LAS VEGAS Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced charge in a Las Vegas strip club melee which preceded a triple shooting that left a man paralyzed.
The Tennessee Titans cornerback appeared in Clark County District Court to take a plea deal that officials said will get him probation in return for his testimony about the gunman who opened fire outside the club at the end of NBA All-Star weekend in February.
The 24-year-old Jones, who is seeking reinstatement to the Titans, said little during the brief arraignment. He doffed a blue Texas Rangers baseball cap as he walked into court, handed it to a lawyer, and answered "Yes, sir," to a judge who asked him if he understood the plea deal.
Jones will be sentenced to one year of probation for agreeing not to contest a charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a gross misdemeanor, and to testify about the gunman.Prosecutors dropped two charges of coercion, a felony carrying a possible sentence of one to six years in prison.
GUILLEN, GIBBONS SUSPENDED: Jose Guillen and Jay Gibbons were suspended Thursday for the first 15 days of next season for violating baseball's drug policy. Guillen and Gibbons were accused in media reports of receiving human growth hormone after January 2005, when it was banned by baseball. Gary Matthews Jr., Rick Ankiel, Troy Glaus and Scott Schoeneweis also were linked to HGH, but baseball decided there was "insufficient evidence" to determine they committed a doping violation.
DODGERS GET JONES: Now the Los Angeles Dodgers have a star center fielder to go with their popular new manager. While most teams accomplished little during the winter meetings, the Dodgers landed one of the few prime free agents in this year's market, reaching a preliminary agreement with Gold Glover Andruw Jones on a $36.2 million, two-year contract. A five-time All-Star, Jones hit .222 for Atlanta this year.
ARGENTINA OPEN: U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera shot a 4-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Argentine countryman Eduardo Romero after the first round of the Argentina Open. Cabrera, the 2001 and 2002 champion, had an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys on the Buenos Aires Golf Club course.
SHOOTOUT FIELD: Zach Johnson was a fan of the Merrill Lynch Shootout long before he got an invitation from tournament host Greg Norman. Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, is paired with Stewart Cink in the offseason tournament this week. The tournament features 12 two-man teams playing modified alternate shot, best ball and scramble over three days.
GOALIE TRADED: The Phoenix Coyotes traded goaltender Alex Auld to the Boston Bruins on Thursday in exchange for a minor league player and a fifth-round pick in the 2009 NHL draft. The move came the day after Boston starter Tim Thomas was injured and had to leave a game against New Jersey after falling awkwardly while trying to snare a deflected shot.
$19 MILLION AWARD: A former Fresno State women's basketball coach was awarded $19.1 million Thursday in a sexual discrimination lawsuit that alleged she was fired because she advocated for women's rights. The university argued Stacy Johnson-Klein was fired because she was dishonest, potentially dangerous and abusive to her players and assistant coaches. Fresno State President John Welty said the university plans to appeal the judgment.