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 Posted: Fri Mar 24th, 2017 09:14 pm
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The Pittsburgh Pirates were already expecting to be without Jung Ho Kang on Opening Day, but the infielder's legal woes may have just put his entire 2017 season in jeopardy.

Kang, who was recently given a suspended eight-month sentence for a DUI in his native South Korea, was reportedly denied a working visa to enter the United States, according to Korean baseball journalist Sung Min Kim, who cited a Korean report from Naver Sports.

The Pirates have not issued comment on the visa report, though general manager Neal Huntington said Thursday it was "unrealistic" to expect Kang in the lineup on Opening Day.

"I don't know," manager Clint Hurdle told MLB Network Radio on Friday morning when asked about the chances of Kang playing this season.


The 29-year-old Kang plead guilty to the charge of fleeing the scene of a DUI in February, but stayed in Korea and was reportedly appealing his sentence in the hopes of getting a visa. Earlier this month the Pirates placed him on the restricted list, a move president Frank Coonelly told MLB.com's J. Scott Butheurs was procedural given he wasn't in camp.

Kang was arrested by police in the South Korean capital of Seoul in November and charged with fleeing the scene of a DUI. Police revealed that his blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was 0.084, well above the country's legal limit of 0.05; they also added it was his third DUI-related charge since 2009. In February he agreed to enter treatment for alcohol issues.

Kang also faces potential legal trouble stateside, where a 23-year-old Chicago woman levied sexual assault allegations against him last July. That alleged incident remains under investigation, and he has not been charged with any crimes.

Including this coming season, Kang - scheduled to make $2.75 million in 2017 - has another two years left on his four-year, $11-million deal with Pittsburgh, plus a 2019 club option. The infielder finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2015 after hitting .287/.355/.461 with 15 homers over 126 games.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was arrested early Thursday on suspicion he was driving while intoxicated, according to WXYZ 7 Action News.

The Detroit Pistons shooting guard was stopped by police for speeding in Auburn Hills, Mich., around 2:50 a.m. The 24-year-old was determined to be under the influence after a field sobriety test, leading to his arrest, and he registered a blood alcohol level of .08 (the legal limit).

Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope arrested on suspicion of DUI in Auburn Hillshttps://t.co/naHopyK3dy pic.twitter.com/UUbSXf5y3B

— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) March 31, 2017
Caldwell-Pope was able to suit up for the game later in the evening, registering 12 points in the Pistons' 90-89 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

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Starting cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers Tramaine Brock, has been arrested and released by the police for domestic violence
The 49ers waived him an hour later.



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Benlen wrote: Starting cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers Tramaine Brock, has been arrested and released by the police for domestic violence
The 49ers waived him an hour later.

Have the 49ers turned into the Raiders the last 2 years? 

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Principal_Raditch wrote: Benlen wrote: Starting cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers Tramaine Brock, has been arrested and released by the police for domestic violence
The 49ers waived him an hour later.

Have the 49ers turned into the Raiders the last 2 years? 
They get arrested with class.



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HOUSTON - Former Houston Rockets star Steve Francis has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge over his November arrest in Texas.

Francis was sentenced Tuesday in Houston to time served and fined $1,000. Court records show a felony retaliation charge against Francis, for allegedly threatening to assault an officer, was dismissed in February.

Investigators say Francis was pulled over in Harris County, for allegedly speeding, when an officer smelled alcohol on him. Francis allegedly became belligerent prior to being arrested. Authorities say the judge, during sentencing, took into account that the 40-year-old Francis voluntarily entered an alcohol rehab program after his arrest and continues treatment.

Francis played 11 seasons in the NBA.

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Free-agent forward Mike Scott was cleared by a Georgia superior court of charges in a felony drug case stemming from his arrest in July of 2015, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The superior court judge in Banks County, Ga., suppressed all evidence and dismissed the case after concluding that Scott's arrest had been the result of bad practices tied to racial profiling.

Scott and his younger brother were arrested in Banks County after the vehicle his younger brother was driving got pulled over for following too closely, and was later found to contain marijuana and MDMA. After claiming the drugs belonged to him, and that his brother had no knowledge of their presence in the vehicle, Scott was charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule I drug. He entered a plea of not guilty last July.

The judge granted Scott's motion to suppress evidence in the case, citing testimony that showed a pattern of racial profiling by Banks County law enforcement. In his summation, the judge concluded that the brothers' arrest was made without probable cause, that the search of the vehicle was improper, and that "sufficient articulable suspicion did not exist to uphold the stop of the Scott vehicle," Wojnarowski reports.

"In my 35 years of practicing law, this could be the worst case of racial profiling I have ever seen," Scott's attorney told Wojnarowski. "Hopefully this will lead to Banks County, Georgia, re-evaluating their policies."

Scott had a difficult season on the court. He played in just 18 games for the Atlanta Hawks due to knee injuries, was traded to the Phoenix Suns for cap relief at the deadline, and was promptly waived.

When healthy, the 28-year-old has proven to be an effective stretch four who can capably guard either forward spot. In 281 games across five seasons with the Hawks, he averaged 7.1 points and three rebounds, with a .460/.336/.786 shooting line and a 14.6 PER.

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BOSTON - A former NHL player who was on two Stanley Cup championship teams has been sentenced to probation for his role in the illegal sale of prescription painkillers.

Kevin Stevens was sentenced Thursday in U.S District Court in Boston to three years' probation and fined $10,000. He pleaded guilty in December.

The 52-year-old Massachusetts native was arrested in 2015 after a traffic stop and was found to be in possession of 175 pills. Prosecutors say he would supply the pills for another man to sell.

Stevens apologized in court Thursday. His lawyer said he was prescribed oxycodone after a serious on-ice injury in 1993 from which he has still not recovered.

Stevens was on the Pittsburgh Penguins 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup-winning teams. He also played for the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, and Los Angeles Kings.

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Dwight Howard was pulled over in suburban Atlanta on the morning the Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs, and was found to be driving without insurance and on a suspended registration, according to a police report cited by AJC's Mitchell Northam.

The report states Howard was pulled over for speeding in Dunwoody, Ga., during the early hours of April 28. The 2016 Audi he was driving subsequently came up as having a suspended registration with no insurance. Howard was only issued a ticket, but his vehicle was towed. According to the report, a black SUV following Howard's car was driven by Howard’s security guard.

Howard scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds, and had five turnovers in that night's 115-99 home loss to the Washington Wizards.

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SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Former All-Star Doug DeCinces was convicted Friday of insider trading for a stock buy that earned him more than $1 million.

The ex-Baltimore Orioles and Angels third baseman was convicted of 14 federal charges. According to the Orange County Register, each count potentially carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Jurors deadlocked on 18 other charges and a judge declared a mistrial for those counts, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Ken Julian, an attorney for DeCinces, said he planned to ask for a new trial.

"Obviously, this is a disappointment for everybody involved," Julian told the Register. "This is not the end."

DeCinces was tipped off in 2009 that a Santa Ana-based medical device firm, Advanced Medical Optics, was going to be sold. The information came from the company CEO, James Mazzo, who was DeCinces' neighbor in Laguna Beach, California, prosecutors argued.

DeCinces bought more than 90,000 shares in the company days before Abbott Laboratories bought the firm, and he sold the shares for a profit of about $1.3 million, prosecutors said.

Fourteen other people made another $1.3 million after DeCinces passed on the tip to friends and family members, prosecutors alleged.

One friend, David Parker, 65, of Provo, Utah, was convicted of three counts on Friday. But the jury deadlocked in Mazzo's case, and a mistrial was declared. However, Mazzo still could face a retrial on 26 insider trading counts.

DeCinces, 66, and Parker will remain free until they are sentenced. A hearing date was not immediately set.

At the time of the merger, Advanced Medical Optics had seen its stock price plunge from more than $30 per share to under $10 in the wake of the 2008 Wall Street crash. It more than doubled after the merger was announced.

"Even though everyone else was losing, they won," Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer L. Waier said in closing arguments on Tuesday. "They won big. They won because they knew tomorrow's news today."

DeCinces even called his broker while his father lay dying in the hospital, prosecutors said.

The defense denied the allegations and accused the government of conducting a biased and shoddy investigation.

Prosecutors offered more than two dozen witnesses during the two-month trial, but defense lawyers argued none of them directly implicated DeCinces or his co-defendants.

DeCinces earlier faced civil charges of insider trading. He settled that case in 2011 by agreeing to pay $2.5 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

DeCinces spent 15 years in the major leagues, recording 1,505 hits and 237 home runs. He played for the Orioles from 1973 to 1982, when he was traded to the Angels. He was on the American League All-Star team in 1983.

The Angels released DeCinces in 1987, and he played four games for the St. Louis Cardinals that season. The next year he played for Tokyo's Yakult Swallows in Japan. But he didn't finish the season because of back problems and then retired.

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SEOUL, South Korea - A South Korean court on Thursday upheld a suspended prison sentence for Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang over a drunken driving conviction, a ruling that may complicate his plans to rejoin the National League baseball team this season.

The Seoul Central District Court dismissed Kang's appeal of a suspended two-year prison sentence over charges of fleeing the scene after crashing a car into the guardrail while driving drunk, a court official said. The court official didn't want to be named, citing office rules.

Kang had sought to lower the punishment to a fine. His lawyers have called the suspended prison term issued in March as a potential "death sentence" to his career, blaming it for visa issues that have prevented him from rejoining the Pirates. The team weeks later put Kang on the restricted list as visa issues continued to delay him.

The court on Thursday said that the suspended prison term was "rational" because there wasn't much room for leniency - Kang was previously fined on drunk driving-related charges in 2009 and 2011. The court also said it was unclear the United States was refusing to issue a work visa to Kang specifically because of the suspended prison sentence, according to the official.

Kang's lawyers weren't immediately able to be reached for comment.

Kang had 21 home runs and 62 RBIs in 103 games in 2016 during his second season in the majors. He is in the third year of a four-year, $11 million contract he signed with Pittsburgh in 2015 after a stellar eight-year career in South Korean professional baseball.

According to police, Kang didn't stop after driving a rented BMW into a guardrail at about 3 a.m. while returning to his Seoul hotel in December. The crash damaged the guardrail and the car. Police said Kang's blood alcohol level at the time of the crash would have been 0.08 percent, which is above the country's 0.05 percent legal limit.

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On a day when we move on to a new look, we get a bit of a blast from the past with a name that a lot of Minnesota Vikings fans probably haven’t thought of in a while.
Former Vikings’ running back Michael Bennett was sentenced to five years in prison last night after pleading guilty to felony charges of burglary, identity theft and attempted theft from an elderly adult exceeding $100,000.

According to the San Jose Mercury-News:
Bennett was arrested in 2015 after the parents of his then-girlfriend discovered a loan had been taken out against their home. Bennett ​had obtained a $225,000 loan by stealing personal information from the parents and then forging documents.


This will be Bennett’s second trip to the hoosegow, as he wound up there back in 2012 (along with former New York Giants defensive lineman William Joseph) thanks to some identity theft, wire fraud, and tax fraud action.

Bennett was drafted 27th overall by the Vikings in the 2001 NFL Draft. The team needed a replacement for the retired Robert Smith in the backfield, and thought that Bennett could be that guy. He had an okay second season in 2002, rushing for 1,296 yards, but that was pretty much the high point for him. He also set an NFL record that year by being the first running back to have a run of at least 60 yards in three consecutive games, a record that I believe he’s still the sole holder of.

The Vikings cut Bennett after the 2005 season, and he bounced around to several teams after that. He was out of the league by 2011. . .and in jail by 2012.

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The government of Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, according to pro-government newspaper Sabah, as cited by AFP.

The newspaper also said an investigation has been opened into Kanter's alleged "membership of an armed terrorist organization" due to his support for exiled Turkish leader Fethullah Gulen, who is a sworn enemy of the government of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Kanter swiftly replied on Twitter with "you can't catch me, don't waste your breath," according to translation by Reuters.

Yakalayamazsıııın!!!
Hahaha 😂😂
Boşuna yorulmayın.
Hepinizin o çirkin, nefret dolu suratlarınıza tükürmeye zaten kendim geleceğim. pic.twitter.com/hw0LUp4MNo

— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 26, 2017
It's the latest drama for Kanter, who was able to return to the United States over the weekend after having his Turkish passport revoked while traveling in Europe. Effectively rendered stateless, he is now attempting to get U.S. citizenship.

Related: Country-less Kanter seeking U.S. citizenship

Born in Switzerland to Turkish parents, Kanter has frequently been a target of threats and online abuse over his political beliefs in the past. This has apparently also included his family disowning him.

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A lawsuit filed against Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion claiming he infected a woman with two types of sexually transmitted diseases has been thrown out of court, according to Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star.

In August 2016, reports surfaced claiming the 33-year-old Encarnacion, who was playing with the Toronto Blue Jays at the time, allegedly passed on genital herpes and chlamydia to 25-year-old Ashley Lebron, who was seeking $11.5 million in the case.

Judge Arthur Spatt ruled on Wednesday that the case, which was filed in New York, be thrown out of court on a jurisdictional issue. According to Zwolinski, the court "also stated that Lebron could not be conclusive about whether Encarnacion knew he had any diseases."

A report from August claimed Encarnacion and Lebron had unprotected sex during a trip to Punta Cana in February of 2016. Lebron claimed to be STD-free before engaging sexually with Encarnacion.

She also claimed she contacted Encarnacion to discuss the issue after learning she tested positive, but he allegedly said she may have contracted them while swimming in a river.

Encarnacion then allegedly cut off communication with Lebron, who reportedly said she believed the Indians player knew he was carrying STDs the whole time.

After spending the past eight seasons with the Blue Jays, Encarnacion signed a three-year contract with Cleveland in December which guaranteed him $60 million.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Four young women who alleged former Major League Baseball player Chad Curtis inappropriately touched them have settled their federal lawsuit against a school district in western Michigan for $575,000.

The settlement with the Lakewood Public Schools and its board of education was announced last week. The Grand Rapids Press obtained details through a Freedom of Information request.

The women allege Curtis inappropriately touched them when they attended Lakewood High in Barry County. He was a volunteer coach in the weight room. Curtis was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 2013 and is in prison.

The settlement doesn't include claims against the 48-year-old Curtis. He is representing himself in the civil lawsuit.

Curtis played for six teams, including the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees.

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