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Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM   |   Comments

Jerramy Stevens assault charges dropped

KIRKLAND, Wash., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A judge dismissed charges against former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens following an altercation with his fiancee, soccer star Hope Solo.

Stevens, 33, and Solo, 31, were married Tuesday, a day after Stevens was arrested by Seattle police at Solo's Kirkland, Wash., home. Officers said Solo's brother, Marcus, had a black eye and Solo herself had a contusion on her arm. Stevens also allegedly had blood on his face and shirt, and was found in a bedroom where officers said signs of a physical struggle were present, police said.

Solo said the trouble came when several unknown people showed up at a party and caused the trouble, but The Seattle Times reported her brother gave conflicting and vague reports to officers before Solo told him to "shut up."

Stevens, who has been arrested numerous times since his time as a standout tight end at the University of Washington, was the unfair target of police making assumptions based on his record, his attorney Todd Maybrown said.

A King County Court judge agreed, dismissing the charges.

Solo is a two-time Olympian and goalkeeper on the U.S. Women's World Cup team. She was also a contestant on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."

Stevens has been out of football since 2010, when he was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Free agent Torii Hunter signs with Tigers

DETROIT, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The Detroit Tigers said they signed free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter to a two-year contract, filling a need for a right-handed hitter and corner outfielder.

Hunter and the Tigers struck a deal on a pact MLB.com said Wednesday was valued at $26 million and would keep Hunter employed until he turns 40.

Hunter played last season with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels did not offer him a new contract despite a solid year in which he hit .313 with 16 home runs and 92 RBI.

He hit .340 against left-handers, an area Detroit had trouble with last season, MBL.com said.

While Hunter hit between Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in Anaheim, he will likely bat second in Detroit between Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera.


U.S. earns 2-2 soccer draw with Russia

KRASNODAR, Russia, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Late substitute Mikkel Diskerud scored in stoppage time Wednesday, allowing the United States to earn a 2-2 draw with Russia in a soccer friendly.

Russia, No. 9 in the FIFA men's world rankings, twice had one-goal leads, with Roman Shirokov converting a penalty kick in the 84th minute for a 2-1 Russian lead.

Diskerud came off the U.S. bench shortly after that as the United States pushed to tie the score. Terrance Boyd fed Diskerud, who came out of a crowd with a shot that deflected into the goal 3 minutes into stoppage time.

Russia took the 1-0 lead when Fedor Smolov converted a U.S. defensive error in the ninth minute. The United States didn't break through until the 75th minute when Michael Bradley drove in the first tying goal.

Shirokov took the penalty kick after U.S. defender Clarence Goodson was called for talking down a Russian player for the second Russian lead.

The United States, which is ranked 27th, completed its 2012 campaign with a 9-2-3 record.


Top jockey Frankie Dettori fails drug test

PARIS, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Frankie Dettori, one of the top jockeys in European racing, could be banned from racing for six months after failing a drug test in France.

The test on Sept. 16 during trials for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp found traces of cocaine, sources told the London tabloid The Sun.

"Frankie has failed a test for a banned substance which is thought to be cocaine," one source said. "This is obviously very serious for him."

Christopher Stewart-Moore, Dettori's lawyer, released a statement Tuesday saying his client is scheduled for a hearing next week before the medical committee of France Galop. Stewart-Moore said he and his client would not comment further until after the hearing.

Dettori, 41, is the son of Italian jockey Gianfranco Dettori. He has been Britain's Champion Jockey -- winner of the most races in a season -- on three occasions and has raced all over the world.

He lives near Newmarket, the center of British racing, and has been stable jockey for Godolphin Racing, the stable owned by the ruler of Dubai, for 18 years. He plans to become a freelance in 2013.

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