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ROSEVILLE, Mich. — Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Tommie Boyd faces another criminal sexual conduct charge after authorities say the high school track coach had sexual contact with a third teenage student.

The 38-year-old was arraigned in the latest case Wednesday in Roseville. He was arraigned last week on charges of criminal sexual conduct and accosting a child for immoral purposes in two other cases.

The latest charge accuses Boyd of forcing a then 16-year-old girl to have sex in 2006 at Fraser High School, where he was a substitute teacher and track coach.

Defense lawyer Todd Flood says Boyd is not guilty.

Boyd was being held at the Macomb County Jail and his bond was increased from $300,000 to $400,000 Wednesday.

Boyd played for the Lions in 1997 and 1998.

College Football

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State will not play in Seattle in 2010 but will return to Seattle's Qwest Field next year.

Athletic director Jim Sterk announced Wednesday that WSU will play all six of its home games on campus at Martin Stadium this coming season.

The Cougars will resume their annual game in Seattle on Sept. 10, 2011, against UNLV.

Washington State has played one game in Seattle each season since 2002. The contract ended after last season's game against Hawaii.

Sterk said Washington State needs to draw about 50,000 for a Seattle game to make it worth moving the game away from Pullman.

MOBILE, Ala. — Tim Tebow says he has been battling strep throat leading up to the Senior Bowl.

Tebow said after Wednesday's practice that he had been "kinda sick" since Saturday. The Florida quarterback hasn't missed any practice time with the illness in preparing for this weekend's game for senior NFL prospects.

He said he went to see doctors and still wasn't quite 100 percent at midweek. A Senior Bowl official had said a day earlier that Tebow was "a little under the weather" but didn't have strep.

Asked if he was fully recovered, Tebow joked with a reporter, "Not quite, you want to give me a hug?"

He said he is feeling more comfortable with the offense and taking snaps under center. He mostly lined up in the shotgun for the Gators.

Pro Basketball

HOUSTON — Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith made a last-minute, "good-faith" payment to a Houston attorney before Wednesday's game against the Rockets to stall a lawsuit filed against him.

Smith was named as the defendant in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Harris District Court by high-profile lawyer Rusty Hardin, a Rockets' season ticket holder.

Hardin was hired to represent Smith in 2006, after Smith was accused of breaking a player's jaw in a pick-up game at a Houston recreation center. That case was settled, but Hardin's lawsuit claims Smith failed to pay $22.753.51 in legal fees.

Dale Jefferson, Hardin's attorney, had threatened to serve Smith with legal papers before Wednesday's game at the Toyota Center.

WASHINGTON — As if having guns in the locker room wasn't enough of a headache, it turns out sale of the Washington Wizards might not be going as smoothly as thought.

A person close to presumptive buyer Ted Leonsis told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Leonsis' group is "surprised and disappointed" about an internal e-mail among Wizards staff. The e-mail seeks to downplay the perception the Leonsis will be the inevitable new owner and says "there is no exclusive right for anyone to purchase the Wizards."

Longtime Wizards owner Abe Pollin died in November. Leonsis, whose Lincoln Holdings group owns 44 percent of the Wizards and the rest of Pollin's Washington Sports & Entertainment empire, has the inside track to purchase the other 56 percent and would have to fail to clear all of several hurdles not to do so.

The e-mail, written by WS&E president of business operations Peter Biche and first obtained by The Washington Post, says there's nothing to keep the Pollin family from marketing the Wizards to other potential buyers "at this time."

WASHINGTON — The locker-room guns saga isn't anywhere close to being over for the Washington Wizards, even with the news that Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton are suspended for the rest of the season.

Team president Ernie Grunfeld isn't ruling out the possibility of voiding the remainder of Arenas' $111 million contract.

The season is a mess, and Arenas' situation will have a significant effect on the team's plans at the trade deadline.

Plus, any moves involving Arenas will be influenced by the punishment he receives when he is sentenced March 26 for felony gun possession.

Grunfeld says the team is exploring all its options. Of Arenas, he said: "When something serious like this happens, people have to be responsible for their actions."

Pro Hockey

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Mike Danton played his first hockey game since being released from prison, scoring a goal in Saint Mary's University's 4-1 loss to Acadia on Wednesday night in front of about 2,000 fans at the Halifax Forum.

Danton, the 29-year-old former NHL player convicted in 2004 in a murder-for-hire plot in the United States, was released from prison last March.

The prosecution in the case said the target of the murder plot was David Frost, Danton's agent at the time, but Danton suggested to the National Parole Board last year that the intended victim was his father.

— The Associated Press

Wearing No. 24, Danton jumped over the boards for the first time 2 minutes into the game, threw a big hit behind the Acadia goal and narrowly missed setting up a goal.

Danton had a number of chances throughout the game and finally connected about 11 minutes into the third period, converting a pass from linemate Cam Fergus to cut it to 3-1. The crowd gave Danton a standing ovation.


LONDON — British network Sky Sports says it will broadcast the world's first live sports event in 3-D when Arsenal hosts Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Soccer fans will wear special glasses at nine pubs across Britain and Ireland, providing the public's first taste of live 3-D soccer ahead of Sky's dedicated channel launching in April.

Previous 3-D trials have been limited to closed-circuit broadcasts in Britain and the United States — including one on the giant screens at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium during a game — but the BSkyB channel will be transmitting Sunday's match via regular satellite decoder boxes to selected pubs in Britain and Ireland.

Sky is claiming the 3-D milestone a week before England's meeting with Wales in the Six Nations rugby tournament was due to be the first.

The United States won't witness live sports in 3-D until June, when ESPN broadcasts the World Cup.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The U.S. Olympic Committee attacked non-official advertising tied to next month's Vancouver Olympics, claiming it damages the companies that struck official deals.

The statement did not identify any companies but an Olympic official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said it was a response to ads by the Subway restaurant chain featuring Michael Phelps and ads by Verizon Communications, Inc.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because these details weren't in the release, said the statement also was aimed at heading off additional companies lacking official Olympic deals from airing Olympic-themed ads.

"Olympism is based upon a spirit of fair play, and ambush marketing clearly violates that spirit," new USOC chief executive officer Scott Blackmun said.

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