October 21, 2009 in Sports

Sports in brief: Ex-Hawk faces murder charge


Football: Former Seattle Seahawks safety Terreal Bierria was arrested Tuesday after a Louisiana man was killed following a dispute over drugs, police said.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said Bierria, who played for Seattle between 2002 and 2004, has been booked with one count of first-degree murder.

Police said the victim, Soron Salter, 29, of Slidell, La., was found on the floor of a home with stab wounds and had been in a violent struggle. Bierria – whose gray Cadillac was seen parked at the house – went to a hospital for cuts to his hands and arms.

Bierria refused to speak with investigators about his injuries or whether he was involved in the fight.

Strain said investigators booked Bierria, 30, into the parish jail, where he is being held without bond. It was not immediately known whether he had an attorney.

Bierria, who also is from Slidell, was the 120th overall pick in the 2002 draft by the Seahawks. He played college football at Georgia.

At a news conference, Strain indicated that investigators believe the crime occurred “over a certain quantity of drugs found at the home.”

Associated Press

Eagles trade Gibson to Rams

Football: The Philadelphia Eagles acquired linebacker Will Witherspoon from the St. Louis Rams for rookie wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round pick in 2010. Gibson, a sixth-round pick out of Washington State, was inactive for all six games with Philadelphia.

The Eagles made the trade to get Witherspoon, an eight-year veteran who spent his first four seasons with Carolina. He was the Rams’ starter at the weak-side spot and had 36 tackles and one forced fumble this season.

Associated Press

Flu takes its toll on Huskies

Men’s basketball: The Washington Huskies are too sick to fully begin practicing for the season.

Coach Lorenzo Romar said seven of his 12 players, including senior leader Quincy Pondexter, have had the flu since Saturday’s first full practice day of the preseason.

The Huskies had only seven players for drills Monday. Each day coaches show up and find someone else sick.

Romar said it’s the worst illness he’s had on a team since he began coaching in 1992 as a UCLA assistant.

Sophomore forward Darnell Gant has been the sickest. Others who have been on the side watching practice: Matthew Bryan- Amaning, Venoy Overton, Scott Suggs, Clarence Trent and Tyreese Breshers.

Associated Press

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