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March 31, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Ryan Leaf, the former No. 1 draft pick of the San Diego Chargers, has been arrested in his hometown of Great Falls, Mont., on suspicion of burglary and drug possession. The former NFL quarterback, a standout at Washington State before he was selected second overall behind Peyton Manning in the 1998 draft and became one of the league's biggest busts, was booked on felony charges of burglary of a residence and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, plus misdemeanor theft, according to Cascade County Detention Center Officer Robert Rivera.
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January 17, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been moved from a drug treatment center to the state prison in Deer Lodge, Mont., after being kicked out of the center for poor behavior. "The Montana Department of Corrections terminated Leaf from the treatment program and placed him in prison after he was found guilty of behavior that violated conditions of his drug treatment placement," Dawn Handa, regional probation and parole administrator in Great Falls, said in a statement. "The violations included threatening a program staff member.
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April 2, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Ryan Leaf was arrested early Monday morning in Montana on charges of burglary, theft and two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs - two days after posting bail for similar charges. Central Montana Drug Force Commander Chris Hickman says Leaf was arrested in Great Falls on charges stemming from a burglary on Sunday and was also being detained on a probation violation. The former NFL quarterback has a court hearing later Monday but cannot be released from jail since the probation violation does not carry a bond.
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May 2, 2012 | T.J. Simers
A few months ago, the radio daughter and I were in Las Vegas for March Madness and she said she heard Junior Seau was signing autographs across the hall. I bounced from my chair, and at my age bouncing doesn't come so easily anymore. But just the mention of his name prompted this incredible feeling of joy, and what a delight it would be to say hello again to someone always so full of life. How do you not remember someone who took it upon himself to work with the basketball daughter?
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January 17, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been moved from a drug treatment center to the state prison in Deer Lodge, Mont., after being kicked out of the center for poor behavior. "The Montana Department of Corrections terminated Leaf from the treatment program and placed him in prison after he was found guilty of behavior that violated conditions of his drug treatment placement," Dawn Handa, regional probation and parole administrator in Great Falls, said in a statement. "The violations included threatening a program staff member.
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April 17, 2010 | T.J. Simers
Met the punk 12 years ago, the angry and shockingly ineffective quarterback for the Chargers that I knew then sounding nothing like the Ryan Leaf I am talking to now. The notion we might talk again seems so far-fetched, at the start Leaf admitting to being "very apprehensive," but saying, "I was a phony person for so long, it's so freeing now to tell the truth." The recovering addict -- 33 now, repentant, trying to make amends and yet eager to still make a difference with the rest of his life -- is a few days removed from being sentenced to 10 years of probation on eight felony drug charges.
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December 21, 1997 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ryan Leaf is one of the few quarterbacks for whom third-and-20 is no big deal. He is the only quarterback to lead Washington State (10-1) to the Rose Bowl since 1931. Leaf also led the school to its highest ranking ever, No. 8, while tearing up opposing defenses and the Pac-10 record book. "Ryan Leaf is the best quarterback in America," said Coach Mike Price, who lured Leaf to the school by promising him a trip to the Rose Bowl. The most gifted football player to come out from Great Falls, Mont.
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August 11, 1998 | T.J. SIMERS
Met the punk the other day, before all of San Diego fell in love with him after he had made the Kevin Gilbride-coached Chargers a winner, admittedly a feat to rival anything ever accomplished by Edison or Einstein. Got the full Ryan Leaf treatment, too, the know-it-all shrugs, derogatory Peyton Manning remarks and flippant answers, while observing he was the only football player at lunch to leave his dirty dishes behind for someone else to clean up. So what did you expect from a kid?
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November 1, 1997 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It will be alone, next spring, a fishing pole in hand, sitting on the banks of a faraway Montana stream, that the realization will hit Ryan Leaf: He is the big fish out of water. His luring and baiting already have begun. Last Sunday, the day after Washington State beat Arizona, 35-34 in overtime, the star junior quarterback for the 7-0, 10th-ranked Cougars went out for a burger and fries in Pullman. "I'm pulling up in the McDonald's drive-through and the guy goes, 'Aren't you Ryan Leaf?'
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August 20, 2006 | John Mcfarland, Associated Press
Ryan Leaf's eyes are bloodshot and his hair is matted down at the end of a 17-hour workday. The new quarterbacks coach at West Texas A&M sets aside his Styrofoam tobacco spit cup and pauses to check the upcoming schedule. It'll be another long day all right, with practice, meetings and plenty of time stuck in his cramped office. Leaf estimates he spends at least 70 hours a week in his new job at this Division II school -- all for no paycheck.
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April 2, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Matt Cain has that hefty new contract he hoped for before opening day. Cain and the San Francisco Giants agreed Monday to a $127.5-million, six-year contract, the largest deal for a right-handed pitcher in baseball history. The agreement adds $112.5 million over five years to the $15-million salary for 2012 that was remaining in his previous deal. Cain gets a $5-million signing bonus as part of the new contract and $20 million annually from 2013-17. The deal includes a $21-million option for 2018 with a $7.5-million buyout that, if exercised, would raise the total to $141 million over seven seasons.
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April 2, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Ryan Leaf was arrested early Monday morning in Montana on charges of burglary, theft and two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs - two days after posting bail for similar charges. Central Montana Drug Force Commander Chris Hickman says Leaf was arrested in Great Falls on charges stemming from a burglary on Sunday and was also being detained on a probation violation. The former NFL quarterback has a court hearing later Monday but cannot be released from jail since the probation violation does not carry a bond.
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March 31, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Ryan Leaf, the former No. 1 draft pick of the San Diego Chargers, has been arrested in his hometown of Great Falls, Mont., on suspicion of burglary and drug possession. The former NFL quarterback, a standout at Washington State before he was selected second overall behind Peyton Manning in the 1998 draft and became one of the league's biggest busts, was booked on felony charges of burglary of a residence and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, plus misdemeanor theft, according to Cascade County Detention Center Officer Robert Rivera.
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July 9, 2011 | By David Wharton
No-so-fabulous fives Not all high school phenoms and first-round draft picks achieve greatness on the big stage. The journey from rising star to superstar can be long and fraught with peril. Staff writer David Wharton looks at five examples in four major sports: Basketball LaRue Martin (1972-76): The top pick of the 1972 draft, Martin lasted four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, averaging 5.3 points a game. Sam Bowie (1984-95): Another Trail Blazers first-rounder had a decent career — but Portland could have picked Michael Jordan.
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April 17, 2010 | T.J. Simers
Met the punk 12 years ago, the angry and shockingly ineffective quarterback for the Chargers that I knew then sounding nothing like the Ryan Leaf I am talking to now. The notion we might talk again seems so far-fetched, at the start Leaf admitting to being "very apprehensive," but saying, "I was a phony person for so long, it's so freeing now to tell the truth." The recovering addict -- 33 now, repentant, trying to make amends and yet eager to still make a difference with the rest of his life -- is a few days removed from being sentenced to 10 years of probation on eight felony drug charges.
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August 20, 2006 | John Mcfarland, Associated Press
Ryan Leaf's eyes are bloodshot and his hair is matted down at the end of a 17-hour workday. The new quarterbacks coach at West Texas A&M sets aside his Styrofoam tobacco spit cup and pauses to check the upcoming schedule. It'll be another long day all right, with practice, meetings and plenty of time stuck in his cramped office. Leaf estimates he spends at least 70 hours a week in his new job at this Division II school -- all for no paycheck.
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October 17, 1998
I never thought I'd be saying this, but T.J. Simers' article on Ryan Leaf [Oct. 10] was a brilliant piece of sportswriting. It was funny, clever and relentless, but more important, Simers explored the larger issues that underlay his subject, and did so in an entertaining way. Ryan Leaf looks more and more like the latest self-involved, egomaniacal brat to come down the road--truly a man to root against in every way--but his childish behavior has...
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January 24, 1998 | Times News Services
Minnesota Viking Coach Dennis Green, who sparred with club management throughout the season, reportedly has threatened to resign unless he gets a contract extension. The New York Times reported Friday that Green has asked for an answer on a contract extension by Tuesday and is prepared to sit out the 1998 season if necessary. * Indianapolis quarterback Jim Harbaugh has heard that the Colts will take either Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf with the No.
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November 17, 2005 | Robyn Norwood
They've turned over a new Leaf at Oregon, and how many more times is Brady Leaf going to hear that one? He is the youngest brother of Ryan Leaf, perhaps the most outrageous bust in the history of the NFL draft, and Saturday he helped No. 10 Oregon to a 34-31 victory at Washington State, his brother's alma mater. "They were on my case a little bit.
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April 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
Standing at a podium in a party tent six years ago, San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos gushed about the team's new quarterback, obtained with the second pick in the draft. "He's the future," said Spanos, who couldn't make it any clearer he loathed going to New York to exercise such a high pick. "Quite frankly, this man will solve all those problems for the next 15 years, and I told him that." Oops! The Chargers had stumbled into merely the worst judgment call in franchise history.
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