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'Family Ties' actor facing assault charges

'Family Ties' actor facing assault charges
by Dallas Johnson

Brian Bonsall, former "Family Ties" actor, was charged Friday with second-degree assault in Colorado after he repeatedly hit a friend of his in the head with a broken wooden stool, the Denver Channel reported.

Bosnall, 28, appeared in court Wednesday morning.  Police said he was involved in a fight last Saturday in Boulder, Colo.

Bonsall faces between two and six years in prison if convicted, the Huffington Post reported.

Police arrested Bosnall last week.  He is being held a $7,500 bond.

Bosnall told officers he was drinking that night and did not remember what had happened.  H did, however, tell officers that the man who called police was his "best friend."

Police were called to the scene three times before Bosnall was arrested.

Bosnall was also had a warrant for missing a court date in 2007 for a different case.  That case involved violating bond conditions for a case in which he had been sentenced to two years probation for assaulting his girlfriend.

Bosnall played Andy Keaton, the youngest sibling, on the NBC sitcom, Family Ties.

Restraining order issued to Ravens' Suggs

Restraining order issued to Ravens' Suggs
by Dallas Johnson

A temporary restraining order has been issued by a woman to Baltimore Ravens' linebacker Terrell Suggs, ESPN reported.

The order was filed Friday in the District Court of Maryland, Sports Illustrated reported.  It states that Suggs cannot abuse, contact or enter the home of the woman involved, pending a hearing scheduled for Dec. 11.

Suggs does not have a previous arrest record.

Kevin Byrne, a spokesman for the Ravens said that the team is "aware of the situation."  He added that the team has "discussed the matter with Terrell."

Suggs status on the team has not changed due to the incident.

Suggs injured his knee in a game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 16.  He has been sidelined ever since.  He is doubtful for the Ravens' game Monday night against the Packers in Green Bay.

Titans owner fined for rude gesture

Titans owner fined for rude gesture

by Dallas Johnson


Bud Adams, the owner of the Tennessee Titans, was fined $250,000 by NFL Monday for making rude gestures Sunday, ESPN reported.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Adams of the fine on Monday.  League spokesman Greg Aiello said the fine was for "conduct detrimental to the league."

Adams was photographed giving the middle finger to Buffalo Bills fans from his owner's box near the end of the Titans 41-17 victory over the Bills, CNN reported.

Adams, 86, apologized Monday for his actions.  "I got caught up in the excitement of a great day, but I do realize that those types of things shouldn't happen," Adams said.

The Bills and Titans have a rivalry that has existed since the the 1960s when both teams were in the AFL.  At the time, the Titans were the Houston Oilers.

Adams was one of the founders of the AFL along with Bills owner Ralph Wilson.

"I obviously have a great deal of respect for [Bills owner] Ralph Wilson and the history we have shared. I also understand there will probably be league discipline for my actions and I will accept those," Adams said.

The game was part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the AFL.  Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said he knew Adams was exited for the game because of the history between Adams and Wilson and the two teams.

The two teams have had many emotional playoff games, including the Music City Miracle in 2000. 

This is the biggest fine the NFL has issued an individual since New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 for illegally taping opponents on the sidelines.





Gopher recruit suspended, faces charges

Gopher recruit suspended, faces charges
by Dallas Johnson

Royce White, the Minnesota men's basketball highly touted recruit, was suspended Tuesday by head coach Tubby Smith, who cited team rules violations stemming from a legal incident, ESPN reported.

White also faces misdemeanor charges of theft and fifth-degree assault for an incident Oct. 13 at the Mall of America.

Police Cmdr. Jim Ryan said White tried to shoplift a pair of pants under his sweatpants.  When he was confronted, White shoved a security guard who worked at Macy's several times.

White was later found by Bloomington police and was made to give the pants and a stolen shirt found back.  The items totaled $100.

The Bloomington city attorney's office said that White has an arraignment set for Nov. 17.

White sat out of Thursday's exhibition opener against the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  Smith has said that White will be out for Monday's exhibition game against Minnesota State-Moorehead as well.

The suspension "could be two games. It could be five, six. It could be more," Smith said, "it could be 20. It depends on what I want, what I decide."

White's suspension comes alongside the suspension of senior Devron Bostick.  Bostick was suspended for violations of team rules, Smith said.

White's suspension also comes after junior college transfer Trevor Mbakwe's suspension.  Mbakwe is being held out of all games until his felony aggravated battery charge, stemming from an incident in Miami in April, goes through the legal process.

Mbakwe is scheduled to have a trial court date Dec. 14.

Three arrested in stabbing of Connecticut player Jasper Howard

Three arrested in stabbing of Connecticut player Jasper Howard

by Dallas Johnson


A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder of Jasper Howard, a University of Connecticut football player, earlier this month, CNN reported.

John Lomax III and two others was arrested Tuesday on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, Maj. Ron Blicher of the UConn Police Department said.

Lomax had his bail set at $2 million. Hakim Muhammad, 20, is also facing felony charges.  His bail was set at $750,000.

The third person arrested was Jamal Todd, 21.  He was released on a $5,000 bond, police said.  He faces charges of falsely reporting and incident to police and a misdemeanor charge of reckless endagerment.

Jasper Howard, 20, was stabbed Oct. 18 during a fight after a school dance.  He later died at a Hartford hospital.

the fight started after Todd pulled a fire alarm, causing more than  300 people to exit the building on the Connecticut campus in Storrs,.  The fight broke out on the way out of the building, police said. Howard and another football player, Brian Parket, were stabbed in the fight.

Parker was treated and released from the hospital the next day.

The Huskies had their first home game after the incident Saturday.  Fans lined the street, in shirts with Howard's number six on them, to shake the hands of the football players on the way to the stadium, ESPN reported.

Players wore a sticker with Howard's initials during the game.  Connecticut's opponent, Rutgers, showed support by putting Howard's number on the back of their helmets.

Connecticut lost the game 28-24.

Lomax and Muhammad will have their first court appearances Wednesday.  Todd is scheduled for Nov. 10.


Maldives cabinet holds meeting underwater

Maldives cabinet holds meeting underwater

by Dallas Johnson

The president of Maldives and his Cabinet held a meeting underwater Saturday to call attention to the problems climate change would bring to the chain of islands, CNN reported.

President Mohamed Nasheed and his Cabinet donned scuba gear and descended 16 feet under water, using hand signals to communicate, to show the issue major climate changes pose to the lowest-lying nation on Earth, the president's Web site said.

The president and Cabinet signed a declaration asking all nations to cut their carbon dioxide emmissions, MSNBC reported.  The declaration will be presented at a U.N. climate summit in December in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The president is worried that the nation, comprised of islands who average just 7 feet above sea level, could end up underwater within a century if the polar ice caps continue to melt.

"We are trying to send our message to let the world know what is happening and what will happen to the Maldives if climate change isn't checked," Nasheed said.

The president fears that if nothing is done in December, the entire nation will die.  However, Nasheed had already announced he was in search of a new homeland to buy for the 350,000 population if the U.N. can't deliver a resolution. 

The wet suits worn to the meeting have been signed and auctioned in order to raise money for coral reef protection in the Maldives. 




Coyotes would stay in Glendale

Coyotes would stay in Glendale

by Dallas Johnson


Billionaire Jim Balsillie said that he would keep the Phoneix Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. for at least one year if he were to buy the franchise, ESPN reported.

Balsillie revised his earlier offers to buy the team in a last-ditch counter to the NHL's bid to buy the team.

The NHL offered $140 million to buy the struggling franchise.  Balsillie, however, offered more than $240 million.

He also said that he would keep the Coyotes in Glendale for next season, instead of moving the team to Hamiltion, Ont.

However, Balsillie also said that he does plan on moving the team to Hamilton after the upcoming season, according to Sports Illustrated.

The pitch was seen as a ploy to sell tickets by the Coyotes current owner Jerry Moyes.

"It's been impossible to sell tickets because nobody knows if it's going to be here," Moyes said.

If the team deserves to be here, Moyes said, then this is the opportunity to get fans to the game.

If fans do not show up, and a decision is not made between the NHL and Balsillie, then the franchise might not survive.

"They're having trouble selling tickets," said Alan Meda, an attorney for the NHL.  "This team will not live.  It cannot afford to delay a decision."



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