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Thu., Aug. 23, 2012

Filed NFL veteran Vince Young is seeking a protective court order to stop a company from collecting nearly $1.7 million on a loan the Buffalo quarterback says he has no knowledge of ever taking out. In papers filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Young says he has never dealt with the loan company, Pro Player Funding. The company claims Young defaulted on the loan by missing in payment in May shortly after signing with Buffalo.

Charged The head football coach at Minnesota State, Mankato, has been charged with two counts related to child pornography. Todd Hoffner was charged Wednesday in Blue Earth County. The 46-year-old faces one count of using minors in a sexual performance or pornographic work, and one count of possessing child pornography. Both are felonies. Hoffner’s attorney said his client intends to fight the charges and plead not guilty at a later date.

Signed The Boston Celtics have re-signed 6-foot-9 forward Jeff Green. He missed all of last season after a physical exam revealed an aortic aneurysm. He underwent surgery and became a free agent before signing. Green is expected to play a key role as a backup forward.

• The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Taylor Hall to a $42-million, seven-year contract extension and the Calgary native said he had no hesitation about the length of the deal. “When they said seven years I didn’t blink,” the 20-year-old Hall said. He was the Oilers’ first overall pick in 2010 and has since become a key fixture on the team’s youthful top line alongside fellow first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle.

Fined NASCAR has fined Paul Menard’s crew chief $100,000 for illegal modifications found on the Chevrolet last weekend at Michigan. Slugger Labbe was also suspended until Oct. 3. Menard’s car was taken back to NASCAR’s research and development center after Sunday’s race. NASCAR said the frame rails had been intentionally modified in an effort to deceive inspectors. Car chief Craig Smokstad and crew member Grant Hutchens were both also suspended until Oct. 3.


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