Stallworth charged with manslaughter



Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth was charged Wednesday in Miami with killing a pedestrian last month while driving drunk after a night out at a South Beach nightspot. An arrest warrant charging Stallworth, 28, with DUI manslaughter was filed in the March 14 incident that killed Mario Reyes, 59. If convicted, Stallworth would face up to 15 years in prison. His blood-alcohol level after the crash was .126, well above Florida's legal limit of .08, according to results of a blood test. He is expected to surrender in court Thursday. A Miami Beach police report said Reyes was not in a crosswalk on a busy causeway when he was struck by the 2005 Bentley driven by Stallworth.

Texans: : The Dallas police officer who pulled out his gun and threatened running back Ryan Moats with jail instead of allowing him inside a hospital where Moats' mother-in-law was dying resigned. Officer Robert Powell had been placed on paid leave pending an investigation of the March 18 incident.


Redskins: : A man who pleaded guilty to avoid a possible life sentence in the killing of safety Sean Taylor wants to back out of the deal, his attorney said. Venjah Hunte, 21, would have served 29 years under the deal reached in May in exchange for his cooperation with prosecutors.

Et cetera: : The 49ers' Isaac Bruce, the second-leading receiver in NFL history with 14,944 yards, said he will return for his 16th season. ... Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler told in a text message that owner Pat Bowlen did not try to contact him directly in recent days.

Yanks' Jeter likely to lead off vs. Orioles


Derek Jeter might be the first batter the Orioles face this season. New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said his spring training switch of Jeter and Johnny Damon atop the lineup has worked so well that as of now, the team captain will bat first and Damon second for the opener Monday at Camden Yards. ... Pitcher Joba Chamberlain pleaded guilty in Lincoln, Neb., to drunken driving and was given probation and a fine.

Et cetera: : Rays reliever Jason Isringhausen will begin the season on the disabled list, a move that will give him more time to build arm strength after elbow surgery. ... Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus is expected to miss at least two months after a setback in his rehabilitation from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in January. ... Nationals second baseman Anderson Hernandez will start the season on the 15-day DL because of an injured left hamstring.

It's official: Calipari is Kentucky's coach

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New Kentucky men's coach John Calipari told the Kentucky faithful he is not the "grand poobah" or the "emperor." He got a king's ransom, however, to leave Memphis. Before the news conference in Lexington, Kentucky's athletic board approved an eight-year, $31.65 million contract that makes Calipari, 50, the nation's highest-paid basketball coach. Athletic director Mitch Barnhart defended the salary, saying the school paid a premium price to get its guy after the Wildcats missed the NCAA tournament this season for the first time since 1991. Calipari, who replaced Billy Gillispie, is coming off leading Memphis to the national final in 2008 and to the Sweet 16 - while winning 27 in a row - this season.

Arizona: : Southern California coach Tim Floyd will be named coach, Phoenix radio station KTAR reported, citing multiple sources.

Sun staff honored in national contest

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The Baltimore Sun sports staff won three top-five awards and one honorable mention in the 2008 Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest, the results of which were announced Wednesday. Jeff Barker's series of stories on a youth football coach who had a criminal background that went undetected finished second in the Explanatory category. Kevin Van Valkenburg's pre-Olympic profile on Michael Phelps finished third in the Features category. Candus Thomson's story on how Kimmie Meissner's growth spurt affected her skating tied for fifth in the Explanatory category. The Sun's eight-part series on the 50th anniversary of The Greatest Game Ever Played was a top-10 winner in the Projects category. Mike Klingaman, Rick Maese, Bill Ordine, Van Valkenburg and Childs Walker wrote the series. The Sun competes in the 250,000-and-over circulation category that includes the nation's largest newspapers.

Soccer: : Jozy Altidore, 19, became the youngest American with an international hat trick, and the United States (2-0-1) earned a 3-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago (0-1-2) in Nashville, Tenn., to maintain its lead in the final round of qualifying for next year's World Cup. Altidore eclipsed the U.S. mark for youngest hat trick, set in 2004, when Eddie Johnson, 20, scored three times as a substitute in a 6-0 win over Panama.


Et cetera: : The 20th showdown between sisters Serena and Venus Williams will occur Thursday in the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., after top-ranked Serena beat unseeded Li Na, 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2, and No. 5 seed Venus defeated No. 26 seed Iveta Benesova, 6-1, 6-4. Also, Roger Federer advanced to the semifinals by beating Andy Roddick 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. ... Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby scored power-play goals and the host Penguins beat the Devils, 6-1, to improve to 13-1-2 since Feb. 25. ... Sen. John McCain unveiled a resolution urging a presidential pardon for the late black boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, who was sent to prison nearly a century ago because of his romantic ties with a white woman. McCain, an Arizona Republican, said he's sure President Barack Obama "will be more than eager" to pardon Johnson, who was convicted in 1913 of violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for immoral purposes. ... Churchill Downs will seek approval Tuesday from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to bring in temporary lights to experiment with three nights of racing for the spring meet. ... Mariah Ripken, niece of Cal and Bill Ripken, pitched a five-inning no-hitter, striking out nine with no walks as the Havre de Grace softball team beat Aberdeen, 5-0.