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Attorney: Arrests coming in Howard case

October 20, 2009

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Storrs, Conn. — A Bloomfield man will be arrested in the stabbing death of a University of Connecticut football player, his lawyer said Monday night, as police continued to sort out what happened during a fight outside a school-sponsored dance over the weekend.

Attorney Deron Freeman declined to identify his client, but says the man and several others got into a fight “with about six” UConn football players early Sunday. Freeman says his client did not stab Jasper Howard, but was present when Howard was mortally wounded.

Freeman said police searched his client’s home in Bloomfield and removed some items. Freeman said police told him that his client and others will be arrested.

It would be the second arrest connected to the stabbing. Johnny Hood, 21, of Hartford, was arraigned Monday on charges of interfering with an officer and breach of peace, but he has not been charged in Howard’s death.

Nebraska’s QB unknown

Lincoln, Neb. — Zac Lee remains Nebraska’s starting quarterback — for now.

Coach Bo Pelini didn’t, however, rule out a making a change for this week’s home game against Iowa State. Pelini said he’d make a game-time decision between Lee and Cody Green.

UT’s McCoy plans to play

Austin, Texas — Texas quarterback Colt McCoy says he plans to play Saturday against Missouri, despite a bruised right thumb that will likely lose its nail.

McCoy hurt his throwing hand in the second quarter of the 16-13 win Saturday over Oklahoma. He struggled through one of the worst passing games of his career, completing 21 of 40 for 127 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

NFL

Chiefs trade Tyler

Charlotte, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers added depth at defensive tackle, sending an undisclosed draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for Tank Tyler.

The Chiefs drafted Tyler in the third round of the 2007 draft. He started all 16 games last season. Tyler started two of six games this season and has 22 tackles.

Jets sticking with Sanchez

Florham Park, N.J. — New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is sticking with Mark Sanchez as his starting quarterback.

Ryan remained committed to the rookie after Sanchez’s miserable performance that included five interceptions in the New York Jets’ 16-13 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Jenkins out for season

Florham Park, N.J. — Rex Ryan has to adjust to life without Kris Jenkins anchoring his defensive line. The New York Jets nose tackle was placed on season-ending injured reserve Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

McNair texts released

Nashville, Tenn. — Text messages show a woman asked former NFL quarterback Steve McNair to transfer $2,000 into her bank account hours before police say she shot him to death, then turned the gun on herself. Sahel Kazemi texted McNair on July 3 to say she was so stressed she might have a breakdown and asked for money to pay cell phone bills.

Zorn gives up play-calling

Ashburn, Va. — Sherman Lewis is taking over the favorite part of Jim Zorn’s job. With a pained expression, Washington Redskins coach Zorn announced Monday that the front office “strongly suggested” that he yield his play-calling duties to a consultant hired only two weeks ago.

College basketball

2 UL players plead guilty

Jeffersonville, Ind. — Two University of Louisville basketball players were sentenced to one year of probation on Monday after pleading guilty to a charge stemming from an altercation with off-duty police at a southern Indiana restaurant earlier this month.

Guard Jerry Smith, 22, and forward Terrence Jennings, 20, must complete 40 hours of community service and pay about $500 in court costs as part of their pleas on a charge of resisting law enforcement, a misdemeanor.

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