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Vrabel retires to coach at Ohio State

Tue., July 12, 2011

Football: Former All-Pro linebacker Mike Vrabel is retiring from the Kansas City Chiefs and returning to his alma mater as an Ohio State assistant coach.

Vrabel confirmed Monday morning the end of his 14-year career and that he had taken the job as linebackers coach with the Buckeyes. The position was previously held by his college roommate and teammate, Luke Fickell, who was elevated to interim head coach when Jim Tressel resigned May 30.

• Police: Steelers’ Ward failed field sobriety test: Police say Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward had glassy, bloodshot eyes and failed field sobriety tests during a traffic stop in Atlanta that landed him a drunken driving charge.

The police report says a transit officer pulled Ward over around 2:30 a.m. Saturday after he failed to maintain his lane and hit a curb. The transit officer called a DeKalb County police officer who administered a series of field sobriety tests.

• Ex-NFL Bengal killed by Calif. deputy in scuffle: A former running back for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals was shot and killed in front of a convenience store after he allegedly hit a police officer with a bag holding two cans of beer.

David Lee Turner, 56, was shot and killed by a Kern County deputy.

The deputies detained Turner while they investigated. According to reports from the sheriff’s office, Turner initially complied with deputies but then decided to leave.

Deputies said a scuffle occurred when they tried to stop Turner. Deputy Aaron Nadal was hit on the back of the head with a bag holding two, 24-ounce cans of beer before Deputy Wesley Kraft drew his handgun and fired twice at Turner, authorities said.

Red Wings ink deal with MacDonald

NHL: The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year contract with Joey MacDonald, bringing the 31-year-old veteran back as the team’s No. 3 goaltender.

Detroit hasn’t settled who else will be around to back up starter Jimmy Howard, but the Red Wings felt MacDonald was worth keeping in the system.

• Jirik, first Czech in the NHL, dies: Jaroslav Jirik, the first Czech allowed to play in the NHL during the country’s communist era, died in a plane crash. He was 71.

Jirik died in the city of Brno, about 125 miles from Prague. His ultralight one-seater crashed shortly after takeoff from the Brno Medlanky airport and caught fire, police said.

Defending poker champ eliminated

Miscellany: Defending champion Jonathan Duhamel has been eliminated from the World Series of Poker main event, losing his last chips with an ace high.

Duhamel lost half his chips over the first 4 hours.

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