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Giants' Pierce to talk with investigators


Antonio Pierce and the doctor who treated his New York Giants teammate Plaxico Burress after he accidentally shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub will talk to investigators today. Pierce and Josyann Abisaab will be accompanied by their lawyers, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne said. It is unclear when and where the parties will meet. The authorities are especially interested in why neither Pierce, who drove Burress to the hospital, nor Abisaab called police to report the shooting early Saturday.

Suspensions: : A federal judge will be asked to decide today whether five suspended players deserve a chance to play this weekend. The NFL Players Association argues in a suit filed yesterday that the NFL knew about a banned ingredient in a dietary supplement but failed to share that with players. The union wants the Vikings' Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, and the Saints' Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister and Will Smith to be eligible to play Sunday.

Jets: : Defensive end Shaun Ellis was arrested in Hanover, N.J., and charged with possession of marijuana, speeding and driving without insurance after being pulled over by police last weekend. Ellis will play Sunday.

Chargers 34, Raiders 7: : LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 3-yard run and Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, including a 59-yarder to Vincent Jackson, to give host San Diego the win. It was San Diego's 11th straight win over its archrival. The Chargers won for just the second time in seven games. Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell suffered an ankle injury.

Giants sign Renteria; Cards trade for Greene


The San Francisco Giants gave Edgar Renteria a two-year, $18.5 million contract to replace 11-time Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel. The Giants have a $9.5 million option for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout. Renteria, a 13-year veteran, batted .270 with 10 homers and 55 RBIs last season for the Detroit Tigers.

Cardinals: : St. Louis addressed one of its major offseason concerns, acquiring shortstop Khalil Greene from the Padres. The Cardinals sent minor league pitcher Mark Worrell and a prospect to be named to San Diego.

Bonds: : Federal prosecutors have dropped four counts of lying to a grand jury against Barry Bonds, leaving him to face trial next year on 10 counts of making false statements plus an additional obstruction of justice charge. Bonds faces the same potential sentence range - probation to roughly two years in prison - if convicted.

Et cetera: : The average salary in Major League Baseball this season was $2.93 million, the players association said. The 3.6 percent increase was the smallest since 2004. ... Javier Vazquez was traded from the White Sox to the Braves as the teams completed a deal agreed to this week. Left-handed reliever Boone Logan also went to Atlanta as part of the deal, in which Chicago acquired four prospects.

Auburn AD 'shocked' by Tuberville's departure

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Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville's job was not in jeopardy when he decided to step down, and he declined several requests from his bosses to reconsider, athletic director Jay Jacobs said. Jacobs said Tuberville's departure after 10 mostly successful seasons was "completely his decision" and that the coach would be leading the Tigers next season if he had not chosen to leave. "To say the least, I was a little shocked," the AD said.

More college football: : Athletic director Scott Woodward had no comment on a report that Washington had offered Southern California offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian the coach's job.

Golf: : Michelle Wie ran off four straight birdies inside 8 feet late in the second round for a 7-under-par 65 that gave her a share of the lead at the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. She was tied with Shiho Oyama (70) at 10-under 134 after the second round.

NHL: : Enforcer Donald Brashear scored his first goal of the season with 13:10 left to break a tie, and the host Washington Capitals went on to beat the New York Islanders, 5-2. ... Sean Avery met with commissioner Gary Bettman for about three hours at a disciplinary hearing to discuss derogatory comments that resulted in the Dallas Stars forward's indefinite suspension. A decision on Avery's full punishment was expected this morning.

NBA: : Dirk Nowitzki matched his season high with 39 points, leading the host Dallas Mavericks to a 112-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Auto racing: : Petty Enterprises is in discussions to merge its storied franchise with Gillett Evernham Motorsports, the Associated Press reported.

Major League Lacrosse: : John Tucker, who led Johns Hopkins to the 1984 NCAA title, will coach the Washington Bayhawks.

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