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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers said Thursday they probably need public money to build a new stadium on a downtown site just east of Petco Park.

The team has said since 2002 that it wants to finance stadium construction privately, although they have sought a piece of public land to develop and help pay for the stadium.

Previous sites under consideration would have accommodated both a stadium and a related development project, the profits from which would help pay for the costs of the stadium.

Chargers attorney Mark Fabiani said Thursday that because the downtown site is just bigger than 10 acres, it would accommodate just the stadium and no related development to help pay for the stadium.

That would require other sources of funding, in addition to $200 million from the Chargers and a hoped-for $100 million loan from the NFL, Fabiani said.

Fabiani said the team, which plays at aging Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley, wants to put any stadium measure onto a public ballot.

Fabiani said it's too soon to say what other funding sources may be available. A redevelopment agency is sponsoring a financing study.

"Nonetheless, we believe it is important for everyone to understand that the downtown site might require some sort of taxpayer subsidy," Fabiani said.


COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Olympic medalists Gretchen Bleiler and Kelly Clark finished 1-2 in qualifying at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, the first of five halfpipe events that will determine America's 2010 Olympic team.

Bleiler, who won silver in Turin, and Clark, the gold medalist at the 2002 Games, finished ahead of Japan's Soko Yamaoka on Thursday. The top eight finishers advanced to the final Saturday.

Defending Olympic champion Hannah Teter didn't compete after injuring her shoulder in practice. She plans to compete next month in the next two Olympic qualifiers, both in Mammoth, Calif.


WICHITA, Kan. — Michael Machuga rolled a perfect game and broke the Professional Bowlers Association's 32-game scoring record to take the fourth-round lead Thursday night in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open.

The 33-year-old Machuga, from Erie, Pa., averaged 250.50 for 32 games, posting an actual total of 8,016 pins to break the PBA record of 7,940 set by Parker Bohn III in Japan in 1999. Machuga's bonus pins after posting a 5-3 record in match play, gave him a total of 8,166 pins and a 67-pin lead over Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla.

"I got off to a rocky start," said Machuga, who sold his Jeep to raise money for the trip to Wichita, "but all of a sudden, the lanes made sense, the carry is especially easy for me to read, and I've used the same ball for 28 of the 32 games."

Machuga threw the 24th perfect game of the tournament, tying the tour mark for most 300s in one event set in Peoria, Ill., in 1996. David Ruder of Edmond, Okla., then broke the record with 300 No. 25, and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., capped the first match-play round with the 26th 300.


LOS ANGELES — An Illinois insurance executive agreed to plead guilty to interstate stalking after secretly making nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, according to court documents filed Thursday and first obtained by The Associated Press.

Michael Barrett, 48, of Westmont, Ill., will plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman with the U.S. attorney's office.

Barrett is suspected of renting hotel rooms adjacent to Andrews in three cities last year, altering the peepholes and shooting videos of Andrews in two of the locations — in Columbus, Ohio, in February 2008 and in Nashville, Tenn., seven months later. He adjusted a hotel peephole in Milwaukee, Wis., in July 2008 and called 14 hotels to find out where Andrews was staying, prosecutors said.

Barrett is accused of uploading the videos to the Internet and trying to sell them to the Los Angeles-based celebrity gossip site TMZ this year. Several TV networks and newspapers aired or published images of Andrews taken from the videos.

"Mr. Barrett accepts full responsibility for his conduct," said Barrett's attorney David Willingham. "He apologizes to Ms. Andrews, and expresses his deep regret for his conduct that caused her so much pain. It is his sincere hope that these events can now become an opportunity to make positive changes in his life."

Barrett could face up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. But as long as he accepts his responsibility for his actions, shows remorse and stays out of trouble, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 27 months in prison, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Wesley Hsu.

Pro Hockey

DETROIT — Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says Dan Cleary will be out for about a month because of a separated shoulder.

Cleary was injured Wednesday night in Detroit's loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The forward has 16 points this season, trailing Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk on the team. Cleary had 40-plus points the previous three seasons for the Red Wings.

Detroit's rebuilding season has been more difficult than expected.

The franchise could not keep some of its key players such as Marian Hossa because of the salary cap. Then, the Red Wings lost Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams and defenseman Niklas Kronwall to injuries.

College Football

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Georgia's Drew Butler has won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's best punter.

Butler accepted the honor at the annual college football awards at Disney World on Thursday night. He beat out fellow nominees Zoltan Mesko of Michigan and Chas Henry of Florida.

Butler averaged 48.8 yards this season. He also had 17 punts downed inside the 20.

Butler's biggest punt this season came against Oklahoma State, booming a 75-yarder in a losing effort. He also punted a career-high seven times against LSU.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh has won the Outland Trophy honoring the nation's best interior lineman.

Suh accepted the award at the annual college football awards at Disney World on Thursday night. He also won the Chuck Bednarik Award honoring the nation's best defensive player earlier in the night.

He previously won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman and Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player.

The defensive lineman put on his best performance of the year against No. 2 Texas in the Big 12 title game. He matched his career high with 12 tackles and had 41/2; sacks as the Cornhuskers nearly upset the Longhorns.

Suh has led the Huskers in tackles two years in a row, with 50 of his 82 this season unassisted.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Two golfers quoted by a weekly magazine as making disparaging remarks about Tiger Woods and his marriage said Thursday night they never spoke to the publication.

In a story that Life & Style posted on its Web site, Ben Crane is quoted as saying Woods is a "phony and a fake" and that Woods' wife knew about allegations of extramarital affairs. It also quotes Charles Warren as saying Woods' wife "had stars in her eyes and maybe dollar signs too" and should leave him.

The magazine said in a statement it was investigating.

"This is unbelievable," Ben Crane told The Associated Press from his Dallas-area home. "I never said a word about anything. They print this and put my name next to it."

— The Associated Press

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