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Sports in brief: Ex-NBA referee out of prison

Basketball: Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was a free man Wednesday after serving most of a 15-month sentence in a gambling scandal.

Pat Berdan, a consultant working with Donaghy, said he was released from Hernando County Jail in Florida. Donaghy had been jailed there since August after officials said he violated travel restrictions while living at a halfway house in the Tampa area.

A New York judge sentenced the ex-referee in July 2008 after Donaghy said he took thousands of dollars from a professional gambler in exchange for inside tips on games – including games he worked.

Associated Press

Teems returns to play for Shock

Arena football: Former Washington State University and Spokane Shock defensive back Alex Teems will return to the Shock for the inaugural season of Arena Football One.

The Shock also announced the addition of wide receiver Huey Whittaker, offensive lineman Branden Hall and wide receiver Markee White.

Teems played for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and collected 66 solo tackles and 33 assists with one interception in his AFL rookie season in 2008. Teems spent the previous season with the Shock and set single-season franchise records in tackles (98) and pass break-ups (30).

Whittaker (Utah Blaze) and Olson (L.A. Avengers) also played in the AFL in 2008. The league suspended operations for the 2009 season.

Whittaker recorded 126 receptions for 1,541 receiving yards with 32 touchdowns in 2008 and made the All-AFL first team.

Vaccinations result in firing

Hockey: A senior staff member for Alberta Health Services has been fired for giving the NHL’s Calgary Flames swine flu shots while thousands of people waited in line for the vaccine last week.

The board, which reports directly to the Alberta government, won’t name who was dismissed and said more people might be punished for their roles.

Flames president Ken King said Tuesday that the players and their families received their shots Friday at a private location. He said they believed they had gone through proper channels at Alberta Health Services, the agency that administers health services for the province.

King said they felt the shots were a priority for the players because of their extensive cross-border travel and the close-contact physical nature of their sport.

He also said they didn’t want to cause a commotion by having the players stand in line at a public clinic.

Associated Press