In brief: Burress set for release from jail

Football: Locked up for 20 months for illegally carrying and firing a gun at a Manhattan nightclub, Plaxico Burress is ready to walk out of prison and face another grim reality, the NFL lockout that could jeopardize the resumption of his football career.

The former New York Giants receiver who caught the game- winning pass in the 2008 Super Bowl is set to leave the Oneida Correctional Facility in New York today. Burress plans to return to his Florida home to spend time with his wife, son and a daughter born while he was in jail.

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No clear pick for Pirates at No. 1

Baseball: The Washington Nationals had it pretty easy in the last two baseball drafts.

Fireballing righty Stephen Strasburg was the clear-cut No. 1 pick in 2009, while powerful slugger Bryce Harper was in the same spot a year ago. Well, it’s the Pittsburgh Pirates’ turn with the first overall pick tonight, and it’s no simple task.

While Strasburg and Harper were hyped as No. 1 picks for months, several players have taken turns at the top of mock drafts this year.

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Kissinger mulling FIFA offer

Soccer: Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says he has not yet made a firm commitment to become an adviser to soccer’s world governing body.

Newly re-elected FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Wednesday that Kissinger, who was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977, had agreed to join a “committee of wise persons” to help investigate problems within the organization.

“If it can help the sport, I would be willing to participate,” Kissinger told the BBC on Sunday. “But I have to know who the other participants are and what the terms of reference are before I make a final commitment.”

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