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Police: Providence players accused of sex assault

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The police in Rhode Island are investigating an allegation that two Providence College basketball players sexually assaulted another student on campus in November.

Providence police Maj. David Lapatin told the Associated Press yesterday that the complaint was filed about two weeks ago by a female student.

Lapatin would not name the players, but a defense lawyer said unsubstantiated sex assault allegations were made against players Rodney Bullock and Brandon Austin when they were suspended from play. Bullock’s lawyer, Bill Lynch, said the school reviewed them and made no finding of a sex assault.

Bullock and Austin were suspended Nov. 6. A school spokesman would not give details.

NFL

Titans release veteran kicker Bironas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans released kicker Rob Bironas, the second-leading scorer in franchise history.

Bironas had spent his entire nine-year career with Tennessee and had 1,032 career points to rank behind only Al Del Greco in the history of the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans organization. He has made 85.7 percent of his career field-goal attempts and ranks fourth in NFL history in career accuracy. The 36-year-old Bironas went 25-for-29 on field goals last season.

NHL

Stars say Peverley has successful heart surgery

The Dallas Stars said Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, just more than a week after the forward collapsed on the bench during a game.

Stars General Manager Jim Nill said Peverley was released from the Cleveland Clinic yesterday, a day after surgery.

Peverley is expected to return today to Dallas. He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment.

The 31-year-old Peverley chose for less invasive treatment after an irregular heartbeat was diagnosed during training camp.

Nill said there is “no decision being made at this time” on if Peverley will play hockey again. He is out this season.

NHL

Ducks’ Fowler out 3-5 weeks with knee injury

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler will be out 3-5 weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee.

The Ducks announced the prognosis for their high-scoring defenseman’s injury yesterday.

Fowler has missed Anaheim’s last two games with the injury, which could keep him out for the remainder of the regular season. He was hurt in the second period of a game in Colorado on March 14.

Fowler is enjoying a breakout season with six goals and 30 assists in 67 games.

NHL

Red Wings D Ericsson out 4-6 weeks

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings may have to make the playoffs and advance to get defenseman Jonathan Ericsson back.

Ericsson had surgery on the middle finger of his left hand yesterday and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. He broke his finger and partially tore a tendon in it during Tuesday night’s win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Red Wings called up defenseman Adam Almquist from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Losing Ericsson is a setback for the banged-up team, which is without many forwards, including Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

GOLF

Study finds sparks from golf clubs ignites fires

IRVINE, Calif. – Golfers are urged to swing with care after scientists at the University of California, Irvine, proved that titanium-coated clubs can cause course-side vegetation to burst into flames.

Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said the results confirm a suspicion investigators have had for years: that titanium clubs were likely the true cause of at least two blazes on Orange County golf courses, including one that burned 12 acres at Shady Canyon in 2010.

Professor James Earthman said the clubs can produce sparks if hit upon a rock. And the sparks will burn for more than a second – plenty of time to ignite a fire.

Concialdi said the Fire Authority is giving golfers permission to “improve their lie” – that is, to move their ball away from rocks and dry vegetation.

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