early Thursday in a violent high-speed wreck that also killed a fellow ex-USC player who was driving the car. Their car jumped a curb on La Cienega Boulevard in the Pico-Robertson area and sheared a fire hydrant, a light pole and a tree before hitting an MTA bus and slamming into a wall.
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December 16, 2005 | Hector Becerra and Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writers
Former NFL football player Darrell Russell, whose prodigious physical talents were undercut by substance abuse and off-the-field problems, died early Thursday in a violent high-speed wreck that also killed a fellow ex-USC player who was driving the car. Their car jumped a curb on La Cienega Boulevard in the Pico-Robertson area and sheared a fire hydrant, a light pole and a tree before hitting an MTA bus and slamming into a wall.
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October 18, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First indications are that this is a guy with all the mobility of a refrigerator, which is roughly how he's built. You start with his calves. Darrell Russell's calves are like fire hydrants. Nobody has calves like this. They belong in the body parts hall of fame, right there with Lyndon Johnson's ears, Jay Leno's jaw, Jimmy Durante's nose, Louis Armstrong's larynx, Bob Lanier's feet. . . .
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July 9, 2005 | Martin Henderson, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The widow of top fuel drag racer Darrell Russell filed a civil lawsuit Thursday in Comal County District Court in New Braunfels, Texas, against the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the National Hot Rod Assn., and Simpson Helmets. Russell died from a head injury on June 27, 2004, after the left rear tire on his dragster exploded at more than 323 mph and he crashed during a race at Madison, Ill.
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August 23, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY
Sophomore tailback Delon Washington came out of Tuesday's morning workout with a sprained ankle, and sophomore defensive tackle Darrell Russell hopped off the field in the afternoon, favoring his left ankle. Washington caught a ball over the middle and fell awkwardly when hit. He spent the afternoon on crutches but said he didn't believe he would be sidelined long. Russell was scheduled for an X-ray.
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January 8, 1997 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There were no platitudes about doing it for his mother, to buy Eleanor Russell a house or a car. No, Darrell Russell's decision to leave USC after his junior season to seek employment in the NFL was the result of inquiry and investigation and, in the end, the money he expects to earn. "My motivation . . . was my position," he said Tuesday in announcing he would leave the Trojans with a season of eligibility remaining.
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February 2, 2002 | From Associated Press
Oakland Rai-der defensive tackle Darrell Russell and two other men were arrested Friday in Alameda on suspicion of drugging and sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman. Russell, serving a one-year NFL suspension after testing positive for the drug Ecstasy, had not been formally charged and was being held in jail, Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff said. Alameda Police Lt. Jim Brock said Russell's bail was set at $1.2 million and that he would be charged with seven counts of rape.
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November 7, 1997 | Associated Press
Thirteen Carolina Panther and Oakland Raider players were fined a total of $54,500 by the NFL on Thursday for their roles in a fight in Sunday's game. Raiders defensive tackles Chester McGlockton, fined $17,500, and Russell Maryland, fined $5,000, were both ejected after the fight, which came with 2:36 left in the Panthers' 38-14 victory. Four other Raiders were fined between $1,000 and $2,500, and seven Panthers were fined between $1,000 and $7,500.
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June 28, 2004 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
Top-fuel driver Darrell Russell was killed Sunday in Gateway International Raceway at Madison, Ill., after crashing at more than 320 mph at the Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals. He was 35. Russell's dragster was clocked at 322.73 mph over the final 66 feet of the quarter-mile straightaway, with an elapsed time of 4.611 seconds. A left rear tire then exploded, and the dragster crossed the center line.
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January 3, 2002 | Times Wire Services
Oakland Raider defensive tackle Darrell Russell cleaned out his locker Wednesday and began serving a one-year drug suspension after the league turned down his appeal. Russell, who tested positive for the drug Ecstasy, won't be eligible to play until Jan. 2, 2003, following Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's decision on the appeal.
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June 28, 2004 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
Top-fuel driver Darrell Russell was killed Sunday in Gateway International Raceway at Madison, Ill., after crashing at more than 320 mph at the Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals. He was 35. Russell's dragster was clocked at 322.73 mph over the final 66 feet of the quarter-mile straightaway, with an elapsed time of 4.611 seconds. A left rear tire then exploded, and the dragster crossed the center line.
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October 28, 2003 | From Associated Press
Defensive tackle Darrell Russell was released by the Oakland Raiders on Monday, shortly after the NFL reinstated him for completing a 1 1/2-season suspension for violating its substance-abuse policy. He now can be claimed off waivers. "We felt this was the best thing to do," Raider senior assistant Bruce Allen said. "He had some very good years here and showed all the promise we had hoped for.
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February 5, 2002 | From Wire Reports
A lawyer for Darrell Russell said Monday the Oakland Raider defensive tackle will plead not guilty to charges he drugged and raped a woman last week. Russell was charged Monday at Alameda with 25 counts relating to the alleged attack, and is being held in jail in lieu of $1.2-million bail. Police said they seized a videotape of the incident during a search of the house, occupied by Russell's teammate, safety Eric Johnson, where the victim says the alleged assault occurred early Thursday.
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February 2, 2002 | From Associated Press
Oakland Rai-der defensive tackle Darrell Russell and two other men were arrested Friday in Alameda on suspicion of drugging and sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman. Russell, serving a one-year NFL suspension after testing positive for the drug Ecstasy, had not been formally charged and was being held in jail, Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff said. Alameda Police Lt. Jim Brock said Russell's bail was set at $1.2 million and that he would be charged with seven counts of rape.
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January 3, 2002 | Times Wire Services
Oakland Raider defensive tackle Darrell Russell cleaned out his locker Wednesday and began serving a one-year drug suspension after the league turned down his appeal. Russell, who tested positive for the drug Ecstasy, won't be eligible to play until Jan. 2, 2003, following Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's decision on the appeal.
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October 9, 2001 | Associated Press
Darrell Russell returned to the Oakland Raiders on Monday after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Russell, who claimed the violation stemmed from a missed visit with a league representative, was welcomed back by the Raiders (3-1), who have been banged up on defense in recent weeks. "I'm going to give as much effort as I can," Russell said as he emerged from the team's headquarters. "I'm going to go 100 miles per hour."
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October 28, 2003 | From Associated Press
Defensive tackle Darrell Russell was released by the Oakland Raiders on Monday, shortly after the NFL reinstated him for completing a 1 1/2-season suspension for violating its substance-abuse policy. He now can be claimed off waivers. "We felt this was the best thing to do," Raider senior assistant Bruce Allen said. "He had some very good years here and showed all the promise we had hoped for.
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August 8, 2001 | Associated Press
Darrell Russell, an Oakland Raider defensive tackle and a former USC standout, was suspended Tuesday by the NFL for the first four regular-season games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Russell can be reinstated Oct. 1, after the Raiders' Sept. 30 game against Seattle. His suspension already was appealed unsuccessfully to the NFL. Russell said the violation was procedural and that he did not fail a substance-abuse test.
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February 3, 2001 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Amato has won six Budweiser Shootouts at Pomona Raceway--no one else has won more than two--and had reached the semifinals in the 2000 all-star top-fuel event before it was postponed last November for three months. Since then, however, Amato has retired, having undergone two laser eye surgeries to repair torn retinas.
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