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Ex-NFL star Dan Hampton sentenced for drunken driving

CABOT, Arkansas (Court TV) -- Dan Hampton, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, has been sentenced to a week in jail for drunk driving charges.

Hampton, 44, pleaded guilty April 30 but his sentence was not disclosed until late last month. He also was fined $1,000 and ordered to attend alcohol education courses.

Hampton was arrested Jan. 28, several days before the Hall of Fame election committee vote. He reportedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test after failing a sobriety test and pleaded with the trooper not to arrest him. Hampton previously was arrested for driving while intoxicated in 1996 and 1997.

Hampton, a defensive end for the Chicago Bears, made the All-Pro team four times during his career, and helped the Bears win a Super Bowl title in 1985.

Harding faces August trial for drunk driving

VANCOUVER, Washington -- Former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding will go on trial Aug. 20 for drunk driving charges related to an accident that left her pickup truck in a ditch.

Harding, 31, was charged after she failed a sobriety test following the April 20 crash. Her blood alcohol level was 0.16 percent, twice the state limit of 0.08 percent, police said. Neither Harding nor her passenger, 23-year-old Christopher Nolan, was injured in the crash.

Clark County District Court administrator Bob Winsor says Harding faces a maximum $5,000 fine and one year in jail if convicted. Her sentence will reflect her past record, he added.

In January, Harding was evicted from her home for not paying her landlord $4,530 in rent, late fees and other costs. She had been living in the ranch house since August 2000, but had not paid rent between November 2001 and January. In May 2000, Harding was sentenced to three days in Clark County jail for assaulting her former boyfriend with a hubcap.

Harding's name became synonymous with scandal after rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was assaulted by Harding's boyfriend before the 1994 U.S. National Championship and the Winter Olympics.

49ers center arrested after fight on lake

LAKE BERRYESSA, California -- San Francisco 49ers center Jeremy Newberry was arrested for allegedly hitting a woman during a fight on Lake Berryessa.

Newberry and his sister Jennifer were arrested May 24 on one count of battery. The victim, a 23-year-old woman from San Diego, suffered injuries to her face, back and arms.

Newberry told authorities the incident started when the victim's boyfriend untied his boat, which was tied to about 15 others off shore. He claims the woman did not like the way he was talking to her boyfriend about the situation and she slapped him. Jennifer Newberry then slapped the woman twice in her brother's defense, he said. The lake is located about 75 miles northeast of San Francisco.

No charges have been filed yet in the case, according to Napa County Sheriff's Department Captain Mike Loughran.

"The [district attorney] is still reviewing the case," Loughran said. "There are a number of witnesses involved and they all had various accounts of the events. The DA will have to evaluate the statements and their credibility. Fortunately there is no pressing deadline since [Newberry] has been released."

The 49ers drafted Newberry in the second round of the 1998 draft. He has started every game he played in since taking over at center for Chris Dalman, who suffered a career-ending injury during training camp in 2000.

NBA rookie arrested for underage drinking

MARION, Indiana -- Portland Trail Blazers rookie Zach Randolph was arrested for underage drinking over the Memorial Day weekend.

Randolph and his attorney waived a hearing set for Monday. A trial date has been scheduled for Aug. 8.

Police stopped Randolph, 20, in his sport utility vehicle late on May 24. His blood alcohol content was well below the legal limit of .08 percent, but the athlete does not turn 21 until July 16. He and passenger Faune Drake, 19, were arrested for illegal possession of alcohol by consumption and face a 180-day jail term if convicted.

Randolph entered the NBA after playing for one year at Michigan State. He played in 41 games this season, averaging 2.8 points in less than six minutes a game.




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