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NFL

Ex-Cowboy Brent gets 180 days in jail, 10 years of probation

DALLAS – Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent avoided prison yesterday and instead was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.

Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent’s car. Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

Brent, who turns 26 next week, closed his eyes when the judge read the jury’s verdict. He remained in custody after the hearing.

Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, wasn’t in the courtroom when the verdict was read. She publicly forgave Brent, and when asked during the sentencing proceedings if she holds him responsible for her son’s death, she said: “He’s still responsible, but you can’t go on in life holding a grudge. We all make mistakes.”

Brent, who retired from football last year, played in all 12 games for the Cowboys in 2012 before the crash. Brown made the practice squad that season.

NFL

Sherman fined $7,875 for taunting

NEW YORK – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting in the final minute of the NFC championship game against San Francisco.

Sherman was flagged after he made a choking gesture toward the San Francisco bench that he said was directed at quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Sherman had just deflected a pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone that was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith and clinched Seattle’s 23-17 victory.

Sherman ran over and after tapping Crabtree on the backside extended his hand for a handshake. Crabtree then shoved Sherman in the face. The All-Pro cornerback then made the choking gesture.

NFL

Giants lineman Diehl retires

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl retired yesterday after an 11-year career that included two Super Bowl championships.

The fifth-round draft pick became a cornerstone of tough offensive lines. Diehl missed only 12 games in his career in which he started at every position on the line but center.

Diehl was selected to the 2009 Pro Bowl.

BASEBALL

Braves agree to terms with Garcia

ATLANTA – The Braves agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Freddy Garcia and invited him to their big league spring training camp.

A 37-year-old right-hander, Garcia went 1-2 with a 1.65 ERA in six games for the Braves, including three starts, after he was acquired from Baltimore last year. He also pitched six solid innings in Game 4 of the division series against the Dodgers, though after he left the Braves lost the game and the series.

Atlanta wanted a veteran to bolster a talented but young group of starters, especially after Tim Hudson signed with San Francisco. Garcia will contend for a spot in a projected rotation led by 28-year-old Kris Medlen that includes four other potential starters in their 20s.

NBA

Spurs forward Leonard out 3-4 weeks with broken hand

SAN ANTONIO – Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will miss 3-4 weeks with a broken bone in his right hand.

The team said Leonard underwent a CAT scan Thursday and the results confirmed a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal.

Leonard joins starting center Tiago Splitter (sprained right shoulder) and former starter Danny Green (broken left index finger) on the injured list.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Georgetown center Smith ineligible, out for season

WASHINGTON – Georgetown starting center Joshua Smith is academically ineligible and will miss the remainder of the season. He had already missed five games because of grades.

Coach John Thompson III made the announcement yesterday. Smith was third in scoring at 11.5 points for the Hoyas (11-7, 3-3 Big East). He shot 65 percent from the field in his first season after transferring from UCLA.

The 6-foot-10, 350-pound Smith averaged 3.4 rebounds in 13 games.

ALPINE SKIING

Neureuther wins World Cup slalom

KITZBUEHEL, Austria – Felix Neureuther of Germany won the slalom of the classic Hahnenkamm event in heavy snow yesterday after first-run leader Marcel Hirscher failed to finish.

Neureuther, who trailed Hirscher by 0.38 seconds, avoided mistakes in his second run and finished in 1 minute, 53.23 seconds.

As the final racer on the course, Hirscher initially extended his lead over the German to 0.40 before straddling a gate.

Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was 0.57 back in second, and Patrick Thaler of Italy finished third, 0.82 behind Neureuther.

ALPINE SKIING

Hoefl-Riesch wins Cortina downhill

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – Overall World Cup leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch won a shortened downhill yesterday to take full command of the discipline ranks that Lindsey Vonn dominated for the past six years.

Hoefl-Riesch also established herself as the favorite to take the injured Vonn’s title in the women’s downhill at the Sochi Olympics on Feb. 12.

The German won in 1 minute, 17.84 seconds on the Olympia delle Tofane course for the 27th World Cup victory of her career.

Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein finished second, 0.31 seconds behind, and Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria was third, 0.75 behind.

Lara Gut of Switzerland was fourth and Stacey Cook of the United States was fifth as the pair missed out on the podium by 0.01 and 0.03 seconds, respectively. It was the best result this season for Cook, who finished second in two downhills in Lake Louise, Alberta, last season.

X GAMES

Jacobellis, Holland win gold medals

ASPEN, Colo. – Gold medals in snowboardcross at the Winter X Games went to a pair of familiar faces yesterday: Lindsey Jacobellis and Nate Holland.

Jacobellis won her eighth title. She is back to 100 percent after a pair of knee operations over the last two years.

Jacobellis finished fifth in Vancouver and second in Turin after giving away the gold when she fell on a celebratory jump near the bottom of the course.

Holland is still nursing a broken collarbone back to full strength. He overcame the flu to win his seventh title in an event that was taken off the program for 2013 but returned this year. Holland finished 14th and fourth at the last two Olympics.

GOLF

Spieth takes lead at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO – Jordan Spieth turned out to be the star attraction playing with Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines.

Spieth again showed game well beyond his 20 years with a 9-under 63 on the North Course. That gave him a one-shot lead over Stewart Cink going into the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open. Cink had a 71 on the tougher South Course.

Woods played the opening two rounds with Spieth and was just along for the ride. In his first competition in six weeks, Woods had another day with no birdies on the par 5s and shot 71. He was nine shots behind.

Spieth last year shot 62 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship playing with Phil Mickelson. He was more concerned with the score than the audience.

SKELETON

Pikus-Pace wins World Cup finale

KONIGSSEE, Germany – Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States won the final World Cup skeleton race of her career yesterday, her fourth victory of the season.

Pikus-Pace’s time was 52.92 seconds, 0.44 seconds ahead of Janine Flock of Austria and a half-second up on Shelley Rudman of Britain. Snow forced the cancelation of the second heat.

Elizabeth Yarnold of Britain finished ninth, clinching the overall World Cup title. She finished 152 points ahead of Pikus-Pace in the standings, benefitting from the American’s disqualification and loss of 225 points in the opening race of the year after British officials complained about the way tape was applied to one of Pikus-Pace’s sled handles.

Pikus-Pace is retiring after next month’s Sochi Olympics, where she will be a medal favorite.

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