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Sept. 20, 2011 at 5:10 PM   |   Comments

TD celebration takes out Giants intern

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A touchdown celebration by New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley proved dangerous to a team intern as Boley inadvertently fired the ball at him.

Boley picked up a dropped lateral and ran 65 yards for a touchdown in the Monday night game against the St. Louis Rams, then fired the ball toward the stadium wall in celebration, the New York Daily News reported.

Instead, the ball took out Giants video intern Ryan Brown, hitting him in the face.

"I was just reacting to the moment," Boley said. "I didn't mean to hurt anybody. It was just the emotion of the play."

Brown said after the game he was fine.

"My phone blew up (with texts and calls) from all my friends," the Giants intern said. "They told me the video went viral."


Vikings' safety Johnson in DWI arrest

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Minnesota Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving while impaired, jail records show.

The State Patrol brought him to the Hennepin County jail at about 3:15 a.m. and booked him on fourth-degree DWI, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

He was released about two hours later.

Johnson, who dropped a potential game-saving interception Sunday in Minnesota's loss to Tampa Bay, is in his fourth season with the Vikings, having been drafted in 2008 out of Arkansas State.

Johnson's official online Viking biography lists him as being active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a frequent speaker to youth and student groups, the Star Tribune said.


GMU player charged with fraud, larceny

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A member of the men's basketball team at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., has been charged with credit card fraud and larceny, authorities say.

Andre Cornelius was arrested and later released on $1,500 bond, after which the GMU Patriots suspended him, WBTV, Charlotte, N.C., reported Tuesday.

"We have summarily suspended him from the team as a result of the magnitude of these charges," GMU Sports Information Director Maureen Nasser said.

The alleged credit card incidents took place July 21, records show.

"He made a mistake. He knows he made a mistake," Patriots Coach Paul Hewitt told The Washington Post, "I'm disappointed. It was an error in judgment."

School officials said the suspension would remain in place until Cornelius' legal proceedings conclude.

There would also be an independent investigation by the university before it decides what further actions it might take, they said.


Giannessi gets first win of the year

BUCHAREST, Romania, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Qualifier Alessandro Giannessi eliminated No. 8-seeded Albert Montanes during first-round play Tuesday at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy tournament in Romania.

Giannessi, No. 183 in the world, qualified for his first main draw of the year Monday and came back with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Montanes. Giannessi saved seven of the 10 break-point situations he faced and cashed in five service breaks in 11 receiving games.

No. 7-seeded Andreas Seppi claimed a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 decision over Eric Prodon in the other match Tuesday involving a seeded player. Seppi won half the points off Prodon's serve and finished with six breaks in 12 games.

Carlos Berlocq took two-thirds of the points in a 6-2, 6-1 pasting of Andreas Haider-Maurer. Berlocq lost only four points over his seven service games.

Igor Andreev joined Seppi as the only three-set winners Tuesday, defeating Peter Torebko 5-7, 7-4, 7-5. Torebko fired off 12 aces but lost his serve five times.

In other first-round matches, Florent Serra beat Gianluca Naso 6-2, 6-4; Marius Copil topped Victor Crivoi 6-3, 6-3 in an all-Romanian matchup; Adrian Ungur got past Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-1; Filippo Volandri eliminated Rui Machado 6-3, 6-3; and Albert Ramon took a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Victor Hanescu.

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