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Giants suspend Burress, end receiver's season


Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress is done for the year. The New York Giants fined and suspended Burress yesterday for four games - the rest of the regular season - after he accidentally shot himself in the right thigh over the weekend at a Manhattan nightclub. The team also placed him on the reserve nonfootball injury list, which means the wide receiver can't come back for playoffs. The team punished Burress a day after he was charged with illegal weapons possession, which carries a penalty of 3 1/2 to 15 years in prison. Burress is due back in court March 31, unless he reaches a plea agreement. Burress arrived yesterday morning at Giants Stadium and met individually with Giants president John Mara, general manager Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin. Even as they suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team, Giants officials expressed concern for Burress, who caught a touchdown pass from Eli Manning that gave the Giants a 17-14 Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots in February. "Our concern is for Plaxico's health and well-being," Mara said. "This is an important time for him to take care of his body and heal up and also deal with the very serious legal consequences and other issues in his life. When I spoke with Plaxico he expressed great remorse for letting down his teammates." Police and prosecutors still want to talk to a pair of Burress' teammates, Antonio Pierce and Ahmad Bradshaw, who were at the club when the shooting occurred but insist they did nothing wrong. Scott Rodeo, a team physician, examined Burress and told the Giants the gunshot wound would have sidelined the player, 31, for four to six weeks anyway. Burress has caught 244 passes for 3,681 yards and 33 touchdowns since joining the team in 2005. Fines in the NFL typically mean a player loses a paycheck for each game he misses. That would mean about $206,000 per regular-season game for Burress. He also was due to receive $1 million from his signing bonus next Wednesday. It was not clear whether the team still had to make the payment.

Reports: Weis returning; Morgan's Guyton honored

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Charlie Weis will return for a fifth season at Notre Dame despite another disappointing year, several media outlets reported. WNDU-TV in South Bend, The South Bend Tribune and several other media outlets, citing anonymous sources, reported Weis will be back next year. University spokesman John Heisler declined to address the reports. "When we have something to say and it's the appropriate time to say it, we'll say it," he said.

Morgan State: : Senior linebacker Jarrell Guyton was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Guyton recorded 70 tackles and four sacks this season. Guyton, running back Devan James, offensive lineman Dwayne Delaney, defensive lineman Justin Lawrence, safety Chris Williams and cornerback Darren McKhan were named to the All-MEAC first team.

Et cetera: : Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson, a former Navy coach, is the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Yellow Jackets to nine regular-season victories. ... Coach Brian Kelly tried to end speculation that he's leaving No. 13 Cincinnati, saying he's happy with the football program's development and he plans to stay. ... Penn State coach Joe Paterno is back at work a week after undergoing hip-replacement surgery. ... New Mexico State fired football coach Hal Mumme, ending a four-year run during which the program often ended up in the news for the wrong reasons. ... Oregon picked offensive coordinator Chip Kelly to be head coach Mike Bellotti's eventual successor, though school officials did not say when that will happen.

NHL suspends Avery; Capitals fall to Panthers

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The NHL suspended Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery indefinitely for making a crude reference to former girlfriends while talking with reporters in Calgary, Alberta. "I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my [former girlfriends]," he said. Avery's ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert, is dating Calgary's Dion Phaneuf and had been linked to the Canadiens' Mike Komisarek.

More NHL: : Radek Dvorak, Ville Peltonen and Gregory Campbell had a goal and an assist each, and the visiting Florida Panthers topped the Washington Capitals, 5-3. Florida was credited with a pair of goals that deflected in off Washington players. Nicklas Backstrom, Tomas Fleischmann and Viktor Kozlov scored for the Capitals, who lost in regulation at home for the first time this season (9-1-1). ... Moscow regional prosecutors said an ice arena manager and a hockey club director were negligent in the October death of rising Russian star Alexei Cherepanov, a Rangers prospect.

Tour de France: : Race chief Christian Prudhomme knew last week Lance Armstrong planned to ride in the 2009 Tour. Then, as now, officials gave the news a Gallic shrug. "For some ... Armstrong's return is an amazing challenge. For others, his comeback is a reminder of the past. For us, it's neither good nor bad news," Prudhomme said.

Golf: : Five-time major champion Seve Ballesteros underwent more surgery, this time to drain fluid from his brain. Ballesteros was in stable condition in the intensive care unit after the operation to implant a valve in his brain, said La Paz hospital in Madrid, Spain.

Pro soccer: : The Blast signed defender Craig Scheer, a member of the 2003 championship team.

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