Cowboy charged in death of teammate does ‘right thing’ and retires as player

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from football Thursday, saying “doing the right things in life” is more important as he prepares to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in the drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate Jerry Brown on Dec. 8.

Santa Clara County prosecutors won’t pursue assault charges against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks because of insufficient evidence. Brooks had been accused of hitting teammate Lamar Divens with a bottle.

Indianapolis Colts tight end Weslye Saunders was suspended eight games without pay after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.


FOOTBALL: Portland High is forming a Bulldogs’ Football Hall of Fame. The first class will be inducted during a banquet the night before the Thanksgiving game against Deering and will be introduced at halftime.

The selection committee consists of Coach Jim Hartman, Bruce Glasier, Mike McCullum, Shaun Hawkins, Peter Gribbin, Bob Hews, Phil Hatch and Todd Zukowski. Anyone wishing to submit a nomination should contact Hartman at [email protected]


NHL: The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a five-year extension with forward Matt Duchene.

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed restricted free agent Dustin Jeffrey to a one-year contract.

The Los Angeles Kings agreed to an eight-year contract extension with forward Dustin Brown, and hired Rob Blake as assistant GM.

AHL: The Portland Pirates website — www.portland — has been replaced with a splash page that will remain in place until early September while a new site is under construction. News and press releases will be issued on and via the Pirates’ Twitter (@PortlandPirates).


NBA: The Golden State Warriors signed free-agent guard Toney Douglas.

The Orlando Magic signed free-agent big man Jason Maxiell from the Detroit Pistons.

The Dallas Mavericks reached a deal with former Milwaukee Bucks center Samuel Dalembert.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Charlotte center Byron Mullens are nearing a deal.


SWEDISH OPEN: Serena Williams reached the quarterfinals by beating Anna Tatishvili of Georgia 6-2, 6-3 in Bastad.

GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Top-seeded Roger Federer cruised past Czech qualifier Jan Hajek 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals in Hamburg.


LPGA: Alison Walshe, chasing her first victory in four years, shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

— From staff and news services

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