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Associated Press

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM


Ryan Leaf could serve Texas time in Montana prison

(Stations: Note Washington State interest.)

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The Texas prosecutor who brokered a 10-year probationary sentence for former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf in 2010 says he is working on a plea deal that would allow the Montana native to serve his sentence in his home state.

Randall County District Attorney James Farren said Tuesday that he'll seek a seven-year sentence against Leaf for violating terms of his probation when he was arrested for drug possession in Montana last year. A Texas judge would have to approve the deal.

Leaf, a former star at Washington State whose NFL career flamed out, currently is in a Montana prison after being kicked out of a drug treatment program.

He pleaded guilty in May to burglary and drug possession.


Washington State dismisses WR from team

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State has dismissed wide receiver Drew Loftus from the football team after his arrest for allegedly trying to steal a couple of bottles of alcohol from a grocery store.

Pullman police say Loftus tried to leave the Dissmore's IGA store early Friday morning with two bottles of tequila shoved into the waistband of his sweatpants.

The Spokesman-Review reported Tuesday that he was arrested on misdemeanor counts of theft, minor in possession of alcohol and minor intoxicated in public.

The 19-year-old Loftus caught one pass for 37 yards last year as a freshman.


Last count in Leach Texas Tech lawsuit dismissed

(Stations: Note Washington State interest.)

(Information in the following story is from: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The last remaining count in former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach's lawsuit stemming from his firing has been dismissed by a judge in Lubbock.

State District Judge William Sowder wrote the school and Leach's attorney Monday that Texas Tech didn't violate the coach's due process rights when he was fired in December 2009.

Texas Tech spokesman Chris Cook says the school is pleased with the decision. Leach's attorney Ted Liggett tells the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal is considering options that include a court appeal.

Sowder previously dismissed most of the other counts in Leach's lawsuit.

Leach sued a month after he was fired for alleged mistreatment of a player. He denied the accusation.

He was Texas Tech's most successful football coach and now coaches at Washington State.


Montana men's basketball player charged with DUI

(Stations: Note Auburn, Wash., interest.)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A sophomore on the University of Montana men's basketball team has been suspended for Thursday's game after being charged with driving under the influence.

UM athletic director Kent Haslam says Kevin Henderson was stopped Sunday by campus police and cited for driving with a blood-alcohol level of greater than 0.02 percent, which is the legal limit for drivers under the age of 21. Henderson is 20.

Henderson pleaded not guilty Monday in Municipal Court.

School officials announced Tuesday that Henderson was suspended for Thursday's home game against Northern Colorado for violating the student-athlete conduct code.

Griz coach Wayne Tinkle says the conduct code is clear on the punishment, but it's also important that Henderson learn and grow from the situation.

The 6-foot-5 forward from Auburn, Wash., is averaging 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.


Neff first Yukon Quest musher to reach Dawson City

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Defending champion Hugh Neff has the lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Neff was the first musher Tuesday to reach Dawson City. He pulled into the checkpoint about two hours ahead of Allen Moore.

Last year's race was a battle between Moore and Neff. Moore led much of the race but Neff passed him in the end to win by 26 seconds in the closest finish ever in the 1,000-mile Quest.

The race began Saturday with 26 teams, and will finish in downtown Fairbanks.