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Police use stun gun on Bills’ Whitner

From Staff And Wire Reports

Buffalo Bills defensive back Donte Whitner was shocked with a stun gun and arrested by officers trying to control a rowdy crowd outside a Cleveland nightclub early Saturday, police said.

Whitner was jailed on suspicion of aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Lt. Thomas Stacho said. The former Ohio State star was released later Saturday and hadn’t been charged, police said. A prosecutor was to decide whether to file charges.

Police shocked and handcuffed Whitner, 23, outside the House of Blues after he forced his way past them and then broke free from officers trying to restrain him, Stacho said.

It was unclear why Whitner tried to leave the club and head for the melee, though he told officers, “My cousin’s out there, and they’ve got guns,” according to a police report, Stacho said.

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Whitner said he regrets the incident.

“It’s not how I wish to conduct myself, and I apologize to all those involved,” he said in a statement released through his agent, Neil Cornrich.

A Bills spokesman said the team wouldn’t comment on Whitner until it had more information.

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TENNIS

Hewitt reaches

final in Houston

Lleyton Hewitt reached his first clay-court final in a decade with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory over Evgeny Korolev at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston.

The former No. 1 player will meet Wayne Odesnik in today’s title match. Odesnik reached the final with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Bjorn Phau.

Hewitt won his 498th match, moving him closer to joining Roger Federer and Carlos Moya as the only active players with 500 wins. A victory today would give Hewitt his first title on clay since Delray Beach, Fla., in 1999.

Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, seeded fifth, upset top-seeded Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, in the semifinals of the MPS Group Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

She will meet second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Elena Vesnina in the other semifinal, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

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Juan Carlos Ferrero beat top-seeded Igor Andreev, 7-6 (9), 6-3, to reach the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II tournament in Casablanca, Morocco. Ferrero, unseeded at the clay-court event and chasing a 12th career title, plays fifth-seeded Florent Serra in the final.

Federer married longtime girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec in a small ceremony in his hometown of Basel, Switzerland.

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HORSE RACING

Papa Clem earns

spot in Derby

Papa Clem earned a spot in the Kentucky Derby by winning the $1-million Arkansas Derby in Hot Springs, holding off Old Fashioned in the stretch for his first victory since December.

Old Fashioned, who began the year on everybody’s list of top 3-year-olds, will miss the Kentucky Derby entirely. Trainer Larry Jones said the horse had a slab fracture in his right knee.

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General Quarters roared past leader Join in the Dance at the top of the stretch, then held off favorite Hold Me Back by 1 1/2 lengths to win the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes in Lexington, Ky.

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HOCKEY

Boston U. wins

national title

Trailing by two goals with less than a minute left in regulation, top-seeded Boston University stormed back to force overtime, then beat Miami of Ohio, 4-3, on a goal that went in off a RedHawks player in the extra session in Washington.

Colby Cohen was credited with the winning goal on a slap shot that ricocheted off defenseman Kevin Roeder 11:47 into overtime and gave Boston University its fifth national title and first since 1995.

The Terriers (35-6-4), who set a school record for victories in a season, were playing in their 10th NCAA final.

Miami (23-13-4) had never been beyond the round of eight in the hockey tournament -- and, indeed, still never has won an NCAA team championship.

Jacques Lemaire is stepping down as coach of the Minnesota Wild after eight seasons behind the bench. “There comes a time when you know it’s the right time to go. And I know this,” he said.

The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Johan Franzen to a deal that pays him $43.5 million over 11 years.

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PASSINGS

Morris, Canadian

football star; 85

Canadian Football Hall of Fame member Frank Morris, who was part of 13 Grey Cup championships during a career that spanned more than four decades, has died. He was 85.


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