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Police in Iowa City are investigating the involvement of a high school football player who was arrested after an incident that resulted in injury to five law enforcement officers.

The player is facing five misdemeanor charges. His attorney told the Iowa City Press-Citizen that his client, a star running back, is remorseful and “made some mistakes, clearly.”

“I don’t think he was ever trying to assault anybody or hurt anybody,” the attorney said. “He was just trying to run through people and, unfortunately, he’s awfully competent at that.”

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Related case: The young man was arrested about a week after he accused another running back from a different high school of pistol-whipping and robbing him at gunpoint.

That player has been charged with felony robbery.

Gives new meaning to the term “shifty running backs.”

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Trivia time: In a game on this date six years ago, Glenallen Hill of the San Francisco Giants became the first (what?) in National League regular season history?

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Redneck rules: The Supreme Court recently ruled against the Warren Hills (N.J.) School Board, which had banned a former student from wearing a T-shirt listing comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s “Top 10 reasons you might be a redneck sports fan.”

A refresher course on a few:

* Your carpet used to be part of a football field.

* Your bowling team has its own fight song.

* You think the “Bud Bowl” is real.

* You wear a baseball cap to bed.

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Crash diet: Reader Scott Parks LeTellier, responding to a review on golf commentator David Feherty’s new book “Somewhere in Ireland a Village Is Missing an Idiot,” recalled a favorite quip from back when Feherty played on the tour:

“He showed up on the European Tour for the first tournament of a new season after having played in the U.S. for a few years to keep his American wife happy, who repaid the favor by divorcing him. He had lost weight and looked great, so the media asked how much he had lost.

“ ‘One hundred and sixty pounds,’ ” he replied, “including wife.”

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Rocket man: TNT basketball analyst Mike Fratello, responding to news that broadcast partner Jeff Van Gundy had been hired as coach of the Houston Rockets: “ ... with him gone, this will finally give me a chance to talk and get a thought in during the telecast.”

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There’s always a flip side, even to the best of hires.

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Pocket change: Comedian Argus Hamilton, responding to Washington football Coach Rick Neuheisel’s admitting that he won $15,000 betting on NCAA basketball: “So what? Any major college coach will tell you that kind of money won’t last you half an hour in a decent strip club.”

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Trivia answer: Designated hitter, when baseball played its first interleague games.

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And finally: Tom Arnold has predicted Jason Sehorn will be a bust with the St. Louis Rams, but the “Caught on the Fly” column in the Sporting News asks: “If you once married Roseanne, are you really in a position to criticize Angie Harmon’s husband about anything?”

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