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March 13, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
Former NFL player Darren Sharper, charged with drugging and raping two women in Hollywood, was ordered Thursday to remain in jail without bail after an Arizona grand jury indicted him on charges of committing two sexual assaults in Arizona. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Renee Korn rejected efforts by Sharper's attorneys, Blair Berk and Larry Levine, to have the Super Bowl-winning safety released from L.A. County custody on house arrest with GPS monitoring. They had asked that he be allowed to surrender to authorities in Arizona, where an indictment was unsealed this week.
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SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | By Gary Klein
The NFL draft will be held May 8-10, giving former USC receiver Marqise Lee about eight more weeks to prepare for the next stage of his career. Lee, projected as a possible first-round draft pick, participated in USC's pro day workout on Tuesday but did not run the 40-yard dash. The 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner was timed in 4.52 seconds at the NFL scouting combine last month in Indianapolis. After he completed his workout Tuesday, Lee said there was some “stage fright” at the combine.
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March 13, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Dion Bailey has gone through physical and psychological testing for the NFL draft. But the former USC safety said his pro opportunity in May should come down to the tale of the tape. His game tape. “A lot of people get all hyped about the testing and things like that,” Bailey said Tuesday after USC's pro day workout on campus. “We play football. Just let my tape speak for me.” Bailey started for two seasons at linebacker and one at safety before declaring for the draft with a season of eligibility remaining.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather
An Arizona grand jury has indicted Darren Sharper on five sexual assault and drug-related counts, the latest development in multiple sexual assault investigations against the former NFL star that have kept him in a Los Angeles jail. The indictment on two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs involve attacks that occurred in Tempe, Ariz., on Nov. 20, 2013, police said Wednesday. In all, the former New Orleans Saints safety, 38, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least eight women in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Tempe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014
Mohammad Qasim Fahim Influential Afghan vice president Influential Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, 57, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country's civil war, died Sunday of natural causes in Kabul. He had diabetes and other ailments. Fahim was an ethnic Tajik who was the top deputy of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the charismatic Northern Alliance commander who was killed in an Al Qaeda suicide bombing two days before the Sept.
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March 8, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Down, set… shop! NFL free agency opens this week, and with the salary cap set at $133 million per team, each club has $10 million more in buying power than it did last season. Although the signing period doesn't begin until Tuesday at 1 p.m. PDT, the league this off-season has made time for some window-shopping. In an attempt to cut down on tampering, the league has instituted a three-day negotiating period, which began Saturday morning, allowing teams to discuss contract numbers with agents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper is expected to remain in a Los Angeles jail this week as he awaits a court hearing Friday, his latest appearance amid a string of sexual assault investigations spanning five states. Los Angeles prosecutors charged the former New Orleans Saints safety last month with two counts of rape and five drug counts, alleging he attacked two women in two separate incidents. He was free on $1-million bail but was taken into custody again Thursday after New Orleans police issued a warrant for his arrest, alleging Sharper and an acquaintance assaulted two women there.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Extra-point kicks could get extra interesting this summer. Of course, even mildly interesting would be an upgrade. NFL kickers made a record 99.6% of their PATs last season, making that the most sure-fire play in football. But according to NFL.com's Judy Battista, the league's competition committee has discussed experimenting in the preseason with placing the ball at the 25-yard line on extra-point kicks -- which would mean 42-yard attempts. Last season, kickers made 83% of their field-goal attempts that were 40 to 49 yards long.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The NFL on Tuesday reinstated former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner from an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The suspension for using marijuana ended Browner's season in December and thrust the 29-year-old's career into doubt. In a  dispatch on Twitter , however, the open-ended punishment went up in smoke. “I realize now more than ever that being part of the NFL is not a right but a privilege,” Browner wrote. “I am grateful that Commissioner [Roger]
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March 4, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is unhappy with the NFL for banning a particular racial slur during games next season, and has a reason for it that some may find unusual. “I think it's absurd,” Baldwin told the Tacoma News Tribune . “I understand Roger Goodell and his safety council, or whoever they are, they're trying to do this with good intentions. … Maybe. But, if you look at it, the only people who say the N-word on the football field are African Americans.
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