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Arrested Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson was arrested Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching a bar employee in the face nearly a month ago. Benson was booked into the Travis County jail in Austin, Texas, where he later posted $5,000 bail and was released. The charge of assault with injury carries a maximum potential penalty of up to $4,000 in fines and up to a year in jail.

Dismissed UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel has dismissed three incoming freshmen from the football team for violating team rules. The school says Paul Richardson, Shaquille Richardson and Josh Shirley were informed of the decision. The trio of 18-year-olds won’t be allowed to continue summer school and won’t be permitted to enroll at UCLA for fall quarter. If they meet requirements set by Neuheisel, they may be allowed to enroll in January.

Cut Uruguay’s Jorge Larrionda and Italy’s Roberto Rosetti, whose blunders have prompted FIFA to rethink using video technology, have been left off the list of referees for the rest of the World Cup. Two more left out were Koman Coulibaly of Mali, who disallowed a third United States goal in a 2-2 draw with Slovenia, and France’s Stephane Lannoy.

Leaning Dallas Stars standout Mike Modano says he’s “disappointed and upset” that the team won’t offer him a contract and he’s leaning toward returning next season with another team. He thought all along the Stars weren’t planning to bring him back for a 21st season.

Out Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Willie Colon will have surgery today to repair a torn right Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the season. Colon was injured while working out on his own at the Steelers’ practice complex. The Steelers haven’t officially ruled Colon out for the season, but such an injury typically sidelines a player for at least nine months.

Yanked Ice skater Evgeni Plushenko’s plans to compete at the Sochi Olympics could be on ice. The Olympic gold and silver medalist has lost his eligibility because he skated in exhibition shows without receiving prior permission from the Russian figure skating federation, the International Skating Union announced. Plushenko has three weeks to appeal.



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