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Tue., Aug. 24, 2010

Set Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms didn’t make it to court Monday in a drugged-driving case. He’s in the midst of Titans training in Nashville. A Manhattan judge agreed to excuse him but said he needs to be there Oct. 7 for a hearing and trial. Police say Simms slurred his words and told them he’d been smoking marijuana before he was stopped at a checkpoint July 1. The 29-year-old has said he was just talking about cigarettes. He faces charges including a misdemeanor count of driving while impaired by drugs.

Agreed The Charlotte Bobcats agreed on a one-year deal with Kwame Brown for the veteran minimum of $1.3 million. Agent Mark Bartelstein says Brown will sign today. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was running the Washington Wizards when he selected Brown straight out of high school with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft. The big man turned out to be a major disappointment. Jordan was later fired by the Wizards. He joined the Bobcats as a part owner in 2006, and bought the team outright this spring. Now Jordan hopes the 6-foot-11 Brown will add depth. He averaged 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds with Detroit last season.

Signed Reigning WNBA MVP Diana Taurasi has signed a multiyear contract extension with the Phoenix Mercury, ending speculation that she will take next season off. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Mercury have won two of the past three WNBA titles and Taurasi has led the league in scoring each of the past three years. She’s averaging a league-best 22.6 points this season.

Died Longtime National League umpire Satch Davidson has died at 75. Davidson’s family said he died on Saturday at his home in Houston. The family did not give a cause of death. Davidson was the home plate umpire for two of the most famous home runs in baseball history. He had a first-hand look when Hank Aaron hit his 715th homer in 1974 to break Babe Ruth’s record. And he was behind the plate in 1975 when Carlton Fisk’s shot won Game 6 of the World Series. Davidson was an N.L. umpire from 1969 through 1984.


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