Scheduled A Missoula judge says the rape trial of former Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson will likely be held in February as the attorneys in the case work out several issues with the evidence. Johnson is charged with sexual intercourse without consent. He is accused of raping an acquaintance at her home this past February.

Announced A Texas coroner says the fan who fell to his death at the Houston Texans’ stadium during a preseason game had a blood-alcohol level that was twice the legal limit for driving at the time of the accident. The Harris County medical examiner’s office said that an autopsy determined that 25-year-old Jonathon Kelly of Houston died of multiple blunt-force trauma. The death was ruled an accident.

Released The Buffalo Bills released veteran punter Brian Moorman and signed free agent Shawn Powell to replace him. Moorman has been with the Bills since 2001 and twice was selected to the Pro Bowl. But he had struggled this season with a net average of 32.7 yards per punt.

Suspended Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays received a one-game suspension and a $50,000 fine from the NFL for the hit that dislodged Texans quarterback Matt Schaub’s helmet and took off a piece of his ear.

Arrested The police officer who arrested Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham said Abraham was “obviously intoxicated” as he refused requests to leave an area taped off by firefighters and police on Monday night. A police report said Abraham “had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from him, his speech was extremely slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he was unsteady on his feet” when he was arrested.

Pleaded Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes pleaded no contest to misdemeanor resisting arrest and being an unlicensed driver after prosecutors opted not to charge the NBA player with the felony claimed in the arrest by Manhattan Beach police. He was sentenced to two years’ summary probation, ordered to complete 30 hours of community service and three months of counseling.


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