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  • Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent, right, stands with Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee in court after closing arguments in his intoxication manslaughter trial Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Dallas. The jury has begun deliberating in Brent's intoxication manslaughter trial after lawyers wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday morning. Prosecutors accuse the former defensive tackle of drunkenly crashing his Mercedes near Dallas during a night out in December 2012, killing his good friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent, right, stands with Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee in court after closing arguments in his intoxication manslaughter trial Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Dallas. The jury has begun deliberating in Brent's intoxication manslaughter trial after lawyers wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday morning. Prosecutors accuse the former defensive tackle of drunkenly crashing his Mercedes near Dallas during a night out in December 2012, killing his good friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • FILE - This Oct. 14, 2012 file photo shows Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli talking to guests on the sideline prior to an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Pioli is out as general manager of the Chiefs. The team announced in a statement Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, that the two sides have "mutually parted ways" after four seasons marked by poor personnel decisions and failed coaching hires.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

    FILE - This Oct. 14, 2012 file photo shows Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli talking to guests on the sideline prior to an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Pioli is out as general manager of the Chiefs. The team announced in a statement Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, that the two sides have "mutually parted ways" after four seasons marked by poor personnel decisions and failed coaching hires.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo Buffalo Bills quarterback Vince Young (10) stands on the sideline during an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings. Young has admitted under oath that he probably signed at least some of the documents for a $1.9 loan he claims he shouldn’t have to repay. The former University of Texas star is fighting a $1.7 million judgment against him obtained by New York-based Pro Player Funding LLC. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo Buffalo Bills quarterback Vince Young (10) stands on the sideline during an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings. Young has admitted under oath that he probably signed at least some of the documents for a $1.9 loan he claims he shouldn’t have to repay. The former University of Texas star is fighting a $1.7 million judgment against him obtained by New York-based Pro Player Funding LLC. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)

  • Shaun White high-fives a fan after winning gold in the men's snowboard superpipe final for the sixth year in a row at the Winter X Games, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)  MAGS OUT

    Shaun White high-fives a fan after winning gold in the men's snowboard superpipe final for the sixth year in a row at the Winter X Games, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo) MAGS OUT

  • Serena Williams of the U.S. speaks during a press conference after her fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

    Serena Williams of the U.S. speaks during a press conference after her fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

  • Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent, right, stands with Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee in court after closing arguments in his intoxication manslaughter trial Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Dallas. The jury has begun deliberating in Brent's intoxication manslaughter trial after lawyers wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday morning. Prosecutors accuse the former defensive tackle of drunkenly crashing his Mercedes near Dallas during a night out in December 2012, killing his good friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent, right, stands with Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee in court after closing arguments in his intoxication manslaughter trial Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Dallas. The jury has begun deliberating in Brent's intoxication manslaughter trial after lawyers wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday morning. Prosecutors accuse the former defensive tackle of drunkenly crashing his Mercedes near Dallas during a night out in December 2012, killing his good friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • FILE - This Oct. 14, 2012 file photo shows Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli talking to guests on the sideline prior to an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Pioli is out as general manager of the Chiefs. The team announced in a statement Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, that the two sides have "mutually parted ways" after four seasons marked by poor personnel decisions and failed coaching hires.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

    FILE - This Oct. 14, 2012 file photo shows Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli talking to guests on the sideline prior to an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Pioli is out as general manager of the Chiefs. The team announced in a statement Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, that the two sides have "mutually parted ways" after four seasons marked by poor personnel decisions and failed coaching hires.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo Buffalo Bills quarterback Vince Young (10) stands on the sideline during an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings. Young has admitted under oath that he probably signed at least some of the documents for a $1.9 loan he claims he shouldn’t have to repay. The former University of Texas star is fighting a $1.7 million judgment against him obtained by New York-based Pro Player Funding LLC. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo Buffalo Bills quarterback Vince Young (10) stands on the sideline during an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings. Young has admitted under oath that he probably signed at least some of the documents for a $1.9 loan he claims he shouldn’t have to repay. The former University of Texas star is fighting a $1.7 million judgment against him obtained by New York-based Pro Player Funding LLC. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)

  • Shaun White high-fives a fan after winning gold in the men's snowboard superpipe final for the sixth year in a row at the Winter X Games, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)  MAGS OUT

    Shaun White high-fives a fan after winning gold in the men's snowboard superpipe final for the sixth year in a row at the Winter X Games, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo) MAGS OUT

  • Serena Williams of the U.S. speaks during a press conference after her fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

    Serena Williams of the U.S. speaks during a press conference after her fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

  • Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent, right, stands with Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee in court after closing arguments in his intoxication manslaughter trial Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Dallas. The jury has begun deliberating in Brent's intoxication manslaughter trial after lawyers wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday morning. Prosecutors accuse the former defensive tackle of drunkenly crashing his Mercedes near Dallas during a night out in December 2012, killing his good friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • FILE - This Oct. 14, 2012 file photo shows Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli talking to guests on the sideline prior to an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Pioli is out as general manager of the Chiefs. The team announced in a statement Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, that the two sides have "mutually parted ways" after four seasons marked by poor personnel decisions and failed coaching hires.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo Buffalo Bills quarterback Vince Young (10) stands on the sideline during an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings. Young has admitted under oath that he probably signed at least some of the documents for a $1.9 loan he claims he shouldn’t have to repay. The former University of Texas star is fighting a $1.7 million judgment against him obtained by New York-based Pro Player Funding LLC. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)
  • Shaun White high-fives a fan after winning gold in the men's snowboard superpipe final for the sixth year in a row at the Winter X Games, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)  MAGS OUT
  • Serena Williams of the U.S. speaks during a press conference after her fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
  • Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent, right, stands with Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee in court after closing arguments in his intoxication manslaughter trial Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Dallas. The jury has begun deliberating in Brent's intoxication manslaughter trial after lawyers wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday morning. Prosecutors accuse the former defensive tackle of drunkenly crashing his Mercedes near Dallas during a night out in December 2012, killing his good friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
  • FILE - This Oct. 14, 2012 file photo shows Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli talking to guests on the sideline prior to an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Pioli is out as general manager of the Chiefs. The team announced in a statement Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, that the two sides have "mutually parted ways" after four seasons marked by poor personnel decisions and failed coaching hires.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo Buffalo Bills quarterback Vince Young (10) stands on the sideline during an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings. Young has admitted under oath that he probably signed at least some of the documents for a $1.9 loan he claims he shouldn’t have to repay. The former University of Texas star is fighting a $1.7 million judgment against him obtained by New York-based Pro Player Funding LLC. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)
  • Shaun White high-fives a fan after winning gold in the men's snowboard superpipe final for the sixth year in a row at the Winter X Games, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)  MAGS OUT
  • Serena Williams of the U.S. speaks during a press conference after her fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

NFL

Ex-Cowboy Brent convicted of intoxication manslaughter

DALLAS – Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter yesterday for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown.

Brent, 25, showed no reaction when he learned the verdict. He was led from the courtroom in handcuffs in front of crying family members who were in the front row of the courtroom gallery.

He faces up to 20 years in prison, though he could also get probation. The sentencing phase was scheduled to begin today.

Prosecutors said Brent, a defensive tackle, was drunk when he crashed his Mercedes on a suburban Dallas highway in December 2012, killing Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys practice squad who had also been Brent’s teammate at the University of Illinois.

The police said Brent’s blood alcohol level was tested shortly after the crash at 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas. Prosecutors last week argued that the burly, 320-pound defensive tackle had as many as 17 drinks that night of the crash.

Brent’s attorneys argued the blood tests used by the police were faulty and that Brent could not have drank nearly that much. Attorney George Milner said his client was “guilty of being stupid behind the wheel of a car,” not drinking beforehand.

NFL

Falcons hire Pioli as assistant GM

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons hired Scott Pioli as assistant general manager, reuniting him with GM Thomas Dimitroff.

Pioli was director of player personnel for the New England Patriots from 2000-08, including six seasons with Dimitroff, who directed college scouting. He was the Kansas City Chiefs’ general manager for four years before leaving by mutual agreement in January 2013.

Pioli will join the Falcons on Feb. 3, after he completes his contract with NBC Sports and SiriusXM Radio.

NFL

Titans hire Mularkey as tight ends coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans hired former Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills head coach Mike Mularkey as tight ends coach.

Mularkey coached the Jaguars to a 2-14 record in 2012 and was fired at the end of the season. He also went 14-18 as Buffalo’s coach in 2004-05. Mularkey and Titans Coach Ken Whisenhunt previously worked together as assistants with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mularkey worked with the Steelers from 1996-2003 and spent his last three years in Pittsburgh as offensive coordinator. He also has been offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins (2006) and Atlanta Falcons (2008-11).

FOOTBALL

Former QB Young files for bankruptcy

HOUSTON – Former NFL and University of Texas quarterback Vince Young filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The petition was filed last week in a Houston federal bankruptcy court, listing Young with estimated assets between $500,001 and $1 million and liabilities between $1,001,000 and $10 million. The Houston Chronicle reports no specific details on Young’s assets and liabilities were immediately available.

The 30-year-old Young is fighting a pair of lawsuits stemming from a $1.8 million loan obtained in his name during the 2011 NFL lockout.

BASEBALL

Rays obtain Forsythe, Boxberger from Padres

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays acquired infielder Logan Forsythe, pitcher Brad Boxberger and three minor leaguers from the San Diego Padres in exchange for pitchers Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn.

Forsythe hit .214 in 75 games with the Padres last season. Boxberger split time between San Diego and Triple-A Tucson, appearing in 18 games and compiling a 2.86 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 22 innings.

Torres went 4-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 39 appearances with the Rays, raking third among AL relievers with a .159 opponents’ batting average. Hahn went 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 19 starts at Class-A Charlotte last season.

BASEBALL

A’s, LHP O’Flaherty agree on $7M, 2-year deal

OAKLAND, Calif. – Free-agent lefty reliever Eric O’Flaherty agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics.

The team announced the deal yesterday. O’Flaherty, who turns 29 next month, sustained a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow last season with Atlanta. He went 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 19 appearances before his season ended May 17 and he had elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

He could provide depth in a talented bullpen featuring newcomers Jim Johnson and Luke Gregerson, in addition to Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Dan Otero.

NHL

Predators swap Klein to Rangers for Del Zotto

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators swapped defensemen with the New York Rangers, sending Kevin Klein to New York in exchange for Michael Del Zotto.

Del Zotto, 23, has 11 points in 42 games for the Rangers, averaging 17 minutes, 44 seconds of ice time per game. The 6-foot, 195-pound Del Zotto was the 20th overall choice by the Rangers in the 2008 draft, and he has 121 career points in 292 career NHL games.

Klein, 29, was the 37th choice overall in 2003 by Nashville and has played 403 games in nine NHL seasons. He has three points in 47 games this season and ranks 22nd in the NHL with 94 blocked shots.

OLYMPICS

White to pass on Winter X Games

ASPEN, Colo. – Shaun White is out again for the Winter X Games.

After making the trip to Aspen, even making a practice run or two, the 13-time X Games snowboarding titlist decided against competing this week.

He had originally said he was out, then changed his mind and entered. Then, yesterday, he pulled out again.

He said the schedule wouldn’t allow him to train the way he wants to for the Olympics, where he’ll compete in slopestyle qualifying Feb. 6 – the day before the Opening Ceremony.

TENNIS

Serena enters Indian Wells for first time since ’02

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Serena Williams entered the BNP Paribas Open for the first time since 2002, when she won the tournament in Southern California.

Williams and older sister Venus have boycotted the event for the last 11 years. In 2002, the sisters were scheduled to meet in the semifinals, but 20 minutes before the match, Venus withdrew and fans booed them.

Serena went on to win her second title at Indian Wells, but she and Venus said they would never return.

Entries were released yesterday, and Venus Williams’s name was not on the list.

Also entered on the women’s side were No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, No. 3 Maria Sharapova, No. 8 Jelena Jankovic, No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, who beat Serena Williams in the Australian Open this week, and Daniela Hantuchova.

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